Saturday, May 07, 2011
From Ralph Waldo Emerson (and in the SP article)
"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
I would say this is only the first part to overcoming any setbacks. Yes, you need to just accept what happened and accept that you have made mistakes. But I don't think forgetting them is really the right answer. I think that you need to acknowledge them and figure out how you could have done better, then do better the next day. Otherwise, it's really easy to sit at the end of every day and make excuses for why things happened rather than fix the root cause of the problem and improve everything.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
I always forget about the fish. I don't have any fish that often, because my husband hate hate hates it. And seriously, I'm not going to cook two meals (when I do cook dinner). I only get it once in a while when he's not going to be home for dinner. When I'm on the road for work I get the recommended amount and probably more because I try to get it all in! I'll have to remember to try and get it in for lunch possibly.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Seeing as I'm a master snacker, it's not too hard to think of things that I can eat. However, thinking of things that meet my goals AND satisfy me is completely different.
1. Apple slices and a good aged cheddar. I LOVE cheese, but it's so easy for me to overeat it. However, if I get a really good aged one, I find I need less to satisfy me. Pairing it with apples gets my fruit in as well in my quest to eat more fruits and veggies.
2. Celery with peanut butter. Peanut butter is also another tough one that it's easy to overeat, but it's satisfying if you enjoy small amounts slowly.
3. Oranges! Oranges satisfy my fruit/vegetable mission, plus they can take a while to peel/eat so I'm not going to have more than 1.
4. 1oz of almonds, no salt added. So filling, tasty, and it has good fats and protein.
5. Banana smoothie. My daughter has been asking for smoothies (thanks Fresh Beat Band) and I can make a batch with one banana, some milk and ice and just a little bit of one of those banana smoothie flavor packs you find by the produce. It's yummy, tastes totally unhealthy, and satisfies that creamy craving.
6. Salsa! I make my own so I can control the ingredients and it's so filling and healthy. Avocado, tomato, mango, olive oil, cilantro. Served with only ONE serving of tortilla chips of course.
7. Cheese and crackers. I've found that I like the super thin crackers because I can eat more in a serving. I like the Carr's water crackers the best right now, I also found some rice crackers that are awesome.
8. yogurt with fruit mixed in. I recently discovered that I actually like plain yogurt, but it's great with some fruit mixed in too.
9. Sweet potato fries. Again I make my own, so I can control what goes into it. The only hard part is not eating ALL of them!
10. Olives! They are super salty and satisfy that craving, plus a little goes a long way.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Okay, super huge breakthrough today?? I ate IN my cal range, IN all my other ranges (well, 1 under for protein, but seriously I'm not holding that one gram against myself) and drumroll.....WITHIN the sodium range! Plus I got 5 servings of fruit and veggies. I think I just about died when I finally put everything in the tracker and saw that I made just about every nutritional goal I could possibly think of today.
So, there is no negativity in my blog today, because seriously I have NOTHING negative to talk about. And that my friends...is what this is all about.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
So for the sodium challenge I took sampling of my most commonly used foods in the house. And it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, shockingly, but it wasn't great either.
Bread (brownberry health nut) = 170mg/slice
frozen veggies = 85mg/ 2/3 cup serving
light mayo = 125mg/tbsp
Not too shabby right? You know this isn't going to end well...
fancy-schmancy cheddar cheese = 390mg/ 1 oz serving. WTF! Cheese? I eat this stuff like it's going out of style, and definitely eat 2 oz in a sitting usually. Note to self, check cheese wrappers from now on.
Easter ham - 18,000,000,000mg/serving. No, really. Okay, so it wasn't that high, but it was 1020mg/ 3 oz serving. And that's just plain ridiculous. I plan on using the leftover ham for some soup this week, and I will definitely be cutting back on the amount I use in the recipe after that eye opener.
I know it's not so much what's in my house though as what's out of it. I do eat out at lunch occasionally, and I also travel a lot for work and don't have a better choice than eating at some chain restaurants. While I have found ways to make my "eating out" meals healthier, I just looked up the sodium content in some of my fav "healthy" standbys and I was floored.
Spicy garlic and lime grilled shrimp at Chili's? 150 cals and only 8 grams of fat. Sodium? 700mg. Seriously? Relatively speaking, it's probably one of the healthiest things on the menu that's not a salad with no dressing or croutons. What an eye opener!
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