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The Myth
Oct 19th, 2006 by Anna

Okay, I’ve heard it one too many times. Heck, I’ve even said it in the past. But it’s not true and I won’t listen to it anymore! It’s not more expensive to eat healthy! “I try to eat healthy, but it costs so much more money to get healthy foods.” Riiight. What you really mean when you say this is, “Processed foods that are low fat and/or low cal cost more than their fattier counterparts.” That is true. I can spend $2.64 on a box of 6 packages of 100 calories snacks. And that’s a bit more than a box of fatty chips. But… if I want to eat healthy, I’ll skip the pre-packaged snacks and eat an apple. And an apple is cheap. And so is a banana. And an orange. Even at $1.64 a pound for what I had to pay for my Gala apples the other day, I got more apples – more volume than those little snack bags.

But see it wasn’t that long ago that I was griping about it all myself. That was before I started actually trying to eat more healthy, not just less fatty. When I really started analyzing my diet, I realized that those 100 calorie snack bags are a bunch of empty calories. They may be less calories than the bag of Doritos, but they’re still empty calories. I grudgingly started eating more fruit (I still have to work on fresh veggies, but I’m doing frozen at least) so that I could have more potassium, and more vitamin C and all that stuff and less sodium (WAY less sodium!). And now I find I’m spending aless money. A LOT less. And dang it, I LIKE the fruit. Now, sometimes I really want something chocolatey. And a Pria bar is slightly more expensive than a candy bar. And I think my Health Smart Fudge bars are a little pricey-er than the unhealthier versions, but those indulgences don’t tip the scales with how much less I’m spending not buying so many pre-packaged foods!

Now, I still need to work on lunches. I do a tv dinner every day. And I need to work on dinner because we do a lot of easy foods at home in the interest of time. I think my kids recognize the Hand on the Hamburger Helper box! But that has nothing to do with eating healthy (because it’s NOT) or not (and on HH days, I usually bake some tilapia for myself – my poor malnurished children). And the truth is, if I actually cooked a real dinner, I’d be spending less money. And if I stored some of that dinner and ate it the next day, I’d be saving money *and* having less sodium. So I’m back to the lie. It is not more expensive to eat what’s good for your body.

So there.

I’m tired of peeing.
Oct 19th, 2006 by Anna

This subject may be just too much information but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about way to much not to mention. I’ve been getting at LEAST 8 glasses of water a day, and that’s straight water. That doesn’t count hot chocolate and it certainly doesn’t count soda which I’ve practically eliminated from my diet. If I DO have a soda, I have an EXTRA glass of water to make up for it. But when you drink a lot of water, naturally you pee a lot. And I’m SO tired of peeing. I’m glad my office is right across from the bathrooms (except when someone makes stinkys and I have to close my office door, but I digress). I think we’re supposed to drink so much water because that gives us that much more exercise every time we have to go to the bathroom!

Too much fiber…
Oct 14th, 2006 by Anna

Too much fiber is a bad thing. We’ll just leave it at that. 😮

Update on Ana site
Oct 14th, 2006 by Anna

Okay, my snagged page has been taken down from that site. And by the creator. So she must have read my comment there. Or perhaps she came here and read my post. Still hoping she gets help.

So sad…
Oct 11th, 2006 by Anna

I was looking at my web stats the other day and saw an external link that I hadn’t noticed before. That just means someone has a link from their site to mine. I visited this site and I was appalled on so many levels. First, and now the most trivial, this person has my entire “My Tools” page on her site. The entire wording is mine. The links to the files are to my site. There is no mention of my name and she never asked me for permission to do this. I never mind when people pass around my spreadsheets. Frankly it flatters me. But this is different. This is the entire page and I’m given no credit whatsoever.

But worse than that is what this site is about. The home page says,

This is a a “pro ana” site so if you do not have an eating disorder please leave now. This is a non-judgemental place and all are welcome but please do not leave rude messages.

At first I paid no mind. I was more concerned about the snag from my own site. But then I read around. Pro Ana… Ana is short for anorexia. ANOREXIA. This is a PRO anorexia site. I’m all for losing weight, but in a healthy way and only if it’s necessary. From the about page on this site, this is a 17 year old girl. And she calls it an eating disorder but her entire site promotes being thin that the complete disregard of your health. I’m just horrified.

I’ve looked around for a way to contact her. I could only write to the main site as this is a subdirectory kind of like having your own Yahoo page or something like that. I’ve tossed around whether or not I should post the link to her site here. Right now I don’t think I will. I don’t want to encourage anyone to eat like this. If it’s that important to you, you can probably Google from the text I gave you.

I posted this so that if you’re the praying type, you can pray for this girl. Pray that she gets the help she needs. Pray that her family can help her. If you’re not the praying type, try it out anyway. It sure can’t hurt!

And if you’re “that girl.” Email me. anna (at) onmyweigh (dot) com. I’ll do whatever I can to get you help. Seriously.

Breast Cancer Awareness
Oct 6th, 2006 by Anna

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my pages will be pink! If you have a web site, consider going Pink for the month of October! See http://www.pinkforoctober.org/ for more info!

So close!
Oct 3rd, 2006 by Anna

I’ve been having a hard time reaching my numbers for potassium. I did it today, so I tried real hard to get all of my numbers where they should be. At 8:15pm, I’m shy 46 calories and 8 grams of fat. But everything else is right in the range it should be! Whoo hoo! Well, no that’s not true. I’m over in iron by one lousy miligram or whatever it’s measured in. And I may go a bit over when I eat something here in a bit. But still, I’m pretty proud. I ate GREAT today and I was SO not deprived. I even had a box of Cracker Jack. Man, those toys have gotten lame.

I willed it.
Oct 3rd, 2006 by Anna

Jonathan doesn’t believe me. Last night I told him I was willing my weight to be lower this morning. I furrowed my brow and concentrated on my weight willing it to go down… down. Well it worked! I was down a pound! Whoo hoo! I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I totally have sodium under control. Or that I’m drinking all of my water plus more. It’s not because I’m keeping my calorie intake down (but not TOO down) and doing a good job balancing carbs, proteins and fats. And it’s SURE not because I’m making sure to have fresh produce every day. Or that I’m eating when I’m hungry and not when I’m not. That had nothing to do with it. It’s because I willed it to be. Really.

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