The Healthy Kitchen: Time to makes changes for a healthier life
Next month will be a year for my Healthy Kitchen column. This has been an exciting and interesting year of writing about healthy cooking, eating and lifestyle.
During this last year I lost 20 pounds and improved my lab results. I managed to maintain the loss all year, and, as we know, that takes as much effort as losing.
After some thought, and with health again a motivating factor, Iâ€™ve decided to work at losing another 20 to 25 pounds. Eventually one reaches a crossroads: Either continue down the same road you are on or reach a turning point, coupled with a willingness to change for your own betterment.
My general health needed some improvement: My blood sugar level was too high, blood pressure meds were recently increased, my weight was not ideal, I had very little exercise â€” all red flags for overall health.
When I lost the 20 pounds, I did not go back to my previous behavior. That is how Iâ€™ve maintained the loss. And to lose more, Iâ€™ve got to make changes to up my game, to move from my plateau, if you will â€” do something to get me losing again.
With Weight Watchers, I lost the original 20; the weekly weigh-in helps give you accountability, and I like the group support and plan to continue with them. But I donâ€™t look to them solely to solve my problem for me. Iâ€™m working to make permanent changes, an entire lifestyle change, that will keep me at the weight I want to be once I get there.
And I work at learning how to do that. I try new recipes and modify favorite ones, read extensively on the Web and in books, talk with others, and Iâ€™ve finally accepted that activity, which is recommended by most sources, is very much a part of being successful for most of us. I start by just walking with my dog in the afternoons when the wind isnâ€™t too cold. Iâ€™ve worked up to 30 minutes with a goal of five times a week.
And Iâ€™ve accepted too that the â€śquick fixâ€ť will not work either. Weight control is a long-term undertaking, and not achieved in a couple of months; persistence and perseverance are the cornerstones of a healthy weight.
Iâ€™ll keep you posted each column as to my progress. If you want to join me, you may go it alone and that may work for you. If you want to use a weight loss program to help you jump start loss, find a fit for you and your pocketbook.
With my column in mind, I can assist you, but you have to be responsible for forming your own new permanent habits and new approach to cooking, eating, lifestyle, and behavior, so that you will be able to reach a healthy weight and stay there long term. Remember, before physical activity, check with your physician.
- Diane Stewart
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Â˝ cup fat-free plain yogurt
Â˝ cup fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 packet Splenda
Â˝ cup strawberries (or other desired fruit, like blueberries)
Place all ingredients in blender, process until smooth. Enjoy. About 200 calories.