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Monday, January 07, 2019

The 2019 Winter 5% Challenge has begun. Today's writing addresses the healthy eating part of the Challenge.

I did not have an auspicious start since I did not get my groceries bought in time. Hopefully, I will get it done on Thursday of this week, partly because of hospital co-pay invoices arriving. I am anxious to get those paid in the hopes that I can get back to my usual budget. In the meantime, I did take some action towards healthier eating. I spent time on Saturday & Sunday cleaning out the freezer, refrigerator & food cupboard. I didn't find anything too surprising there. Certainly it motivated me to think about what I eat and how to adjust it to meet the nutritional requirements recommended by SP for me. What I learned in the process was:

1. Although I read labels, I need to pay more attention to the sodium & sugar contents of food.
2. That whether sugar is added or comes naturally still requires me to track how much sugar I'm ingesting.
3. That I have to clean out my cupboards more frequently.
4. Be sure to eat the food that I buy before purchasing more. (Can you tell that I found a few expired foods?)
5. Eat more mindfully.
6. Decrease fresh fruit.
7. Increase fresh veggies.

What I do/did to improve my nutrition is:
1. Eat very little meat - of any color. Though in the past two years, I have added occasional meat - mostly turkey - to my diet (not as strict a vegetarian as I was).
2. Decreased the amount of carbs I eat.
3. Allow myself a treat now and then.
4. Added calcium.

Questions for my cardiologist & the electrophysiologist:
1. Do I need to limit/increase my potassium?
2. Do I need to limit/increase my magnesium?

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope it stimulates questions for some of you...and comments/suggestions from you to me.

BLESSINGS:
1. Katie, who is always at the top of my list.
2. Two days of rest.
3. A tech-free Sunday
4. I have food to eat.
5. The 5% Challenge Leaders - overall & team - who work very hard to make Challengers' lives healthier.
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  • GOCALGAL
    What a well thought out and awesome plan! I especially like your blessings list which makes following it with 2 days of rest, tech free more doable. I'm cheering for you! emoticon xxx
    626 days ago
  • SUNNYBEACHGIRL
    I have to keep myself from buying staples. Sometimes there are 2 plus the one I am using.

    I limit the amount of fruit I eat eat day but make sure I eat at least 2 servings.

    Why is it sometimes hard to start the Challenge on the right foot. We had a big family birthday party Jan 4 and then a last family get together with food on Jan 5 before everyone went home. Of course the food was great
    628 days ago
  • YOYOSTOPIT
    It sounds like you have things pretty well covered, you know what you need to do and how to do it. I think you'll do great. Wishing you much success with your challenge.

    Hugs,
    Shirl
    628 days ago
  • NESY316
    You ARE.committed! You WILL make the changes.needed to be healthy. You DO deserve this!
    628 days ago
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