Back to healthy eating for me

I need to lose weight.

I need to cut back on sweets and starches.

I’ve been hampered by the fact that starches are the most digestible thing for my body’s version of ulcerative colitis, but I have to push the envelope and get away from it.  The weight just isn’t healthy at my age or with my history of high blood pressure.

The buck stopped yesterday morning.  I ate perfectly yesterday, for the first time in probably over a year.

Here’s what I’m doing to change my diet.  I don’t use the term ‘dieting’ because that suggests short term.  This just can’t be short term anymore.  It has to be long term.  Perhaps as I get closer to my goal weight, I can loosen up once a week or so for a dessert, but not until then.

So, here’s the deal:

I eat lots of meat, first and foremost.  I am going to try and eat more veggies and fruits to a lesser degree.  Raw produce is hard for my UC, but I’m going to try and get at least a couple of salads in a week, and 1 serving of fruit per day, if I can tolerate it.  The rest of my veggies will be well steamed or baked.  1-2 servings of hard cheese a day.  (I can’t handle dairy other than hard cheese and a splash of organic half and half once a day in my decaf coffee.)  A small handful of nuts 1-2 times a day.  (4-6 nuts an afternoon will be one of my few allowed ‘snacks.’)  Back to the good habit of if I eat lunch out at work, I intermittent fast the rest of the day/have no dinner.  Plenty of water.

No chips.  No donuts or pastries.  No chocolate.  No desserts.  No more than 1 serving of starch, up to 4 servings per week.

That should do it.  And slowly starting to introduce exercise again; my favorite forms being dancing and level walking (meaning, if I do incline walking I have feet problems, but don’t seem to when I keep to level ground.)

Working my exercise up to at least 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week.  But right now still trying to regain my stamina from the jungle rot (still coughing, but not as bad as it has been.)

So that’s the game plan.  I’ve learned not to get much more specific than this on the blog, or it brings out the passionate devil’s advocates that love to put down other people’s plans if they don’t follow their own.  So no specifics on weight, no daily details on foods eaten, etc.  Just general summaries.

So if anyone wants to join me in trying to lose weight and/or eat better, let’s pump each other up!  We can do this!!!

32 thoughts on “Back to healthy eating for me

  1. Jean R.

    I'm on the same wave length has you are. My approach is a little different but we can both get where we need to go. The main thing we have to remember is if we slip up, to get right back on the better eating train and don't beat ourselves up over it.


  2. Silver Willow

    Oh absolutely! It's a journey, not a race. 🙂 I just have to keep my health goals foremost, and ignore the initial cravings. Long term goals, not short term desires. 🙂


  3. Sharon Qualls

    I have the same problems as far as food, with the exception of the fact that I don't do the shopping. If I was alone, I would have no problem. I love veggies and fruit and would probably be a vegetarian if left on my own and could shop by myself. I also have no will power and given choice of nothing or little pies, I eat the little pies …


  4. Silver Willow

    Oh, I get it. Until I got ulcerative colitis, my most effective dieting was always low carb. Now, that is more of a challenge, so I will have to keep some starches in, and be more mindful of overall calorie consumption, and doing my best to incorporate veggies that my UC allows me to best tolerate. It will be tougher, but I shall persist. 🙂


  5. Ann Thompson

    Good for you. I've been wanting to get back on track with healthier eating. I'm extremely unhappy with where my weight is now but tend to comfort myself with a cookie. I'm having such a hard time with this but I'll keep trying to get there


  6. Olga Hebert

    Yes, I am also being more conscious about healthy food choices. Ha, I'll eat your vegetables and you can eat my meat and we'll both give up sugar and desserts for the time being. ( I do eat meat but only very small portions just because I like vegetables more.)


  7. Arkansas Patti

    Excellent plan. The old saying “we are what we eat” is so true and it is the one thing we actually have control over. Can't do much about genes or politics but we can control what we chew. Wishing you the best.


  8. Anonymous

    Terry and I got serious about healthy eating after our granddaughter was born. We wanted to see her (and then her brother) grow up and have children. We knew our health was the important factor to get to that so we cut out most processed foods, eat almost no meat or dairy (both create inflammation which can destroy one's body), and eat lots of produce. I bought a juicer so that I could tolerate things like kale.Fast forward 8 years and we have a new doctor whom we met last week, Terry in the morning, me later in the afternoon. She is a delightful younger woman and when I quizzed her about being around for the rest of our lives, she laughed and said we might outlive her. “If I didn't have your charts and see your ages, I would not guess either of you to be as old as you are.” Keep us that way, I replied. “Keep doing what you're doing, and you will live to a very old age.”


  9. Margaret (Peggy or Peg too)

    I too am on this journey. Do you like vegetables if roasted? I like this so much better this way. Cut on a sheet pan with olive oil or avocado oil or whatever oil you like and salt and pepper. PUt 'em in the over until tender. It makes them sweet and wonderful! It's made my hubby eat more veggies this way. Just a tip I thought I'd share if interested.I wish you great success. I just need to fit into my jeans again! 🙂


  10. Silver Willow

    I've spent the better part of my adult life dieting, so I know calories well, Kathy. I am more invested in keeping track of carbs, and I can do that in my head very well. Glad MFP is working for you!


  11. Silver Willow

    Glad you found a method that works well for you! But we will have to agree to disagree on methods. Sugar is the No. 1 inflammatory food source. Processed food chemicals No. 2. Modern whole wheat #3. All the studies and many physicians and cardiologists believe that a fat-centric diet plan like low carb, paleo, or even Keto is best for most humans. Veggies are important, but plenty of proof now that so is healthy fats, meats included, are as well. So again, we'll just agree to disagree, because now that I have ulcerative colitis, like thousands of sufferers, produce is the one of the most inflammatory of foods of all for us, because of the damage it causes us while we try to digest it. There really is no one-diet-serves-all-the-same….


  12. Silver Willow

    I hope to get to the point of a dessert once a week or so, but that might not be for a few months. Hey, if it works for you (and I don't count fruit as dessert, but clearly I should, LOL)….fantastic!


  13. Kathy G

    I try to keep carbs down, too. However, I've learned that I can justify 'one more bite' way too often. Seeing the nutrition data in black and white helps me step away from the temptation.


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