Thursday, December 15, 2011

12-14-11

Breakfast Bowl from Jack in the Box, orange juice carton (Appeared before I awakened, from my husband who was making up for getting me a McMuffin yesterday.)

half a banana (courtesy of my daughter who wanted to peel it, but not eat it.)

BBQ potato chips

2 bowls of yesterday's soup

chicken ala king (milk, chicken broth, carrots, mushrooms, onions, chicken, butter, flour) on 2 slices whole wheat toast,

a pear with 2 bites removed

4 goodies from the Christmas tray brought over by an evil (not really) friend

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12-13-11

Egg McMuffin, Hash brown, orange juice

bits of chicken (while prepping the boiled chicken from my broth making)

1/2 cup oatmeal mix (made by a friend)

slice of whole wheat bread, peanut butter (natural and crunchy), banana

3 bowls homemade chicken soup (broth, carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, sea salt)

apple slices my daughter didn't finish

This is much less food than I'm used to. I've spent a lot of time in the guest bedroom with my baby and a humidifier so I haven't been around food to eat it. The fast food breakfast is something that my husband wanted and since I had no better alternative...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12-12-11

A slice of whole wheat toast with all-natural peanut butter (crunchy) and a sliced banana.

KFC extra crispy chicken breast, mac & cheese and potato wedges.

KFC extra crispy chicken thigh, potato wedges and roasted asparagus.

Yeah, not a great way to start my health quest. What can I say, my hubby wanted KFC and I didn't feel like objecting. But I do have a chicken boiling for soup tomorrow. So I'm working on it.

Eating Healthy While Sick

It is rather sad that the time we arguably need proper nutrition the most is when we least feel like making it. Good, wholesome food can take some time to prepare. It's so much easier to to get take-out or make convenience food.

Take chicken soup, for example. It's possibly the most turned to meal for those suffering from a cold. But it takes a couple of days to prepare from scratch, assuming you don't have frozen broth sitting around. (Note to self: Make chicken broth to freeze for emergency soup in the future. I can't believe I've never thought of that before.)

While rest is important, I can't help but think that a body can heal itself better when it has food that will give it the proper nutrients it needs. Since I now have two kids depending on me, I decided to make the chicken soup. Obviously the baby won't eat it, and there's a 50/50 chance the toddler will try it, but even if mommy and daddy are the only ones who partake our improved health can only benefit our littles.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Introduction

Welcome to my online health and diet diary. Allow me to give you some background about myself. I'm married with two young children. Growing up in the Midwest I was sick all during the school year. As soon as the first infection came by I caught it. Then I'd proceed to offer a home to any other bug that came along. (Yes, I was a very hospitable child. :-)) It took summer, and its permission to sleep in combined with not being cramped up in a small room with a bunch of sniffling noses for me to shake the constant illness.

My childhood can be divided by type of infection. First croup, followed by inner ear infections, then strep throat (which caused me to have my tonsils and adenoids removed).

I had other problems as a child as well. Severe anxiety and insomnia plagued me. I'd never get to sleep before 2 am. The doctors diagnosed me with all sorts of conditions, such as ADD. I even got to participate in a sleep study at the Mayo Clinic. We tried numerous "therapies" to help me sleep, none worked for more than a couple of weeks. Since my mom had sleep issues, I thought I was just stuck with them.

As a child my cholesterol was high, despite eating a "healthy" diet and being very thin. We made other dietary changes to lower my "dangerous" cholesterol levels.

Around puberty my growth slowed down. My food intake didn't. Naturally I gained weight. Now, I'm large boned (don't laugh, it's true), curvy and very tall. My weight is distributed over my whole frame. So I don't really look my weight. But as the years pass I feel it. My joints suffer.

My health did improve somewhat in college. I was careful to choose classes that allowed me a later wake-up time, but I was still susceptible to colds. There have been periods in my life that I've had improved health but I've never maintained it. I accept responsibility for this. I never kept with the habits that helped me.

Over the years I've intended to take steps to be healthy, but I never DID it. Now my husband and I are in our 30s, overweight and by no means shining examples of health. We are too young to have the complaints we do. More importantly, we have two little children who will learn lifelong lessons about diet, exercise and a host of other things from us. Now it isn't just our health on the line, it is theirs as well.

So this page will be my diary of the research I do and the changes I make. I will start by keeping a diary of what I eat. I will also post my toddler's food log, at least the stuff I'm aware of. Apparently people who do this are often surprised by what they find written down. It's time to face what I eat, and what I allow my developing child to eat.