I don't think on this journey I will ever NOT be learning something. Should we ever stop learning? I don't think so. Why would you?
I really thought I was doing good on my low/no carb eating plan. BUT I have been slipping and it was all because I was slipping on reading labels. I know that I have to read labels but I have been slipping on some of them. So, when I was at the store yesterday I made sure I read ALL labels, even though I might had already read it on that product. Well .... I found out yesterday that I have been eating things that are NOT within my low/no carb guide. A couple of them was way off. So, back to making sure that I read labels so that I can stay within my range.
When reading labels it amazes me at the difference between - regular, light, no sugar, reduced fat and fat free. No, I am not an expert, by no means; however, it shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. For example - I was reading the label on JIF peanut butter. I grabbed a jar without really looking what it said - (I read carbs) well this one jar had a large amount of carbs. I was upset because I had been eating a very small amount but it was still way out of line for me. Well, I turned it over and noticed that it said Reduced Fat. So, I compared it to regular peanut butter. There was a really large difference. If you are counting carbs it is so much better to NOT eat reduced fat or fat free.
I wonder why we think that just because a label says reduced fat or fat free that we can consume it and a lot of time in large amounts. No wonder I gained weight over the years. I really thought this was the way to go. However, they add so many other ingredients to make it taste good that it is going the other way.
This was a hugh lesson for me. I know that I have to take the time to read labels. Don't just assume that it will be ok - sometimes it is and a lot of times it is not. This lifestyle change is something that I really can't let my guard down ... I have to pay attention to each thing that goes in my mouth.
On this journey of losing weight and getting healthy I am still learning ....