Monday, August 20, 2012

Changes

In the past few years I have heard alot about what's "good" for you and what's "not". I've also learned that everyone becomes and expert and thinks their way is better or healthier. You can go extreme either way. Heck when I was in my twenties there was a diet of just eating tuna for 2 weeks, not that it is at all healthy to just eat one thing straight for 2 weeks. Fab Diets and weighloss tricks. I've actually though a second about alot of them, I'm sure you have heard of some of them.
I watched a show where a guy just juiced for 2 months and that's all he drank and ate nothing. I think that's a bit extreme. I want to be healthy and going on a fast for that long would probably drive me insane.

I recently watched "Forks Over Knives" And after I felt a bit sick to my stomach. I am a regular meat eater, although our family tends to eat more chicken then any other meats. I have decided to try to remove meat from my diet and focus on healthier fruits and veggies and focus on whole foods. Now I know this way of living will not be an easy one. And I am not going to just jump into it. I'll take day by day and week by week. I also don't want to quit eating meat cold turkey. I will do it gradually.

Last night I spent a few hrs researching and I also bought a few vegetarian cookbooks from a used book store. I planned a weeks worth of groceries and made it so we had 2 days with meat and the rest with out. I am trying my best to keep away fom meat. I am also trying to stay away from GMO (genetic modified organism ), high fructose corn syrup, and get as much un-enriched items and stick with whole wheat type of things. I debated whether to buy cows milk ( even if it's organic) or going with a soy based milk (like silk) My daughter loves cereal in the morning and Since I'm going to use tofu in some things, I didn't want to go overboard with the soy products. Although it may help with my PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome ) I don't want to cause any harm to myself, so everything in moderation.

Today I started rushing my daughter and I to the store. There was nothing to eat in the house and I know if I go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, I will, like most, over spend and buy way to much. So we went to Sam's club and I got us both a pretzel and we walked around ( i know a pretzel isn't the best first meal of the day, but I didn't have very many options.) We bought some veggies (i didn't want to over due it at Sams, b/c my bill couldn't be to high. And it can get high fast with just a few items.) Then we went to Walmart. Not the best place to buy fresh produce, but until I research where else to go in this area. it's where I'm going. I got alot of veggies and followed my meal plans.
Once I got home, my daughter and I had some soup, which I thought was completely meatless, it was a veggie soup that after reading the ingredients, there was chicken fat in. So I know next time to spend more time reading ingredients. But I wasn't going to waste a soup I paid good money for and my daughter and I split a can and I also cut up a few carrots and cucumbers. I also enjoyed a tea w/o sugar. That's going to get some getting used to. I did some of my house work and  a few hrs later I was heading to work. I stopped before arriving at Food Lion and bought a box of Triscuits and a thing of mixed nuts. I snacked on those some.
I think i had a good day to start. Dinner will be one of out meat days, since my hubby is cooking and probably doesn't have any of my recipes I was planning. So he will cook the last bag of veggie/chicken/garlic.

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