This day was inevitable, but I was hoping to prolong it or avoid it altogether. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight before I had full-blown diabetes. I had steadily gained weight for the last ten years, and it showed no signs of slowing down. I was 200 pounds overweight, and now my health was at risk. It was my own doing; even I could admit that much. Soon began the long road of dieting, exercise and learning to cook healthier.
Throwing the Junk Food Away
This day, for me, was incredibly hard and heartbreaking. I had all of my favourite foods stockpiled in my cabinets. These were now detrimental for my health, so they had to go. I cried in mourning for each item I had to throw away. I even made sure to completely ruin the substances before discarding them so that I would not be tempted to dig them out. I had taken the first crucial step in getting my health back.
Researching and Shopping
Begrudgingly I researched healthier alternatives for cooking to help my body regain it’s former health and also to help me lose weight. I compiled my list and headed to the store. Knowing that I was on a budget, I had to shop smart to get the healthier alternatives without breaking the bank.
What I Bought and Avoided
My research informed me that I needed to avoid trans fats, bleached pasta, and flours, starches and decrease carbohydrates significantly. I quickly became overwhelmed at first because of how could alternatives to my favorite foods be? I took a deep breath and began aisle by aisle. Here’s the list I compiled and what I bought:
- Rice – brown instead of white
- Pasta – wheat instead of regular, brown in color
- 100% whole wheat bread – no bleached flour which is white bread
- Nonfat Yogurt with live cultures – great for digestion and prevents yeasts infections for women
- Whole grain oats – breakfast instead of sugar filled cereal
- Frozen vegetables with low sodium content – last longer and saves money versus buying fresh produce
- Russett potatoes – great in small servings for meals, chock full of vitamin C, iron and potassium
- Bagged spinach – chock full of nutrients, great for salads, eggs, sandwiches and more
- Refried Beans – full of protein and fiber, great alternative instead of fattening dips
- Frozen soybeans – substitute for a snack, full of fiber and taste great with a variety of dishes
Taste Pretty Good if I Do Say So
I wanted to cry when I paid for all of my new items and put them away at home. I was reluctant to cook anything, missing my old food and feeling my cravings begin to consume me. Instead, I persevered and looked up creative recipes. You know what, it was actually pretty good. I started to get creative, and I noticed the weight melting off of me. I was exercising, and I had more energy than ever before. I was finally feeling healthy!