What I’ve Been Chewing Lately

Very few of these…

And lots of these…



Needless to say, I’ve gotten a bit off track with healthy cooking and exercising. (I’ve only exercised 5 times in the past two weeks.) I’m not a complete loss though because my weekly breakfasts and lunches tend to be clean eating for the most part, aside from the day I had two slices of king cake along with my cafeteria made veggie soup/grilled cheese combo at work. It is mainly the dinners and weekends that cause me to go astray.

I put blame on the stress and exhaustion that comes with being a teacher and also these financially trying times that the country is facing, including myself. I guess charging fast food or take out was the easier route rather than charging an entire baskets worth of groceries. Or perhaps it is just laziness on my part.
Either way, it is no excuse for putting my health on the line…not to mention I can certainly feel and see the fat accumulating in my belly and thighs as I see my belly hanging over my pants and feel the snugness of my jeans surround my thighs.
So I want to get back on track today. It is the start of the lenten season, which to many means giving up something that you can’t generally resist. I guess in a sense that means giving up my unhealthy ways. But more so adding back healthy eating and exercising into my life.
On a final note, yesterday was Mardi Gras also known as Fat Tuesday. It is that day of celebration, to eat and drink and have a final shebang before the 40 Days of Lent. So I certainly got my fill of hot dogs and chili, hand rolled hot tamales, and spicy jambalaya.

So Happy Belated Mardi Gras! And can anyone answer that? I here it’s mostly diet and exercise. ;)

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One thought on “What I’ve Been Chewing Lately

  1. Hi Mel,
    Good stuff here; thanks for being candid about your choices :)

    To answer your question I think you’ve already addressed it: diet and exercise, but you also mention stress. Chronic stress can cause belly fat so that’s always something to consider. I would also stress the importance of clean foods and avoidance of carbonated drinks, sugar, foods high in sodium and exercise.

    Another thing to consider is that sometimes ‘belly fat’ is actually bloating caused by be breakdown of processed or inflammatory foods (think white rice/pasta/bread/sugar, etc). So increasing your fruit/veg consumption and lean proteins combined with whole grains like quinoa can help with that.

    I hope that helps answer your question! Keep up the good work!
    Elaine

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