Monday, May 21, 2012

Handy things to take: Food list

Since I have been trying to keep to a healthier diet, I kept a list of foods that would be good options for me to eat on my trip. The foods were listed on graph paper in alternating colors with the first item written in red ink and the next written in black ink. This chart made it easier for me to read the facts for each item. Seven columns were placed on this page to give information on the following areas: calories, protein, fat, potassium, carbohydrates, cholesterol, sodium and sugar. Any food I ate came from the list. This kept me on track and away from poor food choices while I was on the trip. I kept this list in a plastic protector pocket in my travel binder and that made it easier to locate when I needed it.

Does this work? It did for me. I have lost a lot of weight in the last seven months. By following this list and cutting out dairy since the month before the trip until now, I have been able to lose 45 pounds so far. I used to eat a lot of dairy products, so cutting them out really made a big difference. Since I have a tendency to eat out more when I am on vacation than I do while I am at home, I figured if I could keep my day-to-day food choices more regimented, I could afford to treat myself occasionally at the restaurants.

(Photo taken in 2012)

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