Healthy Eating Journey.....


I really don't like the words 'I'm on a diet', do you? They conjure up such unsavoury thoughts of deprivation, starvation and the absolute need for a will of iron, don't they?

I far prefer the words 'I'm on a healthy eating plan'. I'm not just playing with words here, trying to convince myself. Honestly! While shedding some pounds is a nice feeling it is just a bonus to eating healthily, there are lots of other benefits too. And it is with this belief and attitude that I began the year 2015....

I've just had to remind myself of this by having an interesting read-back of my Slim With Tina blog posts from this January, written at a time when I was full of  New Year cheer and determination.

Tina's approach to healthy eating and a healthier lifestyle really is commendable but I have to be honest and tell you that, although it consistently resides in the recesses of my mind, I didn't continue with it. I did need to continue my post-injury healthy journey to a better lifestyle though, with the added bonus of some lost pounds, but I also needed to apply some control and a method of ensuring that I stay on track, and for me that meant trying something else.

I did rather well on my programme of choice, until the summer family holiday beckoned and most of my progress was written off..... in a mere two weeks! But to my mind that was okay - I had a wonderful time, enjoyed my food and beverages and got back on track pretty soon after. Although things have been up and down since then I am now almost back to where I was before the holiday.

And a 10 lb weight loss - even if it is a boomerang 10 lbs - is not to be sniffed at!

But it is not enough. Like I say eating healthily is about more than weight loss, and when you're in your nifty fifties there are additional health issues for consideration! Certain weight-loss plans will keep you on track, allowing you additional weekly points or syns etc to treat yourself so that you don't feel deprived. And they work too. On paper at least. However, contrary to any advice given by course leaders, one can easily let these plans fool one into a sense of achievement. Personally I found that I could be really good from Monday to Thursday and really, really, bad for the weekend and still lose a pound or a half-a-pound.

See, losing weight does not always mean making healthier choices - it's easy to limit the foodstuffs that are good for you in order to allow the treat stuff, and still lose weight. A very bad habit to easily slip into. The result being that yes you may be a little slimmer but what about other health indicators?

In my case there may well have been a weight loss but there has also been a slight elevation in my, already slightly elevated, cholesterol readings. And this despite being quite active and including lecithin, and more recently Benecol,  in my diet.

So, now it's time to tackle this. I've started with a little google research on cholesterol reducing foods and some cholesterol friendly recipies and have made a start with this lot....





There will be porridge, or wholewheat delights and the occasional egg for breakfasts and I will need to make far healthier choices for snack-times. That 'something nice' with a cup of tea and the savouries that seem obligatory with a glass of wine, which has undergone a colour-change, also needs some re-thinking!

As you can see I don't intend on being entirely virtuous! I need to 'live' too and this plan I develop for myself needs to be sustainable in the long term.

It will not be easy to lose weight on this cholesterol reducing plan of mine as foods that contain the necessary 'good fats' are also high in calories. But it can be done. It is possible to include the good fats in your diet and still lose some weight.

I will also be re-reading my Slim With Tina book as there are some healthy recipes (and thoughts) that are also quite tasty in there. For me I think that combining some of her programme with some of my other one might be a successful way forward.

As I like challenges and find that keeping track helps me to succeed I also intend taking the Flora challenge! They have some lovely recipes too.

I will of course be continuing to exercise which I enjoy, especially my honky tonk line dancing!

So, having done my research, made my plans and having shared them here it's time to set off on my challenge.

While I am not entirely comfortable sharing my journey I do hope that doing so will make it more likely for me to succeed.

After all, I'll have to let you know how I get on now, won't I?

I have just under three months to my next check .......








15 comments:

  1. Wishing you the very best with your healthy eating plan (and hoping it will inspire me too!) xx

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    1. @Looking for Blue Sky: Thank you... I'm hoping I 'drag' others on the journey with me! Or get some tips from others ;) xx

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  2. Good luck. i've started this journey so many times I'd be embarrassed to put it on my blog yet again. Instead I enjoy reading about other people's success with healthy eating and exercising. Ususally I'm reading with a bag of crisps in my hand. :(

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    1. @Midlife Singlemum: Oh, I do know that feeling, honestly. That's why I talk about my 'boomerang 10lbs'. I don't know how many times I've lost it at this stage only for it to come back, uninvited! I'm in a good head space now to this . This week, heaven knows about next week, but step by step. I have to do this, for health reasons. And for the same reason crisps are definitely out, and I love them so much!
      Hopefully I'll have some success to report in the next wee while.... xx

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  3. Good luck with the journey and I look forward to the update. One thing to point out though is that recent research does suggest that eggs are not the villains they were previously made out to be, they are also one of the best breakfast foods you could have so I'd be throwing in more than the occasional one.

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    1. @Karen Boyle: Thanks Karen, good point. I probably should have worded it better but the words 'occasional egg' links to an article explaining how good eggs are and are no longer the baddie they previously thought to have been. Up to 3 eggs daily seems to be okay but I wasn't too happy in saying that flat out as one can never be too certain of the validity of online articles. I do love a poached egg on toast for brekkie!
      Thanks for your comment :) xx

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  4. I absolutely agree with you when you say the word diet sounds wrong because it does. I am studying to be a nutritional therapist myself and so far I can say that we are always looking go on a diet, whether we follow it that's another thing but we are always on to some sort of diet. And the word diet sounds so wrong. Why not to be aware of what we are eating and why. We need to eat to feed the body and mind good nutrients so we can function better and full stop. More protein more fiber and lots of good fat when preparing every meal. Good luck!

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    1. @Everyday Cooking with Mira: Thank you Mira. For your good advice and good wishes - and for your comment. I will drop by your site for some ideas to keep me motivated! Good luck with your studies :)

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  5. Oh good luck - it's great when you start on something that works for you. And now that you've announced it publicly there's no escaping!

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    1. @Kate Gunn: Thanks, I do hope it works and yes, that's exactly it.... I cannot escape!

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  6. I remember reading your Slim with Tina posts and I could tell how motivated and encouraged you were. Well done for tackling your cholesterol and focusing on the health benefits. Mich x

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    1. @Michelle Twin Mum: Thanks Michelle. I'm sticking to it so far, but I am only 2/3 weeks in. And here comes yet another weekend to try lead me astray! Fingers crossed I stay with it. xx

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  7. Good for you - and like Kate says above, now you've made it public we're all watching you! Anyway these things are more of a diet aren't they - they are lifestyle changes. X

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    1. @Older Mum: That's exactly it.... lifestyle changes. Great to hear from you. I do hope you've blogged as I love reading your posts. I'll be checking in to see! xx

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