I've been thinking about what I want my intake and activity to look like, eventually. Maybe it is idealistic to think I can go from decades of junk food and no organized exercise to this, but I am going to work towards it and get as close as I can.
I picture myself eating something like this (percentages are mere guesses on my part, and referring to volume of food, not calories):
65% vegetables, beans, legumes
10% meat, eggs, dairy
5% olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, flax
5% whole grains
Well, I don't know if that is a "balanced" way of eating or not, and I don't know if there is a name for this way of eating. I also know there needs to be room in there for the occasional slice of pizza or scoop of ice cream or whatever, assuming I am not cutting everything else out forever. If your eating plan is similar to this, would you leave me some feedback?
I think it is healthiest to eat mainly natural, plant-based foods. The meat, eggs, and dairy I do eat come from local grass fed, free range sources (except for the Greek yogurt) but I don't want the animal based foods to be a major part of my intake. I need to get enough protein so I am trying to learn how to do this with plant based foods.
When I do post my meals and menus, don't be surprised if they don't match up to the ideal. This is a dream in my head right now, looking to the future and hoping to get there eventually, but for now I am still cooking meat for dinner a lot of the time just because my growing boys seem to need it. Plus, I am learning, like everyone else. This is just what is rumbling around in my head.
As for the activity part, I'd like to see this:
2-3 miles of walking/day (if I ever get to the point of roller blading, it could take the place of some walking)
30-45 minutes of riding the indoor recumbent bike, 6 days/week
weights 3 days/week
moderate activity throughout the day such as raking, weeding, gardening, cleaning, etc.
I'd also like to start hiking longer distances with my dog once a week. I am not in shape to do that yet.
I am still not sure if just eyeballing my food and winging it will work for me long term. Right now it is really a relief to just walk in the kitchen, grab a tomato and some mozzarella and chop it up with basil and drizzle on some olive oil, without getting out the food scale and measuring cups.
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