Originally Posted by Kathy13118
I'm sorry to read that your mother died. That would derail a diet; while grieving, the last thing on your mind is calories.
I go to WW. I do have cravings for certain foods, but I have found ways to work them into my limit of calories. For fast food, I get McD's Cheeseburger Happy Meal - the new version, that has apple slices and a very small order of french fries. The meal is fewer calories than before, but still, I try to save that fast food indulgence for really stressful days when my will power is wobbly. Then I do better if I eat it when I get home. If I eat it at McD's, or while driving, I'm tempted to go back and get another. Also, I try to eat it very slowly. If I'm at home, I can supplement with some cooked vegetables and some more fruit for dessert.
I eat Lay's Original low-fat potato chips (made with Olestra). The Olestra has never bothered me (it does give some people mild stomach upset, but this is not that common). It is crunchy and as close to a real potato chip experience as I can get. Again, I save it for days when I'm having a hard time controlling my diet, disorganized, stressed.
For dessert, I have cut fresh fruit with some Splenda and low-fat milk.
Those are my indulgences. I keep an eye on 'fiber' on the food labels and I try to eat as much fiber as I can, as a part of food, not as a supplement. It makes my meals very filling. I eat a lot less meat, so that makes my cheeseburger an extra special treat!
Good luck with the diet! You can do it (you did it before, you can do it again...)
Awesome! Thanks for the response. Fast food is a big roadblock for me especially while working as I have no time to cook on a 12 hour shift. Portion control is paramount in my case. If you gave me only heads of lettuce, I would find a way to eat too many calories with just that! One thing that I have been doing lately is Carl's Jr. has turkey burgers now that are around 500 cals. I will get one of those made into a lettuce wrap which brings it to about 350 or so. Not many other choices are available that I actually want to eat at those places so I try to avoid them.
I eat lots of fruits and vegetables now, but they don't make me feel full for very long. I have tried the Olean chips.... ummm.... yeah, my system doesn't really like me putting them in my stomach, haha. Bad things happen...
I will try the fiber idea, my main goal is to get my diet down to lean meat/protein, vegetables and fruits with a little bit of dairy in there.. (one of my biggest road blocks, to say that I love cheese is the biggest understatement I can think of... it is my favorite food on this planet!) Well, I have done really well the past 3-4 days and it is getting a tad bit easier. I guess that's a good thing.
Good luck to you to Kathy!