I’m getting caught up on my New 52 posts this week. I posted weeks 8-10 last week. Today I’m updating for weeks 11-13. It’s a bummer to fall behind in the blogging of this project, but I’m determined to stick with it so I hope you will bear with me as I play a bit of catch-up!
Week 11 No more high fructose corn syrup
I already talked about this in my March roundup, but it’s interesting to note that this change came about in Week #11 for me, because I had a huge Sprite at the Jazz game (my New 52 for Week #10) and I realized that it made me very sick. That was what tipped me off to the high fructose corn syrup connection because I started googling “allergic to soda pop” and found a trail from there. I then remembered about my digi friend who had blogged about her daughter’s issues, I decided to cut out all high fructose corn syrup from my diet. I actually started feeling a lot better within a few days. This has required a lot of label reading and eating mostly homemade food. I haven’t minded it at all because I’ve been eating better than I have in a long time and feeling great. My kids have even been very supportive and when we go to the grocery store they check the labels for me. I haven’t forced them to eliminate hfcs from their diets, but they have mostly done so as a result of my changes. I don’t think anyone really needs the stuff.
This might be the best New52 I’ve done all year!
Week 12 a new cookbook
I love cookbooks and I have a hard time passing up a new one. I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about buying the 400 Calorie Fix though, because it’s full of healthy snack and meal ideas. It’s from the same people who wrote the Flat Belly Diet books and I really like their approach. I haven’t been following the plan they outline to lose up to 11 pounds in 2 weeks (although I could use that!), but I’ve been using this as a tool in my slow-and-steady-stay moderate plan to just eat better and work on my health.
I’ve been using this book for snack and lunch ideas. I like the approach of eating smaller meals throughout the day to stay satisfied. I don’t like to eat big meals. My main problem is that I’m a grazer. I just like to eat little handfuls of things throughout the day and that adds up without ever seeming like I’m eating. I’m trying to be more mindful of having a meal or a real snack and sitting at the table to eat. This book has helped me balance what I’m eating and they give great advice on how to turn a snack into a healthy meal.
Week 13 dark chocolate
I decided to go over to the dark side! I’ve read so much about how good dark chocolate is for you, especially in the Flat Belly Diet books (which I love!) so I decided that if I was going to eat chocolate, it should be the dark stuff. I have started to really acquire a taste for it and find that I can feel satisfied with a much smaller serving size. Interestingly, I haven’t had as much of a sweet tooth since I made the switch. This is another New52 that I’m going to adopt into my everyday life. Yum!
If I wasn’t doing this New52 challenge, I would have probably not documented any of these experiences. I’m so glad I am participating!
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