Yogurt Salad Dressing
Wheat and Vegetable Pasta
|I usually eat it more cooked than this.|
Incidentally, the new sugar-free water flavoring additive, Mio, is pretty good too, it's just kind of pricey for how much you actually get out of it. Tastes really good though, I like it.
And that's really the core of how I have been able to stick with my diet. I think about how many calories, how much fat and sugar, etc. is in, say a cheeseburger and a coke from a burger place and then I think how, for that same amount of calories, fat and sugar, I could have a big plate full of salad, a good-sized piece of grilled chicken and a side of pasta with a Coke Zero instead. I think about how I could eat a small bowl of ice cream or a full meal. I could drink an 8oz glass of orange juice or I could eat 5 whole oranges. Once I started looking at it like that, the decision to keep eating healthy was a no-brainer. Yes, it costs more to eat healthy than it does to eat like crap and that's something we should all be bothered by. Don't even get me started on the BS politics behind corn subsidies and things that make it so that a gallon of sugar-added orange juice is cheaper than a bag of oranges or how a bag of corn chips is cheaper than a bag of corn or how it costs less to take the family to a fast food place and order off the dollar menu than it does to make them a nutritious meal at home. It's no accident that obesity is such a problem in this country, including for me. I've had 35 years of eating cheap and greasy and not giving a damn about calories or fat or sugar or sodium or anything. My wake-up call was when I almost hit 400lbs. I don't need to die of a heart attack before I realize it's time to make some changes, now. I don't need to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before I start eating a healthy diet and getting some exercise. Sure, it's not cheap and it's not easy to eat right and exercise and make choices that are healthy and good for me, but it's a lot easier than dying or losing my foot or some other tragic consequence of continuing down the road I was on. I don't mean to get all preachy, like I said, I still got love for the bacon cheeseburger and the chili dogs and the double-double, animal style and once in a blue moon I might even have one just because I can, but I'm on a new path now and I like where it's taking me. I've always said, if you don't respect yourself, how can you expect anyone else to respect you either? Well, if you don't take care of yourself, who will?