Treating Myself Better

Just like every 365 days, it is once again a new year. 2015, here we all come. Ready or not. And just like every January I am thinking about being healthier. Treating myself better. My daughter has set out to lose weight by doing a sugar cleanse. My son tells me he’s working out and is talking about cutting back on fast foods. Friends talk about cutting carbs and calories. So, I’ll make my efforts and maybe, just maybe, this year I’ll stick to some of the healthy eating habits I try to adopt. My goal is to actually think about what I put in my mouth and to make an effort not to indulge my every food whim.

I read a blog about additives and processing of food here in America that other countries consider unacceptable. I have a friend who lives in France because she simply can’t achieve health while living here and being subjected to processed and commercially grown foods. Here’s the blog post if you’re interested. Beware. It may cause paranoia, and rightly so. Formaldehyde in milk and meat? Good Lord. That might be enough reason to consider a vegan diet. It would be a stretch, though, for this meat lover.

My daughter tells me I need to watch a documentary called Fed Up . It was a game-changer for her. She’s journaling her process on this blogsite. I’m not sure I have the guts to watch the show. Maybe you’ll watch it for me and tell me all about it. I know what I need to do to live healthier without watching shows that scare me. I need to eat less, move more, and think about what I’m putting in my body.

So, I will eat more fish, more chicken, more vegetables, more fruit, and if I eat carbs, I’ll try to choose whole grains. Desserts, potato chips, and fried food will become things I avoid, or only have on occasion. I’ll go with the idea of all things in moderation. I’m going to try my best to land on the common sense side of the fence when it comes to my health.

Wish me luck. I’m off to make some Red Beans and Quinoa. 

 

20 thoughts on “Treating Myself Better

  1. Good luck, Gina. Good goal to have. My husband (who you met) lost 30 pounds watching carbs this past year. The same diet made me sick. I have reduced my carbs but cannot take it down like he did. But the packaged and processed food is what bothers me. Bread is horrendous. Chicken is the worst treated and most altered meat. As an agriculture major, I have seen and heard of a lot of things when it comes to processing. We’ve taken our red meat down to occasional pork and mostly venison that Gary brings in during deer season. But we thrive on eggs and veggies grown from the garden. It’s amazing how my pantry has so much less in it now since I’ve dodged cans and prepackaged materials. If you launch into the GMO debate, you’d give up a lot more. I know you garden, so you can dodge a lot like I try to do. As a country girl, you can make this work. Good luck. I think it’s a marvelous outlook for 2015.

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      I’m really enjoying it so far. Lots of good fruit and veggies. Very little bread products. Mostly I’m cutting refined sugar and processed foods. Just focusing on whole, real foods. I’m enjoying plenty of fruit and yogurt smoothies. Hopefully, we can stick with it. I don’t miss the breads or the meats to be honest. So far so good. Can’t tell by 3/4 of a week, though!

  2. Sue says:

    Hey, Gina. Good luck! We are going to try something different this year, too. Planning is always an issue for me as well as “sticking with a plan.” I found out about an online service that delivers “farm-fresh” ingredients along with recipes to your house–all the ingredients needed to make the meal plans. I am going to check it out and see how it works. I think if we ate healthier, fresher foods, we would be better off. I will let you know how it goes. Maybe they can teach an old dog new tricks!

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      Sue, that’s wonderful! Any way to avoid those prepackaged foods is surely a step in the right direction for any of us!

  3. Best of luck to all of us. I resent the standards for our food being so much lower than other countries. Too bad corporate wealth is valued over human health.

    Generally the shorter and more easily recognizable the ingredient list, the better. e.g. sugar is much better than high fructose corn syrup.

    Cheers to moderation!

  4. I watched the documentary “Fed Up.” Very good. I’ve also read loads about the food industry and health and nutrition. I think you know where I stand with all that. I don’t think the food industry should get away scot-free; they’ve contributed to our nutritional crisis and bear a good degree of blame.

    Good luck with your goal of eating healthier. Knowing how determined and dedicated you are, I suspect you’ll do very well!

  5. I don’t know if going organic and gluten free is part of the solution, but I started doing that last year and have been doing it ever since. I feel more energetic and even lost some weight without trying. But I’m not familiar with the stuff mentioned in the articles you linked to so now I’m not sure if I’ve been doing things right or not. I’ll have to print the list and take it to the store next time I shop.

    Giving up meat is not an option for me. I look for meat labeled as be given no hormones and naturally fed. I do the same with eggs. Again, I’m not sure if that is the answer or not.

    But it does scare me when I think of what’s in our foods.

  6. Mary says:

    Good luck! 🙂 I’ve been drafting a blog post about something similar. My change is for health reasons though. Lee is even on board to support me, what a man! Hope you find success with this.

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      I’m kind of cooking separate for Steve. He loves beef and he really isn’t in as bad of shape as I am. With running after a toddler and taking care of a baby, I’m sure you’ll do great!

  7. You go girl. It’s a good goal. I’ve managed to shave off 15 pounds since summer by watching my portion sizes and counting calories. It’s been eye-opening to read labels and go, “Whoa! This has HOW MANY calories?” Some things don’t taste quite as good when I realize it’s a whole day’s portion of calories for not much payoff. And when I want to go out and eat with my husband and have some naughty food or dessert, I just adjust portions the rest of the day. Surprisingly, I haven’t been hungry for the most part if I eat consistently and don’t let my metabolism drop by starving myself for several hours. So good luck! You’ll feel so good!

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      I think you make a good point about eating consistently and not starving myself. I am hoping I can stay strong and keep up the work.

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