Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Eating Habits

I've changed a few things in my diet over the past few weeks. I don't know if they're for the better or not. It seems that with every change there is a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" trade off.

One change has been my morning ritual of a bowl of cereal to get me started. That has now been replaced by a bowl of oatmeal. Kitty introduced me to the wonders of the "Hot Shot" which can boil a cup of water in under 30 seconds. I use the flavored packages from Costco which may not be as healthy as just plain old Quaker Oats, but it's probably still better than cereal. I was surprised when my doctor told me that oatmeal can, in fact, lower your cholesterol. For better or for worse it has cut my milk intake to almost nothing now.

Lunch has also seen dramatic changes. I always used to be a sandwich guy, but I was worried about caloric intake in that I was never sure just how many calories my sandwiches had. It was much easier to switch to "healthy" frozen dinners where I knew exactly what I was getting. The trade-off was that those "healthy" meals were usually pretty high in sodium. Besides, it was a pain in the butt to make sandwiches in the morning as I struggled to make it out the door in a timely manner. Well, I have now gone back to sammiches. Kitty showed me that the time issue could be easily resolved by making the sammich the evening before. I have been making some pretty tasty sammiches! The basic formula is some whole-grain bread with a nice spread of mayo. Then comes 2-3 slices of meat, turkey or roast beef, a slice of cheese, and then avocado, green chile, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. I try to be very generous with the veggies.

The final change has been the elimination of diet soda. I was drinking 4 cans a day at the office. I won't get into the debate about how "diet" they are. I just wanted something a little healthier without having to resort to just water. The answer has been to switch to iced tea. I brew up a big pitcherful a few times a week. I add a little lemon and a tablespoon of sugar per quart. I figure plain old sugar is probably just as bad or perhaps even better than all of the chemicals in the diet soda.

So we'll see if any of these changes help or hurt my health. Perhaps it's all a zero-sum game. Well, of course it is in the long run. We're all gonna die!
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