Sunday, March 03, 2013
Hi..I have started to type this log 3 times now..getting a bit discouraged!!
So today's blog is how I plan to improve my nutrition...so far I have been drinking green tea daily, remembering to take my vitamins and supplements, drinking lots of water, having lots of veggies and some fruits, proteins, dairy and whole grains..and treats in moderation. I had completely cut out sugar and carbs for 4 weeks in Jan and Feb so now am gradually adding them back to my diet.
Today I read a good quote on spark...If you halve it you can have it...it spoke to me about moderation and remembering portion sizes!!
Some of the reading and research I have done includes reading the article called How to Spring Clean your Diet..to summarize it's about eating more fresh spring produce...and eating less heavy winter-type meals. They listed 11 foods to include...some are my favorites already..asparagus/greens/oranges/spinach and strawberries. Some I don't like..apricots and mangoes, 2 I have never tried.. artichokes and fennel. Also listed was broccoli which I can't eat (I throw up if I ever eat it) and chives..which I grow in my garden but are right now under about 6 feet of snow!!
A spark article that some of you may have read was called Eat Naked..it has nothing to do with clothes and everything to do with eating plain foods without sauces etc...Clean eating. That is the majority of the meals and snack here. Since I started my Once a Month Shopping (OAMS) I have been buying less packaged foods, or canned foods...so have been working at clean eating.
The OAMS has also got me planning meals for the month which help control what we eat..we do eat out once in a while..2-4 times a month..maybe not so much in March with calving happening...I have roughly planned ideas for lunches and the suppers are mostly preplanned..Sun=chicken/Mon=pasta/Tue= ethnic/Wed=beef/Thurs=pork chops/Fri=fish/Sat=steak..we live on a ranch so we have our own butchered beef. I use lots of fresh and frozen veggies and fruits and hubby is a real potato lover but I can take or leave them...
Some of the other plans I have is to research more articles on spark on nutrition and check out the message boards too.
Another way I like to cut down on calories is to make a huge pot of soup and then use that for my lunches for the week...last week I made borscht..since we went to Russia, this week we are going to Polynesian so will make some kind of veggies soup..time to research some recipes..did you know there is a recipe link on the 5% challenge page?
So there are some of my ideas to improve my nutrition..I'd love to hear any suggestions you have on how you have made changes to eat healthier :)
I usually do an update of my day..but this blog has gotten longer than I thought it would..will add a quick update later...
Thanks for dropping by and for all your kind comments..keep on Sparkin'
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