One of the things I love about weight watchers is that it does not dictate any foods be eliminated from my diet. I like having the choice to learn to eat the right foods, in the right quantities, without being restricted. To my mind, that is far more sustainable.
That being said, there are a few things I have chosen to eliminate from my diet.
French Fries. This started out as a quasi Lenten thing two years ago. I decided that I could just do without fries. At the time I was still going to fast food places a lot at lunch time (eating in my car alone, which will be a topic for another day). I would order some meal or another, and always the larger fries.
Say what you will about McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, but I loved their fries. I loved the way they tasted, and how salty they were. They were dang yummy in my opinion. When I first gave them up it was hard. I really liked eating more than one thing at lunch, and I usually would substitute a small, dollar-menu type sandwich. Not the healthiest choice, but not the worst either. Here is how things stack up:
- Large order of McDonald’s Fries – 13 points
- McDonald’s McDouble sandwich – 10 points
- McDonald’ Double Cheeseburger – 12 points
- Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries (large) – 14 points
- Wendy’s Cheesy Cheddar Burger – 8 points
- Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger – 11 points
- Wendy’s Double Stack – 9 points
Just by eliminating the fries, I could cut as many as 14 points from my diet. Even if I substituted another sandwich, I could still save as many as 6 points. As I said, I didn’t do it to save points, but it did have a positive effect.
Now that I am back on Weight Watchers I will be going out for fast food far less, and when I do, the fries will be left off my order.
Since then I have extended myself to eliminate all fried potatoes of any kind. This includes home fries or hash browns at breakfast. I just leave them off, and don’t substitute.
It’s not that I have anything against potatoes. I still love baked potatoes, roasted new potatoes, and mashed. But, I have eliminated the fried ones, and honestly….I haven’t missed them
Pop (or Soda) The debate rages on as to what to call carbonated beverages. I grew up in the Midwest, so it’s always been pop to me. Anyway, on January 1 of this year I decided to just eliminate pop from my diet, including diet pop.
I had read some articles that indicated that diet pop, with the fabricated sweet taste, fools your body into thinking that you are consuming sugar. The articles also indicated that it wasn’t only your tongue that is fooled. The digestive system also sees the pop as sugary, and begins manufacturing fat. (Save your thoughts on whether I am getting that exactly right. I am not a Doctor or dietician).
With that in mind, and even with the thought of saving a few dollars, I eliminated pop. Since then I have had one bottle of root beer (which I didn’t consider pop at the time, much to the amusement of my family). And, I haven’t missed it.
I have replaced pop with plain water. I drink at least a liter of water at my desk in the afternoon every day. My usual reason for wanting pop was the afternoon caffeine. On the rare occasions I have craved the boost, I have walked to the company store and had a cup of black coffee instead.
Ketchup. This one goes back to my Weight Watchers days in the past. I was looking to save a point here or there, and discovered that ketchup has points, but yellow mustard does not. The last 10 or 12 years that I ate fries, I either had them plain, or with mustard on them. I got a few looks from people, but I found the taste to be quite good.
I am not as hard core about my ketchup elimination as some other things. If I order a gourmet burger, or a fast food one for that matter, and it comes with ketchup I don’t scrape it off. But, if there is an option, I usually leave it off.
So that’s it, 3 quick and easy things that I have eliminated from my diet. None of them set the world on fire, but every little bit helps!