You got that? I refuse to give up pizza. I could eat it for all three meals a day. I don't, but I could. Cold, hot, lukewarm, whatever you got, I will eat it. I used to be an ONLY cheese kind of gal. I'm talking a good 25 years of my life were spent like this. (Watch)
But I've recently been so in love with pizza that I will eat almost any flavor you throw my way. I just LOVE pizza.
But pizza (and beer) is how I got to be at my heaviest in 2007. I got married that year. It was 30 some pounds ago. I wasn't active. I had horrible seasonal allergies. I experienced a nasty cold every winter. After my mom passed away tragically that same year, I decided I wasn't going to wait until 'someday' to take control of my health. Your someday is now. I've come a LONG way since then but I'm still not giving up pizza.
No, I refuse to give it up but my relationship with it has had to change. While I know I could sit down and polish off several pieces (ok, the whole thing) that's not healthy or smart. It's freaking delicious, but not smart.
So how do I go about enjoying this favorite without feeling guilty?
I Happy Medium Health it.
I still have pizza but I start with a filling salad. This salad was baby spinach, blueberries, blackberries, and almonds with a raspberry vinaigrette. It is key that you start with the salad. Start by filling yourself up with the more nutritious option so you aren't as hungry when you get to the other part of the meal. You'll still get to enjoy it but in a smaller portion.
What did my son eat? His plate was pretty much the same and he ate two carrots and all of the berries before he touched the pizza.
I try to apply this mentality to most of my meals. I control the portion of the things I eat so we can eat the same thing as a family. I don't cook separate meals for dinner for my family. I'm not a short order cook (because I hate cooking one meal the way it is). This mom's not on a "diet" (because we should be eating foods that are nutritious for all of us). I don't care who is picky this week (yes, my son doesn't like things but too bad. He can try it or wait until breakfast). I don't get worked up if a new meal I try off of Pinterest bombs (which is almost all of them). I don't believe in elimination diets (Give me carbs! Give me meat! Just eat it balanced.). We all eat the same thing. We try to keep things in moderation the majority of the time. I look at the ingredients of a dish and try to swap out ingredients for the healthiest version. I try to make sure we have enough options to cover a well balanced meal. We usually have enough cleaned fruits and veggies on hand so if someone is still hungry they can grab some of those.
We are also not perfect. We are known to indulge every now and then. We don't cook like rockstars every night. But by focusing on nutrition the majority of the time, we don't get hung up on the "bad" meals.
This is why I refuse to give up pizza. It's just not happening. I'll reduce my intake. I'll eat a salad first. But me and pizza? We're in it for the long haul.
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