I know my diet has been unhealthy. I have been lucky that I got away with it in the past. High metabolism, always active, didn’t eat too much of other bad things. Whatever the reason, I didn’t put on weight.
Now the fat is coming home to roost. And it is settling on my waist! And apparently in my arteries.
So I have to do something different. And my doctor wants me to cut my consumption of bad fats and increase certain good fats. (She also wants me to cut back on alcohol, but that’s for another self-improvement challenge.)
We all need fat for health – eg for fat soluble vitamins. But the fats we should avoid include saturated fats found in meat, processed meat products, and full-cream dairy products and the trans fatty acids found in baked goods such as biscuits, crackers, cakes and pastries and takeaway fried foods.
I am not making holus-bolus changes to all my eating. Dairy, red meat, occasional hot chips. They’re still on the menu. I don’t eat much processed meat products. Luckily at this stage I am not too fat and my cholesterol is not too high. So I will see what impact some minor changes will make. If it isn’t enough I will look at further changes.
For now, I’ve told the biscuits, cakes, pastries, crackers, chips, Twisties, Pizza Shapes, milk chocolate, which all contain that evil trans fat, “You’re dropped.” They didn’t take it well. They fought for a reconciliation. Especially the biscuits. They carried on. They begged. They pleaded. But I was not and will not be moved. Who’s gunna stay in a unhealthy relationship?
If you knew how many biscuits I ate (note the past tense) and how often I ate cakes, sausage rolls, slices, packets of chips or Twisties or Burger Rings and other non-nutrient food stuffs!!! Dropping these things should make a big difference, even without dropping other food with naughty fats. Or consuming more good fats, like the Omega 3 fats found in fish.
The progress Day 8 to Day 10: