July makes 2 years that I have maintained my weight loss.  Overall, it has not been too difficult.  I would say, that it was a little easier losing the weight than to maintain the weight loss.  I had to try a few things to see what works for me.

I continue to  plan my meals and snacks.  I discovered that if I do not plan, I make poor choices.  So, healthy eating is definitely a life style change.  That is a good thing because my body functions better when I eat clean.  When I indulge occasionally by having the foods I don’t normally consume, my body immediately responds in a negative way.  That is motivation enough for me to make the right food choices.

We should be consuming food which offers some nutritional value.  You wouldn’t put bad gas into your vehicle would you?  You keep the maintenance up on your vehicles so that they would last a long time and so that they won’t break down on you. You put quality gas in your vehicles so that they function properly.    So, why are we treating our bodies as though they are replaceable?  At least you can repair or purchase another vehicle if it breaks down.  Since you only get ONE body why not take care of it?

How do you take care of your body?   Listed below are just a few things you can do to take care of you body:

1.  Minimize the sugar.   Women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of sugar per day.  One soda or a juice already puts you over your daily limit.  Men should consume no more than 9 teaspoon (34 grams) of sugar per day.  Sugar should be at the bottom of the ingredient label.  If you want a smaller waist, then you have to decrease the sugar.

2.  Stay away from processed foods or foods with preservatives.   Read the labels; if you can not pronounce an ingredient, then you should not be consuming it.

3.  No fast foods.  Prepare your meals so that you know what you are putting in your bodies.

4. Minimize the sodium.

5. Increase your water intake.

6. Half of your plate should be non starchy vegetables.  The other half of your plate should be a lean protein and complex carb (such as a half sweet potato)

Start off by trying one or two of the tips listed above to get moving in the right direction. My challenge to you is to go one week without sugar.  What that does is reset your taste buds.  After a few days without excess sugars, things will be begin to taste differently to you.  You will realize that your foods will not require as much sugar if any at all.

To replace the sweets, have some nature’s candy (fresh fruit). This time of year, it is plentiful, inexpensive and delicious.

There will be more to come.

Remember, “take care of your body, because you only get ONE”.