I’ve been making efforts to become healthier lately. I found a picture of myself right after my wedding and I was astonished I looked that way. I mean, I knew I was fat but I think until now I didn’t know I looked like a walking Biggest Loser billboard. I find it funny how many people are probably walking around right now thinking, ehhh I’m heavy but I’m not that bad, I’m still kind of sexy. Then they lose about 20 pounds and then they say OOOOO now I get it, I was only a few pounds away from getting milked and renamed Bessy! At the same time I can’t believe how many skinny girls are out there who think they are fat (LH I’m looking at you). I just want to shake them and say hey jackass I’ll trade you for your size 4’s any day, really here, you can go ahead and have my SIZE 14’S jackass.
Okay not the point. The point was, since having kids, and becoming sober (yeah probably cut out about 94520498759890 calories just in liquor alone, wait I did the math just now and I saved 2,478 calories a day just by cutting out amaretto ) I’ve been making a real actual effort to get healthy. Not just skinny healthy but HEALTHY. You know, like granola cruncher kinda healthy. I’ve been trying to eat 3 meals a day and 3 snacks a day. I try and make sure one snack is fruit. I make sure to eat fruit with every breakfast and to eat at least two different vegetables a day. I try and cook most of what I eat and I try not to eat at restaurants or fast food places. I won’t say never because if I have one fast food meal in 3 months that isn’t bad. I try and keep my chocolate consumption to 15 bars a day and 24 bars on the weekend. I cut out all soda, all flavored waters and basically anything that wasn’t healthy for me to drink. I’m only drinking water, coffee, milk, V-8, tea and orange juice in moderation. My husband informed me that a Venti Caramel Frapaccino in no way classifies as coffee, DAMMIT! Whatever, I’ll remember that when I’m preparing his beets for dinner (background, he agreed to eat a veggie a day if I gave up soda and flavored water.)
I’m really trying my hardest to take vitamins. Seriously I take flax seed oil, one a day, probiotics, calcium magnesium vitamin D, Vitamin C and an all vegetable organic fiber supplement daily.
I’m watching my calories and really trying to find a nice balance between weekdays and weekends. A huge part of what I’m doing is trying to make eating healthy feel normal rather then feel like something I’m doing as a quick fix to a weight issue. I want to make it so in 10 years I still think eating veggies and fruits every day is a normal thing, and at the same time so do my kids. In fact every night Brandon tastes a new vegetable. His most favorite of all is trees (broccoli) and carrots which makes me laugh so hard considering those are two of the hardest things to get kids to eat.
I try and read labels. I avoid as much hydromonsterated oils as possible, I don’t like a lot of sugar, I prefer my sodium to come out of my own salt dish, not prepackaged foods. I try and get in a yogurt a day and I like my cheese to be fresh not that rubber cheese they try and pass off as American cheese. The only thing American about it, is that it isn’t healthy which is the same for most Americans, we aren’t healthy.
I have switched to whole wheat pasta (My husband is somewhere glaring at me right now because he can tell I’m typing those words), I’ve mostly eliminated bacon from my cooking. I have tried to cut back on my rich sauces and cream bases and make more broth bases or things from pan juices. I have been baking my tortillas instead of frying them and adding more spices and fresh foods to my food rather then jarred and packaged unidentifiable mystery powders you buy at the store.
The point of this entire blog, is that lately I’ve started feeling like I was one whole grain away from turning into a Kashi commercial, so to be safe, I took precautions and ordered some back up. My order looks similar to this only bigger.
He he, not really, this is my real order, but still, definitely preventing a full Kashi, granola cruncher, hippie overload huh!
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