Today was check-in day for me and my husband to monitor our progress towards improved health and fitness this year. Here were our results:
- Rob and I both lost another 5 pounds this month and met our target weight loss goals. Hooray!
- I eliminated a daily medication for migraine prevention and my doctor approved reducing my daily medication for asthma prevention to the lowest dose available.
- I exercised 21 days this month and Rob exercised 20.
- We watched a vegan film Vegecated which gave us both pause when we learned how animals are treated on industrial farms (viewer discretion advised). We are not embracing a vegan lifestyle, but for the next month I am going to eliminate animal products (with the exception of yogurt) to see what that is like for myself. By animal products, I am referring to beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, ice cream, and milk. During the past month, I found I was able to successfully switch from cow milk to almond milk. I like the vanilla flavored almond milk.
- Instead of moving in the vegan direction, we are embracing a nutritarian diet as outlined by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. He defines this way of eating as "attention to consuming lots of high-nutrient, healthful foods such as green vegetables, berries, and seeds" in his book, Eat for Health. I highly recommend this informative book to you.
But it hasn't all been easy. This month I had abdominal upsets and hunger pangs as my body adjusted to this new way of eating. I cooked one of our favorite vegetarian pasta dishes (see photo above) with a healthier, protein plus pasta and we could not finish it. We went to a social event where pizza and desserts were served and we brought our own fruit salad to eat and to share. Even with these challenges, neither of us wants to return to our old eating habits and we want to continue on and see how healthy we can become.