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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.

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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    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
    853 days ago
    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
    854 days ago
    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.

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