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A few more healthy changes

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm letting my penultimate draft of my dietary analysis paper cool for a bit and thought I'd blog about the changes I'm considering as a result of this project.

Issue 1: Too much saturated fat, not enough mono/polyunsaturated fats

I'm going to start looking for 1% or .5% milk. I don't know if I'm ready to go for skim milk. I guess it depends on what I'm eating it with. Another option is plain yogurt. It doesn't even have to be greek, since I get plenty of protein, and greek is more expensive. I can bring more plant oils back into my diet that way. Another thing to look at is chicken breast instead of chicken thighs. They are more expensive, but I can usually find them on sale somewhere.

Issue 2: Vitamin A, D and potassium

Yeah, I could take a pill, but I I was surprised that the analysis showed that most of my other micronutrients get met through a varied and balanced diet, but Vitamin A, D, and potassium were lacking. So basically this means more produce, especially orange colored ones. It's wild, it could be pumpkin or mangos, as long as the color is orange. My mom used to like liver and onions when I was a kid, which would technically work. I don't know, maybe if I got organic.

It doesn't really rate its own issue, but fish would also help the fat balance, the vitamin D, and my concerns about iodine. I figured out I could eat it during the day (I have a kid who objects strenuously to fish) and wrap some up for my husband to eat later.

Vitamin D also comes from being outside, so I will try and do my circuit training at the park while the weather holds.
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JUMPINJULIE 9/29/2013 7:09PM

    Love your blogs.

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CDCSMITH2013 9/26/2013 6:22AM

    I know we have to local dairies/milk companies that make skim that tastes/feels like 2% and 1% that is like whole milk. Not sure what would be available where you are though.

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POPSY190 9/26/2013 1:57AM

    Bananas are a good source of potassium.

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/25/2013 7:23PM

    Fish has vitamin D? I didn't know that. I am trying to incorporate more fish in my diet, and I have a hard time getting enough vitamin D, so that is good. My doc said I am deficient in D, which made me laugh hysterically. I spend so much time out in the sun that I would have guessed that I would be a skin cancer candidate long before I would be lacking in vitamin D. I never really knew which foods it comes in other than it being added to milk.

I have been drinking skim milk for a long time. We get this skim milk that has acidophilus added to it and it tastes so good and is a little more creamy than skim milk. The brand is Purity which I think is probably local to the area where I live (Middle Tennessee) so maybe you can't find it where you live but perhaps there is a similar product available where you live.

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