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.