Sunday, March 13, 2022

Little steps to improve my eating habits

Pandemic pounds anyone? I certainly have some and don’t want them. So I’m making an effort to make small changes in what I eat both to lose weight and to be healthier overall. I’m trying to actually track the changes listed below as part of achieving my wellness goals. I always get bored with tracking and stop so we will see how that goes this time.

Small changes that are my focus (but no weight loss yet).

More Vitamin C: So far I’ve had good success increasing eating citrus, sweet red pepper, broccoli or strawberries to almost every day. My Mom was diligent about making sure we had orange juice or grapefruit every morning. Me not so much.

5 a day: I was already pretty good at the two fruit and 3 or more veggie servings a day, but now even better as I am consciously thinking about it.

Healthy snacks or none: This is a tough one in the afternoon but I think I am making progress. Late afternoon is when I crave carbs which are ok in moderation but easy to overdo. Taking a walk some days around that time is helping so I think that needs to be my focus.

Reduce added sugar: The main sources for me adding sugar were maple syrup on waffles and honey in tea. I've done ok so far at this but not great.

Less alcohol: Pretty good but room for improvement. Hubby had initially joined me on this but is back to a moderate level of beer drinking so there is always something around. Not buying my favorite of  Chardonnay though which helps with reduced temptation and access.


9 comments:

  1. I am doing the small changes for good health and losing a few pounds too. A year ago I stopped drinking all alcohol, lots of calories there. I find it hard to do 3 veggie servings a day, and easy to do 2 fruit. I think your plan is good.

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    1. Your comment got me to look up what a serving of vegetables consists of: 1 cup raw leafy greens or 1/2 c cooked and 1/2 c fresh, frozen or canned. I think a mixed green salad would be 2 servings.

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  2. I wish I drank wine or beer so I could give them up. You are doing so well and I think the little changes might be easier to maintain in the long run.

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  3. These plans seem so reasonable. I should definitely try them. I'm still carrying that baby weight I put on 45 years ago. ;)

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  4. My mom, too, was diligent about orange juice, and so is my wife. So I've got that going for me. The rest of it's a struggle. Good luck with your new diet!

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  5. I have been doing Intermittent Fasting since the beginning of the year. I stop eating at 7pm (evenings are my hard times for snacking)and since I don't like to eat breakfast until about 11am, I am doing 16hours without and 8 hours with. I also have given up pop (I love cherry coke)and sugary sweets. I drink more water and have more citrus and veggies in my diet. So far I have lost 17 pounds since the beginning of the year. I am happy.

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    1. Intermittent fasting seems to work for lots of people. I'm quite happy to not eat after dinner but want breakfast the minute I get up. Congrats on the weight loss.

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  6. I am doing intermittent fasting, and trying to keep track of portion sizes. I need to add more fruits and veggies as well as more water to my routine.

    God bless.

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    1. Yes - portion size and drinking water are good additions!

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