Daisy's Desk

Psalm 25:4-5----Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long
KNOW THYSELF
What kind of dieter are you? Knowing your diet personality can help you loss weight. A weight loss plan only works if you stay with it. And as any successful dieter can tell you, it's much easier to lose weight and firm up when the diet plan you choose fits your lifestyle and personality. A diet is simply what you eat, which means you are already on one. The first step to weight loss is to find your diet personality. Here are five (5) weight loss types, see which one fits you.
TYPE 1--- THE SUPPORT SEEKER
You are the one that turn to friends and pros for answers. (If it worked for Oprah, it can work for you.) In school you had study buddies, you have shopping partners and you need the support of wiser friends and without those late night calls to friends you could not have made it.
YOUR IDEAL DIET PLAN
Your perfect weight loss plan involves plenty of support from women who've been there---sharing your battles with discussions and prayers. Check out weight loss programs that meet weekly for fun, such as Weight Watchers. Join an aerobics class with a core group of members. Choose your own diet support group, choosing dependable friends who also need to lose weight and won't let you get away with making excuses. A group of three or four friends can keep you firmly on the fitness wagon even when one member can't show up. Designate a leader, set a plan of attack and be sure to let your supporters know exactly what you need most form them, whether it's gentle encouragement or the toughest of love
TYPE 2-THE SERIAL SNACKER
You're a stay-at-home mom and need of weight loss help because of your snacking style. Perhaps you don't like to cook, and with the kids, the husband who has time for three square meals a day? Your typical snack consist of chocolate, cookies, potato chips, cereal, toast, and when you feel extra virtuous, oatmeal or a piece of fruit. When you do find yourself cooking a true meal, you're usually too full from taste testing to enjoy regular-sized portions and the balance of healthy proteins, complex carbohydrates, and fats that they provide-until snack time comes around again.
YOUR IDEAL DIET PLAN
Serial snackers seem to eat out of habit, not hunger. They choose whatever is most accessible. Put healthy foods like fruit, vegetables and whole grains in prominent position, and hide cinnamon rolls and brownies in the deepest dungeons of your cabinets. Try chewing gum or long-lasting mints as a distractions form eating snacks. Keep extra bottles of water handy to replace sodas and never bring an entire package of food to the couch with you.
TYPE 3-THE FREE SPIRIT
You refuse to eat anything "lite" just because someone tells you it's lower in calories. You have better thing to do than count calories, carbs or grams of fat, and you're too rebellious to follow a step-by-step chart outlining what to eat at each meal. Weight loss for you will have to be simple and natural, with few rules-and always open to change.
YOUR IDEAL DIET PLAN
The free spirit doesn't want to work hard on a weight loss plan and isn't interested in a complete overhaul of eating habits. Simple changes such as eating slowly and rate your hunger before and during each meal so you won't allow yourself to become too hungry or too full. Add a piece of fruit to each meal and drink plenty of water.
TYPE 4-THE SWEET TOOTH
You have a sweet tooth and everyone knows it. You never turn down a piece of chocolate, brownies, cakes and you love to cook those favorite sweet desserts. Combine a sweet tooth with a serial snacker and you have double trouble.
YOUR IDEAL DIET PLAN
Identify the sweet you love the most and plan how much of each one you're going to enjoy and when. Brownies taste better when you buy them one at a time and savor them bite by bite. Peaches, strawberries, and bananas can appease your sweet tooth while providing fiber and key nutrients. Try dipping fruit in low-fat pudding or yogurt.
TYPE 5-THE DISTRACTED DINER
Multitasking may be a timesaver but it is not good for your health nor your waistline. If you tend to do two or three things at once-and one of them is often snacking-you're a distracted diner with little clue abut how much you're really eating. Whether it's the dashboard or the desktop that keeps you from paying full attention while you eat.
YOUR IDEAL DIET PLAN
Prepare your snacks and meals mindfully. Think mini-meals, such as half a sandwich and a handful of baby carrots, and avoid snack foods like chips and cookies. Choose foods that are easy to eat and difficult to spill on the run, like pre-sliced apples and grapes with the stems already removed. Never eat fast foods while driving; you may realize just how much you dislike the taste.
Daisy Atkins, RN, MSHA
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