I have learned that just keeping track of what I am eating is stopping me from cheating on my diet. I think everyone who wants to diet to improve health, lower cholesterol, build bone mass or for any reason should write down what they eat each day--before they eat it preferably. This gives a person time to say, "Stop, self, don't put that coke or that cake into your body." It is almost as though someone were watching you eat. I write it down, check the closets, and then eat.
This is an easy breakfast to fix or to eat. It contains chopped banana, a pear, cherries, two kinds of grapes, and strawberries. You can add any fruit you want. Drizzle on the juice of an orange (freshly squeezed). Then toss in a few walnuts or pecans or chia seeds or all of them. If you are really hungry, you can eat seconds and thirds. Just don't eat anything but fruit.
I will need to add chia seeds to one of my meals later today, because I think they are important in helping get and keep cholesterol down.
Yes, that is what it looks like. I went on a trip today with my husband and the first thing he did was drive into Schlotsky's. It was past lunch time and I was hungry, so I got out my trusty ipad and looked up Schlotsky's nutrition. The whole menu was there and I looked at calories and carbohydrates. I didn't want a dinner salad which is what I should have had. The next best was to eat one slice of veggie pizza. It had 220 calories. It was quite tasty, but it was cheating. I knew I would not be home for dinner and was worried about that too. The pizza was quite filling which made me think about the quantity of food we eat. That I suppose is another story.
I am still not home. We went to the Cotton Patch, and I am happy to report they had a meal that fit perfectly with my diet. I ordered from the "heart healthy menu". They had three items on this menu. Perfect. Even though I had salmon yesterday, I ordered it. I love salmon. It came with steamed fresh vegetables. I drank a glass of water with lemon.
The also had grilled tilapia and grilled chicken on the "heart healthy menu". They are good dinners except for the rice. I do not eat rice on this diet. I think you could ask a restaurant to substitute something for the rice--like a salad or some vegetables.
If you are ever out at mealtime, check the heart healthy menu and pick a meat and vegetable meal. Don't order bread or dessert and you will be fine.
A few dark chocolate covered almonds
In the evening I wanted something sweet so I toasted a piece of sprouted grain bread, spread it with butter mixed with honey and sprinkled on a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. It satisfies sweet cravings and is nutritious.
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