I blew it! Yesterday, I went on this amazing ice cream eating binge. I won’t lie to you. It was very satisfying and I certainly don’t hate myself this morning. However, it did get me thinking. Brett, Lennie and I started this journey to improve our health on June 12th – just over a month ago. We are eating smaller portions and the scales show that we have lost weight but are we any healthier now than when we started a month ago? Are we making healthier choices?
To answer this question, I consulted my tracker. One of the strategies that the Weight Watchers program utilizes is tracking. Everything I eat is recorded on my online tracker. This includes how many fruits and vegetables, glasses of water, healthy oils, milk products and vitamin supplements I ingest daily. This is my breakdown for the past month:
Daily Minimum Requirements:
8 (8 0z) Glasses of Water: I average 4 glasses a day.
3 servings of Milk Product: I average 2 or 3 nondairy equivalents – I am allergic to whey.
8 servings of Fruits and Veggies: I average 2 a day.
1 Multi-Vitamin: I never take vitamins.
3 Servings Healthy Oils: I average between none and 1 serving a day.
I now realize that in the past month I have eaten more highly processed foods and frozen meals on a regular basis than I did before I started this journey. I attribute this to the fact that I tend to be rather competitive – even with myself. In trying to stay within my alloted Weight Watchers points, I have chosen to purchase frozen meals with low point values to help me achieve this goal.
How do I permanently change these unhealthy, ingrained eating patterns? That’s a good question. I want to switch from a diet of processed foods to a diet that focuses on eating “real” fresh foods. To achieve this goal, I am going to start by going one step further than simply tracking my food intake, I am going to start a food diary so that I can:
- Create a record of the nutritional components of my diet making it easy to spot behaviors that I need to change.
- Identify unhealthy eating patterns like late night snacking.
- Recognize emotional eating issues and how they connect to unhealthy eating patterns.
With these three goals in mind, I hope to begin to make permanent changes to my diet and my over-all health.