Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Now pass me that ice cream.

Only 2 days left of my Jane Austen- themed book giveaway! Go enter!

I have a problem with deprivation. Specifically, I deprive myself of healthy food. Mostly because I'd rather it go to these three cuties:

Yes, I tie-dyed their matching shirts. No, I didn't intend for them to be Vikings colors. I asked Leah what colors they should be, and she (of course) said "Pink and yellow!" I explained that the boys would be wearing them too, so maybe we should choose a less girly color than pink. Purple is still girly, I realize, but I had a feeling that the purple/yellow combo would go over just fine with their Vikings-fan father.

Anyway, back to deprivation. Several times I have opened the fridge and seen something healthy, but instead of eating it myself, I say, "I'll save it for the kids." Mostly this is fresh fruit and veggies, especially the rare things like mango, berries, etc. But even our regular veggies, I find myself thinking, "I'll just eat whatever's left." When I was pregnant, I justified eating the few cherry tomatoes that we got from a friend by saying, "It's good for the baby!" But now, somehow my own health is not a sufficient reason for those nutritious treats. I guess it's a good problem, since my kids happen to love almost all fruits & veggies. It'd just be nice if they could ALSO have a healthy mom.

Of course, I NEVER deprive myself of the last cupcake or a handful of Hershey's Kisses in the middle of the afternoon.

So I've decided to turn over a new leaf. A splurge here and there is acceptable, as long as it encourages me to eat better. I'm a sucker for Archer Farms yogurt. Their holiday flavors caught my eye, and since I'm an eggnog lover, I pretty much bought our their eggnog yogurt. And also the pumpkin pie variety. And now I'm enjoying the Honey-Almond, Cherry (or Blueberry)-Pomegranate, and Vanilla. I'm trying to eat at least one a day. That, with a glass of milk at lunch, I'm up to 3-4 servings of dairy a day, for the first time ever, probably.

A couple other new things in our kitchen:

V-8 juice. My goal is an 8 oz serving every night, just to help make sure I get more veggies. Even though I like them, dudes! Seriously, 2 1/2 cups is a LOT. Especially since that doesn't include fruits!

Rice cakes. I kind of love rice cakes, especially the Lightly Salted and White Cheddar flavors. Plus, they are crunchy and are perfect for when I want to eat but aren't really hungry. (Come on. You know what I'm talking about.)

Calcium +Vitamin D supplements. Sure, they look like horse pills. But I've been noticing that my nails aren't as strong as they were before I got pregnant with Adam. Also, the kids and Aaron are all taking vitamins with extra vit. D, so I figured I better join that particular bandwagon. Oh yeah, and I also started taking my prenatal vitamins again. I, um, might have run out several months ago and not bought more...oopsie. Basically it's a miracle that my bones aren't splintering away with every step.

Okay, so there you go. Those are some things I'm doing to improve my general well being (you'll notice, however, the total lack of a commitment to exercise!) What are YOU doing?


Noel said...

V8 is one of my staples. Gotta like lycopene for heart health. I would recommend the low sodium version of V8 to help reduce that American excess.

mama.nichols4 said...

First of all, when did Adam grow such large man hands? Cute pic! Also, I think you're forgiven, for now, on the lack of exercise. I've seen you in action and rarely are you ever in one place for more than a feeding.

I am, however, doing nothing, I thought about avoiding caffeine but with the hours I keep, I'd end up losing out on SOO much me time! I have tried to get to bed a little earlier, in an attempt to recapture some of my brain function.

I was on a Wii kick but someone got sick and I just stopped.. I'll get back to it, I hope.

Suzi said...

V8 Fusion - much better than regular. I couldn't stomach regular V8. And then you get serving of fruit too.

Melissa said...

I am very health concious in the kitchen, especially for myself - which is why bring overweight buggers me. Adding 5 miles of walking a day has helped the weight finally move, but that's a lot of walking.

I've come to conclusion tha I can o ly control what goes in my mouth and how much exercise I do. The rest is not up to me. But, if I'm destined to be chubby, I at least want to be healthy so i can see my great-grandkids.

Lyz said...

Mel - I have the opposite problem. I don't need to lose weight, but I'm still not healthy - Aaron's afraid I'll keel over at age 35.

Suzi - I think I'll try V8 Fusion next, just for some variety. I'm just afraid it'll be so good that I'll slug it down in 2 days, and then Aaron will start stealing it...:)