I'm still on the search of a healthier life although I haven't updated nearly enough. As far as exercise I don't do it enough, but I have gone to the gym a few times in the last week which is always an improvement.

Pt. 2 : Diet

Before Super Size Me came out I wasn't very conscience of what I ate. I got food because I thought it tasted good and I was hungry, those were my requirements. In fact I regret seeing that movie in some respect because it was easier for me to eat fast food because I didn't think about it. I haven't stopped eating fast food, but I eat less, and now I can't help but think about what the food (with its steroids and other chemicals) is doing to me.

I think it is important to eat food that is good for me. Organic foods, salads, etc. Is it also important that I eat food that is good for other people. Who benefits from the money that I am spending on this food? In the case of fast food, restaurants, grocery stores, I have no clue, probably a corporation somewhere. I still eat/shop at all of these places and I won't completely stop anytime soon, but I have started buying food from my state's coop (found here). I know that my money is going directly to local farmers because I buy food directly from them and it is delivered to me for prices that rival the prices at my grocery store. Not only that but 90% of the products sold are organic which is a huge plus because I am buying organic foods for the price of non-organic foods found at Wal-Mart. I think it is healthier to spend as much money as I can of food where I know I am helping support my local farmers, and benefit my health in the process.

I go through most of my life dehydrated, not extremely dehydrated, but dehydrated. If you would like to check for yourself if you are hydrated or not go pee-pee and if it is yellow then you are not hydrated like your body needs. I have started watching how much water I drink daily and try to drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water a day (which is 64oz). I think I feel better when I am hydrated, I feel like I sleep better. This is something I hope to practice for a long time to come.

My biggest goal as far as my diet is concerned is to cut out fast food altogether and only visit restaurants every once and awhile. I want to cook at home, and not only that but become a good cook. My biggest problem with this is time, it is hard to set aside the time to prepare food, cook food, eat food, then wash the dishes for the next meal. To be able to do this I need to learn how to schedule my time and use it wisely. I think if I am going to be healthier and slow down my life so I can spend more time doing quality things I need to be intentional with my time and that requires planning.

Tank

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  1. # Blogger Brad

    Tank:

    Game night is Thursday night. Do you want us to stock something healthy for you to graze on while you beat us in farkle?

    Would be good for all of us. But we'd still have the bad stuff available.

    Suggestions?

    bs  

  2. # Blogger Jessica Tankersley

    GAME NIGHT!!!!!!!!!  

  3. # Blogger Kaitlin

    Well, I really appreciate this entry. I struggle with being dehyrdated and not getting enough sleep. So, you inspired me. In fact, I took a nap right after I read this entry and drank two 16oz water bottles. So, when I say you inspired me, I mean it.  

  4. # Blogger aimi

    I can relate to this blog post.. I really try to be conscious of what I buy and eat, pertaining to WHERE the money's going, (CON AGRA! WALMART!), and how and where the goods were grown/manufactured/assembled (CHINA? CHEAP LABOR?). I TRY to think about the mom-and-pop stores and issues like globalization and "McDonaldization".. and then on top of all of this, I consider the deplorable conditions of many slaughterhouses and 'farms' where much of our meat comes from, and how much those animals suffer before they're killed..
    but it's just SO MUCH to take in. Especially when you're a poor, busy graduate student. It's OVERWHELMING!
    (Excuses, excuses, I know).
    Anyway, long pointless comment here just to say that I respect and applaud you for not only trying to be healthier, but also for being conscious of the local farmers. That's a big deal! As long as you're trying, you're definitely in a much better place than a majority of Americans. Good for you! I wish you success... :)  

  5. # Blogger Seth

    Mmm. Intentional cooking.

    Sign me up!!  

  6. # Blogger Chrisropa

    food i ate today:

    four slices of hideaway pizza, dr. pepper
    creamy chicken soup from the garlic rose, newcastle
    coke
    leftover slice of hideaway pizza, bud select
    8 totino's pizza rolls
    1 1/2 cups of coffee
    chocolote milk

    not very healthy, and most of it was corperate food

    Chris, who should drink more water  

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