Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Final Week: RIP Patrice O'Neal.

In my Week 4 entry, I talked about Patrice O'Neal, one of my favorite comedians, and about how I learned that he'd had a stroke. I also said that I'd learned about Patrice's stroke while eating a disgustingly large and delicious plate of nachos. Patrice was in a coma for a month, until today, when he died.

I have not met any of my health-related goals during this class. I have honestly not put forth much effort. I hope that I have not made excuses for my behavior. I hope that I have only explained it. I know that I am eating better than before, and that I am still moving in the right direction, but I also know that the pace at which I am moving is not enough to keep up with the damage that I'm doing to my body in the meantime.

I have spent most of the last three semesters completely off balance in nearly every aspect of my life, putting our fires instead of preventing them. I feel like I am fending off things that come my way instead of influencing anything. In some small way, I believe that my small victories in adjusting my diet this semester have been significant in the grand scheme of things. The desire to improve is still in me, but I have a difficult time planning in everything, meaning that areas which feel less immediate get pushed to the back. Unfortunately, my diet falls in that "less immediate" category.

This is my last semester with Volunteer State Community College, and over the course of three years I have been required to take three health classes. This is the only semester in which I have made any real progress in my health, even if that progress is minimal. I doubt that any number of classes could fix my behaviors. Between semesters, I hope to have more time to plan and develop routines. I can't make myself any promises. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Week 8: Bring on the veggies.

So, if you go to http://www.choosemyplate.gov/foodgroups/index.html, you can view the recommended amounts of different vegetables on a weekly basis, and even see how those amounts might apply to different types of vegetables per week if you click "How much is needed" over in the area on the right side of the page. I learned that lots of different beans count in the vegetable section.

I really wish that I had learned this earlier, because I love beans. Basically, if there are five different sections of vegetables to eat on a weekly basis, I could have been eating all of one category five days a week and been hitting my vegetable goals.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Week 7: The vast majority of my dinners have been meat-free in the last two weeks.

This does not mean that my vegetable intake has necessarily been adhering to www.choosemyplate.org. Sometimes it simply means that there has been no meat. Take the photo above, for example. Those are stuffed jumbo shells from a veggie recipe on All Recipes. However, the only vegetables in the final dish were mushrooms. Most of the dinners, though, have had tons of vegetables. One dinner was almost all leafy greens in a salad that was delicious.

Now that I have managed to eliminate much of my meat intake and learned to spend more time in the kitchen preparing food that is aligned with my dietary wishes, as opposed to just grabbing whatever and knowing that I'm not eating like a really want to eat, I can start paying better attention to serving sizes and such and planning  to hit My Plate vegetable goals. I expect my next entry will be about working on that. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Week 6: This is hard.

I'm not doing a very good job of this at all. I'm having plenty of difficulty even getting to the grocery store, often in a rush in between taking care of a toddler and a baby, school work, and house work. Finding time to eat is trouble enough without planning when and what.

Getting healthy requires quite a bit of forethought and care, two personality traits that I struggle with.