Weight Watchers new Your Way Program is not a diet. It’s about falling in love with real food again. Many of us are in love with food, which is why we may find ourselves carrying excess weight here and there, we are just possibly not in love with the kinds of food that we should be, and eating too many of those un-real foods that are not assisting us in reaching our weight goals.
WW Your Way is not about restriction, it’s not about elimination of any food groups. It’s simply about discovering how good you’re meant to feel by encouraging exercise that’s enjoyable and eating foods that are good for you and still absolutely delicious.
With the three key pillars of FOOD, FIT and FEEL, this is a change in lifestyle to create a whole new you, with a whole new focus, and provide you with the ability to live from now with this new philosophy in mind – it’s not something you do for a while until you hit your goal weight and then stop. It’s a lifestyle change that will enable you to become more confident, slimmer and healthier, but still you!
I love to cook, I love to bake and above all, I love to enjoy the fruits of my labour, I love to sit with family and friends and eat. For the most part, I eat well. I cook as much as I can from scratch and I try to use fresh ingredients more than packet alternatives, which tend to be full of preservatives and numbered ingredients that you can’t pronounce, much less recognise. I take this same philosophy across to my love of baking and justify my love of being in the kitchen creaming butter and sugar by knowing exactly what I’m putting in my food and how that has to be better for me. And I firmly believe that it does. But eating too much of that stuff has meant that I haven’t managed to shift that last 5-7 kgs that has been plaguing me since I had baby number 2. Baby number 3 is now almost two years old and that has been the kick in the pants (which are currently a size bigger than I’d like!) I need to get me serious about my body goals and achieving them this year.
One thing that has been super interesting for me in the past couple of weeks since I signed up to WW is keeping a food diary and noting down what I’m actually eating each day. It’s giving me a sense of awareness that I didn’t really have before and it’s keeping me accountable.
I don’t know about you, but the times I slip up or eat things I probably shouldn’t really only occurs when I’m ill-prepared. If I have Bliss Balls chilling in the fridge or fresh fruit at the ready, I won’t reach for a cookie or a slice of cake. If I eat regularly and make sure I have breakfast and lunch on time, I will not feel the sudden need to stuff my face with something, anything, just because my blood sugar is low – everyone knows that we reach for any quick fix if we are hungry.
Rising earlier than my kids each morning means I can generally prepare myself breakfast before I feed them and this sets my whole day off in the right direction. If I wake up late and we’re running around like headless chickens, I tend to either not eat until I get back from school drop off (around 9.15am), or I inevitably eat the leftover triangles of peanut butter toast that each of them has left behind after scoffing their WeetBix & yoghurt. It’s a downward spiral from there.
Since I am trying not to eat sandwiches for lunch (which is what I make my little guy) I need other ingredients on hand to keep me on track – pre-prepared salad base ingredients like cooked soba noodles or pearl barley mean I can throw together something delicious and good for me in a relative rush. My other go-to at lunch time is a couple of poached free-range eggs, a slice of Edam cheese and some salad greens. The protein in the eggs satisfies me until afternoon tea easily.
The other thing I have become very conscious of is to have a glass of water when I think I am feeling hungry. Filling that ‘void’ with water is an effective way to combat what is often misinterpreted as hunger. Thirst often presents itself as hunger and the double win is in keeping my hydration levels up which is only going to work wonders for my skin and overall wellbeing.
Taking time on a Sunday afternoon to whip up a couple of healthy snacks means that the rest of the week is much less likely to involve slip-ups, which in turn results in a successful week and weight loss on weigh in days which, after all, is the ultimate goal right!?
My favourite healthy snacks to keep me on track are: Bubbalino Bliss Balls, corn fritters, raw almonds, feta & spinach dip or sweet potato chips.
The WW mobile app is full of inspiring and mouth-watering recipe ideas, and the Program Cookbook is a colour collation of Weekday and Weekend Meals, meals I would happily serve to guests and that I serve without hesitation to my entire family: good food, real food, delicious flavours.
If you’ve been struggling with that last bit of leftover baby weight too or are finally ready to take the dive into feeling better about your body this year, then keep your eyes on my blog because very soon I will be giving away a WW membership to join me on this journey. I want to see you fall in love with real food again and to use 2016 to discover a more confident, slimmer and healthier you.