Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Fortunately, I don't suffer from high blood pressure and my doctor says I have the bloodwork of Wonder Woman. I've inherited this from my Mother and I've managed to reach retirement age without needing any prescription drugs.
As I've aged, I've become more interested in keeping my good health and even improving it, so it's not surprising that I'm now becoming more aware of the sodium in my diet.
The average recommended amount seems to be about 2300 mgs, although if you read closely you'll find that 1500 mgs is really the optimum. The NY Times has an article on this today:
If you don't want to wade through all 4 pages, read the last page for the bottom line.
Many frozen dinners have the maximum allowance of salt in just one serving.
If you've been trying to load your diet with more unprocessed food, as I have, you have to think about how many times you shake that salt shaker over your steamed broccoli, etc.
So, I'm going to try to reduce the amount of sodium in my diet. Have YOU already focused on this? How's that going?
What is the best, tastiest prepared salt substitute you've found?
Have you found other additives, spices, etc., that you use instead of a prepared substitute?
And most important of all, how do you begin to drastically decrease your sodium usage and still have food that tastes good? I went cold turkey on sugar, but don't think that will work with sodium.
I appreciate any positive experience with reducing sodium in your diet that you can share with us!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I have an Artist's Spotlight thread on my Brushworks team, where I share beautiful artwork of various artists I find on the web. Not an artist myself, but definitely a wannabe!
Just thought others might enjoy viewing some of the beautiful artwork out there, even though you might not think to look for it on your own, in the course of a busy life.
We often forget to make time in the day just for beauty or joy or fun, don't we?
So here's one I really like. Hope you enjoy it!
By the way, my theory is, if I have a paintbrush in my hand, I won't be shoving food in my mouth, lol. Seems to work and cut down on mindless eating. So there!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Not matted; not finished; some detail to add.
This is just what I'm working on for my Brushworks team.
I know, I need a class in photography, lol.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
After logging your food for weeks and months, eventually you arrive at what seems to be the best calorie allotment per day for YOU. Then you know how many calories you can eat each day and still lose and be healthy. You figure out what you can live with and still reach your goals.
Now, I’d like to know what you feel about the way you distribute your calories throughout your day.
Are you better off if you eat your main meal (meaning more calories) at lunch and eat lighter at night?
Or maybe you have your largest meal early in the morning?
Do you eat like a bird all day and save the best (and most) calories for the evening meal?
I’d like to know HOW CALORIE DISTRIBUTION MATTERS to you in your efforts to lose weight.
NOT what you were told by a coach,
a tv show,
a website or
your best friend.
But what YOU observed in your own personal journey to lose a few pounds and be healthy.
Does your calorie distribution during the day have an effect on what the scale says next morning, or is it your total calories that count the most?
** I'm enjoying all the responses. It's very interesting. For me, it seems important to eat my biggest meal during the middle of the day and eat very light at night. Also, it seems to help if I really watch the starches and sweets at night. I'm better off if I have those in the morning or at noon, if I just HAVE TO have them, lol.
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