what you can do.

Eat in Color

There isn’t a person on God’s Green earth who wouldn’t over indulge if food didn’t have any consequences. I would eat a pastrami with mustard on rye. Everyday.

But until GT can have an army brigade of dietitians, personal chefs, personal trainers, hair and makeup artists, yoga/pilate instructors, stylists, facials, massages, colon therapists and an airbrush artist I’m gonna have to focus on what I can do and that’s having a set of principles that I can follow so I don’t end up playing myself on the daily. Without further ado…some Friday food for thought.

  • No more bad meals. We all know what crap eating is.
  • Eat in color. Iit ain’t Cauliflower treat the white stuff as poison.
  • Drop all soda.More Poison.
  • Eat real food in moderation. Mickey Dees is not real food and Hefty Portions are for Sumo Wrestlers.
  • Practice eating half of what is on your plate. You won’t always win this one.
  • Food is food. Not a vice or a crutch for emotional distress.
  • If I have a burger; I won’t eat the friesOk. Maybe six or seven.
Raise your hand. What is your food philosophy? What food would you eat if there weren’t any consequences?

18 Comments

  1. HONESTLY FOLLOWING ALL THESE R SURE FIRE WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT. I WAS DIETING THROUGH LA WEIGHLOSS, BUT I FELL OFF BUT I STARTED GOING HARD ON MY WEDDING PLANS. LOL, BUT ALL U HAVE TO DO WITH THEM IS EAT THE CORRECT PORTION, AND MAKE SURE U GET ALL THE DAILY SERVING U NEED OUT OF THE 5 FOOD GROUPS AND U REALLY CAN LOOSE WEIGHT. U DON’T HAVE TO STARVE YOURSELF, JUST EAT FATS AND SAUCES (RANCH, KETCHUP, ETC) IN MODERATION, AND WILL SEE A DRASTIC CHANGE. I LOST ABOUT 25 POUNDS IN 3 MONTHS

  2. With me i was eating so wrong mcdonald and other places that i do not need to eat. So i found out i had high blood pressure like three months ago. So i eat alot different like MRSJONES said u have to eat in portions plus but some color in your foods. I eat alot of fruits now went down on soda. I drink alot of water and cranberry juice to flush out my system. I drink red wine too. With me eating like that and exercising i lost 10 pounds. So im proud of myself and what i change in my eating habits.

  3. I know that picture with all that good stuff making me hungry lol.

  4. That food looks….delicious. 😆

    Soda isn’t hard for me to kick, but I do admit I love the carbonation (I feel it helps to keep me from getting indigestion). I suppose I could try for club soda, but then that has a lot of sodium. I eat in color ALL THE TIME. I absolutely LOVE vegetables. Eating half of what’s on my plate will be HARD because it’s like ingrained in me to ‘clean’ my plate. You know, growing up poor will do that to you. 😆 Still, there’s a lot I know I could do. Thanks so much for this! 🙂 I will say that if too much red meat wasn’t a consequence to high cholesterol and heart problems, I could do for eating cheeseburgers piled high with the typical veggies as well as others. The great thing about this sandwich (in spite of the red meat) is that you can interchange the veggies, the cheese and even the buns! That sandwich setup is something I like and I don’t have to worry about cleaning my plate with it. 😉

  5. I can give up sodas unless I am partaking in 7 & 7

    I am one if I do get a burger to not get the meals, I’ll get the burger and ask for bottled water.

    My weakness is carbs -pasta, pizza, bread, I can make anything into a sandwhich. You see leftover roast in the fridge I see a roast and cheese sandwhich!

    Good tips though!

  6. If there were no consequenses I would eat Chocolate cake and chocolate Ice Cream. But I made the decision to eat healthier when I found out my parents had diabetes. I have my Kashi cereal for breakfast with Almond Vanilla milk (I’m lactose intolerant…just found out) I usually have a sandwich for lunch on wheat or Rye (or a lean cuisine meal) a snack or to and I don’t have carbs with dinner. It’s better to eat them early. But you are so right GT, The white stuff will kill ya, Bread, pasta everything. And soda? Don’t get me started, you might as well drink rat poision

  7. If food didn’t have consequences, I would eat fried catfish, macaroni and cheese (the way we make it) and yams every day; until I get tired. then I would go to potato salad, corn on the cob w/ olive oil and sugar instead of butter. I would also eat Popeye’s biscuts I would eat fried Snapper with fried bananas, I would eat Salmon and rice and beans the spanish way how they pour the sauce over the rice. …………..Don’t get me started.

  8. Does anyone have issue with emotional eating? For years I have fought to control my eating when depressed and it is a fight I am losing. At almost 300 pounds I am ashamed of my body and feel totally out of control. Has anyone here fought this battle and won?

  9. @ Anon, many people suffer from emotional eating and just don’t know it. I snack when I’m bored. I don’t think about it when I”m doing it, but when I step back and really ‘see’ myself, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Boredom can be a form of depression too. If I were reading a book or being active somehow I wouldn’t have to occupy my time with snacking. One way I’ve waylaid this ‘habit’ of mine is to snack on carrots or celery or something that is healthy. With the little finger veggies I get full and stop…but then I start up again; ahhh, fiber! LOL If you feel out of control begin with little steps like the veggie-snacks, bump the sodas for water and the cheetos for triscuits (no sodium/reduced fat) and try to level your portions to minimal. I’m not at my desired weight, but I’m working on it…it just takes time; there’s no quick fix. Good luck to you 🙂

  10. @ Anon

    Instead of eating, try exercising. When your emotions are running rapid, go for a walk instead of eating. Walking is simple and one of the best exercises. Once you start exercising, you will begin to feel extremely better physically and mentally. Every little bit helps and soon you’ll be striving for longer and/or faster walks or you may be inspired to join a gym or other weight loss program.
    Good luck my sista or brotha 🙂

  11. No consequences-french fries, sour candy/sweets, and the white stuff 🙂

    I use to only drink pop and juice, but then developed a kidney stone, so despite my hate for water, I gave up the sugary drinks.
    I rarely eat red meat….not really a big fan of it, but will eat an occasional ground beef burger if turkey isn’t available.
    I eat salad for lunch on most days.
    I love pasta, but don’t cook it often, and when I do, I only use the whole wheat kind.
    I don’t think I eat large portions, but probably larger than the recommended amount.

    There’s room for improvement, and I’m a work in progress 😉

  12. Walking is the best thing you can do for yourself. It’s easy and it doesn’t cost you anything. You throw on your sneakers, ipod and at 300lbs just start slow and breath. Yes you may be out of breath after a while but practice walking 5 blocks and back then 10 and back. If you want mcdonalds so bad walk to mcdonalds and back home but don’t eat it everyday. It is still nice out so go and walk outside. You going to have to reduce your calorie intake and that is the half of your weight loss. You can do it!!! It’s all mental.

  13. i did the special K challege for three weeks and the weight flew off. i also let my husband be my trainer and i did tea-bo and yoga. i’m down to 135 and a size5-6. i’m really happy and have a lot more energy. i want some janet abs so that what i’m working on now..one good thing is i have on demand so i can pull up a high intensity workout up on tv at any time so i have no excuse even thought i still try to fine one 🙂
    if there were no consquence i would eat cake mix all day,cookie dough, and hot wings

  14. Glad to know that sistas can support each other by sharing their own experiences and lifestyle choices that have worked for them. We all have a food vice; but living well takes work and that’s including what we put in our mouths.

  15. First of all, the food on that picture is making hungry right now. lol. I am naturally a food person, I love food but I always know to eat in moderation. I am slim but try to eat healthy foods, especially since my mother has high blood pressure (causes of emotional distress, worrying and her food choices). I have not been one to like the grease but in my house, my family believe that the more grease, the more tasty. I am not a chocolate fan, so I try to stay away from sweets. Now I have to hold back on pastries and baked goodies. I Do not diet, so I only eat everything that is good in moderation. However, I need help in reducing my constant food cravings. Oh and I’m trying to work out my abs to get some janet abs, I also need a push on that one.

  16. Small plate.

    No bread and little pasta. Minimal dairy products. No soda. Green, green and more green!

  17. The treadmill five days a week and smoothies for breakfast. I am not like the diet nazi – I allow myself to have fun with my food and enjoy cooking things with my 12 year old daughter. I think the more you involve kids the easier it is for them to see healthy food choice and make them want to do better.

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