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