As I mentioned yesterday, nothing exciting is happening lately, so I'm sorry if you find today's post boring. It's what's on my mind though, and what I've been thinking about a lot lately, so I'm going to post about it anyway. If you don't want to read about it, that's up to you. But this is my blog, and this is the topic I've chosen for today.
I think this is a common thing to do this time of year, but I've been looking at what I eat, what I don't eat, how much of it I have, etc. I think my Mam would like me to join Weight Watchers with her and Jane, but I don't do well with diets. I'm one of those people who does well for a while, then I'll start missing something I wasn't meant to be eating, then I'll decide I can have some as a treat, but I'll go mad eating the forbidden item so much that I end up putting on every bit of weight I lost, plus a load of weight that wasn't there before. I've tried diet after diet, and it's always the same. So, I'm taking a different approach and just looking at what I eat and doing a few tweaks to make any changes required to make my eating habits a little healthier, but without saying I can't have certain items. I need to be able to have that bar of chocolate I'm craving, or that cake that calls out to me as I walk past the bakery. So, I spent the last couple of weeks writing down everything I had to eat or drink so that I could properly evaluate my eating habits. To be honest, all this actually did was to confirm what I already knew, but in a strange sort of way it helped to have the information written down. Like the confirmation was what I needed to be able to make myself do something about the nasty eating habits I'd gotten in to in recent months.
The biggest issue I have is a snacking issue. When I'm bored, fed up, whatever, I snack on something. This wouldn't be much of a big deal, only I'd gotten in to the habbit of buying snack items that are probably not the best things to have in plentiful supply, and had gotten out of the habit of having healthier snacks on hand. So, I need to swap the biscuits/cookies, crisps and chocolates for fruity snacks (be they fresh fruit, dried fruit, fruit yogurts, or whatever). I did at one point have a plentiful supply of non-perishable, relatively healthy, fruity snacks available, and some fresh fruit on hand to snack on too. But in recent months I've let myself get out of the habit of doing that. So, I guess I need to get back in the habit of doing it. To help me with that one I had my Mam take me to Asda to buy a few bits. Most of the stuff is meant for childrens' lunch boxes, but I don't see why adults can't have them as well. Things like banana chips, little packets of raisins, and strawberry and oat chewy bars. Some of them say, "one of your five a day," on the packets, so at least they count as fruit portions, so when I'm snacking, at least I'm getting an extra portion of fruit in at the same time. And most of them are at least mostly just the pure fruit, so that's definately got to be better for me than things like chocolate bars and such. Like I mentioned above though, I have no intention of not having chocolate bars at all. No. My intention is simply to have healthier options more readily available to me than not-so-healthy options, then - when I'm looking for something to snack on - it will be fruity snacks not chocolate bars that appear beneath my fingers when my hands are exploring my treat tub for something tasty to snack on. Obviously, if it's something new that I haven't tasted before I'm just getting a small amount to sample, because I'm not going to want to eat it if I don't like it (like the date and apple chewy bars Emma-Jane and I tried last week, and neither of us liked) but I've managed to sort out a nice variety of things that I do like, so I have plenty to choose from.
My other issue is drinks. I used to buy a load of small bottles and cartons of stuff, because then I drank more, and I also often grabbed one of them instead of a snack. I make such a mess when pouring from full cartons and bottles that if I finish up a carton or bottle then even if I'm thirsty I'll often decide I can't be bothered with sorting myself a drink. But, when I have small bottles and cartons I can just grab and drink from, it's so much easier to just grab one. So, I've got a load of small cartons and bottles again. I know this means more cartons and bottles to throw out, but we recycle them, so at least that's not so bad. Besides, you need a certain amount of fluid throughout the day to keep your body healthy, so... Whatever works, right? So, I've got a load of little bottles of water and cartons of fruit juice for myself to drink.
For the next few weeks I'm going to keep track of what I eat again, and we'll see if my food diary looks better with these little changes I've made. They aren't huge changes, but I think they will probably make at least a little difference. Whether they'll make any difference to my weight, I don't know. I'm hoping they will. But - if nothing else - they should at least make a bit of difference to how healthy my eating habits are.