Friday, March 29, 2013

Consider me intervened.

I'm not a drinker, I don't do drugs or even smoke cigarettes anymore.  But I needed an intervention.

My daughter is a vegetarian.  I swear I didn't raise her that way.  And apparently she and her husband have been trying to eat better, more fresh foods, more "clean" eating.  Yay!  For them, that is.  Ahem.  Last week my daughter brought me shopping in order to help me make some healthy choices and maybe consider some better alternatives to what I normally eat.  We bought things we had to put in bags ourselves, some refrigerated, very little frozen anything.  There were green things in my cart.

Shudder.

This week I ate hummus (which I have objected to for YEARS because of the texture), sweet baby bell peppers (I don't LIKE peppers), kale (didn't even know what it was), radishes, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, and all manner of things deemed to be healthy because they are as close to their natural state as possible.

And I liked it.  WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME????

Tonight I splurged and made homemade pizza.  Dani had picked out some whole wheat pizza dough for me,
so I made pizza with kale, peppers, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese as well as soy "cheese" and a little mozzarella.  Very different for me since there was no greasy pepperoni and the cheese was not piled high enough to cover anything else that might be on it.  And it was still good!  I only ate 2 pieces.  My son on the other hand, polished off the rest.

I know myself well enough to know I will backslide quicker than you can say bigbackside if I try to be extreme about the whole thing.  So I'm not thinking of it as a diet, just as Dani said - trying to think of food differently.

And I won't give up everything I like, just try to find healthier ways of eating them.  Like my latest favorite ice cream (I'm still in shock because it's not chocolate) Blue Bunny Birthday Party - it's awesome.  Still eating it - just changed my portion size to a custard cup.  Wow.  That custard cup looks huge in the picture.  I swear it's not!

Coincidentally, I got results back from blood work I had done a week ago, my cholesterol is high, triglycerides, etc.  So it's time to make a change.  Wish me luck!

And thank you Dani, for loving me enough to be gentle and for not shoving me into this.  I love you Honey!


5 comments:

  1. I love love love veggies.. I eat little meat, I really prefer veggies.

    Anyway, for the past year or so I've been doing on the spot cholesterol tests on patients.. and 9 times out of 10 those who eat at least 5 portions of different fruit/veg everyday have much lower cholesterol levels.

    Try it for 6 months and see.. I wish you luck :)

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    1. My problem is that I eat way too many high fat and processed foods. Convenience foods. That's the hard part for me. I don't like to mess around in the kitchen.

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  2. Wow! Life is all about change and welcome to the other side, although I'm still in the learning stages of healthy eating. Over the past year I have eaten more things I'd not in my life. Can't say I have come as far as you and making a kale pizza. But good for you. Next time you go for blood work it might be different, good luck with this and keep us posted even with the recipes and all....kale pizza what is kale anyway like sea weed or something? P.S. Your Blue Bunny Birthday in a Bucket looks yummy

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  3. Wow! Life is all about change and welcome to the other side, although I'm still in the learning stages of healthy eating. Over the past year I have eaten more things I'd not in my life. Can't say I have come as far as you and making a kale pizza. But good for you. Next time you go for blood work it might be different, good luck with this and keep us posted even with the recipes and all....kale pizza what is kale anyway like sea weed or something? P.S. Your Blue Bunny Birthday in a Bucket looks yummy

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  4. I have no illusions, unfortunately I have done well in the past as well - and totally nose dived back into the deep end again. We will see.

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