4 Easy Steps to Losing Weight and Enjoying Your Favorite Dishes
By Laura Kelly-Pifer
Confession. I LOVE to cook. When I’m cooking, I put my heart and soul into it. It’s something that I really enjoy! Knowing that my family is happy and content with the meal I made pleases me so much.
I’ve heard that people that love to cook also love to eat. I would say that’s probably a true statement. I know I do. But, how do you balance it so that when you’re trying to lose weight or eat healthier that you can still enjoy your favorite dishes?
I’ll let you in on a few things that I do that are really easy.
- Watch your portions. It’s so easy to fill your plate with that yummy goodness that you’ve been waiting for and then gulp it down, not realizing that you ate more than expected. Instead, use portion control tools like a food scale or measuring cups for guides on how much you should have.
- Enjoy a “flex” meal. Some folks call this a cheat meal. I prefer not to. Cheating sounds like a bad thing and that’s not what we’re doing here. Instead, we’re having ANY kind of meal we want without any guilt. Go ahead and enjoy the crab legs with melted butter. If you’re eating healthy the rest of the week, this one meal won’t matter.
- Tweak the recipes. One of my favorite meals is Chicken Piccata. I must tell you that this dish isn’t low cal, even though chicken is used. There’s olive oil, butter and wine in the recipe and then if you add pasta….well, you get the idea. Instead of using the recipe exactly as I find it, I’ll tweak it to make it healthier. For example, when I make Chicken Piccatta, I don’t use the wine but use chicken broth instead. I’ll also cut way back on the olive oil and butter. The meal still tastes AMAZING! And, it’s not nearly as fattening.
- Sneak more veggies in. My girls know that I sneak in veggies all the times to our meals. They’ve kind of gotten used to it. Once in a while, I see them picking out the mushrooms that I thought I diced small enough. But, for the most part, they eat it anyway and I feel good that they’re getting some healthy food in. You can do the same. For example, if you’re having rice with dinner, dice up some of your favorite veggies and make a pilaf. And then you can still have veggies as another side. It’s a great way to get more veggies in.
You don’t have to deprive yourself to lose weight or eat healthier. Make it manageable for you and you’ll see results. What are some ways that you’ve found to enjoy your favorite dishes? Do share by commenting back.
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