Enough! No More Weight Whinging
Sick of her rapidly expanding muffin top and tired of faddish and expensive diets, Vanessa Beddoe-Sandstrom has decided to embark on a “Healthy Lifestyle Plan” and force her family along with her.
Week One: The Decision
After a couple of months of tiresome calorie counting towards the end of 2012, I didn’t so much slip into bad habits as run head first into a vat filled with sugary goodness. Unfortunately, when I slip, I take the rest of the family with me.
It’s not overly processed pre-packaged junk food that’s the problem - I can’t stand the stuff – it’s the good old-fashioned baking and large doorstop sandwiches that I love. And toast. With peanut butter and butter. So really the problem is carbohydrates, namely white flour and processed sugar and what I put on these items to enhance their flavour (butter, cream, etc).
I’m also very guilty of using treats to bribe good behaviour out of my kids, which is no good for them or my motherly guilt complex. I’ve obtained buy-in from my husband, and we’ve decided to banish any thought of dieting, but instead embark on a ‘healthy lifestyle plan’ for 10 weeks, at which time we’ll review our weight, our happiness and the kids’ energy levels. During this time I’ll blog how it all goes and give any recipes that prove a hit. To be honest I’m already panicking a bit about banishing bread when I have three children to feed (aged 6, 3 and 11 months). Any tips and recipes will be greatly appreciated!
So, after much research, here’s a brief run through of the lifestyle changes we’ve decided to make:
1. Cutting out white flour and processed sugar from our diets
Of course, there are going to be times when this is unavoidable, especially when the kids are at friends’ houses, but when we’re at home we won’t be eating anything made out of processed flours and sugar (like pasta and most breads). I’ll continue to bake, but will use almond flour and whole grains with honey to sweeten (I’ve tried natural sugar substitutes like agave and stevia, but they have such an awful bitter aftertaste and cost too much). The emphasis will be on whole, natural, unprocessed and frequently raw foods. Organic, if on special!
2. Regular walks along beach/bike rides
Yes, the kids are non-stop playing and I am non-stop picking stuff up off the floor and getting cups of water and cleaning and all the usual physical tasks of motherhood, but I feel like we’d all benefit from some more focussed exercise. I cannot stand gyms and our local Zumba class has been cancelled, so I intend to get the family moving more (although admittedly my boys never seem to stop) by taking advantage of our awesome local beaches and bike tracks.
3. Because it’s a lifestyle plan I’m still allowed a glass of wine
It’s my plan and I’ll have a wine if I want to. And the occasional piece of dark chocolate. I am giving serious thought to giving up caffeine, but am I to have no joy?
So join me in my attempt to move some flab and get the family eating healthier with less of an emphasis on carbs and sugar. Day one begins on 1st January 2013. Until then you’ll find me hunched over the cake tin.
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