|Since it’s been a few weeks since I let y’all know how we were doing, I thought it was time for healthy eating update…..the update is – we’re doing great. Pretty boring update huh? The surprising thing for me is that we settled so easily into this new lifestyle. I thought it would be hard….I thought I would have to dress in all tie-dye……I thought I would have to buy a VW van and live down by the river. The truth is, we’re pretty much eating the same foods we were eating before – I’ve just changed how I make them and what I make them with. I take a former recipe and transform it into something that fits. Let me encourage you that you can do the same thing. There isn’t really much you have to give up to eat healthy…..you just have to change the way you make it. We have cut out a majority of desserts. We used to eat them every night after dinner, but now we MIGHT have them twice a week – and on special occasions.
|Let me share my secret of healthy eating with you…….planning. It takes advance planning to eat this way. Since you’re making most of your food instead of heating up a frozen dinner, you need to know a bit in advance what you’re going to eat. This is where Meal Planning is CRITICAL. I’m still putting up my weekly meal plans for you guys to see. When I know what we’re going to eat, I try planning a day in advance – so I know if I need to make bread, or thaw meat, or soak oatmeal. It’s not hard…..it just takes thinking in advance. In my personal notes on my meal plan at home, I make notes on each day so I know what I need to make – make mayonnaise, thaw meat for fajitas, make foccacia for sandwiches. Planning is what makes healthy eating easier….and you also need plan your budget in advance based on what you need to buy for the month.
|So, what has been our next baby step? We’ve cut out most of our caffeine. By “most” I mean that sometimes we still eat chocolate. However, in that area I’m also trying to use more carob powder since it has no caffeine and more calcium than chocolate. I’ve cut out soda 100%. Barry still drinks some now and then – but I was more addicted to it than he was. I’m now attempting to make my own “healthy” soda at home and you’ll read more about that later. As far as coffee, I still love – but we’ve switched to 100% decaf. It was hard at first, with lots of headaches….leading me to recognize that I was truly addicted to it. But I can still knock back several cups of decaf…..and I’m hanging on to it for dear life. :-)So, how are YOU doing? Any struggles? What has been your next baby step? Do you think you have lipedema but you’re not sure? Visit darrensmithmd’s website to help give you a better understanding of lipedema and how it affects the body.
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