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Weight Loss this Week: 11.6 Total Weight Loss: -142.8
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My Nutrisystem Journey:
If you have been following my journey then you may have noticed a big lapse in time since my last update. My last few posts expressed my struggle with staying on track and that continued for me. You might also notice that my total weight loss above has decreased and that is due to some recent weight gain from not staying on track. I am not going to make excuses but I feel like it’s important to just own it and move forward. So I am restarting with Nutrisystem. Luckily for me, they are an amazing company who is ready to help me get through this setback. If you are looking for support they are awesome on that end. My counselor and many of the staff there have taken the time to email me and get me motivated to get back on track. I’m excited to start losing again.
I have lost 142 pounds but I still have a lot to lose which can be overwhelming at times. I think that was my biggest downfall. I started letting negativity creep into my diet plan. Hitting a wall for a few weeks lead to negative thoughts which lead to just giving up hope. So after some self-loathing, I have decided my health and life is more important than ice cream and chips. So I am back on track and I am feeling amazing about my progress this week.
It always feels so good to have a great week on any diet program. I love Nutrisystem because it’s easy to follow. I don’t have to think too much about what I am eating. They have the perfect portion size in my little Nutrisystem box and I just have to heat it up and eat it. The food is amazing, and I’m a picky eater. The support is outstanding, I have received so many emails over the last couple of weeks with encouragement and tips to get me back on track. I am in love with Nutrisystem but regardless of what diet plan you are using, I have learned that eating healthy veggies is a must.
Tips & Tricks:
So, I am a not a veggie eater, I hate them actually. The only veggie I really like is potato and I can’t have that on my diet plan because it is too starchy. During the numerous emails from my coach from Nutrisystem, the topic of veggies came up again. I always dread this conversation, admitting that I hate veggies usually doesn’t go over well with dieticians. I really do wish that I loved veggies though, I want to be one of those people who can eat veggies every day and love them and even seek them out. It would make my life so much better.
This week I committed to my couch that I would try really hard to get in my 4 servings of veggies each day to see what a difference it makes on my energy and hunger levels. I did a bunch of research and explored the produce aisle at my local grocery store. It has been an interesting week but also very positive. I am happy to say that I did get my veggies in every day this week and I have to say it made a huge difference. I felt so much better, my energy level was a lot higher, and I was less hungry at night which helped me avoid snacking. So, I guess my coach knows what he is talking about. I wanted to share with you some tips if you are like me and hate veggies to learn to love them as I am. I’m still a work in progress but I hope that this helps some of you.
Find Your “Gateway” Veggie:
If you hate veggies, like me then this may sound difficult. I have tried a ton of veggies over the years and most of the time I choke them down and never eat them again. So that gave me the impression that all veggies are gross and I would avoid trying them. This week my goal was to try new things. I choose five veggies I hadn’t tried or hadn’t tried in a long time. I tried a new veggie each day to help me find out which ones I love. I found out I love cauliflower. Whether it’s steamed, mashed, or cooked into other items I love it. So cauliflower has become my go-to veggie to make sure I get in my servings each day. I still try something new each day but I also make sure to have cauliflower on hand in case I don’t like what I try. Keep trying things until you find your veggie of choice. Once you find it always keep some on hand to make sure you get in those veggies every day.
Trick Your Brain:
Not a veggie fan? Disguise your veggies. I dislike most veggies but I love potatoes. So I have been using my cauliflower like a potato. I eat mashed cauliflower, turn them into tater tots, and add them to meats. Find a veggie that is versatile and then trick your brain into eating veggies by hiding them as something else. You can turn veggies into noodles too, just grab a spiralizer and turn zucchini into pasta. There are so many hacks out there to disguise your veggies into yummy foods you will love.
Add to Other Foods:
If you don’t like the taste of veggies then add some flavor to them. Include them in your other dishes to add flavor. I love cooking things like squash, onion, and tomatoes into my main dishes. Create a stir-fry, add them to your meals, or top foods with fresh veggies. I love hamburgers so I’ll add some tomatoes, onion, pickles to help add some flavor. It makes my burger taste better and I get some veggies in. I love to make casseroles so I’ll add in some veggies to add a little flavor but also get a serving or two in of veggies for my meal. Do you love eggs? Make an omelet with some spinach or other veggies. Get creative.
Keep a Veggie Journal:
Since eating veggies is a new thing for me I am tracking my journey. I have started a veggie journal. I’m keeping recipes I want to try out. Tracking what veggies I have tried, what I liked. I’m keeping track of how I prepared them, what I tried them with, etc. It will be a great resource at the end of this journey to look back on for ideas in the future. Instead of assuming I have tried things and didn’t like them I can keep track of what I tried and my response to it. Now I will know what I have tried, what I liked, and what worked.
These tips have helped me out and I hope they will help you. Do you have tips for learning to love your veggies? Share them in the comments, I would love to see your tips and learn more!
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