Doing Better for Myself

After I retired on August 23, 2009 on my 55th birthday, I promised myself that I would do better for me!
I decided on a total lifestyle change including healthy eating and exercising. Here I am 2 years later and many things have changed in my life. The first step I took to become a vegan was my best step. I believe that we are a plant eating species who took up eating as a show of force! The caveman may have run out of berries so they started to hunt. So, unless you can hunt your own food, you have no business eating meat! ( this is just my opinion)
Veganism has helped me. I feel healthier and I only need a few supplements such as B12, flaxseed, wheat germ to keep myself feeling well.
Since my retirement, I have gone from 162 pounds to 135. It does not sound like a lot, but it is to me.  The reason that I say this is because I was gaining about 10 pounds a year. When I was in my twenties, I weighted 120 pounds, thirties 130 pounds, forties 140 and in my fifties I did not want to stay in the 150s especially after reaching 162!! At this rate, I would be at least 190 pounds before I died!
This definitely had to stop!!
Before I die, I want to help people like myself take control of their health, especially as it relates to weight control. This is my passion because I have been there myself, and I have studied diseases as they relate to poor health and nutrition.
I know that we need to take care of our bodies, and if we do not, we will be subjected to “fat” diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
How am I going to attain this goal of helping others?
Well, I think it will be a long road, but my  “new beginnings” is to show others that it can be done. I will be the best role model that I can be.
Step 2 in my quest to help others was taking a nutrition class a few months ago to help me gain more information on how to help others in their quest toward wellness.
I am hoping to bring good, sound nutrition and wellness choices to you through my blog:
1. Eat protein that is not from meat ( try soy, rice, grains) and limit your dairy.
2. Exercise every day. It does not have to be strenuous every day! But activity keeps you healthy. Make sure that it is a priority in your life. Find something that you truly enjoy so that you want to do it!
3. Stop thinking that you are on a diet that is time limited! You are not on a diet! this is your new way of living!!
4. Do not sabotage your efforts by not having enough nutritious foods in the house. Cut up carrots, celery, eat fiber such as oatmeal when hungry
5 Snacking is good but snack on good foods and get rid of the sugar. If you crave sugar try frozen bananas. ( peel them, cut in half and wrap in waxed paper so they don’t stick)
Good luck on your quest toward wellness!
So take a good look at the person in the mirror, and find some good things to focus on during your quest toward a positive life change!

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