This isn’t some sort of rant from a health-food nut. Believe me, I like my junk food just as much as anyone else. That being said, with this diet I’m on and actually having to watch some health-related things, I’ve started looking at things differently.
I look at labels and actually understand what I am looking for.
I don’t eat a ton of sugar or crappy candy. I also don’t eat a lot of salt (never really have anyway) and I’ve pretty much knocked refined carbs out of the diet. I cheat here and there, but I’m pretty solid with it. If I have candy anymore, it’s usually hard candy and even then, it’s sugar free.
I miss some things — such as french fries, cheese whenever I want it and potato chips. Still, I deal and I’ve dealt pretty well, actually.
The thing that really irks me, however, is that the rest of the people out there in the food industry don’t seem to give a shit that people do eat healthy.
Take for example the break room at my paper. I eat there basically every night because I always bring a dinner to work (easier to make it and know what I’m eating). Sometimes I don’t always pack enough to fulfill my hunger at that time and could use a little something extra.
Scan through the vending machines in our break room and it downright sucks.
One is loaded with candy and chips — not much more. Sometimes you can get lucky and there will be peanuts or a trail mix, but basically it’s candy, pastries, chips and the like.
The one drink machine has coffee, tea, hot chocolate and things like that. The other is a soda machine.
Finally, the “food machine” has things such as sandwiches, milk, microwavable food (burgers, muffin sandwiches, hot pockets etc) and the big healthy thing — muffins. Problem with those are they are Otis Spunkmeyer. You would think a muffin would be somewhat healthy, no?
My boss got a banana nut muffin last week. It was like 350 calories — for HALF OF IT! And a ton of sugar in it. Can you imagine? 700 calories for the whole thing.
I’m on a 1,400 calorie diet right now. The muffin would be half of it. For a friggin’ muffin.
I can’t figure out when you have things like this in a break room, why wouldn’t there be some sort of a healthy choice? I’m not saying fill it with health food or tofu, but help us out. How about a veggie package, fruit or things like that? The machine is usually only half full anyway, so adding another portion or two shouldn’t be too bad. There are people who do like to eat more than what they put in the machines.
I mean hell, I looked at the machine in the hospital here and it’s the same thing. At a hospital!
I realize most people want to eat the other stuff, but adding another line for those who want a different choice shouldn’t be too hard.
I visited the doctor on Tuesday and got some good news. Figured I should post it here, considering I had posted about what I have been going through.
Well, first the bad. His scale blows. According to mine, since I started this diet, I’m down 12 pounds. By his, I’m down five. He also hadn’t weighed me the past two times I had been there. So, who knows with his. I’m losing though.
So, the prognosis was this — my blood sugar is down and only have to check it three times a week now, my blood pressure is doing quite well and when I go back in March, he wants to check my cholesterol (which wasn’t bad, but one of them wasn’t where it was supposed to be).
I think I actually saw him smile a little when he told me things were going well and obviously wants me to keep it up.
I’m still reading the stress management book and hoping by the time I end that, the book on meditation arrives. Then I can read that one and go into the Yoga one. I’m hoping by that point I’ve lost a bunch more weight and am into a good routine.
Becoming healthy is actually a pretty good thing, I’ve decided!
More later. I’m off Thursday and might decide to add another entry today. I have a list of stuff I want to rant about!