So WHAT does your momma tell you? Well I wish mine certainly told me to eat my vegetables more often when I was little. Growing up in an Armenian household, we ate a lot of meat and little veggies...and we ate more red meat than any other kind...so it is no wonder my family history involves a lot of heart disease and high cholesterol. Luckily for me, I have really revamped my whole lifestyle when it comes to eating this past year. I'm 5'4"..at my heaviest I was 152lbs, I have hypothyroidism too so I feeling super sluggish, and I was a size 12...after making very minor adjustments to my diet...such as cutting out the many servings of apple juice I would have throughout the day....I went down to a size 10, 148lbs...
Back in August of 2006, my parents who were fresh off their trip from Aruba, told my sister and I that they were going to Aruba again next year and that they are going to take us....I do not know why exactly, but this was when I had my eatingstyle epiphany and decided to really get healthy. So not only did I cut the juices, I decided to drink my servings of water, not eat after 7pm, and another important thing...EAT BREAKFAST..which I hardly did before. However the main thing I had to teach myself was to eat more vegetables!!!
I think we can take veggies for granted sometimes....I use to think "they're veggies, eating them will not make much of a difference, it's not going to make me full, it won't make me feel better..I just don't see how this is going to happen." But as much as I kept thinking that to myself, I still forced myself to eat more carrots and broccoli, peas, corn, beans, asparagus, and others and eventually I started to enjoy eating them.....and guess what? I even started to feel full from them and see how they do make me feel a lot better compared to eating meatloaf for dinner.
Of course with plenty of walking/running, I was able to go from 152lbs to 123lbs....it took a long time...about 6 months...but it's worth it because during those long months you train your brain to like healthier foods and to not like the foods you use to eat before, and thus I know I will be more likely to keep this weight off and not gain it back...because I now <3 vegetables!
I especially love to eat steamed veggies...I buy these boxes of frozen veggies from green giant or any other brand from the market and they come in the microwavable pouch that steams in the microwave....i usually have a box of that (there are many varieties..such as Asparagus with no sauce shown below) as my main entree for dinner, and whatever my mom cooked for the night would be my small side....if you like your veggies as a snack I suggest you eat them raw because the crunch factor of food is what we look for in snacks to satisfy us (chips, pretzels, popcorn, candy...mostly crunch!).......for meals I suggest either steamed, grilled, and also raw veggies...any way you like it, just eat it! and eat more of it!!!!!! so do what your momma has told you, or tell yourself...EAT MORE VEGETABLES!!!!