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You Can Still Be Friends With Your Forbidden Foods

Those foods that you love—donuts, French fries, chocolate, BBQ chicken wings—but have had to eliminate from your diet while you’re on this program, don’t have to disappear from your life forever. It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll never eat such foods again, so here are tips for allowing them in to your life on a strictly conditional basis.

Inform Yourself

Find out how many calories and how many grams of fat, carbohydrate/sugars, and protein are in a serving. Pay particular note to the serving size. Once you are armed with this information, you can calculate how to occasionally work this food in to your diet.

Balance Your Intake

If you choose to incorporate a high-fat “forbidden” food in to your meal plan for a particular day, adjust the rest of your meals so that your daily fat intake doesn’t exceed 30% of total calories.

Real Beats Fake

Two ounces of fat-free cheese is never as satisfying as half an ounce of “real” cheese. Instead of substituting low-fat or fat-free versions of your favorite forbidden food and ending up unsatisfied and wanting (and perhaps eating) more, instead consume a small portion of the real thing. You’ll be much happier and probably consume the same number of or even fewer calories.

Fun not Food

Although it sometimes seems otherwise, food isn’t a vital component of having fun or giving yourself treats. Pin a piece of paper to the fridge and on it start a list of all the fun things you can do that don’t involve food. Add to it (and other household members could add to it, too) as more ideas occur to you. The list might begin with simple things, such as reading a book your friends have been raving about, getting a massage, going to a professional or college sports game (take your own snacks and drinks).

Alcohol is a Synonym for Fat

The body metabolizes alcohol in the same way as fat. When you drink, visualize that glass as a teaspoon of butter. A shot of spirits, 4 oz of wine (still or sparkling), and 12 oz of light beer are each equivalent to two servings of fat. If you drink, adjust your meal plan accordingly. If you drink a glass of regular beer, you’ll also need to compensate for 1 serving of carbohydrate.

*Disclaimer: Results are typical but not guaranteed. Your actual results may vary. Real CalMWM patients shown with permission.

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