Changing My Eating Habits

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I love bread and pasta. I had no problem eating a ton of pasta with margarine. The only problem was I was never satisfied.

A few years ago we were a part of a church group that met once a week. We loved it and the buffet of food was tremendous.  Except that I didn’t practice in moderation.

Since I got married in 2010, I gained 35 pounds.  At one point I sincerely accused Shana of shrinking my jeans.  In August of 2014, I decided I had to make a change.


I started by counting my calorie intake. I discovered it was difficult to eat less than 2,000 calories per day. After counting calories for a month I started developing some self-discipline practicing portion control.

A Few Strategies I Used

  • Drink a glass of water before your meal
    • It takes 20 minutes for your brain to receive the “full” signal.
  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods
  • Eat until satisfied, not full
  • Eat good fats, especially Kerrygold butter.
  • Enjoy a treat once in a while
  • Take a great multivitamin

It has been a little over a year since I made the decision, and I feel better than ever! My old pants fit and my eating habits have changed. I have more energy with less sleep than before (thanks to our little man).

What habits have found work for you? Share your experience in the comments below.

Casey Bresnahan
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