Healthy Eating…No more diets…Eat yourself slim…

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Welcome …It is that time the week when we talk healthy eating or I talk healthy eating… For the past few weeks, I have read many interesting posts and e-mails ..Those e-mails… Is anyone else getting more junk mail??? Keep to the point Carol!

One of the common themes in those e-mails and posts are that those Hidden Added Sugars…Yep, I am going to say it…They creep into everything and are changing our taste buds… We are craving more processed foods which are BAD for us…Those sneaky manufacturers are still winning all the way to the bank.

What am I doing about that? Well for starters I am going to make sure that you are all aware of what is going on in the food industry and it is not getting any better.

I have noticed that a few pounds have crept on and I don’t like it!

Starting from yesterday and I have to admit I was prompted by a post from Sally over @ Smorgasbord health and the little chart and great advice she produced …

Now before I start… I will say I don’t count calories and don’t believe you should be on a perpetual diet your whole life but I do believe we should know that what you eat has consequences for both me and you, our health and lifestyle. 

I only eat 2 meals a day and follow an 80/20% rule and I walk.

BUT

Reading through the chart ALTHOUGH much did not apply to me…Some did …It shocked me and tied in with what I have been reading about added sugars.

So this illustration is a one-off really as I don’t count calories as you know.

Those 2 digestive biscuits I was having with my early morning cuppa equated to 150 calories so in 1 week 1,050 calories in 1 year 54,600 calories which equals 16 lbs of FAT and a 7.3-kilo weight increase…Over 5 years that could be a whole small person…

I started keeping a food diary yesterday and at the end of the week, I will be looking at what I ate and deciding what I am changing and how I am going to respond.

I do walk but lately because of the extreme heat and rain I have missed a few days here and there.

That is going to change I am going to research a step thingy so I know if I am doing at least 1 mile a day ( I think I am) BUT if I am totally honest something has caused those few pounds to creep on…

It doesn’t just happen…Does it??? So for me…

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

A few missed days of walking, sometimes 3 digestive biscuits, a sundowner or two every night, I have no excuses I am in charge of what I eat and how much I exercise… I only cheat myself …My scales don’t lie …

I am visiting that International shopping isle once too often methinks when I go shopping …

Here is a link to some free pedometer apps which will track your steps for a fitter, healthier you… I am going to try one or buy something which will record my steps for me…Black and white doesn’t lie, does it?

Yesterday I also read an interesting post on our immune system and what happens after we eat that chicken sandwich...To say it was an eye opener and I have read plenty of that this last week but it has, in turn, it made me so much more focused again…

All this Healthy eating is not just about losing weight but it is about looking after the only body we have or will get…

Sally also published a shopping list of nutrients and what foods we should eat to get that protection through our immune system … I went through the list and made a shopping list from each section of what I do buy and what I don’t buy as often…Some I don’t buy ever, however, it is not that kind of list it is multi-choice and some I only brought maybe one or two of the choices and others most of it… I was pleasantly surprised …

But that isn’t true really as we do eat healthily and a lot of vegetables and not very much processed foods…However, I need to do that bit more. I am healthy and don’t have any real health issues but I am backsliding and I got the kick up the bum I needed this week…

I gave it to myself as I am quite good at that…So Food diary it is this week and having a good look at what I am eating .. I even weighed my portion today and I never, ever do that…because I cook I have a good eye and many things I judge by that eye and sometimes double-check myself and I must say I am pretty accurate but I just wanted to see what I was serving myself ..

I hope you do read the links and let me know if you are keeping a food diary and how it worked out …It is really easy to do the calculation yourself as I will do at the end of the week and make my chart…

Thank you so much for reading this post and if you have found this helpful and know some of your friends and family will then please hit your share buttons …Thank you xxx

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Thank you  for reading until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and keep that food dairy do it as a family and discuss your findings as a family they will thank you for setting them on a healthy eating path  x

 

 

23 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…No more diets…Eat yourself slim…

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  3. thebookwormdrinketh

    This is a great way to do things. I hate it when people calorie count and worry too much about what you’re eating. Your body will usually tell you what it needs. Just be attentive to what you are putting in it. If you are logical and active you’ll be fine. No need for strict diets and calorie counting.

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  4. Tandy | Lavender and Lime

    It is amazing how many foods have hidden sugars in them! I am a label reader as I am sucrose intolerant. Have been for decades now. Good luck with the food diary. I have a Polar A360 fitness device and it is amazing. Lets me track all sorts of things, including my sleep. Just to let you know, I am hosting International Scone Week and it would be great if you could take part: http://tandysinclair.com/international-scone-week-2018/

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    1. Carol Post author

      I am also a label reader Tandy… always have been ..Thank for the advice about the fitness device I will check it out and will pop over to your scone week…My mum makes the best scones and always has mine come a poor second to hers but edible 🙂 x

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  5. dgkaye

    Great approach Carol. I’m going to add here that I spent my whole life counting calories (and still do), but read many books on carbs – the real culprits. Of course, sugar is a carb. The trick, so I’ve learned is to be more concerned to not go over 100 carb a day, especially after menopause hit and the old standards weren’t working as they did for decades. 🙂 xx

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    1. Carol Post author

      Good tip, Debby and thank you…Yes, it is certainly harder as we get older isn’t it…I just have a deep concern about the younger generation and how their taste buds are being corrupted and altered through all these added sugars and preservatives…Have a lovely day:) xxx

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      1. dgkaye

        Thanks Carol. And I think that if you instill good, healthy values in the kids when young they will appreciate it as they get older. Have a nice day my friend. 🙂 xxx

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  6. willedare

    Thank you for this reassuring and inspiring blog post, Carol. I especially like these sentences: “(Sugars) creep into everything and are changing our taste buds… We are craving more processed foods which are BAD for us…Those sneaky manufacturers are still winning all the way to the bank.” I am going to return to my camp site right now (I’ve been checking my email at a room where there is wifi access) and eat some oatmeal with fresh cherry slices — and no added sugars. Later I will go for a walk and a swim. And I will think about the possibility of eating only two meals per day…

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    1. Carol Post author

      You are welcome, Will and oatmeal and cherries sounds very nice. two meals a day suits me I can’t eat three anymore …I just have a cup of tea in the morning and most days a drink of coconut juice and eat between 11 and
      12 noon for my first meal …It depends how much exercise you do and obviously if someone still works then they may need three meals I don’t …Enjoy your walk and swim 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      I know…I started buying the biscuits because Lily likes them as a treat for her and then Alan started bringing me one up with my tea and b4 I knew it was 2 as Lily maybe only ate 1 of hers and then it becomes a habit… Minus 2 days now and sent Lily home with the packet 🙂

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  7. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Carol Taylor giving herself a good talking to….it is really hard to find the balance between eating healthily and still enjoying the finer things in life and most of the time we do a great job. Carol is keeping a food diary this week and if you do that it is amazing how quickly you see where the lbs may be accumulating.

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