Wednesday, August 15, 2018

It's Time to Get Serious About My Diet


Richard Simmons used to say "The first word in diet is 'die'."  That's pretty much how I've always felt. Still, as I get older and get more health issues, my weight gets harder to control. I'm at 170 right now -- well, 169.7, but close enough. That is a BMI of 28.3 - 1.7 points away from obesity.

The worst thing is that some of my health issues are caused by my weight and my poor diet. For example, I have GERD and a hiatal hernia. My Dr. minced no words telling me if I lost my belly fat, I wouldn't have either.

I've never been able to stick to a diet, or counting calories, or to tracking what I eat. It's all just too tedious. But when I was, I found that the three things that added the most calories were bread, sugar, and dairy.

If you knew how much I love butter and sweets, you'd know how difficult giving them up is going to be for me. I never ate much bread, but after reading about "wheat belly," I've decided to not only give up bread, but give up everything containing wheat. I can still eat other grains, but wheat is out.

What I Will Eat, Which Some People Will Disagree With

Of course, I'll eat a lot of fruits and veggies, but less fruit than I eat now. I could literally live off of fruit, and that's mosty because of the sugar in it. I'm addicted to sugar, and while fructose is a good sugar, it's still sugar.

I don't like many leafy greens, and the ones I do, I usually eat cooked with tons of butter and seasoning such as ham hocks. Not healthy. So instead of cooking greens in the normal way, I'll eat them chopped up fine in salads. I do love chopped salad, and that's a great way to get my five fruits and veggies every day.

I'm not giving up meat. I mostly eat chicken, but occasionally eat beef or pork. I'm not too crazy about fish, but I do love seafood, especially shrimp. The difference is that I love all seafood breaded and fried, and since I'm giving up wheat, no more breading for me. I've tried alternative flours for breading, and it just doesn't taste the same.

The Hardest Thing to Give Up After Sugar

Dairy will be extremely hard to give up, because I love cheese and butter. I just bought a toaster, too. I'm going to have to experiment with different nut spreads and such, maybe I'll get into avocado toast. Yummy!

I like almond and rice milks, in fact, I had been thinking about making my own rice milk, since it's cheap, easy and much creamier than store-bought.

No Artificial Stuff

Giving up sugar will be extremely hard, but I'm determined not to use artificial sweeteners. Stevia isn't the greatest sweetener in my opinion, but it's better than having unsweetened tea.

I'll also be trying extremely hard not to eat processed foods. Sometimes, that's not possible, so I'll be reading labels very carefully for hidden sugars and the worst of the artificial ingredients.

The Cost of Healthy Eating

Healthy food isn't cheap. Eating a mostly plant-based diet means you have to eat more, and quality fresh fruits and veggies can be a little costly. I won't be able to afford to go organic, but I'm going to try to make a lot of my own food from scratch. I know how, I just don't. Now I won't have a choice.

Healthy eating is going to cost me more in terms of time than money, because of prep time, but also because I'm going to try to grow some of my own food. I can grow food 12 months a year here in Florida, but my yard doesn't have much sun, so I'm limited in what I can actually grow. I've been experimenting, and I know I can grow a lot more than I thought I could. I can grow greens and root vegetables very well, plus some tropical vegetables and edible ornamentals. Beans have also done well in certain parts of the garden. If I can supplement my food budget by at least growing 25% of what I eat, that will be a big plus for me.

I'll be posting more about my new healthy eating lifestyle, and I'll have a category for it over on the sidebar so you can stay up to date.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Motivation to Exercise Sometimes Comes in the Strangest Forms



I fell on my concrete patio yesterday. I had gone out to change the water in the hummingbird feeder and somehow zigged when I should have zagged and fell hard on my right knee.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Healing Power of Withdrawal From the World



Summer is hard for me. I suffer from summer SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) for the very reasons most people suffer from winter SAD -- I'm uncomfortable, I can't get outside, and my life becomes very restricted, so I get depressed and go into what I call my

Monday, August 6, 2018

Changing Your Life 10 Minutes at a Time



My son and I were talking the other day about getting things done, and I told him I feel overwhelmed by all I need to do, so I procrastinate. He said "Do something for ten minutes. You can do anything for 10 minutes."

This stuck with me, because I had heard it somewhere before. Seems that Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, said it. Sadly, he died in January of this year, so he won't

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Slowing Down to Save My Health and Peace of Mind



I've been stressing myself out too much over my one-year timeline for hitting the road in a van. I've also been questioning whether full-time van life is really for me, as I've posted here earlier. After much serious thought, I've decided to keep the goal, but change the

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Getting in Shape for My Journey: Joining a Gym



One of my goals in the next year is to lose 40 pounds and get into shape. So far, I've done nothing toward that goal. I keep promising myself that I will work out, in fact, I go to bed every night saying

Friday, July 20, 2018

Indecision On My Life’s Path: Am I Lazy or Just Afraid?




As most of you know, I want to live in a van — sort of. What I really want is to travel, see the US and a bit of Mexico and Canada. I want to visit as many botanical gardens as I can find and post about them on a blog.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Kitchen Declutter and Reorganization Continues

I have this exact same quote, border and all, on a magnetic card on my refrigerator. I'm always complaining about not having enough kitchen counter space, so the universe fixed that for me

Saturday, July 14, 2018

How Hoarders Think and Why Decluttering Is So Hard For Us


A few months ago, I had a kitchen fire in my apartment. At the time, the washer/dryer closet, which I use as a pantry and general hidden hoarding place, couldn't be painted because it was full of

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Vandwelling Finance: Making Money While You Sleep


For the next year, I'll be trying to learn to make money while I sleep. There are so many ways to make money online, but there are three that I'm most interested in, and all have potential to make