DAYS 3 & 4: 18 LB WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE (WLC)

Day 3:

Had a stressful day…had to kill a brown recluse spider which was making a web on door jamb of my front door…(I DETEST spiders). Had an interview too. Stress causes weight gain, I am well aware of that. So after the spider incident, I went for a walk in the beautiful sunshine. The interview went well but as usual I won’t find out for a couple of days. I hate the not knowing part. ¬†Another interesting part of the day came when my husband treated me to dinner out. I thought to myself all the things I could order at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Moctezuma’s. I actually stunned myself because I ate none of the chips, drank only water, and ordered a nice Avocado Caesar Salad with a grilled chicken breast and dressing on the side. It was wonderful, I felt satisfied. Plus normally when dessert is mentioned, I am all over it. I wasn’t last night. Dessert was not even on my mind.

Day 4:

Must grocery shop today, this will be a challenge all in itself, because in order to hit the healthy areas of the store, I first have to walk through the bakery section. I will have to focus a little deeper and not go there hungry. I already have a list, that won’t be a problem. But since I am loving this new feeling of being lighter, I will have to remind myself that I’ve tasted all the sugar before and nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.

A couple of days ago I was watching a PBS presentation by Brenda Watson Heart of Perfect Health I learned a new formula for calculating how many teaspoons of sugar are in a serving of food. Because let’s face it, it’s easier to visualize what a teaspoon of sugar looks like than a gram of it. Total carb grams (-) total fiber grams (/) divided by 5.

Teaspoons of Sugar

It’s simple. Now I’ve been calculating how many teaspoons of sugar are in each of the food items I have on my pantry shelves that have a label on them. I rarely buy anything that comes in a can, jar, or box, preferring to make it myself. So I am also checking recipes to find out exactly how many teaspoons of sugar each contain and trying to find ways to lower those teaspoons to only 1 or 2.

2 CRUNCH OR NOT 2 CRUNCH

Losing weight and maintaining good health is sometimes a balance beam walk through our senses. We all have different taste sensations that can throw us off the beam and onto the mats. Whether those sensations are sweet, creamy, crunchy, sour, and, yes,¬†chocolaty; we need to satisfy all of them while still ensuring the best quality and the best substitute that won’t sabotage our efforts.

Satisfying the crunchy sensation, in my house, is part of my daily routine. My husband is the KING of the munchers. He loves corn chips, taco chips, and sweet potato chips, luckily he is allergic to potatoes so those are off limits. As part of a healthy eating plan he is allowed to eat his chips once a week, but for me I really have issues with anything that is fried or made of corn.

My choices for healthy crunchies and munchies.

Just rinse & munch!

Slice & Crunch!

No oil required!

Dipped in Cashew Ranch Dressing, YUM!

Satisfy your Crunch!

Experiment to find your favorite non-traditional satisfying munchies, that help you stay healthy!