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Measuring Wellness: Why Scales Aren’t Always the Best Way to Track

We all know the battle with the scale!  We watch as the number creeps up and the number creeps down.  But, is the good old scale really the best way to track your wellness?  Connie, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad gives us her take on why scales aren’t always the best way!

measuring wellness

Measuring Wellness:

Why Scales Aren’t Always the Best Way to Track

Scales are evil.  I almost threw mine out of the window this week.  I got a very harsh reality check from the scale.  One that I needed.  I am of the mindset that life is too short to be crazy strict with your diet.  If I want a cookie, I eat a cookie.  I just generally try not to eat 5 cookies when I want one.  Everything in moderation.

Lately, I have let moderation go and have been overindulging.  It was this that led to the nightmare weigh in this week.  In the past, a rough weigh in would have led me to excuses.  I would have blamed a lack of exercise or too much water, or my thyroid issues and the fact that I was stressed all summer.  But this time I decided to take a completely different approach to my nightmare weigh in.

I’m using it as motivation.

I needed a reminder to eat better and get back to life in moderation.

If our weight was determined by only the amount of exercise we get, I would be thin as a rail.  I love the gym, and the feeling of a good workout.  Unfortunately, there is a whole lot more that goes into it than that.  Not only is healthy eating important for weight loss, its vital.  It’s more important than working out.  And it is hard.  It shouldn’t be, but it is.  Cookies are delicious.  As are cupcakes and candy bars and chicken nachos (don’t even get me started on chicken nachos).

It used to be that a bad weigh in would send me reeling.  I would start beating myself up for eating anything other than veggies and chicken.  I would go on some harsh fad diet that I wouldn’t be able to stick to and throw my metabolism all out of whack.  Once I even decided I would only eat one meal a day until I lost 20 pounds.  You can guess how that turned out.

It took me a long time to figure out that the scale didn’t define me.  I have stuck with my workouts and possibly even over trained a little bit.  I am as fit as I have ever been, and stronger and more muscular.  All of these things are what is important.

Fit looks different on everyone

Did I need the scale to remind me to stay on track with my eating?  I did.  But I didn’t need it to tell me whether or not I am healthy.  I am healthy and active and constantly improving.  I am not perfect when it comes to my diet or anything else for that matter, but I am always working.

Often, I also have to remind myself that while this weight is higher than its been in a long time.  It looks so much different than the last time the scale read this high.  There is more muscle involved, less fat.  More workouts and less nights out.

There are changes coming.  I am back to tracking my food, making sure I eat something every 3 hours and eating more whole foods.  Hopefully these changes will create the change on the scale that I would like.  But even if they don’t, and for whatever reason I am stuck here for a bit, I am okay with that.  I am healthy, and I am happy and I am comfortable in my own skin.  So, take that Scale!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


Hiding The Good (For You) Stuff

A few days ago one of my kids asked me ‘Do your taste buds change when you’re an adult?’ after trying something that I had been eating.  Made me laugh because I’m sure we’ve all as adults eaten foods that we never would’ve touched as kids, right!?  Sometimes the trick is just hiding the good (for you) stuff until they know for themselves what’s good for them!  Here is Gabrielle with a few tricks to put up your sleeve!  Take a look…

Hiding the Good (for you) Stuff

Last week we had tacos for dinner.  (We have some form of tacos almost every week.  Who doesn’t love tacos?) I made the mistake of putting lettuce on the toddler’s plate.  She refused to eat anything on the plate as a result. She is the only person I’ve ever known who willingly walks away from tacos.

I love vegetables, but my kids are another story.  I often have to sneak veggies into things I know they will eat. We have yet to try the cauliflower rice or mashed potatoes, but only because those are two of my kids’ absolute favorite foods, and I think they could spot an imposter a mile away.

There are a few vegetables, though, that are easily incorporated into some of our favorite foods.

Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables to eat.  I can eat spinach as a salad or as a cooked side dish.  My children, however, are not as enamored as I am, and so I have to hide it between layers of cheese and meat.  Spinach works wonders in a lasagna or even on a delivery pizza.  (Make sure you tell them to put the spinach under the cheese and sauce.  I forgot to tell them one time, and they showed up to my door with a perfectly cooked pizza, covered in barely wilted greens.   I nearly had to eat the whole thing myself. )  Spinach also works really well in a quiche.  Eggs and cheese are as universally loved as tacos. You can also throw frozen spinach in with the kid’s favorite fruit smoothie (as if kids have a favorite smoothie.)

Carrots are another easy vegetable to mask.  You can grate them and hide them in meatloaf or burgers.  Carrots pair well with mangos, oranges, or even peaches in fruit smoothies

You could always swap out the regular French fries or tater tots for the sweet potato versions.  The kids are going to cover them in ketchup anyway, right?  Ketchup does not count as vegetable, but its what’s under the ketchup that counts.  So make it count.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle


Ever Wonder? Quick Answers to Some Nutrition Questions!

Are presweetened cereals more cavity promoting than unsweetened cereals?  Carbohydrates in both starches and sugars “nourish” bacteria that promote tooth decay.  Whether or not they’re presweetened, their cavity factor depends on how long cereals stick between teeth or in crevices in molars.  Although not a dental issue, presweetened cereals often have more calories and don’t provide the fiber than unsweetened cereals often provide.

Do bleeding gums mean you are not getting enough Vitamin C?  It’s not likely unless you a have a deficiency.  Most cases of bleeding gums is poor oral hygiene.

What is the difference between “enriched” and “fortified”?  Both mean that vitamins for minerals were added to make a food more nutritious.  Enriched means adding back nutrients that were lost during processing.  Fortified means adding nutrients that weren’t present originally.

How many carrots do you need to eat to meet your day’s need for Vitamin A?

You need a handful a day to meet your daily needs.

How does frozen custard differ from ice cream?  It’s about the same.  The only difference is that more egg yolks are used in custard.

Are dry roasted nuts are lower in fat than oil-roasted nuts?  They have about the same amount per ounce.  Nuts don’t absorb much oil when they’re roasted. The fat comes from the nuts themselves.  They are also a good source and provide fiber.

Does sugar cause hyperactivity?  Sugar has been wrongly accused as a cause of hyperactivity.  Even though no scientific evidence supports the link between the intake of sugar and hyperactivity, many parents and caregivers seem reluctant to put this notion aside.

Why do you feel thirsty after eating salty food?  Salt is made of two minerals:  Sodium and chloride.  When you eat salty foods, your body uses water to flush extra sodium away.  With water loss, you feel thirsty and you likely drink more.

Information in this article was obtained from Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 3rd edition.  Roberta Larson Duyff

Good health is important from the inside out. Learn more about how Tiffany nourishes her body from the outside by checking out her website at tglenn.myrandf.biz Tiffany lives in Lorena with her husband Tim, son age 15 and daughters’ ages 9 and 13. E-mail: tiffanydglenn@gmail.com