Monday, July 29, 2013

Another week on the journey

I think I did pretty good last week, although I have to say I was getting tired of chicken and fish. I have now solved that problem as we went through our book and found some recipes we are going to start making. We had vegan French toast for breakfast yesterday and let me tell you it was very good. You use bananas and a milk substitute (we used almond milk) instead of eggs and milk. It was like eating warm banana bread. We have found out we did not like Amy's black bean burgers but enjoyed Boca Burgers. It is all about trial and error at this stage.

Another thing I became vastly aware of this week is how many food commercials are played on TV. I had not really thought about it until one night Scott brought it to my attention so I watched and it seems every other commercial on TV is for some sort of junk food and then following that is a commercial for a prescription drug. It is just crazy. Another place that seems to push junk food is your grocery stores. When I stopped at a local store on the way home from work one night I noticed this. When you fist walk in the door, at every checkout and in the middle of the aisles what do you find but junk food. It is very tempting to see those new cookies that are brownie filled but I stuck to my guns and walked right on by to find some healthy alternative. I did I found some dried fruit that will curve my sweet tooth just as good and it is better for me.  I can proudly say I made it out of there with no junk food.

Here is another thing that bothers me. Our government claims they want us to eat healthier and be a healthier society but they don't want to help. No I do not expect them to hold my hand and take me to the store and show me what I need to get. What I mean by this that if you want to help everyone to eat healthier make it more affordable, help to reduce the price of healthy organic foods and have better rules so that organic means organic and not just lower fat but add more sugar substitutes so it seems healthier to the person who does not take the time to really read the labels. Help do away with junk food - crack down on those companies a little more. Have you ever stopped to compare the price of healthy foods vs. junk foods? I did - I was going to buy chocolate chips - now the package says sugar free but if you read the back of the label there is a man made sugar substitute in there and their nutritional label reads about the same if not worse than the chips with the sugar in them. Not to mention the price was twice as much. Why is the price so much more - you are not having to add anything - I guess it costs more to take something out than it does to add it. We are adjusting in our family to the price of things and really reading labels to make sure we get the healthiest product. Don't just trust the front of the package.

So in closing I am going to say that although this is going to be a sometimes tough and sometimes long journey, it is going to be worth it in the end.

On a side note - I started this blog to help keep me on track with the healthier eating lifestyle we are doing but I am going to also be using this for my motivation to stay on the positive track as well. So you may see a post about healthy eating then see a post about staying positive and then again there may be a post combining the two. I believe these two issues are going to go hand in hand and I need to try to stay focused on what I want and not what others want of me.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The beginning of a journey

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Well I took that big step last Sunday. My husband, daughter and I made the choice to start a healthier lifestyle. We will be changing the way we eat as well as what we eat. For me the hardest thing to give up is coke. I drank at least two to three cans a day and even though I knew it was bad for me I still wanted it.

The two hardest times for me has been at work on late in the evening. At work I sometimes eat out of boredom and stress. When I get upset I tend to want to snack on junk which is really not healthy for you. In the evening you tend to want to have that snack handy while watching tv and I am guessing it is out of boredom.

I also have a bad habit of waking up in the middle of the night to get something to eat. When I was pregnant with my son 21 years ago I started this habit I would wake up because I was starving and my grandpa would be up because he could not sleep. He was battling cancer and the medication would keep him up. So we would sit up with the dog and talk and snack. I think that in the back of my mind that is why I kept this habit up for so long as my grandpa died just two weeks before Matthew was born and this is a memory of mine that is mine alone. Some habits are hard to break but if you try you can do it. This is a habit I am learning to break, now when I wake up I don't get something to eat just a drink of water and back to bed.

This first week has been full of challenges but I have made it though the week and it has not seemed as hard as I thought it would be. Last night I wanted some pizza and a coke so we had the healthy alternative of making homemade pizza with a whole wheat crust, turkey pepperoni and turkey sausage. I thought it tasted pretty good. As for the coke, I was going to have a mini can of it and I started drinking it but it did not taste good to me so I did not even drink half of it. So I felt pretty good.

Another challenge I have had this week was wanting chocolate. I did not end on this instead of reaching for a piece of candy I reached for a yogurt with granola to satisfy my sweet tooth. Yesterday when I was at the store I was able to find some bars that I can have when I want some chocolate and I am positive this will be a good thing. I also found some healthy alternatives to regular chips. We are hoping we like them. Some of the big challenges are finding snacks when you feel like munching.

Both Scott and I are going to start looking or recipes so we can find more kinds of meals to have for dinner and that will also be a big help.

We know this will be a long and hard journey but we are willing to take it as the reward in the end will be a good one.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Getting started on the first journey


jour-ney [jur-nee] noun
1.   a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time: trip
2.   a distance, course, or area traveled or suitable for traveling
3.   a period of travel
4.   passage or progress from one stage to another
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In life we have many journeys, some may be long some may be short. A journey can be a trip you take or a change you make in life. You may have taken many journeys in your life or just one. Some journeys are forced on you and some are chosen by you. Journeys can be fun, complicated, or sad but we all have them.
Whatever the journey may be it is always better to share with others.

I wanted to create this blog so I have a place I can go and write about things I am going through or going to try. This will be the place where I can track how I am doing in my new journeys. If you would like to follow me and help me though some of the journeys I may take now and in the future I would love that.

My first journey I am taking is a new healthy start in my diet. I will be writing more about this in the next day or two.

The posts I make to this blog may not be long and may not warrant a response but they will be my real thoughts. I may not post everyday or every week but I hope to post often.

Thank you for going on this journey with me and let's see where life takes us next.