I’m not on a diet!
But I spend my calories carefully.
I have a daily food budget!
It’s part of the lifestyle I have that really helps me eat healthy and keep the weight off.
One of the best things I learned from my time with Weight Watchers was the point system.
I was given 18 points that I could spend on food throughout my day.
I treated myself to a carrot muffin and medium coffee with double cream like I usually did.
Then I looked it up in my little book. It cost me 12 points! Not a good choice! I didn’t do that again!
I learned from Weight Watchers to make smart choices. I now have a food budget that I keep in mind. It’s something I have been working on for a few years.
When I stay within my budget I maintain my current weight.
Remember it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
We want to spend our food budget calories well! We want to make the best choices throughout our day.
We want to choose nutrient rich foods with a mix of low and high calories.
Here’s how my food budget gets spent throughout my day.
I’m really hungry at breakfast time so I spend more calories then. I have ½ cup each of blueberries and raspberries topped with ¼ cup of homemade granola, with milk or Greek yogurt. Then I also have ½ cup of Fibre 1 bran cereal that I like to eat dry. Weird I know. But it stays crunchy, and milk just turns it to mush. Blah.
Doesn’t that look delicious?
Lunch is easy for me to have nutrient rich foods with lower calories. I have a full plate of fresh cut up veggies with hummus and crackers and cheese.
The other thing I avoid that really helps…. I don’t drink high calorie beverages, like pop and sweetened coffee. It’s not worth it for me. I want to chew my calories.
I drink lots of water, which helps to fill me up and keeps me well hydrated.
I try to have fruit for my snacks.
Then I can eat a regular dinner with meat, veggies and potatoes or rice, but on the smaller luncheon plate. I usually have a small dessert after dinner with a cup of tea.
When I know I am going out for ice cream with the kids I cut back on my calorie-spending at dinner. I save some of my calories to spend on the ice cream.