This week we had a friend visit us from Australia! It was his first time in America and we were thrilled to show him around. He also brought gifts: Cadbury chocolate and other chocolate treats from the land Down Under!!
I looked at Brent and we decided that we'd try a little of this rare treat. And I have to tell you that I thought I'd died and gone to heaven!! The choice to eat a bite or two (or three or four) was a conscious decision yet there ARE times when it's overwhelmingly tempting to eat some high calorie unhealthy food placed in front of me without thinking about it.
Here is what I found from my "Habits of Health" that I've adopted.
It's the STOP, CHALLENGE, and CHOOSE method.
STOP - and think about your goal
CHALLENGE - yourself as to what is more important
CHOOSE - the choice that supports your goal.
This is what I do when I attach a mental picture of myself to every food choice. One picture is of the morbidly obese me, the other is of the me at my goal weight. I choose the food that supports that "goal" of my mental picture. Makes it an easy choice. (It's hard to rationalize when it's a blatant choice like that)
Dr. Anderson also has these steps to follow:
This week I made Broiled Tilapia Parmesan and it was pretty good. I substituted olive oil for the butter and used less and my family enjoyed it.
Then with our Australian guest, we made taco salad. I used 93% fat free ground beef mixed with ground turkey for the taco meat. While our kids used whole grain tortilla shells - we used iceburg lettuce to wrap our taco's in. Another time we just put it on our bed of lettuce and added some salsa. Delicious!