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Thing 1: Snacking

July 14th, 2010 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health

30 lbs by Blissdom

I have been getting pretty good exercise for a few months now, for weeks I was taking the baby on walks every day, then I added in a yoga workout and tried to start the 30 day shred. Then I hurt my knee during the shred, I took a fall on my roller skates and hurt my behind, my in-laws came for a visit and I didn’t get as much exercise in, though I did take the puppy out for a couple of runs (yes, I ran in short spurts and I learned that I can’t do a minute at a time the way Couch 2 5k requires, but I can do 30-45 second runs in between 30 seconds of walking). Last week the humidity and heat completely threw me off, I tried to go for walks, but I just couldn’t handle it.

I started off well this week. The baby napped just long enough for me to get my yoga workout in after we took a walk in the early morning hours. Today I cleaned the ground floor and worked up a good sweat, before walking to the pool for baby’s swim lesson (which, in the heat, wore me right out).

All of this to say, exercise is not my problem. I can get in exercise. The baby and I get out, we get out as a family, she needs the fresh air, the puppy needs walks, and when I miss a few sessions of whatever, I want to get back into it.

My problem, simply put, is food. I don’t eat well.

I crave sugar and I give in too easily. I have a ridiculously hard time figuring out what to do with myself for lunch (imagine my horror at the idea of making my daughter lunches for school). It would be easier for me to snack throughout the day than it is to stop everything and make myself something, but when I go to the grocery store I have a really hard time picking out that type of food.

I’m bad with fruit and vegetables. I’m a picky eater and I have acid reflux.

I need help.

I need tasty, easy healthy snacks. I need things that I can prepare in advance and keep in a container in the fridge that I can just pop open and eat. Now that the baby is eating solids (as of yesterday!) I need things to know what I can prepare for both of us to eat. I want to push her taste buds a bit and maybe learn about a few new great foods at the same time.

I need your help. I need recipes or tips or suggestions for books to read that will give me recipes and tips. I want stories about your struggles with food and what you figured out works for lunches and snacks for your loved ones, who may be as picky as me. I need to replace candy, chips and chocolate with things that are better for me and still taste good.

Please, help me.

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