Freedom Friday- Making More Tweaks to Make Sure I Get All of the Nutrients I Need

yogurt and granola

I have been wanting to make a couple of tweaks to my habits because I don’t get enough of the vitamins and other components that I should from what I eat.  I have been keeping track and it is really hard to get all of the protein and different vitamins that I need from the foods that I eat.  Part of the problem is that I get busy and don’t eat.  I don’t feel hungry, so I just don’t realize how long it has been since I had some food. 

Since I am practicing intermittent fasting, this presents even more of a challenge.  I need to eat a certain amount of food in order to consume enough calories and take in all of the necessary nutritious elements—and I have not been doing very well with this.  I discussed all of this with my health coach and we came up with a plan.  I love my yogurt with granola, so I will continue to eat this each morning.  This was an easy decision.  It’s a quick and easy meal with a lot of protein and calcium.

cans of soup

I have also found some soups that I really like, so I will continue to incorporate these into my daily diet.  They are really yummy and they contain a good amount of protein, calcium, potassium, and fiber.  Soup is always good when it’s cold, so this will work well for now.  I’m sure at some point I will change it up some when it comes to this selection, but for now it’s working for me, so I’m running with it.

bags of nuts and lentils

I am still nutty about nuts, so I will continue to make these a large part of my meal plans.  They are a really good source of protein to keep me up in that area since I am not wanting to eat meat right now.  They are also really convenient since I can take them with me anywhere and eat them anytime I’m ready.  I am also going to snack on some dried lentils.  They have a lot of protein as well as calcium and potassium.

bottles of vitamins and water

I have always had a problem with my potassium and iron levels.  They often show up with low levels when I have blood tests.  I can always tell when I am lacking potassium because I get muscle cramps.  It doesn’t help any that my inhaler for my asthma depletes my potassium even more.  I really have to keep up on this.  I take potassium tablets, but I really feel I need to do more—plus I am not getting enough other nutrients like calcium and important vitamins.

protein shakes

In order to help rectify these issues, I am going to start adding protein shakes to my diet.  This will not only help me to get all of the nutrients I need but it will also help me to get my calories in.  I lost another pound and a half, but I am really curious to see if getting everything I need will help to accelerate my weight loss.  I found some information that supports the thoughts I have had about lack of calories and nutrients hindering weight loss.  It will be interesting to see what happens with my new eating habits.

my weight reading- 273.49 pounds

And of course…there is the matter of water.  You all know how much I struggle with that one.  I’m afraid that one is going to be a life-long battle.  I’m good in the exercise category.  I have been clearing a lot of snow.  I actually quite enjoy it.  I sweep and shovel the snow to keep as much of the yard as I can clear.  I do this in ten-minute intervals.  This helps me to not get overexerted and provides short bursts of vigorous activity to keep my metabolism high.  
I am pretty excited to see how my new agenda will work out.  We shall see.

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