Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Don't Forget To Eat Right
Yesterday I talked about my Twitter friend (@kokogirl) and her Twitter Trim Up Challenge. I am quite excited that I decided to take part and am dedicated to making my fitness goals.
Then it hit me.
I really need to address my diet.
First, let me clarify a few things. As a child, I was that little girl that was taller than all the other kids in school. You know - the tall, lanky one that everyone else made fun of. That is, made fun of until high school when they all realized that ending up being 5'10" was actually pretty darn cool. In addition to being tall, I've never really had horrible eating habits. Even as a child, I was never a big fan of chocolate, fried foods, soda or other decadent ills that break diets. I'm sure growing up in a place where there is fresh fruit year-round and plenty of access to healthier foods helped out.
That said, being a tall girl with a smallish-medium bone structure means that I would never be 100-120 pounds. Trust me on that one. I was 118 when I graduated high school and I looked like Skeletor (well, a skeleton actually). This wasn't due to an eating disorder or anything of the sort, I was just an active girl that ate right.
Today, I'm more like in the neighborhood of 150. Some tiny people tell me that means I'm "fat" or weigh a lot. Really? Hmm...so I've got muscle (you know, that will just happen when you paddle a surfboard on a regular basis), a relatively flat stomach, and wear a size 6-8 at my height. How am I "fat"? Sure, a lot of time I feel bigger than others because I am. Period.
At any rate, I do have one big vice when it comes to eating. Salt. Salt, salt, and more salt.
In my teens and 20s I avoided it completely and only in the last several years did I start adding it to my food. I'm not sure what started it but I use plenty now. Last night as I was having dinner I realized that I really need to stop. Sure, I've never had high blood pressure or any other salt-related issues that I know of but why encourage it.
So I stopped right then and I avoided it for breakfast as well. It's really just a matter of retraining your taste buds. It will be odd for the first few days but then it will be easy.
Oh, and for the record, I've never been one to add sugar to food and drink. I drink my coffee and tea plain and otherwise only drink water. I won't even drink processed juices since they've got so much sugar. If I do have a juice it is fruit alone from a juicer (try Robek's ABC - it's an acquired taste but quite refreshing if you like it). If I do happen to try something that has a ton of sugar it just tastes simply awful to me.
I have a few simple rules to eating:
1. If it wasn't food 200 years ago, it probably isn't food today
2. If it comes ready-made and frozen in a box, it probably isn't food
3. If it has more than 8-10 grams of sugar, don't eat it
4. Don't add sugar to anything
5. New rule - don't add salt to anything.