Thursday, January 15, 2009

Healthy (Wealthy) and Wise

Its important to have a diet that is mainly comprised of whole grains, lean proteins and fruits and veggies, even if you aren't overweight. Thin people drop dead too, unfortunately. I think this is something that people realize as they get older, when you are younger and you eat crap you feel fine, but eventually you'll just feel like crap. And who wants to feel like crap, even if the food tasted good?
This is a direct quote from Z's comments on the blog from yesterday. If you haven't read them please do because they are quire intriguing (or they will make you hungry).
I was going to post a further comment on this, but I have decided to post it as my blog for today because I think its a very intersting issue for discussion. Feel free to discuss it A LOT because there will be no post again till Sun night when I can report how I fared (and maybe how SaraK did as well).
My feelings on this subject are in general to agree with Z (except I try to refrain from using the word crap). EVERYONE should eat a healthier diet regardless of your weight. It is certainly wise to get used to more veggies and less sugar. A lot of people, though, are brought up on sugary foods and therefore acquire a sweet tooth. Or people are never served vegetables as a child so they stay away from green things. We have so many wonderful and healthy options that are not processed and will give us all the vitamins and minerals we need if we eat them regularly.
Now I am not saying that I am going to stop eating all white flour or white sugar. That is way too overboard for me personally. But, I get it and I respect people that do it. I think it was G-d's intention when He created the world. I also think that the opposite extreme is unwise and much less healthy nor do I respect that. I think that fast food and the corn industry (for you She-nerd) are the slow death of this country.
So sometimes lets remember that its not all about "weight". It really should be about focusing on eating healthy and in moderation so it becomes a way of life and you are at a healthy weight.
Have a great Shabbos everyone. Thanks for all of your comments this week and I look forward to sharing with you just how much chocolate cake I ate in order to get to that healthy weight :)
SK

8 comments:

She-nerd said...

i think we're all saying the same thing. i'm very wary of the government tryign to step in and control our food intake. besides the infringement on personal liberties, i doubt it accomplishes any real public health goals. but i'm with you, z - puff pastry should be, like, a once a year food.

Zehava said...

Sarah,

I just want to say that I LOVE your blog. I love the conversations it starts and everything that it makes me think about....

And She-nerd, I don't think that anyone was talking about govt regulations here....I think that is your framework b/c of school but I definitely wasn't talking about that. I am not for the limiting of peoples' rights, don't worry about that. :)

I think Sarah is so right when she talks about how people were raised and food habits coming from youth. I was raised without sugar and always eating fruits and vegetables and t'g I love fruits and vegetables and really prefer them over other foods, most of the time....so I guess that is our job, to educate the next generation correctly about the right foods to eat.....

And Sarah, I LOVE the shoutouts as you know....:)

Good luck this weekend, I'm rooting for you....

SK said...

Z,
Thank you. i was just reading through a few olc ones and I was laughing. I really am loving blogging! Its like it keeps my mind focused on dieting while I do not have to talk about it all the time because I know i can go blog it later. It is quite cathartic.
And to be honest without my few regulars it would be no fun, so much thanks to all of you for commenting and starting some very interesting discussions.
Its been lots of fun for me and I hope for all of you too.
Keep up the good work! and hopefully we will keep losing weight...
I have been composing my "back at my goal weight" post in my head for weeks. Hopefully yall will get to read it before Pesach!!

She-nerd said...

well you guys are very familiar with the eating habits i grew up with...i was just talking to an old friend who said we always had bbq jays potato chips in our house growing up and she was always so jealous - and i actually had no recollection of that, never even really like potato chips (odd b/c i like potatoes so much).

SaraK said...

I definitely agree - if you are raised on healthier foods, you will probably enjoy them more. I have acquired healthier eating habits in adulthood, though. But probably because of my struggles with my weight. I really do enjoy healthier fare, though, even when I have a choice. I can binge with the best of 'em, but you know I love my salads. I really try to stay away from processed foods. It's just hard when you are always on the go, as I am. Like for this weekend I am bringing oatmeal packets for Sunday morning. I prefer old fashioned oatmeal, but I won't be able to cook it. But I did bring that instead of eating junk on Sunday morning for breakfast. I also have some apples. We are going to have fun this weekend, but hopefully we won't have to eat as much junk as everyone else will be eating!

SK said...

Great idea SaraK, I hope you brought some for me. We are going to do great this weekend. We will stay strong and we will not make a big scene about it. We will just constantly repeat No, thanks! No, thanks! not for me, thanks! I'll pass, thanks!

She-nerd said...

you go girls!

M said...

Well I for one trace all of my eating habits directly to where ALL the blame generally lies, "mom" and so called "dad" - not to belabor the point but I see that my automatic pull to some foods and drinks is basically a lack of discipline on my part - I just don't feel like retraining, so why bother. And I don't see the effects that minute so it's not something I think about it moment to moment. I think eating is a great metaphor for all the ways in which we come of age and say, ok, so I was raised poorly, so now what - so with so many things in life, and so with eating. Someone once said to me that while it might seem like an attitude of confidence to say, I eat what I want, who cares, I just live my life, it's really a reflection of poor self image - and it's a stronger person who says I care about myself so of course I eat right - like it becomes a thing to value. Not sure that helps anyone else but it did me, and still does, tho I lapse a lot but am trying to be good this vacation and re-orient myself somewhat.