Health and Nutrition

I Still Love Food!

Ok, so I have tracked my food intake for the last few days and have discovered a few things. The first thing is that I eat a lot of sugar! I knew that I wasn’t eating all that great, but when I started tracking my food I thought that I was eating better. The results show that even though I raised my fiber intake significantly I was taking in a lot of sugar.

The second thing I noticed was that the first few days I was very diligent about tracking what I ate. When I jump into a new project I jump in with both feet! So I created an excel spreadsheet and entered simple formulas to keep a total of my calories, my sugar grams, fiber grams and protein.  It was so exciting!  But soon I became “too busy” to keep up with what I was eating.  And I started eating more.

The last thing I noticed was that I was feeling desperate to eat more sugar as I tried to eat healthier. I didn’t have that problem the last time I tried this so I am researching what to do about those cravings. Every morning I drink a pot of white or green tea. I am going to start drinking a cup of hot water and lemon before that to try to help speed the sugar detox along.

So – what now? Well back to the drawing board. I am going to simplify my tracking to just a pocket-size notebook and pen to have a complete idea of what I eat. Then I am going to ruminate on why I feel a desperate need to grab food and eat. Is it sugar withdraw, is it stress, is it???? We will see.

Stay tuned.

Did you set any new year’s resolutions? How are they going? Don’t give up. Tomorrow is another day!


Health and Nutrition

New Year New Start

I love food – all kinds of food!

(originally written 5 January 2012)

Around the holidays, which for me start around Halloween and end sometime into the New Year – I become a food hog! I eat and eat and eat.

I have always been aware of nutrition and the part it plays in our health. As a matter of fact, I teach others about nutrition and health. So this year I decided to change things up a little. I’m keeping a log of what I eat. I am also tracking how many fruits and vegetables I eat per day along with fiber. The one thing I want to do is start planning my meals. With my and my daughter’s schedules, we often eat fast food because it is easy and – well – fast! I want to change that.

As a real estate agent, I often told my clients that what people do for a living, they usually do not do at home so well. I am a prime example. I teach others about eating & nutrition and diet & exercise, but I do not follow my own teachings. Come along with me as I begin to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. This is not a blog about denying myself what I want to eat, nor is it about a strict diet. Neither of those ideas will help reach my goals. What this blog is about is being more aware of what I eat and drink.

If you have any questions, comments or want to know about a specific topic, let me know. I am just learning, but have several experts that I can go to for help. I am pretty excited about my new career and my self-improvement project. I find that a person is more likely to stay on task with support. So I hope you will support me as I stroll along my new path and I will support you.