Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Eat What You Love


Here is the meeting summary from my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

This past week in the Weight Watchers meeting room I asked my members a question:  
Is your food PointsPlus worthy?

Think about it, is everything we eat that great or good that at the end of the day we are satisfied with our food choices? I mean do you feel like you could have something better or more pointsplus friendly?

The answers to these questions are not going to be the same for everyone, because we all have different tastes. Something that sounds satisfying to one person might not sound appealing to the next. However, it is important to choose foods that satisfy us. If we choose foods that do not taste good we will not stick with our Weight Watchers program, because we will get bored and feel deprived.

I love the Weight Watchers program, because they do not lay out for you what you must eat everyday. I do not have to buy the Weight Watchers food products. I can eat whatever I want as long as I stay within my daily and weekly PointsPlus allowances. This was important to me while I was losing weight, because I was able to eat foods that I loved and still lose weight!! It doesn't get much better than that?

Overtime I found that some of the foods I loved were too high in PointsPlus values, so I would try to find a substitution that was lower in PointsPlus values and still satisfying. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.

I love ice cream and dessert!! This is something that I did not want to cut out of my daily life while I was losing weight. However, some ice creams can be as many as 8 PointsPlus for just 1/2 cup. Yikes!! That's too high for me to eat each day. Thankfully, I was introduced to Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwiches!! These ice cream dessert were just as satisfying to me and much more PointsPlus friendly, so I could budget for one everyday!

For me, when I evaluate whether or not a food is PointsPlus worthy, I take two in to account two different factors. First, how many PointsPlus values is this food per serving? If a food is too high in PointsPlus values I do not enjoy it as much, because it is breaking my PointsPlus budget. Second, does this food satisfy my cravings? If I am craving something salty and the food I try to eat doesn't satisfy that craving, I try to look for other foods that might do the trick.

Take some time this week to begin to evaluate the foods that you are eating each day. Are they PointsPlus worthy? If not, try to find something that it more PointsPlus friendly and still just as satisfying to you.

What are some foods that you think are PointsPlus worthy?


scrapwordsmom said...

Really a great post!! I never thought of this in this exact way.

I just started WW today!! Wednesdays are my weigh in. I am excited and READY!! Thank you for all your inspiration:)


Meb said...

Hi ! You don't know me but I stumbled upon your blog and wanted to tell you how inspired I am by you. What an amazing accomplishment. You are beautiful.

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

I came across you blog one evening recently and I'm so glad I did!

I'm doing WW and while every leader is different--our meeting has been in a bit of transition for months. Our traditional leader has moved away, so we've had 3 different people leading our meeting for the last 2 months (we finally have a new leader!). It is such a mixed bag of what you're going to get--great tips & feedback, or a meeting where you feel like no one is interested and it's like pulling teeth to get any sort of discussion. Your recaps have been great and have helped to reinforce the message of the week.

Thank you!!


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