Part 2:The right tools: Foods that helped me lose weight.. and keep it off!.
Vita tops…..Okay, each one of these suggestions is a “personal favorite”, but these are really “tops” with me !! (yes..unfortunately – pun intended).
The chocolate ones are ALWAYS sold out and you will find me climbing to reach the last box..from time to time. (another advantage of losing a lot of weight, I can do that now. 🙂 And for these you will want to make that climb!.
Not overly exspensive for a diet food, usually most foods that are catagorized as healthy, Organic or slightly good for you can cost more. These come four in a box….Most choices come in the form of a muffin top. Or you can get the regular muffin, smaller and I believe only in chocolate. Good in size, the tops, or the muffins are great. They come in different flavors. A few are Corn, apple crumb, chocolate and banana. If you look on the back of the box you’ll see a list of other flavor choices or you can go on the webiste www.vitalicious.com or even call the number given on the back of the box 1 – 877 -VITA -877 to get information on their products. You make the choice.
94% fat free microwave Popcorn…..Gotta love this product guys! The stats are SO different than the rest in calories and fat calories it’s really odd but this is one I enjoy and it makes it so much easier to have a salty snack low in calories and fat and “crunchy” to satisfy that side of your brain.. Very, very good!
Did you know that one medium popcorn with butter at your local movie theater is 71- 97 grams of fat and 910 – 1220 calories! Choose this and you can eat the whole bag for not many calories… About 100 !!
Stats…. 1 cup popped calories 30 fat. cal. 5 total fat 3 g Sat. fat 0.5 g Chol. 0 g sodium 160 mg. sugar 0 g Carbs 24 g protien 4 g
Sometimes I eat the entire bag! ..Because I can! Low calories ! This is a great snack . The flavor is so fantastic too. I have even used different condiments on it to switch it up!.
Snyders Organic Pretzels….. These are great tasting and they have more then a few flavors but I like to get the Organic ones. One of the places I choose Organic. It makes me feel good too!. The Organic choice comes in a couple flavors and I like the Whole Wheat and Oat. I like them with Apple butter, Peanut Butter, almond butter, hummis and of course plain.
Stats…For one ounce (about nine pretzels)…
110 calories for one serving fat cal. 10 Total fat..1.5 g Sat. fat 0 g Chol. 0 g sodium 100g Carbs. 21 g Sugars 3 g
Nutrition bar.. Dark Zone Bars… Zone bars come in different flavors. It helps me out during workouts if I’m really doing a long workout or didn’t get to eat ince breakfast. These bars a super ! I have literally been working out and felt them kick in and felt stronger and got a boost of energy and strength from it!. This to me is the Snicker’s bar of healthy nutrition bars !. No kidding, it’s Awesome!.
(Stats on this one are for the Zone perfect Dark Chocolate Strawberry)
Stats….. Calories 180 calories from fat 45 total fat 5 g Sat. fat 4 g Chol. 5mg Sodium 170 mg carbs. 22 Sugars 14 g Protien 12
Quaker Butter Popcorn Cakes …… I know, “bleck”.. but wait !, Rice cakes? NO ! these are popcorn cakes… Big, huge, taste difference !. They come in really handy for me and I love them. I do eat regular unsalted ones and they are pretty good . This brand is the best I think . I like using them in different ways, One way I use is Peanut butter on them with a slice of banana (fav) I have had them with chicken and tuna fish as well. For me they can take the place of bread. For me though bread is not a huge deal. These will come in handy for something in that line and a replacement for crackers which as we all know are loaded , most regular ones, with fat.
Stats…..Calories 35 each total fat 0 sodium 45 mg Carbs. 8 g protien 1 g.
All in all these are pretty cool for snacking, dinner and just eating alone on their own!
quorn soy – free meatless burgers………It’s a meatless and soy – free Burger. It doesn’t taste like regular hamburger but has a almost a smoky taste that reminds me of sausage. On that note, it would be a great breakfast companion for eggs! You will most likely find it in the healthy foods/Organic frozen food section of your local supermarket as I did. I had mine on a english muffin, Organic baby spniach, organic kechup and organic tomatoes. YUM !. Very healthy and …Very good !.
The first two ingredients listed are partially rehydrated egg whites and textered wheat protien. To give you a little idea of the texture and understand ….it is not a meat burger. Their website is www.quorn.us So that you can look more into the foods they offer and their ingredients. Each burger is 4 oz. and you get 4 in a box. “quorn” is the brand name and you can choose fom other products from them as well. I just took a chance on this. I will be buying it the next time I am in my Local supermarket for sure!
It’s a really good idea to “mix it up” when it comes to your diet as a well as your fitness plan, so try something different once in a while!. Something I have learned and am implementing in my routine on a more regular basis now. It feels good !.
Calories 90 per serving Total fat calories 30 Saturated Fat 5% Total fat 3 gr. Cholesterol 7 g Sodium 290 Dietary fiber 3 g Sugars 1 g Protien 11 g
The bottom line
I know it’s not easy. To walk away from that comfort food. I know. It took my whole life to find that strength. But I promise you right here and right now. I never would have if I had stopped trying. You can do it. When that spark, that desire finds you, you will find something more than you thought you ever would. I want YOU to experience the feeling of confidence and pride in yourself for starting a new way of life that will take you to places you never thought you could go and feel things you thought were only for others and not for you.
I hope that I have given you some tools to help you go into your new diet plan with a head-start and healthy alternatives that can replace the old standards that get us no where but that same old place Feeling we could have more…..We can. You can!.
One more thought…
“Good ol’ Chuck”
He always doubted Lucy. Because she always gave him reason too. Everytime he tried she would pull that football away at the last second. Funny thing about Charlie though. He never gave up trying to kick that ball. He thought, “Maybe this time I can do it.”
He did too you know. In the episode called “Magic” he finally did it!. Magic. Not magic, he just never gave up trying to achieve that goal.
Don’t you either. 🙂
This coming week I hope to be posting earlier in the week than usual. The 3rd part in this series will be my goals for the future and a few other things.
At a readers comment, and a great idea, I will be posting my fitness plan for the next few months as well. I “talk the talk” enough, so I want you to see I also “walk the walk”! lol
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