Thursday, January 15, 2009

Eating Healthy

Since I have been laid off, I have actually been eating more healthy. I have had the time to cook more and really think about what I place on the table for my family. In fact, I have lost about 20 pounds and feel great. I have more energy and am more alert.

The biggest thing I can share is that you need to focus on what you are eating and know what your eating. It is too easy for you to slip into a pattern of just eating junk food. While I was working, I would head to the nearest hamburger place and eat something I know I shouldn't have eaten. I would say that I didn't have time. There are two ways to handle that.

The first way is to choose better from the menu. Most places have healthy alternatives like salads. Pick those from the menu. Pick the low-fat salad dressings. Be aware if they are low-fat more than likely they will have higher sugar. Just be careful about it. Most salads are balanced with vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates and protein.

The second way is to bring your food to work. This will not only save you money but also save you time. If you think about it, we have to walk out to the car. Drive around and then eat. In most cases, you use about 10-15 minutes in just doing that. You save the gas, the mileage, the money and the headache of parking and fighting with people driving for lunch. By bringing your lunch to work, you control the portion sizes and what you are eating. Yes, you will send time preparing it, but think of all of the money you will be saving.

A typical lunch for me is a little cheese, some meat, crackers, fruit and vegetables. I eat lean meats, fresh fruit and vegetables and some cheese. You need to have carbohydrates in your diet. I tried the Atkins diet once. ONCE!

So, eating healthy is not as hard as you think. Before you go out to some burger joint or a taco place, think about what you are going to be eating.

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