Dieting…that one word can bring us to our knees with a groan of frustration. Thoughts of going without our favourite foods flutter like a bad movie reel through our minds and our taste buds die a slow death at the thought of the bland choices offered by our selected diets. Suffer for beauty is the common mind set when it comes to weight maintenance or weight loss, yet it does not have to be the end of the world as we know it.
Food is enjoyable and meant to be exciting. Mealtimes are supposed to be a journey of sensory discovery and the voyage of flavours. It can be yummy without being greasy or dripping in fatty sauces and bathed in butter. Spices add the punch without the tons of calories to the blandest of foods.
Common diet foods are fish and chicken. This lean cuisine with just a seasoning of black pepper and little salt or Italian spices will go down super well especially when you take into consideration the low-calorie content. You can add spiced chicken to salads or salads wraps as well for that extra boom to your meal which will make it easier not to miss a salad dressing.
Grains are good too particularly whole grains which are your main fibre source and are as important as water in any diet. Simple spices or spice combinations can add a world of difference to your pleasure in food.
Have that occasional treat when you crave it. These moderate indulgences must be allowed without procrastination. There are many ways to have a sweet treat that does not have to have it smothered in rich chocolate or too decadent butter icing.
There are options with fewer calories that still hold true to the concept of dessert. Low sugar or low carb or even sugar free and low-calorie options of candy or pudding are available on the market in these modern times.
The trick of dieting is leaning the substitutions for your food vices like cooking with olive oil instead of normal oil. Such as low-fat milk instead of full cream milk, dark chocolate instead of normal chocolate, the list goes on and on. The point is that you do not have to sacrifice flavour or enjoyment of food when you choose to diet.
All you need is to be tenacious and diligent in your determination to succeed in your eating regiment.
When you diet it has to become a way of life not a way to starve your body or torture your body for not being flawless. Meaning when you decide to diet is must become your lifestyle, something that can be maintained and ideal for you as an individual. Dieting in a nutshell is about eating right and eating properly in the correct proportions. Granted, dieting does take research and planning, but it is not rocket science. Sure… it is not easy, but it is also not impossible.
Remember that is why non-stick cookware was invented for you, so you can cook without pouring out all contents of your oil bottle or drowning your foodstuff in butter, a little goes a long way especially with non-stick options. Your hot pot/pressure cooker is your friend too as it uses steam, and it holds all those healthy juices in veggies.
The oven friendly cookware is a must too as baking or roasting your chicken, meat, fish, or veggies is wholesome and nutritious. There are ways to make your ‘diet’ interesting and it should not be a blitz of soup eating but a way of life. Lifestyle changes are a necessity when it comes to weight loss or a decision to live a healthier way of life.
People get scared witless at the thought of change but as we age, we should accept that change is inevitable. You have to put your big ‘adult’ panties on and do what you must to navigate your health as well as your life. Sometimes weight loss should not be your main objective to eating correctly, it should be about the thought of what happens when you age and that should be all the motivation you need. I will be 40 years old soon, presently I suffer from asthma and high blood pressure.
I have had asthma all my life, but I have managed quite well even coming off my inhaler for a time however as I’ve aged my asthma seemed to have become worse (cannot be anywhere without my inhaler now) AND I’ve suddenly got allergies to boot. My blood pressure came aggressively as well and hypertension took over by force, necessitating immediate chronic medication as I almost had a full-on stroke.
Thankfully, with the help of exercise and eating responsibly, I have managed thus far to come off hard meds and keep my blood pressure under moderate control with milder meds now. Exercise is really difficult for me too with my asthma (because I constantly feel like I’m drowning) but I manage knowing that it is a key factor, as well as eating correctly, in keeping my blood pressure under control.
Age is tricky like that, either you buckle up at a young age and try the prevention is better than cure method. Or you suck it up once you in the midst of a health crisis and do what you must to see your next birthday. Life is fragile, not everyone is lucky enough to enjoy it hence take control and be accountable to your body. You only live once…