Embrace the change

It has been a long time since my last post. The problem, focus. Focus on me, on health, on eating, the gym. I have been taking time refocusing my energy and my goals. It is good to revisit our goals since they do change as we change. My goals have changed and my families’ goals have changed. Here is what I have figured out:

My boys are not eating like they should. They have regressed. We have a battle on our hands to get them to make healthier choice, once again, and stick with them. R is better than B at trying new foods but R eats like a bird. I have to find a way to hide more nutrition into what they are willing to eat.

Hubby and I need more nutrients as well, but on a different level. To let you in our new healthy eating journey I wanted to answer the following question from Mamavation:

What steps have you made so far this year to improve your quality of life?

Awhile back I won a new book. The book maybe familiar to some of you, Theresa Albert’s Ace Your Health: 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck. With the help of this book, we are making simple, small shifts in how we eat one week at a time. Our first step was eating breakfast everyday, within one hour of waking up. Basically this helps your body to know what to expect each day. If you start with protein and fiber your digestion will start to slow down, gradually increasing your insulin level and preventing the crash and burn while leaving you feel satisfied until lunch. Sounds simple, right? Not for this gal. I have been notorious for having coffee or juice in the morning and calling that “breakfast”. *GASP* Shame on me, I know better. But why can’t I follow through? Time. I am so busy getting the boys ready for school, getting them breakfast, and out the door with me following close behind on my way to the gym that I feel that I don’t have time. But this past week, I made time. I got up a little earlier, 30 minutes, and had small breakfasts to see if I could tell a difference. The result? I didn’t crash during or after my morning workout. Yes, it was my “DUH” moment.

Since breakfast is all fine and dandy and a must, my husband and I decided to add a trip to our local health food store for 4 main staples to give a boost to our nutrient factor. So on top of eating breakfast (not just coffee), we have been learning about and adding in White Chia Seeds (better known as “the pottery that grows”), Hemp Seeds, Nutritional Yeast, and Miso Paste to our foods.

I’ll be honest , we have only tried the hemp seeds and chia seeds so far. So why am I eating these? Hemp seeds are a great source of protein. In each tablespoon you get 5 grams of protein as well as fiber. I have been adding these seeds to salads, yogurt, pasta, and I have thought about sprinkling onto pizza. White Chia seeds are full of fiber, omega-3’s, as well as antioxidants. TMI alert…they do help regulate the bowels. I have sprinkled Chia seeds in my yogurt, oatmeal, salads, pasta and I am sure the list doesn’t stop there. My favorite breakfast so far has been rolled oats made with water with 1 banana mashed in after oats are cooked, with a tablespoon of chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds and a splash of skim milk.  I felt so good during my workout and after. With energy to spare for the rest of the day.

I am back in the running game. I have signed up for Susan G Komen Race for a Cure 5K on Mother’s Day, a relay half marathon on July 4th, as well as adding my name into the Twin Cities 10 mile lottery. I hate running indoors, so I have been slowly trying to get used to running outside in the cold and currently snow.

Last but not least, water has made it’s way back into my hand as my go to drink. I am getting at least 64oz a day.

So this has been my focus and will continue to be my focus to help improve my health. Now if I could only get the boys on board. I can only continue to hope that if my husband continue to model these behaviors, they will follow.

Until next week, cheers to your health!!

This post is sponsored by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jen@FoodFamilyFitness
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 05:36:55

    I’m right there with you, welcome back! I feel like I’m losing a battle against healthy eating when it comes to my family, but I’ll never give up!!!


  2. Sarah M
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 07:36:24

    Breakfast is so important! I often crash if I forget to eat it too. Sounds like you’re making some great healthy changes. I’ve been adding chia seeds to my foods too, I love the “pop”!


  3. @pamelamkramer
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 08:17:25

    Way to go! You are going to be doing a lot of running! I love it. Can’t wait to see how it goes.


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