My New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Wendy Neal Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Bookmark and Share

I don't usually participate in this crazy thing that we call New Year's Resolutions, because I'd like to think that I always try to practice good habits and a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis.  I think it's kind of funny how gym usage goes way up in January, only to slough off in February and the remainder of the year.  However, I've gotten into a few bad habits lately that I want to curtail and this is a great time to put pen to paper and list out my goals so that I'll have some accountability for myself.

So without further adieu, here is my list of New Year's Resolutions for 2012:

  1. Stop eating potato chips.  So I admit, I've probably eaten a few too many chips over the last year.  It's probably my all time favorite snack food.  I always joke that you could place a plate full of cake or cookies or chocolate next to me and I have absolutely no desire to eat them.  But place a bowl of potato chips next to me and I could easily eat them all!
  2. Start exercising again at least 3 times a week.  I used to be religious about exercising at least 3 - 4 times per week, but I've gotten a little lax lately.  I just got the Wii Fit with Balance Board for Christmas so I'm gonna start doing a little yoga and strength exercises at least 3 nights a week.
  3. Start walking on my lunch break at least 3 days a week.  This is something I used to do consistently as well, then we started having meetings 3 days a week from noon to 1 so it became harder to do it consistently.  In February I'll be moving to a different project team so my lunch hours should clear up and I'll make it a point to walk more often at lunch.
  4. Try to eat more organic food.  Within budget, of course.  Organic food can be expensive, so you have to be selective.  I think there are certain fruits and veggies that are OK to not eat organic, and there are others where you really should try to eat organic because the toxic residue from the pesticides are very high (do a Google search on "Dirty dozen organic food" and you'll see several articles).
  5. Post to my blog more often!   I forgot how much of an outlet writing can be so I'm gonna make it a point to write more often.

How about you?  What is on your list of New Year's Resolutions?  Please share via the comments below.

Traveling with Food Allergies - Tips For Eating Safely

Posted by Wendy Neal Friday, December 9, 2011 Bookmark and Share

First of all, I can't believe it's been over a year since I last posted to my blog.  Bad Wendy!  I really have no excuse of any kind to offer, so I'll just jump right into this post, and I promise to post more often in the future.

As mentioned in previous posts, I was diagnosed with multiple food allergies and sensitivities in January of 2010 - primarily dairy, gluten, and egg whites.  In addition I try to avoid soy as much as possible, and I avoid peanuts now as well.  Soy and peanuts did not come back positive on my allergy test, however I believe they are best avoided for me as I seem to be sensitive.

It would seem that this doesn't leave me a lot of options of stuff that I can eat.  Actually it's not as bad as it seems.  Yes, while there are probably tens if not hundreds of thousands of processed food items that I can no longer eat (because they contain soy, dairy, and/or gluten), this doesn't bother me really because why do we need that many choices anyway?  Plus most processed food is extremely unhealthy for you.  I do just fine with my limited choices, which consist of meat (usually either chicken, pork, beef, or fish), egg yolks, raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds, and non-gluten grains (usually quinoa or rice, and occasionally corn).

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