Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Going fresh. Now that I am living in Mexico, I am starting to try to add different Fresh and healthy foods into the diet. With the exception of the occasional Coke Zero and a 2.5% milk fat Lala Light, I am completely ignoring processed "light" and "low fat" foods that are so dominant in the grocery aisles in the USA. Light cheeses and nonfat yogurt are not available where I live, so I am eating full fat versions, but in smaller quantities or less frequently, and recording everything. I am also eating out considerably less and making most meals from scratch. I have an oven, but with the heat here, it is cooler to cook on top of the stove. Vegetable eating has changed a little, I don't eat as much salad as I did in the states and many vegetables are now being included as part of a prepared dish. I am eating less animal protein and more beans, and digging into the fruits and vegetables that are in abundance here and considerably less expensive than in the united states. I have cut back on tortilla eating, limiting my intake to no more than two or three a day, if any. Most significantly, I have cut back drastically on sugar and bread consumption, though Mexico is the land of sugar and bread consumption.
I am little by little trying to work in exercise, but I am spending too much time at home, in front of the computer. When I go out, I often choose to take the car rather than walk to places, because it is hot, because it is raining or will soon be raining, because I am in a hurry, because I am buying heavy things, because because because. Still, I have incorporated 15-30 minutes of stretching every morning for the past couple weeks, and I will be trying some online exercise videos beginning tomorrow morning.
I am logging my food in, almost religiously, which is probably the most helpful thing for my plan for healthier living. it's strength as a record, as an information center for nutritional information, as a place to store favorites and recipes, and a place to look for recipe options makes it an invaluable tool.
Poco a poco se anda mucho. Let's see where this goes!