Dirty 30 diet rules continued

As promised, in time for Christmas, here is the second half of the diet rules.

Rule 16: Eat using a smaller plate or using a plate with a painted edge. When you put your food on a smaller plate, your food looks bigger, and you’ll be less inclined to eat more.

Rule 17: Don’t serve dinner “family style”.

Rule 18: Eat a salad first before you have dinner.

Rule 19: Apples will keep the dentist away. They clean your teeth and they’re a healthier snack. (Sadly, I can’t have apples because I have TMJ disease. If it’s applesauce or sliced apples, that should be fine.)

Rule 20: Fresh pineapple soothes a sour stomach. Two out of three times.

Rule 21: Put a limit on red meat. Burgers, steak, beef hot dogs, pepperoni pizza, and sausage should be limited to once in a while, if you really want to have it.

Rule 22: Limit eating eggs for breakfast to once a week.

Rule 23: Egg yolks are higher in saturated fats than egg whites. See rule 22.

Rule 24: Low fat milk and yogurt are ok maybe once or twice a day, but cheese is binding.

(I have always had a problem with cheese and going to the bathroom. This is why I eat cheese when I feel really good about my body. The whole “Three a day” thing is crap because I still gained weight. Don’t give it up entirely, but also remember to go easy on it. Just a little is enough.)

Rule 25: When the hunger has subsided and you feel comfortable, stop eating. Do not order dessert unless the hunger is still there. (This rule goes for restaurants like Olive Garden and Cheesecake Factory.)

Rule 26: One serving of carbohydrates per meal, per day. That means if you have cereal in the morning, a sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner, that’s fine. Do not force yourself to eat more carbs. The food pyramid that says you have to have six servings of bread is ridiculous.

Rule 27: Stay away from foods with preservatives, if you can. Also, look at the ingredients of your food for MSG, monosodium glutamate, which is a salty compound that causes migraines. (Hint: McDonalds uses a lot of it in their fries.)

Rule 28: Kale tastes great in salads, especially with raspberry dressing. Try some with spinach when you make your own salad at the salad bar in your grocery store.

Rule 29: Infomercials and exercise things they advertise on television are not all that’s cracked up to be. Some of those commercials are lying. The best thing you can do is buy a bicycle, treadmill, or sneakers, and get outside. Or if you must stay inside from the cold, get a treadmill and walk every day. Or do some power walking at the mall.

Rule 30: If all else fails, refer back to rules 1 and 2. Never lose hope.

Hope you enjoyed that! Now, to defeat the evil Christmas dinner.

-The Lady in the Blue Box

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