Going Long – Healthy Lifesyle Part II

27 01 2011

I’m amazed how much improved my eating habits are from a year ago when I wrote, “Going Long – Healthy Lifestyle.” At the time I was surprised by some of the comments I got here and on Slowtwitch.com saying my “new and improved” diet wasn’t all that healthy. I decided that maybe nutrition is too personal to write about in this blog since everyone has their own ideas of healthy eating. People that are laid back about nutrition think that the healthy eaters worry too much about what they put in their bodies, and the folks at the other end of the spectrum can’t believe the “junk” other people eat.

I have come to think of nutrition as a journey for me and my wife. We read, listen to podcasts, read some more, and then make a change in our eating habits. Then we read some more and get inspired to improve again.

Specifically, I’ve cut out the “fruit snacks” as a snack. I’m not quite ready to give up on a sweet drink with meals, so I’ve replaced Snapple which seems to me to be a glorified soft drink, with Tradewinds Raspberry Tea which is real “kettle brewed” tea. I’ve quit drinking V8 vegetable drink and increased my intake of real, organic vegetables.  I still do the peanut butter and jelly wraps and this serves as my dessert many nights after dinner and before bed. I still think the stats are pretty good, but I know high sugar is a problem I need to address one of these days.

I’ve replaced Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheat with Kashi Cinnamon Harvest. It’s slightly less sweet and looks to have a bit better stats. Actually, I eat very little of it – Just a handful now and then as a snack.

For breakfast, my wife researched and implemented a green smoothie which we enjoy every morning. She has just the smoothie, but I’ve still been doing my two pieces of toast and jelly and milk in addition to the smoothie. I think starting tomorrow; I’m going to do just the smoothie. Some of the components have to be ordered online, so it’s not a simple thing to throw together, but it does pack a nutritional punch.

1 1/2 c water
1 leaf romaine lettuce
1 leaf kale
1 large handful spinach
1 banana
1/2 apple
1 spear pineapple (frozen)
1/4 c blueberries (frozen)
6 ice cubes
1 tablespoon of the following: maca powder, goji berries, flax seed, bee pollen, lecithin, chia seeds and protein.  2 tablespoons of hemp seeds.

This makes enough to fill two 12 oz cups.

My favorite go-to dinner is organic, whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and organic, locally raised turnkey meat. The wife fixes up a batch over the weekend and I have it to warm up two or three nights during he work-week. I recently learned she also sprinkles flax-seed in the sauce to add to my Omega 3 intake.  I combine this with the veggie of the day for a nice quick little dinner.

Here is some information on nutrition as it relates to prostate cancer prevention.