Monday, June 25, 2012
Today, I am listening to a debate called, "Should Meat be Off the Menu?"
I think that both sides present a case against factory-farm raised animals for meat. However, Adrian Richardson gave an example healthy - get rid of the processed foods.
While talking with certain people in my life, I find that the term "healthy" is often viewed as being subjective and every one has a different definition as to what healthy is. My view is that a healthy diet is one that consists of foods that are close to it natural state as possible and not full of chemicals and addictives. Also, if a food is healthy, then it will be health supporting.
Just yesterday, my daughter and I were at the store and we sarted to read the ingredient list of so-called healthy protein bars. Even the ones that were claiming to be organic were full of things - I am not sure exactly what becuase even organic foods add things to products.
Comparing those "healthy" protein bars to a Larabar - what a difference in ingredients. At least with the Larabars it is easy to know AND understand what the ingredients are. In my opinion, the Larabar is a healthier choice.
My challenge for myself this week is to focus on what eating healthy - that is foods as close to its natural state as possible with limited addictives.
How about your definition of healthy?
Friday, June 22, 2012
I weighed myself this morning and realized that I am down 2.8 pounds this month. I joined a lose 5% challenge by labor day. That is about the amount I gained this spring when I just had to have those Peanut Buster Parfaits from the Dairy Queen. It has been awhile since I last had one and if I recall the last one I had did not taste near as good as I thought they did in the spring.
Right now, I am focusing on serving size and really want to become more intent on when I am starting to feel full. I find myself often eating more than I really need to at meal time and snack when I am not really hungry. Limiting junk food and focusing more on low-energy high-nutrient foods makes such a difference in how I feel after I eat.
I have noticed when I eat junk foods, i.e. potato chips, candy bars, cake etc., I really do not feel satisfied even though I have just consumed a lot of calories. But, on the other hand, when I eat a hefty mixed green salad topped with lots of veggies I sometimes imagine my body sighing relief and telling me, "Thanks, I needed that."
That is what I need to focus on, giving my body what it needs to function properly. When I mentioned to my hubby that I joined that challenge, he told me I did not need to lose weight and 5% was too much. But I disagree, losing that 5% will put me back to where I was last summer and I felt great then.
One thing I remember him tell me when I lost the bulk of those 40 pounds I put on a few years back was that he noticed I seemed to have a lighter step when I walked. Sometimes, when I pick up chicken feed for our chickens (50 pound bag) I think of how much extra weight I was carrying around on a daily basis. Yeah, once some of that weight came off, I was walking with a lighter step because it was so much easier to walk.
I have lost only a couple of pounds so far and I am sure that it will go up and down a bit but it feels good. I have a lot of tweaking to do with my diet though...
Saturday, June 16, 2012
There is a local 5k fun run coming up in July. I thought what a great way to get the grandkids involved in a fitness routine. So, I am going to start training with my granddaughter to run a 5k. She keeps asking, "What if I am the only kid to win?" I keep telling her that there will be other children running and it does not matter if she takes first place, what matters is that she crosses the finnish line. The last race we did as a family, the prizes were given out by drawing, so she has a memory that she won a prize.
There is a 1k fun run at the race event I am doing next week, I am trying to get my daughter to sign up the 2 year old because he loves to run down to the tower and back with me and that is almost the same distance and we run up a hill on the way back. So, I think he can do it, but he might get a little shy because of the crowd.
I love watching him run and seeing how his form is naturally developing. And my granddaughter, age 10, has a desire to leave me behind in the dust because every time we talk about doing a race, she asks me, "What if I pass you?" I tell her to make sure she follows the race route and wait for me at the finish line.
Friday, June 15, 2012
My grandson is on the WIC program and I had to go get the vouchers yesterday. My daughter is having issues with them because now that he is one year old she does not want him on dairy. She is lactose intolerant and there is evidence my grandson is always. His formula was switched (he was a premie and my daughter was unable to nurse) and his little tummy was so bloated with gas and he was not drinking and had diarrhea.
So, I was discussing the options as to what to feed him. I was told that calcium and protein were the two biggest concerns. It seems that to their way of thinking the requirements can only be met by Dairy (aka cow's milk). I told her we were trying to meet those needs by adding dark leafy greens and beans to his diet. Oh, did I get a look. So, I casually mentioned that when my daughter was growing up, I had to work outside the home and consequently, we ate a lot of processed foods and she has a lot of physical problems. So, we are hoping to make better choices for the grandson.
Again, I was told that calcium and protein were the two that were of the most concern and dairy would solve that. My response: "I am doing research so that he will get what he needs without dairy. Since this are a transistional time for him, we have time to get him eating the foods that will meet his needs without having to resort to cow's milk."
Her response, "Well, he's have to eat 3 cups of dried beans to get the protein he needs." So, I guess according to WIC standards only cow's milk and beans provide one with the protein and calcium we need.
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