WHAT I HAVE LEARNED DURING MY JOURNEY SO FAR
Friday, April 09, 2010
1. I do not need to drink sodas.
Mt. Dew was my addiction, not diet either. I'm of the opinion that real sugar is better for you than chemicals. In the past I had set rules for my soda habit. I was allowed one a day. I know now that even that one is too much. Plus I would deceive myself that I was cutting back because my one could be any size. I would justify a 44 oz because fountain drinks are more watered downed than bottles.
Water is my drink of choice 90% of the time now.
2. I cannot eyeball a measurement.
Besides still having to check what a serving size is, I still have a difficult time visualizing 1/2 or 1/4 cup. I just ordered the SP portion-sizing magnet. My measuring cups are used regularly. I also have a ladle that I use quite often and have measured several times but I still can't see that it holds the sane amount as 1/2 cup.
For now I'll just keep on measuring.
3. My health is important.
I'm divorced and the mother of two grown sons. As with a lot of moms, I put my family and household before myself. I put my schedule last. My needs were put last after everything else was done. A few years ago was the first time I had lived completely by myself. I began doing some soul searching to figure out what I truly enjoy doing. Most of the things I want to do I didn't have enough energy to do.
32 lbs down and that is changing.
4. I am eating CLEAN
I find it easier to measure and track my nutrition if I know exactly what is in it. I buy fresh food or single item foods. No more pre-packaged foods. Then I saw a blog on SP that called this CLEAN eating. I like it. I didn’t realize how much sodium was in the pre-packaged foods and I couldn’t figure out why I was retaining water. Well… I was taking Lean Cuisine for lunch daily (thought it was healthy). Then a friend suggested that was my problem; I looked at the sodium content and that was the end of those lunches.
I put more thought into packing my lunches and it is so worth it. I feel so much better.
5. I make less bad food choices
While I don’t deny myself anything, I choose to eat less of the less nutritional food. I find that after eating greasy, sugary foods, I feel yucky. My energy level drops and the food just seems to sit in my stomach forever. And, when I do eat that cookie, a few minutes later the flavor is gone and I’m left wondering why I ate it. I could have so many other things that would have contributed to my health and aided my journey to a healthier person.