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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Changing the way I eat...

I just love fresh fruits and veggies, especially in the Summer,  and although my husband is a pretty healthy eater, he tends to want to put butter or gravy or some kind of sauce on everything....even after I have buttered something, he says that he needs more because he can't see it!! I love all these things, after all I am a Texas girl and my Mamma but those things on everything we ate..but...I am no longer a young girl and I've become aware of all the crazy changes that come with age and let me tell you, it's not pretty and it is most definitely not easy.

I am probably the biggest junk food junkie that I know. Oh, I eat healthy stuff and I cook healthy stuff....or so I thought. I have learned in my quest to get healthy that there are a lot of hidden calories and fat and just plain old junk in a lot of foods that I thought was good for me. For instance, Sugar....I love sugar and it is in so many things that I would have never thought it was tomato sauces and tomato paste or breads, "healthy" breads or even in my favorite fruits! Yikes!! The sugar content in some fruit is as bad as the sugar in candy! So..what do you do? What do we eat that is really good for us?? I've decided that I am on a mission to change the way we eat and what we eat, but can you eat healthy and still enjoy what you are eating?? I think you can, I think that if we are careful about what we eat and how we eat it along with exercise..nothing crazy here... that we can feel better and have healthy bodies.

At the ripe old age of 43, I have started exercising and really paying attention to what I am putting into my body and it is probably one of the hardest things I've ever done...but you know what?? It hasn't killed me yet and I kinda like it! Kinda....I said....It's going to take some experimenting and trials and tribulations, but at least that's a start right??

So...on the subject of sugar...I wrote a post a while ago about what kinds of sugar I could use  that wouldn't totally wreck my "healthy eating plan". I've tried all the sugars that are out there or that I could find and there are only a few that I can tolerate, as in "I like"! The artificial ones are just yuck...I don't like the aftertaste they leave in my mouth and they really aren't that good for you anyway. I tried raw sugar and it's OK, but not good enough for sweet tea. I am a major sweet tea drinker and if it tastes funny...then I am just not happy. White sugar is processed in a way that just sucks for your body and honey So what have I found that satisfies my taste buds and my "healthy eating plan"? The winner is Agave Nectar!! It is sweet, but not too sweet, it is not bad for your body, and it's naturally made.. and it tastes good in my sweet tea!! I am still researching Agave Nectar and will give you a full report on it in the next few days. So for now, I am still learning and trying new things and if you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to leave them in a comment! Here's to happy eating and feeling good!

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