Welcome to Day 12 of Minimize Yo’ Butt
I strongly believe we have really messed up our eating habits with “healthy” foods. Sugar-free, fat-free, carb-free, and taste-free creations are all over the shelves in our supermarkets. Have you ever looked at the nutritional labels on these “healthy” foods? It can be downright scary!
Sugar-Free Jello & Other Modern Miracles
Several months ago, our family decided to try going low-carb by following the Atkins diet. Cutting down on the hundreds of carbs consumed on a daily basis seemed like a good plan. However, the beginning stages of Atkins cuts carbs so drastically that even fresh fruit is banned because of its natural sugars and carbs.
We were determined to succeed so we stocked our kitchen with all types of allowed vegetables, diet sodas, sugar-free chocolates, sugar substitutes, and lots and LOTS of sugar-free jello. Sugar free jello has zero carbs and is therefore considered completely guilt free. Add a little Reddi-Whip in a can and you have yourself an indulgent 1 carb treat that any low-carb follower can be proud of.
As a family of 10, we were having this sugar-free jello with Reddi-whip every single night. Now, it takes FOUR boxes of jello for ten 1-cup servings so you can just imagine how much jello we were buying at the store. Take a moment and picture the face of the cashier at the grocery store ringing up that much jello. We get that look a lot actually.
We eventually caved in our pursuit of the low-carb Atkins diet. There is just something fundamentally wrong with NOT allowing a fresh Georgia peach from the local fruit stand but allowing unlimited amounts of peach-flavored jello. I’m not even sure what kind of substance jello is, but it’s certainly not natural!
Stick to Natural Choices
Our new plan is to choose more natural food choices. Unprocessed foods usually don’t need labels or packaging. It’s not always possible to have totally unprocessed food so in those cases, the less processed the better. An article I read recently had the following tips on picking less processed food.
3 Simple Ways to Choose Foods with the Least Amount of Processing:
1. Look at the number of ingredients below a food’s nutrition label. The fewer ingredients in a food, the closer the food is to its natural state (the less processed it is). If you have a choice between two bags of chips, for instance, always choose the one with fewer ingredients.
2. Look at the order of ingredients on the nutrition label. A food’s ingredients are listed in order of importance. The higher up on the list the ingredient is, the more of it there is in a food. For instance, the first ingredient listed on the potato chips above is potatoes, which means potatoes are the basis of this recipe.
3. Look for keywords on your food’s packaging such as “low sugar,””low salt (sodium),” “no sugar added,” or “no salt added.” Foods with these keywords on the packaging generally have less processing and are healthier for you. You see this frequently on canned foods, such as canned beans or other vegetables. But be careful, some products that say low-fat or low-salt, may be very high in sugar. Be sure to look at all of the ingredients on the nutrition label!
This Week’s Progress
We are just short of the two week mark for Minimize Yo’ Butt and I feel great!
In the recent years, I have developed bad habits of a carb heavy diet, working late, sleeping little, and the only form of exercise I was doing was climbing the stairs or picking up my daughter.
I have finally decided that those days are behind me!
I have successfully been:
- Breaking my carb habit
- Changing over to a Paleo eating plan
- Adding regular exercise into my routine
I have lost a total of 3.2 pounds. Granted, the weight is not flying off of me but I feel better about my eating habits than I have in years. Robert made me a nifty Minimize Yo Butt weight ticker for my sidebar. In case you’re interested in getting your own ticker, I’ll be posting the directions for adding it to your site on the Minimize Yo Butt page later today.
I am allowing one “splurge day” each week. I’m not going all out and binging but I’m reserving the right to indulge in some treats and not feel guilty about it.
On average, I’ve only been exercising three times a week but I plan to keep increasing the frequency as the challenge goes on.
How’s Your Progress?
I’d love to hear how you’re doing with the challenge. Feel free to share your successes and your struggles. Several of us check in daily on the Minimalist at Home Facebook page, but you can also comment here or even on Twitter using the hashtag #minimizeyobutt.
It’s never too late to get started making healthy life changes. We’d love to have you as part of the challenge.
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