I have been battling with my weight since graduating high school 10 years ago. And I have been losing the war. I have tried about every fad diet out there with no positive results. I can’t begin to say how frustrating it is to attempt to eat right according to the diet I was on and spend hours each week exercising and not lose a single pound and in some cases I was gaining weight.
I finally decided that I wasn’t going to do a fad diet. I was going to truly eat healthy. Not starve myself in hopes of losing the weight I want. I was going to eat what the FDA has recommended. Compared to most recipes, these are low calorie, low fat, low sodium, but it is how we are, according to the FDA, supposed to eat.
Each recipe I post will include the nutritional value and a Star Rating system. I live with my sister and her two kids and they will give their individual ratings. My sisters name is Liz, I am Amy, my nephew is 14 and is named Spencer, my niece is Carrie and she is 12. I will list what each person has rated the dish and what the overall average rating is for each recipe. The rating system is as follows.
- 1 Star: “I hate it. Please don’t ever make me eat this again!”
- 2 Star: “I don’t like it, but if I have to I will eat it.”
- 3 Star: “It’s okay, meh. Makes an acceptable substitute for what I really want”
- 4 Star: “I liked it. I would definitely eat this again and request it on occasion.”
- 5 Star: “I loved this and want it every week!!”
If you are just starting out, may I suggest focusing 1st on “counting” calories. Make sure to plan each days meals and snacks ahead. Try to avoid eating anything that you hadn’t already planned on eating. It’s best to determine how many calories each day you will need. After much trial and error, I found that I function best with around 1500 calories each day. This is far lower than what most would say is necessary for my weight, but I’m not eating over 2500 calories a day.
NOTE: It is important not to eat too little calories. I also found through trial and error, if I eat less than 1200 calories a day then my body will go into starvation mode and start to retain weight. If I eat more than 1800 calories a day then I won’t lose any weight. There will be a learning curve, find what is best for you.
Currently I am tracking 3 parts of the nutritional aspect of eating and I will add more on as I become comfortable and confident with what I am counting. I am tracking Calorie intake, Fat intake, and Sodium intake.
MY DAILY NUTRITIONAL VALUE TARGET:
- Calories: 1500
- Fat: 40
- Sodium: 1500
I hope this helps anyone out there who is trying to be healthy. Please comment if you have any questions or ideas for recipes to try.