Sunday, November 11, 2012
The cold has moved on and I'm feeling much better. My DH had his surgery last Thursday and it went well. Hopefully he will be able to fully recover and go back to work sometime around January/February.
Now for my epiphany... I've spent a fair amount of time tracking what I eat and being brutally honest about it. Bad habits and all. I've isolated my worst offender. Would anyone else care for a glass of wine?
I know that's not a glass, but that stuff is like potato chips... you can't just have one! It adds up!
That considered, I must also look at my second worst offender. It seems that every meal that includes white flour is about double the amount of calories I was planning on eating for that meal. White flour culprits include pasta, white bread, flour tortillas, and anything with crust. I always figured it was the cheese (ok, I live for the stuff!). Nope, when I cut the cheese back to just a touch or even omit entirely I'm still getting the super hit on the calories and sodium that I am trying to avoid.
So now what to do with that information? I have already cut way back on the white flour stuff so we only get them for dinner 1-2 times per week. I think I need to cut that back to 1-2 times per month. Doc's have been saying for years that we need to cut out the processed flour/sugar foods. I think I just caught on... finally.
I think my goal is many many fresh vegetables and lots of really lean meat. I've been looking around and found "diets" that really don't fit. For example: Most "diets" forbid potatoes. A potato is not a processed flour/sugar food. Its a potato. I've grown them myself. You really can walk up to a plant and get one. I think they should be okay.
I'd love to have more information on a "whole food" type regimen but I'm not finding anything that goes beyond the weight loss diet type stuff. I'm 40 (about to be 41) and don't want to fool with this up/down diet/eat cycle anymore. Time to start eating in a way that I can sustain and enjoy for the rest of my life.