Healthy Thursday: Setting Realistic Goals


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We all want to be healthy, getting to a decent BMI (body mass index), so we can feel better, walk more, enjoy life. Setting realistic goals is the key to keeping your interest in eating healthy and exercising.  Read more about healthy BMI here, http://www.webmd.com/diet/calc-bmi-plus#moreWTH.

A healthy BMI is one tool doctors, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists and health professionals use to determine if you are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health issues associated with weight.  When I was diagnosed with those issues, it was discovered that the medications I was on caused weight gain, so I had to really work at losing the weight to get down to a more healthy BMI.  What did I do? I started by making small changes first in the kitchen.

By that time, I had been sodium-free for over ten years, so that was one positive step.  Second, I began making healthier choices at fast food establishments. In this article, I wrote about Eating Healthy with Fast Food.

If you’re at a burger joint, it’s still possible to eat healthy. Want options? Order a burger with a side salad and a coffee. You’re getting your meat-fix and having a healthy side. Get your calcium and order some cheese on that burger. Go all the way and ask for double lettuce and double tomato (of course foregoing mayo). Have a different craving? Some fast food restaurants have baked potatoes. Ask for a plain baked potato with nothing on it and a small chili with no cheese. Smother the potato with the chili for a fiber-filled, low-fat lunch. Add a side salad with light or fat-free dressing.

When I ate fast food, I would order a double cheeseburger, ketchup and mustard, pickles, double lettuce & tomato and a large side salad. If I wanted fries, I would order a small child fries, salt-free and coffee. I tend to stay away from any soda or fountain drink. They are full of sugar, salt, preservatives and they damage your kidneys and liver!

So make small changes to your eating habits before going all out militant veganism.

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