Last Friday, I decided to switch to Simply Filling. My primary reasons were that I haven’t been able to really acclimate to Freestyle and I’m someone who eats whole grains and found that my points were gone too quickly. The final straw was when I finally looked at the Simply Filling list of foods and saw that 94% fat free popcorn was on the list – which is one of my favorite snacks. So, I felt that Simply Filling might be fore me.
However, unfortunately, I switched over without really planning for it. So, this week has been a “do the best I can with the food I’ve already got in the house” type of week. Here’s some of the things I’ve noticed this week:
-It feels freeing. I didn’t use the app all week to track food, even though on Simply Filing you are supposed to track foods you consume not on the list. So, I definitely took it further than I’m supposed to, but I justified it by making the best decisions I could make with each meal. Getting to step back from writing everything down is a nice break. Even going forward, IF I decide to start writing down the foods not on the list (I’m still deciding if I want to do this), it will be easier than it used to be.
-The list may not be perfect for me. I know, when you hear that someone wants to “tweak” the list of foods, it sounds like a cop out. But hear me out. My first tweak is to add plain, almond milk which is not on the SF list, though fat-free milk is. I have been using almond milk for cereal for a long time and think it is healthy. The other addition to the list is Ezekiel bread. Ezekiel bread is sprouted grain bread that I think is very healthful. It is filling, and the sprouted grains are supposed to be healthier than flour-based bread. So, even though it isn’t on the list, I have no concerns that eating this bread will stifle my weight loss.
-I’m having to decide carefully how to use my weeklies. Even though I am not recording point-based food right now (for my mental break from that task), it doesn’t mean I’m not carefully considering foods that aren’t on the SF list. For instance, I have Chobani yogurt each day. It is 4 points and I love it. However, it isn’t on the SF list. But, non-fat, artificially-flavored yogurt is acceptable on SF. However, it tastes vastly inferior to the type of Chobani I usually get. And, it leaves a weird taste in my mouth. So, should I continue with the Chobani though it reduces my weeklies? I have to decide. The other decision is cheese. I love cheese and while fat-free cheese is on SF, we all know it doesn’t taste as good. I haven’t tried fat-free cheese yet, but before deciding what kind of cheese I’ll use, I’m going to try some of it out.
-I’ve had to really listen to my body this week to not overeat. This is tough because in the past (on the SmartPoints program), I let the number of points tell me how much to eat. On SF, I’m having to stop when I’m full. I recognize that under stressful times, emotional times, etc, I may not have the willpower to stop, but this week I believe I did pretty well. I focused on eating foods that are filling and then stopping when I was done.
So, if Freestyle isn’t your cup of tea or you need a break, I certainly recommend Simply Filling. You can always switch back. This week I lost three pounds and I am ecstatic about that. Here’s a great list of foods on SF: http://www.weightwatchers.com/images/1033/dynamic/GCMSImages/FillingFoodList_US.pdf
Whatever you decide, good luck to all in our journey towards health!