Shortly after my boxing match with my brain lesion in 1999, I decided to take on the weight problem I’d struggled with all my life.
I was forty-four years old, and I’d tried every passing diet plan, including Weight Watchers (which I think is wonderful). This time I devised a plan of my own. It had three rules:
Eat what you really like.
Eat more “healthy” food.
Eat less food that isn’t quite as “healthy.”
So I made a list of the “healthy” foods that I really liked and put together a skeleton menu of things I thought were yummy and were also healthier for me.
blueberries 90 calories per cup
strawberries 49 calories per cup
blackberries 62 calories per cup
(are you catching a theme here?)
clementines and oranges
cauliflower mash 30 calories per cup
(made with butter flavoring and a clove of garlic)
fresh green beans
baked fish in various forms
lean pork and beef
salads with mixed greens, veggies, and vinaigrette dressings
various snacks that I kept stocked in my cupboards
I refused to look at food in the categories of “good” and “bad.” When I look at the scope of Scripture, I see a God who endorses feasts, fat, and food with friends. Enjoying the pleasures of food without abusing it marks God’s story, from Genesis in the garden to the Marriage Feast of the Lamb.
Over the course of several years, I slowly lost about seventy pounds. I’ve managed to keep off my weight by living by my three rules.
I’m diabetic, and I travel a lot, so I’m always toting foods along with me. Here’s a list of a few of my “must-have” snacks and healthy foods:
1. blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries
3. small to medium apple (55 calories)
4. Aldi’s CinnaSwirls (100 calories)
5. Aldi’s cherry Greek yogurt bars (80 calories)
6. Special K Sweet and Salty Popcorn Chips (120 calories). Wonderful!
7. Gordon’s Garlic and Herb Grilled Tilapia (80 calories/fillet—I eat 2)
8. Fiber One 90 calorie Coffee Cake
9. Dannon Lite and Fit Greek Yogurt (80 calories and 2xprotein)
I’ll be sharing a few simple recipes and more snacking ideas soon. Be sure to check back. And let us know what you’re doing to eat healthy and stay fit.