I was thinking about how I don't keep written track of my eating over these last two weeks, nor have I counted any calories. I've drastically changed my eating style though...and have been paying much closer attention to my portions. I have also been paying close attention to my body. A big thing I ask myself (and am trying to teach my children, as I see their weakness in this area...) is: Am I really hungry, or do I just want the taste of something?
In the past, many times that I ate was simply because I wanted the taste of something. I wasn't hungry...at times I was even full! But I would buy candy at the store, or take the second helping of a favorite meal, or eat endlessly after I put the kids in bed because I wanted the taste of ___(fill in the blank)_____.
So it is about changing my attitude toward why I eat.
Old Thinking: I eat for pleasure, enjoyment, satisfaction
New Thinking: I eat to best fuel my body
I know I will never be someone who records regularly my food intake and/or calories. That really does not work for me long term. But I will keep regular mental notice of what I am eating and how much of it and what (if any) compromises I am making with my nutrition.
However, there may be weeks where I want to buckle down or get a new perspective on my eating where keeping track by writing it down on a short-term basis will be helpful. So I'm taking a look now...here's a list of what I ate yesterday, and the estimated caloric amounts next to it.
1/4 c. steel cut oatmeal with 1/4 c. skim milk, 1 T. Splenda and 1/3 of a large apple 200 calories
1/2 c. fat-free cottage cheese 80 calories
12 oz. coffee with 1/4 c. skim milk, 1 T. Splenda & 1 T. sugar-free vanilla syrup 25 calories
2 hot dogs with 1 slice of cheese 340 calories
1/8 c. of cashews 120 calories
1 turkey burger with Laughing Cow cheese & a 1/2 slice of cheese & turkey bacon on top
1 c. of Cauliflower Smash (made w/butter & turkey bacon) 90 calories
1/2 c. cottage cheese (fat free) 80 calories
1 sf Fudge Pop 80 calories
3 T. sf pudding 25 calories
1 slice whole grain bread (homemade) with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter 100 calories
LOTS of water!!! O Calories (yay!)
TOTAL CALORIES = 1,390
I am happy about that! As I was adding up the details, I wasn't sure what the total might be, but I was hoping it'd be 1500 or less...but not less than 1200. And there I go, falling right in the middle...hooray! A good amount for keeping me nourished...not too little to put my body into starvation mode, but not too much to keep my body from losing weight.
I've been gathering inspiration for fellow bloggers who are losing or have lost...check out their blogs in my sidebar Blog Roll!
**Stay tuned for another recipe post coming up featuring another awesome & healthy recipe...Cheesy Turkey Burgers AND Cauliflower Smash!**