I like to watch documentaries, probably part of my ‘input’ trait. I like anything about cooking, food, show business, biographies, etc. So today I watched Vegucated, recently added to Netflix. While I am not vegetarian or even close to vegan, I find these films interesting. I loved Food, Inc. and Hungry for Change.

Vegucated was a bit too focused on animal rights (don’t get me wrong, I think animals should be treated well by humans, but I am just as appalled by nature documentaries) and gave veganism a sort of cultish wrap, so I won’t say that I recommend it.

However, there was one tidbit of info that I found very interesting… A doctor that she interviewed said that the standard American diet was roughly 40% meat, 50% processed foods, and 10% whole plant foods, with half of that consisting of white potatoes. With those stats, it’s no wonder that we are not getting enough nutrients on the whole. Food for thought!

Dieting Thoughts

I’ve always hated the word “dieting” almost as much as I hate doing it, but as of late I’ve decided to be more conscious of my eating habits and there are a few thoughts that have started to change the way I think about food, so I thought I’d share:

1. Don’t eat until you’re full. Eat until you are no longer hungry.
2. Better to eat a small meal and have a snack in a couple hours than overeat at every meal.
3. If you are not enjoying something you are eating, stop. Don’t waste calories on something you don’t even like.
4. Try to avoid eating because you are bored. Grab a stick of gum or a glass of water instead.
5. Don’t feel bad for “wasting” food, even if you eat everything on your plate, you will be “wasting” it eventually.
6. If you are trying to decide between 2 items at a restaurant, default to choosing the healthier option every time.
7. A treat is fine once in a while, but if you do it daily then it is not a treat.
8. One bite of anything is not going to kill you.
9. Split restaurant meals or order ala carte options.
10. Don’t drink your calories, save it for a piece of chocolate.

Have any tips to add? I would love to hear them.