“I would have to say shrimp. It’s high in protein and low in calories and carbohydrates. I love shrimp and its pretty filling. It took away that hunger feeling and helped fuel my workouts!
“I had it once per day for the whole five months of my weight-loss journey. I just prepared it in different ways. I mixed it with vegetables (with a little olive oil), mixed it with spaghetti squash and garlic and crushed red pepper, ate it plain, made it with lemon juice and pepper, etc. I never got tired of it!” — Janelle Gallagher, 32, lost 92 pounds
“I love bacon, not the turkey kind, the real bacon in all of its crispy goodness. Eating bacon for most people seems like a ‘cheat,’ and I used to feel that way too until I realized that every food decision I was making was fear-based and this no longer felt like a way I could live a healthy life.
“For me, bacon is emblematic of how I’ve worked to create a healthy relationship with food and my body. And that’s what resulted in body-composition changes. When I learned how to break up with dieting, it allowed me to stop fearing food, and stop the binge-restrict pattern that I knew all too well. By learning how to feel normal around food and normal in my body, I became able to eat bacon, and really anything I wanted, without fear or stress. And as a bonus, my body started to change too.” — Rachel Turner, 24, lost 15 pounds
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