I’m really working on it, but it is a change to have to alter your lifestyle. This isn’t a temporary diet to lose some weight – this is a permanent life change to help me avoid diseases in the future.
And so I wake up, get out my fresh food and snacks, and begin my day.
Yesterday though, I was watching the awards show (in my couch-potato-ish-ness) and saw a preview for this show: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
It may slowly be working. The other night, I started making dinner and my son said, “Mom, can you make me broccoli please?” He’s four.
And I was floored.
This weekend, I did a lot of reading on the appropriate calories, and what percentage of those should be carbs/fats/protein. From what I’ve been reading on www.livestrong.com and other sites, it should be 20% fats (healthy fats, mind you!), 30% protein, and 40% carbs (again, healthy carbs). Here’s a good caloric breakdown calculator.
Of course, I get confused by the “healthy carbs,” “healthy fats,” thing. You hear all the time about avoiding fat, go on the no-carb diet, etc. Those are not necessarily the best idea, because you need the healthy version of those things to keep your body running.
- Health Fats
- Monounsaturated fats: Olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts and seeds
- Polyunsaturated fats: Vegetable oils (such as safflower, corn, sunflower, soy and cottonseed oils), nuts and seeds
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Fatty, cold-water fish (such as salmon, mackerel and herring), flaxseeds, flax oil and walnuts
- Unhealthy Fats
Two good sites for this information:
- Saturated fats: Animal products (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, lard and butter), and coconut, palm and other tropical oils
- Trans fats: Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, commercial baked goods (such as crackers, cookies and cakes), fried foods (such as doughnuts and french fries), shortening and margarine
- Dietary cholesterol: Animal products (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy products, lard and butter)
- Healthy Carbs:
- Whole Vegetables
- Whole Fruits
- Whole cereal grains