I opened up about my weight fluctuation, gain, and struggles sharing that I started on a weight loss adventure. It has been and is a huge learning process for me. In my favor are that I love to eat healthy — I just got way off base. As an honest dietitian, I would never say it’s easy to change your lifestyle or choose to eat healthy. It seems like those choices are harder and harder to make these days in this fast-food loving, on the go, processed food world we are in. I am super middle of the road when it comes to convenience vs. super healthy. I shop at a regular ol’ grocery store — nowhere fancy, nowhere with all-natural foods. I buy Goldfish for my kid and regular person yogurt. And I also make the best choices that I can make every time I go to the store [except for all those times I bring home ice cream]. I think you can be convenient and be healthy, but it takes work and focus. It never happens by accident. Here’s an example.
We went to the zoo recently and some friends came with us. Our plan was to grab lunch for them at Chick-fil-A and take it there for a picnic. What Jack eats at CFA is healthy — grilled chicken and fruit, so I don’t mind that for him at all. Right now because of my Sjogren’s Syndrome [my autoimmune disease] I can’t eat the grilled chicken, and I don’t eat the fried because of the peanut oil [and that obviously wouldn’t be a healthy choice for weight loss]. So all I can eat at CFA right now is salad smothered in Ranch dressing and fries. The easiest thing would have been to drive thru and get food for Jack and food for me, but I knew that would add a lot of extra calories that I didn’t need. So I made a better choice. It took planning and it took more work, but I’m so glad I did it because I really didn’t want to waste calories because I was being lazy. So I packed a turkey sandwich on whole wheat for myself along with carrots, and at CFA I got a fruit cup and Diet Coke for myself. I was happy with my lunch and even happier to not add calories and fat when I wasn’t passionate about it. If I’m adding calories and fat, I better really want those fries!
I give this example as one of success with planning and weight loss. I have plenty of examples where I didn’t plan ahead and I ate more calories. Being on the go makes it hard to always be healthy, but taking the time to plan your day and what foods you need makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy lifestyle.