I recently joined a calorie counting website at caloriecount.about.com. It has opened my eyes to how much I CAN eat… as long as what I’m eating is healthy.
Basically it’s helped me be understand more about what I’m putting into my mouth. I only keep track Mon-Friday and use it as a guide rather than rhetoric but I have actually enjoyed learning about what areas of my diet need more attention etc.
I’ve only been doing it for three weeks and already I feel like I have way more energy. What I like about this is that it’s about life-style changes and awareness rather than crash-dieting (and the resulting yo-yo effect).
Also, I really REALLY enjoyed/appreciated this post from them:
Paint-By-Number or Masterpiece?
Nutrition information is a tool, not a weapon—and certainly not a religion! As you learn to manage your weight in this abundant food environment, remember that your goal is a healthy lifestyle, not a lifelong restrictive diet. The distinction between healthy eating and restrictive dieting is important because restriction usually leads to feelings of deprivation, cravings, overeating, and guilt followed by another round of restriction. This is what I call the eat-repent-repeat cycle.
Work of Art or Paint-by-Number?
The difference between healthy eating and restrictive dieting is the difference between a work of art and paint-by-number. Either way, you end up with a nice picture… until you get up close to take a look.
All foods fit
Good or bad
By the clock
Your Picture of Health
Is the “picture of health” you’re painting constrained by rigid lines and someone else’s choice of colors? Or does it express your individuality, your preferences, and your lifestyle? Choose now how you want to create your work of art. Here are specific steps:
- Filter everything you read, hear, and say by asking, “Is this restrictive in nature?”
- Begin to monitor your little voice. (It may be helpful to journal so you capture the real essence of your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and choices when it comes to food.) When you notice restrictive dieting thoughts from the second column above, gently replace them with true healthy eating thoughts from the first column.
- Conventional wisdom may have you convinced that you are incapable of managing your weight without rigid rules. Look for role models, support, andresources to help you relearn to trust yourself.
- Use nutrition information as a tool not a weapon—and definitely not a religion!
- Make the healthiest choice you can without feeling deprived. All foods fit into a healthy diet using balance, variety, and moderation. (Click here for a guided audio lesson: Deciding What to Eat)
- Let go of the belief that you need to eat perfectly. Accept that you’ll sometimes regret certain choices you make—that is part of healthy eating. When you don’t get caught up in guilt and shame, you’re able to learn from your experiences.
- Repeat often: “It’s just food and I can learn to trust and nourish myself without restriction.”
- Discover joy in creating your own masterpiece!