Friday, January 25, 2013

Back to healthy eating

After years of seriously healthy eating, my habbits have started slipping a bit. I haven't completely abandoned anything, but little things have started to change. Dairy has started to creep back in, sugar consumption is rising, cheaper white pasta has replaced whole wheat, and even soda has made its way back into our fridge. It's time to reign things back in again.

I've been doing a lot of reading lately about diets, healthy living, etc., and it has freshly inspired me to return to a healthier state. I stand by my opinions that traditional dieting methods like counting calories, or limiting fat is pointless and that it's the food you eat and ingredients of them that really matters. Over the years, we have made a lot of lifestyle eating changes and most of them continue strong. Things like completely eliminating hydrogenated oils (trans fats), eliminating artificial color, almost eliminating high-fructose corn syrup, and almost eliminating dairy. We even went so far as to start eating only whole wheat pasta and brown rice.

But lately things have slipped back into old habbits, and day-to-day health has been suffering. I've noticed less energy (despite extra caffeine), as well as other random issues. Nothing major, but all stuff I wasn't noticing before. And it's time for a change.

I hope to start by re-eliminating dairy of all kinds and cutting way, way back on sugar. No more soda, no more sweetened coffee (I've actually already been doing this), and no more sugary snacks at work. I got the ball rolling today by buying clementines instead of donuts. I hope to start taking fruit to work more often, too.

Healthy lifestyle eating changes can have profound impacts on the way you feel. I've been there before, and I always feel better and have more energy when I'm paying attention. But it's easy to drift back, especially when suggary sweet stuff is so readily available. By posting this here, I'm hoping to keep myself accountable. Here's to healthy eating!

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