back in 2009 my diet looked a lot like the standard food pyramid....the largest number of calories coming from about 6 servings of starches (whole wheat bread, brown/white rice, whole wheat pasta). Now I drastically limit my starches to beans, legumes, an occasional whole wheat english muffin, and sweet potatoes, butternut squash. And I drastically cut back on sugar and salt. And I watch my fats. Most of my food is veggie based. I rarely eat beef...mostly chicken. And almost no processed food. My BP is normal without meds, I have few colds/flu, my joints and circulation feel fine, my ankles don't swell the way they did. a huge difference to what I was feeling before.
I decided to eat a cleaner diet so the most of the processed foods went away. Still eat peanut butter...but I get the kind where it has only 4 ingredients I can pronounce. Being hypoglycemic I eat a high protein low sugar diet with only 1 fruit a day. The high protein diet also helps with my weight lifting. Decide that I ate too much cold cereal so I have not even ate any in over 2 years. I just eat oatmeal once in awhile for breakfast. I have found other healthy options for breakfast.
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16,175 3/12/13 9:57 P
gradual changes. since i joined sparks jan. 12-i slowly reduced the sugar in my coffee. i no longer use any. i used to use about 6 tablespoons of flavored cream a day, now i use one (or sometimes none). i eat less processed food-i used to eat a lot more things like frozen waffles and frozen meals like lean cuisine. (i'm not saying there is anything wrong with those) when i started, they were better choices than i had been making and helped me with portion control.
totally changed.now I make healthy choises every day I dont eat white flour ,I eat a lot of vegetables,I dont drink juices but I only eat the fruits,I dont order food,I dont eat at restaurants I drink my coffee without sugar and I eat breakfast every day .
Edited by: ANADAMPAPADAAM at: 3/12/2013 (19:43)
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1,258 3/12/13 7:05 P
Yes, eating more fruit and vegetables, I have stayed away from restaurants in the last 9 months.
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20,550 3/12/13 5:40 P
I have greatly increased my veggies and decreased my fruit
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2,116 3/12/13 4:30 P
Definitely - cut out meat most days.
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48 3/12/13 2:51 P
Yep, incorporated more turkey and more fresh salads.
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216 3/12/13 9:59 A
Had to go gluten free.
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12,065 3/12/13 9:13 A
The meat replacements I have more for my kids and their dad, though I do indulge sometimes, but like you, CM, I am aiming for more whole foods, way less processed foods, and cooking my own things from fresh ingredients.
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20,550 3/12/13 8:47 A
Yes. I was already eating healty things, just sometimes too much. I add more vegetables. And I try to control emotional eating, which is the reason I am fat. I started eating fruit instead of sweets or savoury snacks.
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16,114 3/12/13 5:25 A
yes my menu has changed but it is mostly portion control as I still eat a lot of things that I did before. But I do try to keep in my calories and that mostly works.
Water is the biggest problem because I hardly drink much anyway.
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1,097 3/12/13 5:14 A
Only a little bit. I was already pretty happy with what I was eating when I was eating real food and not junk food; I was just eating too much of it. I have made a few changes, but nothing huge. The biggest one is probably reintroducing salad to my life.
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12,292 3/12/13 1:34 A
Yes, my menu has changed. I still have to be gluten-free and I am still on the Mediterrean type diet but I am also looking at just buying plant based food and adjusting my menu to plant based foods.
Mine changes seasonally and such as well. I keep different things in the pantry or fridge, and so make different kinds of meals. I really get into certain foods or ingredients for a while. But I tend to keep them 'good things'.
Yes, I have gotten more into the SPARKSPEOPLE.com's recipes and thus my menu has changed. It also, has changed because I am realizing that I need to eat more nutritional and more balanced meals. Before, I often left out fats and ate less carbs. Now, after reading about the need for carbs to exercise I have changed my menu a bit, more or less Altered it, you might say.
For me, my menu hasn't really changed...I still make the same things I always have but have cut down on portions. I have found new healthy things that I like for snacks, but as far as regular meals they are the same. But I never really ate unhealthy in the first place.
Yes. I eat a lot healther these day. Although I do fall off the wagon and have my favorite devil food chocolate cupcakes. I eat healthy 85% of the time.
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2,215 3/8/13 10:47 A
It changes...it stayed changed for about 4 years too. Until it didn't. Until I wanted junk food again & was dealing with back pain & surgery....etc, etc. No change is "permanent"--it's all just a journey.......you have to keep making the healthy choices EVERY DAY--Forever!
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222 3/8/13 10:30 A
Sure, it changes all the time. I do find it easier to eat simple meals for breakfast and lunch so that I can easily keep track of calories. Dinner time meals are always more complex as I am cooking for three people and I prefer to make just one meal for the family. It's a bit of hassle dealing with recipes and entering everything into the SparkPeople software, but in time I'll see if it's truly worth it
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5,402 3/8/13 10:27 A
For sure! There are a lot of foods which I've abandoned in favor of healthier, more satisfying counterparts. For instance, I used to eat packaged snacks at work, and now I'm just bringing in fruit instead. My meals look a lot different too.
Yes, my menu has definitely changed. I eat so many more fruits and veggies now. I try to at least one serving with every meal and snack. I cook healthier recipes that I find on sparkrecipes.com. I do still cook some of my old favorites but they are usually lightened up in some way, or I sneak in an extra veggie. I enjoy food much more now than I did before.
1. no more dairy 2. Little to no meat (if i do partake it is 100% green fed and I know the farmer so I am ensured of that) 3. increased veggie palate 4. somewhat increased fruit palate 5. juicing 6. smoothies 7. cut out refined sugar (i don't even have it in the house) (only use raw honey sparingly, grade b maple syrup sparingly, bee pollen an awesome superfood, fruits, green stevia powder since I won't buy the white stevia in the stores) 8. Only healthy fats (won't touch vegetable, corn or canola oil. If it has it in it, i don't buy it) 9. Increased water to a gallon a day (some of this comes from juices-which i juice so no additives, smoothies which i use water, and water bound veggies and fruit) 10. started to eat fermented food (love sauerkraut and rejuvelac)
that's it in a nutshell
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11,433 3/8/13 8:32 A
I eat very simply. A fruit, a vege, a piece of chicken. The only thing I drink besides water is milk and a cup of coffee in the morning. Very few processed foods. I feel way healthier than before.
I find, the longer I work toward healthy choices, the more my menu "morphs".
At first, it was all about finding healthy replacements for what I ate before (instead of this . . . eat this).
Now, I've nearly abandoned all of that, and instead of trying to copy my old ways; I have developed new ones. I'm choosing fresher ingredients, less processed, and simple things, rather than trying to just make old habits healthy.
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