Chocolate chip pancakes are a Sunday night tradition at my house. My kids would protest LOUDLY if I nixed our tradition just because I'm on a diet. But, there is NO way I can sit at our kitchen table and eat a salad while they indulge in chocolate sugary yumminess.
So, what's a mom to do? Pancakes are clearly NOT on any diet plan, or are they? Is it possible to have my (pan)cake and eat it, too? I think so!
An eating plan helps me get fit and enjoy a family food tradition.
An eating plan structures when, what and how much I eat.
Most healthy plans recommend 3 balanced meals and 2 small snacks each day. They also tell you how many servings or amounts of each type of food to eat. By using a specific plan you can insure that your body is receiving a variety of nutrients.
If you are looking for a balanced meal plan I recommend:
- Biggest Loser Diet. The popular television show has produced several books (linked to my review), workout DVDs and other products. I used this diet last summer and lost 15 pounds. I am using the Biggest Loser 4-3-2-1 food plan now to lose 10 more pounds.
- Food Pyramid. The USDA has a website FULL of tips and information for eating healthy. They also have a customizable daily food plan and a free online tracking system.
- Weight Watchers. I have never used them but I know people who successfully lost weight with their system.
A weekly menu chart helps me track my eating plan.
I have a terrible memory. Absolutely terrible. In order to remember how many servings of protein I've eaten throughout the day I must write them down.
I'm tired of scribbling on bits of paper so I designed an eating plan tracking chart to use during the next 6 weeks. My chart lists 3 meals, 2 snacks and has a space for each day of the week. I use the chart to plan my menu for each week. As I eat each item I cross it off on the plan. This allows me to easily count up the servings I've eaten.
A menu plan also allows me to eat pancakes every Sunday night. Because I know that I'll be eating 2-3 servings of grain (each pancake is one serving) I plan my breakfast and lunch without grains. I eat pancakes and still follow my diet. It's a win-win situation!
What diet plan are you using? How do you track calories, servings or points?
Visit Stephanie's Mommy Facebook page to download a copy of my eating plan tracking chart.
Read the other posts in this series: 10 Steps to Get Fit, Set Fitness Goals, How to Fail Proof Your Weight Loss, How to Plan to Exercise.