Over the past couple of years I’ve lost over 80 pounds the old-fashioned way, through diet and exercise, and along the way I discovered that I love the feeling that eating healthy and exercising provides. Now that I’m in maintenance mode, I think that the challenge is even greater. This is now a lifestyle change and I commit to eating healthy and exercising every day to maintain my weight loss, increase my fitness level and improve my health.
It’s a new year and like most people I created a New Year’s Resolution list that included “eating healthier”. But, as I thought about “eating healthier” what does that really mean? I already eat pretty healthy, I exercise six times a week and try to stay away from processed foods and typical junk food, but am I really eating the best foods for my body?
I discovered Jonny Bowden’s The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth and I was fascinated by the foods that made the list and even more surprised by the ones that didn’t. As I was reading I thought that this book is genius because it focuses on what you should be eating and not what you shouldn’t. So many diets are focused on cutting out a food group and labeling “bad foods”. I’ve been on every diet from cutting out carbs to cutting out fat to even cutting out everything except for cabbage soup. I’m trying something new this year….instead of focusing on what I can’t eat, I’m going to focus on what I can and should be eating. In fact, I’m challenging myself to eat all 150 of the healthiest foods on earth (according to this book) in 150 days.
Some days will be easy, in fact just today, without even trying, I ate four of the healthiest foods at dinner: broccoli, spinach, goat cheese and raspberries. But some days are going to be quite challenging. I dread the “raw milk” day and I don’t even know how to cook swiss chard! But, come rain, sleet, snow or shine I’m going to commit to eating at least one of the 150 healthiest foods a day and blogging about it here so you guys can join me on my journey to eating healthier in 2010. Will you join me?