So today I decided to review what health goals I’ve made and how I’m doing on them. With us being one month into the year, I think it’s a great time to asses how my goals are going and what further changes need to be made. Looking back to my post on the diet I created for myself based on what I learned in my nutrition class, let’s see how I’m doing.
First off: food. I’ve been doing pretty well with milk and bread. Since last October, I’ve only bought one loaf of white bread. Other than that though, I’ve been sticking to whole grain bread and brown rice. With milk, I’ve been doing great too!
Something I learned in my nutrition class about butter is that it’s nutrients are about the same as margarine. They both have equal amounts of different kinds of bad fat. The only really decisive factor, as far as which one is better, is additives. Margarine has additives in it, and butter doesn’t. Even though butter costs nearly 3 times as much as margarine, I’ve chosen to only eat butter (besides, it tastes better anyways!).
With fruits and vegetables, I’ve made it a goal to eat fruit every single day. It’s taken a conscious effort though! As a college student, keeping fresh fruit on hand is inconvenient. I’ve made sure that I keep applesauce on hand, and I usually have real orange juice as well. I know this is a stretch, but sometimes I have to count the fruit chunks in my yogurt as having some fruit for the day. I’ve put a lot of focus on eating fresh fruit for my snacks though, based on what’s in season (lately it’s been apples and oranges).
However, with all of my focus on fruit, I’ve neglected my veggies. I’ve lost my taste for green beans and corn! I think that’s I’m going to renew my nutrition goals, and try to eat 5 fruits and veggies everyday (2 fruits, 2 veggies, and whatever sounds good for the 5th).
As far as fitness goes, well, I need to do better. I try to spend 5 minutes on the treadmill during my breaks at work, but I know that’s not enough. I want to start doing the bare minimum and do 30 consecutive minutes of exercise, 3 days a week. Wish me luck!
I’ve made it a new goal to try and eat only 2,000 calories a day. That’s hard when you’re on the go all the time and mainly eating frozen food! But I’ve made my meal plans more manageable by breaking down my calories into sections: no more than 500 calories per meal, and my snacks for the entire day can’t total more than 500. Add all that together, and I have about 2,000 calories. Hopefully this works! I am also putting a focus on unprocessed foods, like eggs and cheese, so hopefully this works!!!