Monday, January 4, 2010

My "System Re-Boot"

I'm really not sure how to explain it, but lately I've just felt like my body needed a "system re-boot" -  if that makes any sense.  I've always had a vegetarian tendency.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good cheeseburger or homemade meatballs, but when it comes to home cooking, I've always leaned towards preparing meatless meals.  I've been searching for something to do that was like resetting my body after all the allergy issues and daily stresses I've been through lately.  I am not a "diet" person, but I knew I needed to do something.

I'm pretty excited about what I am lovingly calling my System Re-Boot program and thought I'd share with all of you in case you wanted to join me!  It's pretty simple and is basically all about eating fruit, veggies and nuts (or beans) and amping up your exercise a bit. Most important is drinking a lot of water (with fresh lemon to assist in liver cleansing).  This is probably a really good point to remind you that I am not or have ever been a doctor.  Always check with your doctor and do a "gut" check before starting any new exercise or diet program.  This is simply what I am choosing to do and it appears to be pretty healthy.

Pretty simply you can eat as much fruit and vegetables as you want (to ensure you don't feel hungry), eat a few handfuls of nuts each day and start the day out with a non-dairy protein drink.  The goal is to snack on a handful of fruits or veggies every two hours to avoid hunger and keep your metabolism active.

I did my grocery shop yesterday and found myself laughing at the shopping cart because I had obviously spent sooooooo much time in the produce area.  I bought fresh avocadoes (as a yummy treat), dried apricots for my sweet tooth, fresh whole pineapple, apples, bananas, carrots, fresh spinach, several heads of lettuce, fresh garlic, zucchini, grapes, asparagus and lots of tomatoes.  I also bought a protein non-dairy vanilla banana smoothie to have with breakfast. 

I'll let you know how this goes, my plan is to follow this for at least 10 days, see where that gets me, and then I'll decide if I want to continue to follow it.  I'm also looking forward to losing a few pounds in the process!

The most difficult part of this undertaking is organizing the dinners for the kids because they are eating differently (although I can mix in a lot of the fruits & veggies from my meal plan).  I've got sliders one night for the boys, hot dogs one night, chicken nuggets another and spaghetti o's another, so they are covered.  And for my husband, we'll he's eating some of my stuff and some of what the boys are having.  But I was not game to cook 3 different meals each night!

Are you making any shifts in your diet now that the holidays are over?  I'd love to hear about them!

4 comments:

JLC January 4, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

I think you are choosing a healthier way to eat and providing a good example for your boys. (Even if they might turn their noses up at your food) In our family, we don't eat red meat or pork. Only two meals have meat and it is usually chicken or turkey. The one thing I need to really work on is carbs. I eat whole grain foods, but I also eat more than I should.

Good luck on your healthy quest!

OCMomActivities - Katie January 4, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

I'm actually pretty lucky, my boys like eating healthily. It just comes down to preparing it (& buying it at the store ahead of time). Kyle loves broccoli (fresh & steamed) and Brett loves fresh cucumber. I think I'm pretty lucky, they will mostly try everything once...

Tamara M,  January 4, 2010 at 11:11 PM  

I'm right there with you. Total stubborn streak carrying me through. Easy day of veggies, fruits and dry soybeans! Lots of water, lemon and exercise. It's on.

Priscilla January 5, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

It's all good, Katie! I'm trying to prepare more meatless meals for my family and will be posting them on my blog. We've always eaten relatively healthy and will never be 100% vegetarian, but we're taking it up a notch this year. Good luck. Hope to see you soon!

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