|Ice cream chocolate chip sandwich/Courtesy: Bon Appetite|
Then I presented him with this: "look at the great food you CAN have": fish, chicken, lean steak, sweet potatoes, greens of all sorts, peppers, fresh berries, red wine (HELLO), dark chocolate, blah blah blah blah."
He couldn't get over the fact that he CAN'T have certain food items. I say focus on what you CAN have if you're trying to drop weight or stay withing a healthy range. Doing the latter makes the sometimes taxing mental process of trying to win the weight loss game much more bearable.
If you prepare for the day thinking "Crap, no 4pm cookie, no afterwork beers, no pretzels during the Rangers game" you will go crazy. The thought of what you can't consume can consume you so much so that you end stuffing your face with all the stuff you swore off eating.
|The best, healthiest smoothie ever.|
That's not some pollyanna way of thinking. It works. Succeeding at eating a healthy diet is as much about mental execution as it is the physical. We know the right foods to eat. It's just hard to do it. Get your mind focused on what you CAN eat instead of what you CAN'T and you WILL succeed.
Looking for a great way to eat a bounty of fresh produce, wine, chocolate, nuts and more, try the Mediterranean "diet". I hate using the word "diet" because it's much more of an approach to eating that is wonderfully balanced and so inclusive you won't feel like you're depriving yourself of anything.