Tuesday, July 22, 2014
"Diet" Is A Dirty Word!
In our house, Jacob took the lead in healthy eating last fall. I informed him that I wasn't doing it until after Christmas because there is GOOD food around Christmastime and I didn't want to miss it. He said, "Okay." I enjoyed my unhealthy good food all December long and then in January it was time to get serious. Since Jacob and I decided to make life style changes together it is much easier. We rarely eat processed meats. Sadly, things like bacon and deli meat are loaded with fat, salt and nitrates. We eat meats high in protein but lower in fat--meats that are unprocessed. We eat whole grain pasta instead of regular pasta. Bye bye white rice . . . hello whole grain rice. We also said goodbye to salad dressings which are high in fat and calories and offer very little nutritional value. We no longer drink sodas or juice, with the exception of vegetable juice. We go through 3 or 4 dozen eggs a week (protein, people). We eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and we have cut out cheese. GASP! (Did I really just say that?) Yes, cutting out cheese, which is full of fat AND cutting out salt was one of the healthier choices we made. NOW, we DO eat cheese from time to time, maybe once every couple of weeks, but that's it. We get our calcium and vitamin C from other dairy products as well as vegetables. We no longer eat chips or anything that is processed (with the exception of Goldfish crackers we give to our children, of course--I can no longer stand to eat them because they taste, well, processed). We completely changed how we eat. We still eat out from time to time and we'll grill burgers and have fries but not every week. These changes have not only helped us to lose weight in a healthy way, given us more energy and made us feel healthier, but it has also brought us to a point where we can't stand processed food. Yes, it's true. We have become "those" people. It all just tastes weird now. Even eating out isn't as fun as it once was because everything just tastes greasy or salty. Jacob has been doing it since October and I have been doing it since January--it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. Those foods I just knew I'd miss? Yeah, I don't miss them at all.
Along with these healthier eating habits we exercise every day. I'm up by 5:30 and I exercise. Cardio kickboxing, jumping rope, jumping jacks, chin ups, push ups, riding the exercise bike, lifting weights--it is a stress reliever and it helps wake me up before the day starts. I now really enjoy it. I mean, I feel healthier . . . what's not to love. An added bonus is that our kids are learning to eat healthy and exercise through our example.