It’s amazing what cutting things out of your diet can do for you. About 2 months ago, I (sadly) gave up 3 of my favorites. Wine, rice and bagels.
Rice was really hard to give up. It’s probably my favorite food. I know… I’m a weirdo. I replaced rice with quinoa and veggies as side dishes and I am actually growing to love quinoa more than rice. Quinoa is an excellent source of fiber and is often referred to as a ‘superfood,’ meaning that it’s chock full of nutrients
As for wine… I love it. I could drink a glass (or 3) of cabernet every night with dinner. However, I know that drinking wine is a waste of calories and it was preventing me from shedding off the extra few pounds I really wanted to lose. I’m a big proponent of moderation so I didn’t give up wine altogether. That would be crazy, right?! ; ) I decided to stop drinking during the week and allow myself to have fun on the weekends. Yes, when the occasional ‘girls night’ or dinner date with my boyfriend pops up during the week, of course I’ll indulge. Life’s too short. However, on a random Monday night when I’m snuggled up on the couch watching the Bachelorette with my best friend, it’s really not necessary.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m hung over, a toasted bagel with cream cheese is 100% guaranteed to make me feel better. It doesn’t help that there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts every 5 blocks in Philadelphia, either. (torture!) I gave up bagels and found some better, healthier choices for breakfast. For example, I keep a box of balance bars at my desk at work for busy mornings when I don’t have time to pack something. I make a batch of flourless healthy muffins with oatmeal and Greek yogurt almost every week. Recipe soon to come! There are SO many alternatives to bagels. At this point, I’m not even craving bagels on the weekends like I used to. My home-made muffins are so much better, anyway. : )
I’m challenging you. Try it out. What are the 3 things that you know you could do without? Are you cracking open a can of soda every day at lunch? Try water or green tea instead (0 calories). Are you constantly stopping at Starbucks for a Frappuccino? Stick with a black coffee instead. Making little changes – even if they are just on the weekdays – will eventually pay off and I promise you will see a difference on the scale and more importantly, in the mirror!