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SARIMILL Posts: 35
11/23/12 7:37 P

Thanks for the message back. I love salads and vegetables and I don't need to load up on dressings either. I like beans too and I have learned to cook them in chicken broth. And I got a biggest loser food scale. But I thought you could weigh multiple foods at once like homemade stew. My main problem I think is some stress factor comes on and I maybe don't track my food, this is what happened this time and I eat anything and everything. And you know I have been a type 1 diabetic since I was 9 and as far as eating right or weighing food my mother thought that was too much trouble. My dad gave me my shot for a few months and then said I had to do it because my mom wouldn't. So I took my shot everyday without fail, but my eating habit were probably horrible but I didn't start having weight problem until junior high when I think I stopped riding my bike. I think something happened maybe it was left or something. Anyways thank you.

Edited by: SARIMILL at: 11/26/2012 (20:13)
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11/23/12 4:50 P

I live off the smell of an oily rag, too! Food costs can be made by reducing the amount of meat purchases (I suspect you already have done that) and what you DO buy, get on really good specials. Things like ground lean beef or turkey. Thin them down with loads of lentils and finely diced veges. I can get away with a meat dish comprising one tablespoon of meat this way, but the protein is only slightly reduced, but the fibre is considerably increased.

Getting veges on a really good special is also good. Bulk buy things like carrots etc. and maybe split them (and the cost) with friends. Buy frozen on really good specials. They are often a better choice than fresh if the fresh has been sitting around a few days. They can also be a lot cheaper to buy.

Don't be afraid to use a food bank if needed. I have had many food grants to help us through. There is no shame in that. Sometimes Churches or Community Centres have provisions for people in your situation.

As far as exercise is concerned, talk with your Dr first about what is appropriate and what is best left alone. Then just start off with baby steps.

Good luck,

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 56,787
11/23/12 2:53 P

Okay, start with making a PLAN for YOU that takes into account YOUR food budget, YOUR tastes, YOUR schedule, YOUR disability, etc. The only way you are ever going to be able to make a TRUE LIFESTYLE CHANGE is if YOU MAKE IT FIT YOUR LIFE AND YOUR REALITIES not if you try to make YOUR life fit IT.

I am on a TIGHT budget, have health issues, and work at a stressful job. So, exercise and eating HAVE to fit into MY life. I started by making one or two choices that I THOUGHT would work for me.

A good place to start is to start by tracking your food so you can see where you are doing well and where you might want to make changes. Look at not only calories, but also fats, carbs, proteins and fiber. You might want to weigh and/or measure your portions to see whether YOUR portions are the same as the ones that are recommended (my own were about the size of 3-4 portions). Then start small making easy, quick, and painless changes in your diet. Things like switching from regular milk to 2%, 1% or skim milk - might only be in cooking at first and you might start by going one level lighter at a time. You might also find that while SOME healthy foods cost more, others are actually cheaper. I can't stand beans but they are a GREAT choice nutritionally to replace some meats and carbs and they cost a WHOLE lot less than most meats. You might also increase your veggies and fruits (frozen and even canned are good options). Whatever you decide, look at ways that YOU can reasonably make a few small changes - you will be surprised at how BIG the difference might be.

The same strategy works for exercise. Start small, do something for 10 minutes, or even 5. Pick something you like to do or at least that you don't HATE. Find ways to move more as well as exercises. It will start to become a habit that fits into YOUR day.

SARIMILL Posts: 35
11/23/12 1:13 P

I haven't been on here since last November2011. I have a hard time staying motivated because I am on disability and my food budget is 153 a month for two adults. I have heart valve reguritation , Aortic, mitral, and tricuspid. And recently found out I have a little blockage in my arteries but it's not serious. I think I had lost 10 lbs last time but I could never follow the grocery list and tried to eat foods I bought which I could afford and were healthy. So I'm trying to do this again.

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