Whoo, it's been a crazy week! What did I learn this week? I learned that life intrudes upon all good plans...and stress burns calories. My husband, Gene, thought it would be a good time to have a heart attack on Tuesday. Is there ever really a good time? I didn't think so either. The good news is it was fixable by way of the Cath Lab and a stent rather than open heart and a bypass. Yay!
As far as diet, I haven't spent much time cooking this week but I haven't spent much time eating either. Funny how stress represses that primal instinct. But when I came home each night I was thankful to have had my weekly soup, Pioneer Woman's 7 Can Soup, and my salad fixin's in the fridge so that I wasn't tempted by a drive through at all! I was happy to go home to my good-for-me food. I will brag, though, that our hospital cafeteria turned over a new healthy leaf a few years ago so that they offer mostly healthy choices so that one meal I did eat at the hospital was a Grilled Chicken Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bun and Cottage Cheese and Salad from the Salad bar. I used to call it the "Crapateria" but they've really done a great healthy makeover with it; so nice to find baskets of fresh fruit, more salad bar choices, Greek yogurt, Sabra hummus, and tons of other healthy, tasty things to eat. I always thought it was weird to go in hospital cafeterias and find the un-healthiest of food but our cafeteria really rocks now.
I averaged about 1,300 calories a day and did lose 2 lbs this week but I'm sure it's mostly because I haven't eaten much at all the last three days so that's not the healthy way to do it.
As far as the physical side went, not so well, but I'm not going to beat myself up. Life happens, and I spent most of mine on my butt in a chair (knitting, of course!) at Gene's bedside. It is what it is. I only averaged 4,000 steps a day and didn't have any dedicated exercise time. Life will get back closer to normal this weekend and, on the bright side, I'm even more dedicated to a clean diet and more exercise for Gene's sake as well as my own. Not that we were heart unfriendly before but we will be keeping up and claiming even more healthy habits this year. I even set an alarm for 5am this morning so I could work on this meal plan and go to the grocery store before going back to the hospital--that's the priority I'm putting on our health this year. We have to take the time to eat right and exercise. No one can do it for us.
One note about food. I don't have time to bake bread this week and I don't have anything in the freezer (this is a good example of why double batching and freezing is always a good thing) right now so I'm running by Breadsmith Bakery this afternoon for our weekly bread. Everything is made from scratch, with no preservatives, just as it should be. Breadsmith is a chain bakery here in the Midwest--sorry coasts--that carries a great variety of loaves, boules, rolls, and dessert breads that are as delicious as they are preservative free.
Good, clean, from scratch food, minimally processed
5 veggies/fruit per day
1 each seafood/meatless/legumes per week min
At least half whole grains
8 glasses water
6,000 steps per day
30 x 3 exercise per week
For more info about how I use my meal plans, click here: Meal Plans
Breakfasts: Oatmeal, Shredded Wheat Cereal
Snacks: no sugar added Applesauce, carrot & celery sticks
Lunches: Leftovers, Soup, and/or Salad
Breads: Breadsmith Bakery
Sweets: Bananas, oranges, apples
Honey Curry Roasted Chicken (One of Gene's favorites)
Salisbury Steak w/Mushroom Gravy
Breadsmith dinner rolls
Pulled Pork over Sweet Potatoes
Soup, Salad, Leftovers or Egg Salad on Breadsmith breatd