Sunday, May 22, 2016

Healthy Eating Challenge - Week 4

Week 3 I was back on track.  I kept up my ‘no sugar’ in the morning or evening, which has gotten easier, especially now that berries are in season. I ate a lot of raw carrots, spinach in smoothies, shredded beets in salads, and the greens in my garden are mature enough to snack on them every time I was out planting and weeding. Unfortunately, it all gave me a lot of gas so I had to cut back to maintain peace in my house : )  I also tried some new veggies like spaghetti squash (good) artichokes (yuck) and different varieties of mushrooms (yum).  So overall I think I substantially added to my healthy foods this week.


Week 4 I am going to be more conscious of my calcium intake since bone loss has become a big concern for me because of the cancer drugs. I am switching from cow’s milk to almond milk, opefully at every meal, and adding yogurt into smoothies and dips.  


How’s everyone else doing?

9 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Great job.

    I wish I could drink almond milk. I may use soy for some smoothies. I already use yogurt as the dairy base for all smoothies and have begun to think about making all my own dips and dressings.

    I hit a couple of snags (someone didn't pay rent *grocery budget slashed* and the oven broke *no roasted veggies*) but all in all, stayed on course. Less variety, but veggies every lunch and dinner. Fruit at breakfast and snacks. I even had two meat-less days.

    Going into week four, the challenge shall be to navigate the entire week without a new trip to the grocery store. Seriously, the challenge this week is to increase my daily water intake by 12 oz. and to increase daily steps by 2,000. (I've been averaging 4--M-F s/b, at minimum, 6.)

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  2. I was surprised how much sugar is in cow's milk. 12 grams! Might as well eat a chocolate bar : ) I can easily get in at least 8k steps as I work to walk, but my walk goes through a grocery parking lot. It's great for pilking up fresh fruits and veggies daily, but not so good for impulse snacking.

    Even with a few bumps, it sounds like you are doing great! Veggies at both lunch and dinner is very impressive! And now it is definitely bike riding weather. Here's to us ::click::

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    1. I know, right? The soy milk is less but not by leaps.

      Now is great bike riding weather. Got out both weekend days and even for a wee bit last night. It was great.

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  3. I increased my water intake during the week days. Didn't do so well Sunday - had tea and not much water... I did well on food - again during the week - and had pizza and a corn dog on the weekend! Hopefully it counts that I didn't have a lot of pizza! My goal this week is 15 more minutes of walking in the morning. We started this morning. It means getting up even earlier - but so far - 1 for 1... ha ha...

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    1. 1 for 1 is like batting 1.000! Perfect!

      It is a beautiful time of year to be walking in the morning. Good luck!

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  4. Lets see. What was I going to attempt? More of something and less of something else...
    Well, obviously this challenge is not being met at my house. :-)

    Actually, my water intake is great when I am at work, but I need to increase it on the days at home. This has been going reasonably well. Vegetable increase, not going as well as I would like. Gotta work on that. Steps, inconsistent. Which is ridiculous! We have a dog! We have a dog that loves to walk fast and can't be bothered with stopping to sniff. All I have to do is grab the leash and head out. So, my goal this week is to walk the dog at least once a day for at least twenty minutes.

    Oh, and the other thing is the alcohol. We are holding steady with no drinks during the week. And, much less on the weekend. So that's good.

    Thanks for keeping our attention on the challenge!

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    1. Why aren't we walking our dogs together? Although my dog has to sniff EVERYTHING!
      Good luck on your challenge. I'm sure your pup will appreciate it.

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  5. Blessings that your procedure is successfully over and for getting back on a healthy food track.

    My challenge for this week was to find healthy, carry along snacks. I did find baby carrots worked, as well as nuts and most fruit. My challenge for week 4 will be to continue searching for healthy food and beverage choices I can carry in my purse or car. With the warmer weather coming this will be more of a challenge. Any ideas?

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    1. I do keep fruit and nut bars at my desk in case I need a snack. Trail mix, granola type bars and whole fruit would do okay in a car or purse, I think. Also healthy drinks like V8 might work if you don't mind them warm.

      Sounds like you're doing great! Keep up the good work!

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