John and I have recently made a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. We are doing this for ourselves, for each other, and for our son (and any other possible child/ren we may have.) We both have been feeling more sluggish lately and are sick of it. We have both made commitments in the past that didn't pan out---one or both of us caved, but this time I firmly believe that it will go differently. I feel this way because we are both determined to succeed. We both realize that we will have bad days and I am learning to focus on each meal and making healthy choices as I go along. I'm also refraining from using death words like "diet" "I will never eat such and such again", etc. These words usually do me more harm than good.
So what are we doing, exactly?
Well John has joined a gym and I am continuing my everyday pin work (pictured above) out as well as The Pink Method workouts every time that I'm able. We are also excited about warmer weather to come and walks with Declan and Sophie. We are committing to eating more vegetables and fruit and trying to lower our meat and dairy intake. (John and I have been drinking almond milk for awhile now. This is due to the fact that we both have issues with milk---a slight intolerance maybe and also I have my own personal issues with drinking cow's milk, but that's a blog for another day.) We are also committing to increasing our water intake and a goal of mine is to work towards no carbs after lunch time. This is supposedly one of Bob Harper's skinny rules and I think it's worth shooting for. I have been using this blog and this website as helpful references for our new lifestyle goals. I'm excited and more than anything I'm looking forward to having more energy, losing weight would be a great bonus, but not being exhausted would be the main goal.
What Little Mister is doing?
We are hoping by us making healthier choices it will make it easier for Declan to make them as well. I firmly believe that your childhood eating habits set the stage for what your future eating habits will look like. Declan started solids around 5 months---I think. It all seems a bit of a blur right now. He loves them so much that it's hard to remember a time before he was eating. ;)
|He fell asleep while eating his peas. Poor baby!|
As far as baby food goes, I have done a little bit of both. I have made Declan's food and I have bought it. My preference when buying is Nature Selects. (They seem to try to keep the additives that are unnecessary out.) Reading up on processed foods and all the unnecessary things we put into our bodies has made me a lot more cautious with what I choose to give Declan.
Declan's thoughts so far:
Loves: Sweet potatoes---they are his absolute favorite
Likes: Carrots, Apples, Peas
Dislikes: Bananas, Green Beans, Rice Cereal---he will eat them, but he isn't fond of them. I haven't found anything yet that he refuses to eat. ;) (I used to hate bananas. So I found that kind of interesting.)
If any of you have a Type A personality like me, you will likely love the Gerber website. It has a place where you can set up a profile for your child and it has a menu planner. You can use it to help plan meals for your kiddos, I'm not sure what age it goes up to, but it's definitely worth a gander if you are interested. I personally love it! It has been most helpful.
Share your thoughts on healthy eating and your lifestyle goals below. Sound off!