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Let the river flow…. January 12, 2009

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Week three here of  365 Days to Whole Foods. Last week was a short week since I’m changing the start day to Mondays, but it was relatively easy. I think there was only one day where I only ate one serving of fruit rather than two. I think I could eat fruit all day–it is so yummy.

I have found that I am still craving water, more and more. But I am also craving sweets like mad. And not fruit sweets–cookies and cakes sweet. Probably because I’m eating less of them? I’m hoping this craving subsides and soon.

I have also noticed an improvement in my digestion and my skin. Which is never ever a bad thing!

This week we are going to focus on our water consumption again.

Week 3 Goal:

Drink at least 2 liters (72 oz.) of water per day.

This week is going to be the toughest week yet, I think. Mostly because it’s finally going to be a stretch for me. I definitely don’t drink 2 liters of water daily.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

And don’t forget to keep eating your two servings of fruit!

 

An apple (or two) a day…. January 7, 2009

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Week one was insanely easy. I think I probably already drink 36 oz (1 liter) of water daily, and didn’t realize it. I usually ended up drinking about 1 1/2 liters per day. But I wanted to start sloooowly, and do something that would be easy. Because I want this to be a lifelong change I’m not going to just jump right in; it would never last and The Hunk wouldn’t go for it either. I think gradual is best. The Hunk himself has been doing remarkably well. He’s been faithfully filling and taking his water bottle with him to work, and has drank at least 1 liter of water per day! I have found myself wanting water more, craving it almost. It’s really been the only thing I’ve been drinking and it’s been very satisfying.

This week we are going to move away from water and onto fruit (Don’t worry we’ll come back to the water). I figure fruit is a good thing to tackle next because it’s sweet, so it will be pretty easy for most people to start eating–assuming they don’t already. We’re going to focus on water and fruit for the first few weeks here and then we will start getting into the vegetables and whole grains  (Baby steps to the water….baby steps to the fruit…..baby steps to the veggies……name that movie! Not an exact quote, and Hunk you cannot answer!).

Here are some things you can read on fruit consumption:

The Nutrition Source-all about vegetables and fruit–Harvard

Very interesting read on the benefits of veggies and fruits

How much? (Canada’s food guide)

There is a handy chart here that breaks down how much you should be eating acording to your age and sex. From age 2-51+.

What is a serving? (Canada’s food guide)

Fruit:

  • 1/2 cup fresh, frozen or canned.
  • 1 piece of fruit

The goal for this week is:

Eat at least two servings of fruit per day

So that means,  1 cup of cut up fruit, or 2 pieces of fruit, or 1 piece of fruit and 1/2 cup cut up fruit, or–I think you get the picture. I would also add that the piece of fruit should be a small piece, otherwise it would count for more than a serving–you’ll have to kind of gauge that yourself.

Ideally you would eat either fruit serving instead of something bad for you. For example: instead of eating a bowl of ice cream in the evening when you’re watching T.V.– eat a serving of fruit! Or instead of eating some sugary over-processed cereal for breakfast–eat a serving of fruit!

[a little bit of housekeeping: I think I am going to switch the start day to Monday. It is really weird to start a weekly goal on a Thursday–does anyone else agree? I wanted to start on January 1st which is why it is Thursdays. I think it will be less confusing if each week starts on a normal day like Monday! So, this weeks goal will be pretty short. But since it’s an easy one I think that will be okay! ]

Healthy eating! And keep drinking that water!

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Rain drops keeps falling on my head January 1, 2009

Filed under: 365 days to whole foods — Jess @ 3:54 pm
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Do you drink enough water? I know I don’t. Not consistently anyways. I did a little searching around the Internet to find out how much I should be drinking. I think this article was pretty good at describing how much you should be drinking, and it is a reputable source.

If you don’t want to take the time to click over and read it yourself. This is what the article said:

Several approaches attempt to approximate water needs for the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate.

  • Replacement approach. The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace the lost fluids.
  • Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Another approach to water intake is the “8 x 8 rule” — drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (about 1.9 liters). The rule could also be stated, “drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” as all fluids count toward the daily total. Though the approach isn’t supported by scientific evidence, many people use this basic rule as a guideline for how much water and other fluids to drink.
  • Dietary recommendations. The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

Even apart from the above approaches, if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate. Mayo Clinic Staff April 19, 2008

So, here is my goal for this week. I am going to drink at least 32 oz. (1 liter) of water per day. To make this goal easier for me to accomplish I went to the store last night and bought each of us a water bottle that holds 32 oz. They were the cheapo kind that cost 2 dollars. I got a little one that holds 16 oz. (1 pint) for The Blue-Eyed Boy (I read a few things that said that toddlers will get all the water they need and that it doesn’t need to be regulated. UNLESS they have had a fever or been sick. So, his is mostly just so he can be like Daddy–and maybe get him off the sippy cups? A Momma can hope!). This morning I filled it with water and have been drinking it (The Hunk filled his and took it to work with him). So far today I have 16ish oz to go.

So there you go. Every day this week I want you to try to drink at least 32 oz. of water a day. Go grab a water bottle if you already have one, or go get one from the store to make it easier for yourself!

Here’s to taking it one step at a time!

This post is part of the 365 days to whole foods series.

 

Welcome 2009

Filed under: 365 days to whole foods — Jess @ 3:09 pm
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Happy New Year dear friends! Another year has come and gone- how fast it flew! So many things have happened in the past year I can’t believe it is over already. It seems like yesterday it was the first day of 2008.

With a New Year comes new resolutions. I always make several, and I never do them. I try real hard and then I forget/stop/fail my resolutions. So this year in the attempt to actually accomplish my resolution I am only choosing one. And one that I feel really really motivated to actually do. And it’s not one of those–today bam! I’m going to stop doing something. Because, as we all know– that don’t work. So, my resolution is going to be gradual, slowly changing throughout the year so that (hopefully) in 365 days from today I will have accomplished my goal.

Are you curious what it is?

Well, I am happy to inform you that you will all be able to take the journey with me. Every week I am going to have a new goal to strive for which will get me one step closer to my over-arching resolution.

What is my resolution?

My resolution is that by the end of 2009, in 365 days from today, I will have converted myself and my family from eating semi/not really at all-healthy to a healthy whole foods diet.
I want to get rid of all the over-processed, empty calorie, nutrient void foods that we eat. And replace them with natural, un-processed, nutrient dense really-good-for-you foods.

I know a lot of people make “eating healthy” one of their resolutions. Maybe if we all work together and keep each other accountable, we can actually reach that goal?

I am hoping that by setting a small goal every week (and hopefully a goal that is relatively easy for everyone to accomplish) by the end of the year I (we?) will have accomplished my (our?) goal. And rather painlessly.

So what do you say? Will you join me? I hope you will–I’m sure you body with thank you.

Here’s a toast to 365 days to whole foods!

(see my next post for the first weeks goal)