Posts Tagged ‘healthy’

Diet Boredom

Breaking news!  I figured out why diets have not worked for me in the past.  Curious?  Well, I discovered and have acknowledged something about myself. I experience “food boredom” very easily.  Every since I became an adult, I noticed that I do not like leftovers too much…..and now I remember why.

When I was a little girl my Mom would make a turkey for Sunday dinner.  On Monday, she would make turkey and add dumplings.  On Tuesday, she would make a turkey stroganoff.  On Wednesday, she would make turkey hash with vegetables.  On Thursday, we would have turkey omelettes.  By Friday, the turkey would be gone.  So, since she was such a genius of culinary disguise, I never noticed that I was eating leftovers.

So, if I am going to lose weight, I need to feel like I am eating something different everyday.

What discoveries have you made about yourself along your weight loss journey.

My Health Journey: 4th Day Without Refined Sugar

Today is May 27, 2013 and it’s my fourth day off of refined sugar.  I must admit that the first 2 days were horrible, but after the second non refined sugar day, I was feeling alright.  I always feel better when I cut refined sugar out of my diet, but the problem has been, once I start eating it again it is hard to stop, so my goal is to remember the good feelings that I have when I do not eat it and take it moment by moment.

My goal is to go 365 days without refined sugar.  I am taking it slowly, meaning one day at at time.

Pictured above is my  new snack which is made up of granola, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds.

What’s is your health struggle?  Leave a comment and share your story.

 

I Love Tasty Brand Snacks!

The name of this snack is appropriately named, Tasty Brand. For those of you are concerned about eating foods that are gluten-free and free of high fructose corn syrup this wonderful brand maker is worth checking out. As someone who is fighting to avoid diabetes and obesity, I like this brand for myself. I find that this product is also great for kids. I am completely hooked on the Tasty Brand fruit snacks. These snacks are a great replacement for the cookies and other sweets that I used to eat.

For those of you who do not know what gluten is. Here’s a brief explanation provided by Web MD.

What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a specific type of protein, but one you won’t find in meat or eggs. Instead gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for most people with gluten allergies or celiac disease, a condition which causes intestinal damage when gluten is eaten (www.webmd.com).

Tasty Brand snacks are made in the USA and can be purchased at health food stores, I purchased my product at Whole Foods.

References:

www.webmd.com
www.Tastybrand.com

“Come and pull my finger please!”

I know I’m not the only one who has experienced difficulty in relieving my bowels, right? Lol! I thought that line would be a great ice-breaker since this is a topic that most people do not like to discuss. Thank God my name is Judith and I believe in being frank no matter what (smiling). For those of us who have difficulty relieving our bowels, we may need to change our diets(eat less red meat), exercise more, drink plenty of water, etc). Bowel problems could exist because of many reasons but we have a duty to ourselves to find out how we can eliminate waste better. Why? Because healthy waste elimination = healthy bodies as you are releasing toxins etc.

I grew up in a house with two older sisters and one older brother. As the baby in the family, I was often bambuzzled by my older siblings. I remember innocently playing with my dolls or watching my favorite cartoon “Tom & Jerry” when one of my siblings would call me into the bathroom. I would walk in and I would see a red face, grimacing, and smell an odor. Geez!!!! I would say, “Why did you call me in here?” Then I would hear, “Can you pull my finger, it’s stuck?” Looking back this is funny but I would not wish this job on my worst enemy. It was a stinky job and I never intend to do it again (rofl).

After having a few bowel issues of my own I sought out a great Health Spa that specializes in colonics. The spa that I went to was Skintuition. After the colonic itself the Colonic Therapist told me to go to the restroom and elevate my feet on two stools. All I can say is that this experience was great! I was being cleaned out and flowing like a river. I would leave that place at least five pounds lighter than I came in. Have I piqued your interest yet? If so, you can purchase these footstools for about $8.00 each at Walmart.

If you take the footstool challenge, please leave a comment and let me know if it helps you too. If you try it and do not like it, I want to hear that too. See ya later and “May the footstools be with you!”

Reference:

http://www.joechanmd.com/Hygiene.html

Eating to Live

 

 In 2005, I went to my doctor for a routine check-up.  I was born with asthma so I have been on every kind of inhaler and steroid imaginable.  Anyway, on this particular visit to the doctor, I was told that I would need to add a sixth medication to my daily routine.  I was so shocked and saddened by this news. My goodness, I was only 32 years old!!  Next, my doctor said that I was pre-diabetic.  This was unreal!  One year prior I had watched my brother have both of his big toes amputated due to uncontrolled diabetes so needless to say this was an unwanted but much needed wake up call.  At that time I was extremely obese because I had forgotten to take care of myself.  I was deceived into thinking that if I put other people first that God would bless me and I would be alright. There is some truth to my previous theory God did bless me to have a doctor’s appointment that day that has changed my life.  God blessed me with the opportunity to change my life and I took it.  I am still on the road to full health recovery but I am not in the danger zone the way that I was five years ago.

     At first, I was a bit depressed but the next day I decided to fight this diagnosis of hypertension and the pre-diagnosis of diabetes.  I did not know exactly what to do but I decided to start taking the pills for high blood pressure with the condition that I would get off of them within 1 year. From that day forward, I decided to make many small changes that would better my health and life.  This blog is about the small food and beverage changes that I have made toward a healthier me. 

     In closing, since 2005 I have lost a substantial amount of weight and I am off of blood pressure medication and one asthma allergy pill.  I went from six prescription drugs down to 1-2.  My goal is to not to take any prescription drugs as they can have adverse affects on the body if taken over a long period of time.  I hope to share the small changes that I have made in my personal diet but please let me know if you have any diet tips that are helpful.  Let’s become healthier together.  Let’s eat to live!

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