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Positive Changes

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One of the nice things about having extra income is the ability to be a bit pickier about the food we buy and eat.  Being on a strict budget can make eating well, not to mention healthy, hard.  I was so glad to be able to go to Costco and our local meat market recently to stock up on things like chicken breasts, steaks and pork tenderloin.  We have an extra freezer in our garage so that helps our ability to buy in bulk.  I would say that we have enough meat to last us more than a month.

But it goes beyond being able to afford to buy meat in bulk.  Over the last couple of years, I have started to think more about what we eat.  Living in a place where we have access to farmers markets all year round has made me more conscious of the things we eat.  I have started to read labels more and I have moved farther and farther away from processed foods.  I want my kids to reach for fruits and veggies as snacks rather than cookies and chips.

I had an interesting conversation at work today.  I work with a couple of Haitian women.  One was born and raised here but her husband and her parents are from Haiti and she still has many relatives there. The other was born in Haiti and has been in the States for several years.  They were talking about how Haiti is the poorest island in the West Indies and how people from there (and probably other countries as well) views us here in the States.  They make the best with what they have.  They rely native foods and natural resources.  They don’t waste and they make ALL their own food.  They see they way we eat and waste here in the States and frankly, they’re appalled.  And honestly, I don’t blame them.  They see us fill our plates with food, some of it junk and throw away half of it.  They see us buy things with ingredients not found in nature and they see us overeat all of it.  As one of them put it, they see us as arrogant and she’s right.  These are all things I have started to think about more recently and I have been working to change.

I think over the next couple of weeks, I am going to do a purge of my pantry and cabinets.  I am going to use up all the unnecessary condiments, etc. and start making my own.  Now, I may not go as far as to make my own ketchup and mustard but things like salad dressing and even taco sauce and seasoning, I know I can make myself.  I actually like making my own salad dressings and I already make my own BBQ sauce.  I’m going to go back to making my own pasta and tomato sauce.  That always tastes better to me anyway.  I’m going to try to set up a schedule where I put time aside each weekend to do these things.  I will now what goes into these food and I’ll be able to pronounce all the ingredients.

Starting this weekend, we also plan to get back into the habit of going to the farmers market weekly.  We’ll get up and hit the market on Saturday morning and then we’ll go to the grocery store and plan our meals around what we picked up at the market.  I am also going to be more conscious of where the food I buy comes from and try to buy local as much as possible.  I am going to stop buying as many chips and things like that and keep fruits on hand and veggies cut up for the girls to snack on and I’ll try my hand at making homemade ranch dressing for them to dip them in.

I know that once I make these changes not only will I feel better PHYSICALLY, I’ll feel better emotionally knowing that I am making good choices not only for my family, but for the local economy as well as the planet.  I encourage others to follow the same path.  After all, change starts with just one person.

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Long Overdue Healthy Me Update

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Yes, it is back to Healthy Me because B has kind of slacked off.  One issue is that he needs new sneakers so we need to get on that.  He did hit the treadmill a few times since he started working from home but that went out the window pretty fast.  Oh well.

I, on the other hand, have ramped it up.  Just about 8 weeks ago I started the Couch to 5k program.  I had started it a couple of times before but never followed through.  Not this time.  I downloaded the app to my phone and told myself there was no excuse not to start it.  I did have to repeat a couple weeks due to illness and a slight injury but I HAVE NOT given up.  And that is HUGE for me.  At first my goal was to exercise, in some form, 5 days a week but I haven’t always been able to keep that up.  I DO always manage the minimum of 3 times a week and most of the time, it’s 4.  I either do the C25K on the treadmill or the EA Active for Wii.  This weekend it is supposed to cool off quite a bit so I may try to squeeze in a couple of walks/jogs.  I keep track of ALL my calories on myfitnesspal.com and allow myself a little leeway on the weekends.  Last I checked, I had lost 7 pounds but that was a couple weeks ago.  And the other day, I went in for a routine physical and the doctor’s scale put me at 4 pounds less than my home scale so I’ll be looking to buy a new scale.  In the meantime, I will just subtract 4 pounds from whatever my scale says.  My next weigh in is tomorrow.

I have to admit that I am really surprised at myself.  I mean, I was active in HS and college.  I ran track in HS but really only ran sprints and did the long jump.  I was never into distance running.  Heck, more often than not my teammates and I ran to MCDONALD’S rather than running through the neighborhoods around the school so I am really surprised that I am enjoying this.  I have a feeling I will enjoy it even more when it cools off and I can actually do it OUTSIDE.  I’m not sure what prompted me to start it and stick with it.  Usually after a week or so my lack of willpower kicks in and I just give up.  I have no idea what’s different now.  It’s really true what they say…after a few weeks it becomes a habit and just a part of your daily routine.    I’m not looking to run marathons or anything…just get my distance and speed up a little.  I would like to do a 5k to support cancer or breast cancer research but really, I want to do it for my health.  I just hope I can keep it up and set a good example for my girls.