My Foods - My Journey

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Today's blog is just about what I have noticed as I'm going through the healthy lifestyle journey...

I've noticed that it's really difficult to eat properly with a full time job and an active family. Mornings are very hectic so I grab a banana and yogurt. I know milk is good for me, but it has so many calories, that I find myself avoiding it. So yogurt is my replacement. I choose bananas cause it's quick. I used to grab a bagel or muffin, but after learning how high these are in calories and fat, I avoid these like the plague.

I used to quickly grab either a tuna or turkey sub for lunch, no mayo, and baked chips from the cafe and I was surprised with how many calories are in this meal. Now I go to the salad bar everyday. I'm a creature of habit and with my busy work days, it's better if I don't have to think about what to have for lunch, just grab and go. The salad bar has made a BIG difference.

Dinner, well this is my most difficult. My family usually doesn't like what I'm eating for dinner, so I find myself making two. My dinner is usually white meat and veggies. My family likes more variety and frankly need more higher calorie meals than me, they're much more active than me plus they want the red meats and starchy potatoes. They will eat some veggies but are very picky.

The biggest thing I have learned about myself is that I need fresh foods. Any processed food is not good for me. Now don't get me wrong, I do have pizza, hamburgers, etc. occassionally, just not as much as I used to. And I do notice a difference in the way I feel when I go off of the fresh food diet.

I'd like to have a daily schedule where I could have many small meals throughout the day instead of the "norm" 3 basic meals. I tried this for a couple of days and I think it's a good thing, I just don't have the time to eat like this. My work schedule doesn't fit this type of meal plan, but maybe some day it will.

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  • BARBIE176
    Great blog. It seems like you are making progress and learning what works for you and what doesn't. It really is difficult when you work full time and have a family that is into activities. Keep trying and experimenting and I am sure you will find things that work. I've found that when I really think about it I can find healthy meals that are also quick to prepare. Good luck!
    1811 days ago
    I recommend, if you haven't already, to purchase a SparkPeople Cookbook. I have one and I often download recipes from SparkPeople as well. Most of the ones I have chosen to make are very tasty and my family and friends love them. My favorites? Try the "Chicken Enchilada Casserole," "Cheeseburger Soup," "Leftover Turkey Soup," and more. Some are made in such a way that you can prepare them the night before either in a casserole dish to bake the next day or to put in a crockpot to cook while you are at work.

    I would also suggest you join "The Healthy Cooking Challenge" on SparkPeople. They have a lot of great ideas to keep you on track and not get bored with your food choices.

    I hope that helps!

    1811 days ago
    The salad bar is a good idea but you still have to be careful about what you put in your salad. Some salad dressings are very high in calories and fat. Also, the toppings can be high in calories and fat too. Sorry to hear that you have to make two meals but perhaps your family will come around and eat a little more like you especially when they see how you are benefiting from eating that way. I still think you are doing great though!

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    1811 days ago
    Seems like you are learning some very valuable lessons! Kudos!
    1811 days ago
    salad bars are full of calories if you arn't careful about what you pick. my lunches at work used to be fruit, fresh, canned or frozen but thawed the night before, and a big cucumber and about a cup of grape tomatoes. boring, same thing every day, but it worked.
    1812 days ago
  • SAKS20111
    salad bar is the best! i agree the same cal vs salad bar from turkey sub just doesnt do it for me, actually hurts my insulin levels. love salad bars! i also have a 1 quarter fruits (normally watermelon) handy for my 4pm pre work out boost. Plus a lil coffee.

    stick with your goal. your family will benefit from the new /energized you! keep up the gd work!
    1812 days ago
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