Eating is a habit. It’s a good habit. It keeps our bodies nourished and in working order. We all have habits. Some good and some not so good!! Eating can easily become a bad habit, if we allow it to happen. Most people have good intentions, New Years Eve Resolutions would be a fine example. For the first two weeks of January, people are “mindful” of what is being eaten. From there, it fails at the first small potato chip that touches one’s lips.
We’ve had a lot of blog posts and discussion recently about health and good physical fitness. We often hear about “diets” and a great variety of eating programs. There are more “diets” promoted through the media than one can shake a celery stick at.
I’m not a promoter of those “diets” or point systems. One can always lose weight on a “fad diet,” but the problem is they are not healthy because they are not conducive to eating in that manner for a lifetime. Eating is a habit and one must make it a lifelong good habit.
Habits are formed by repetition and being mindful of that act. Mindful eating is how one needs to eat to maintain a consistent eating lifestyle. Adjusting your eating to a balanced program of protein, fat and carbs works best. It works best because it becomes a “lifestyle.” It’s the way one will eat for the rest of one’s life.
I’ve been eating properly for the past 5 ½ years. Grain has been eliminated from my way of eating, and my fiber intake is from fruit and fresh vegetables. The greatest fiber is from onion. The only fat I eat is good fat from eating 12 almonds a day and the yolk of eggs. I’m a big egg eater, and it’s usually boiled eggs but sometimes an omelet with nonfat spraying of the pan.
I eat 60 to 70 grams of protein every day. My preferred meat is white meat chicken, and I boil it to remove as much fat as possible from the muscle fiber. I eat every 3 hours up until 7:00pm and eat nothing after that until the next day. I keep my calorie intake under 1,400 calories a day. I eat clean!!
When I go out to eat, the chef is always agreeable to boil my chicken. There’s no way I’ll eat any cooked meat in a restaurant. It’s smothered with butter, oil and salt. I have no problem placing a special order. I’ll not sabotage my eating for the day with calorie infused fatty meats.
Water is an important element for me. The rule of thumb I use daily is half my body weight in ounces of water. My weight is 135 to 137 pounds, and the water amount for me daily is approximately 70 ounces of water.
The way we eat is the primary factor to maintain good health. Exercise complements the eating and allows us to maintain a good body figure and toned muscles. I work diligently every week to create definition, and that is accomplished by closely monitoring my food intake. Removing the fat under my skin is a tough task but I’ve done it. My exercise routines of choice are strength training and weight lifting with a hex bar. My heaviest lift is a 1 RM (repetition Max) at 200 pounds with a hex bar.
The test is when the nurse tries to pinch your skin to give you a shot and is not able to pinch you. That’s happened several times before surgery, and it’s usually in the abdomen. I can thank doing “static poses” and “leg lifts” every morning and evening for that. I do those before I go to the gym and before I’m in bed for the night.
Healthy living is a lifestyle that requires thought and repetition. That lifestyle becomes a habit and mindful eating eventually doesn’t require much thought because it’s a natural task.
It’s a relief to me that I’ve created the habit of eating well and exercising properly and consistently. It’s just like marketing. When we “market like we mean it” and do it consistently, we create a well-oiled machine. That’s the ultimate goal with health and fitness, no matter what the age.