Diet · Physical · School

Cheater, cheater

Pumpkin eater. . .

Except I didn’t eat a pumpkin I ate chicken enchiladas.

And they weren’t terribly great.

Yesterday was “leftovers” day.  Like truly the boys were to finish leftovers from this past week and I was to finish off the leftover soups from this past week.  I finished off one but the idea of eating the other yet again (and it wouldn’t finish it off — as there is probably enough there for 6 people) just . . . nope.  Wasn’t going to happen.

There was a lot of enchiladas left over so I took some (3) of them.  And I had no veggies on the side either.

But, that’s not really what I want to talk about — that’s just an honest confession.

What I wanted to talk about was the reason behind this diet change.

My husband has had borderline high cholesterol / high blood pressure since we got married (nearly 27 years ago).  We have been on a low sodium / low fat diet since then.  (Which, by the way, is very hard to do as it seems you have to choose between one or the other.)

Last year he crossed the border and was put on meds.  We would like to get him off those meds.

On the other hand I have enviable blood pressure and cholesterol — so those aren’t my issues.  My issues stem from a lack of energy.  Like, if we were to put normal people’s energy levels on a scale of 10, I think most people would fall around 7-9.  (My husband’s family seems to run at a 10+.)  Mine, I would place at a solid 1.  On really good days I may hit 2 — but that would probably include a nap midday to be honest.

It just so happens that for our homeschool umbrella we have to cover “health” every year.  Let that sink in for a bit. . .health-every-year.  I have taught 4 boys health every bloomin’ year for the last. . .over a decade.  Honestly, how much “health” does a person needs to know?!  Fortunately for us we don’t have to do general “health” — we can pick a topic and go from there.  So, this school year our topic is nutrition.

And what I kept hearing over and over again in our studies is that people who converted to more plant based diets felt more energetic.  And their cholesterol levels seriously dropped.

So, we’re giving it a go.  That, in a nutshell, is why we are attempting this change.

Getting back to the cheating, I talked it through with my husband this morning and decided that I’ll keep doing the juicing thing during the days, but have dinner with the rest of the family.  He and I are still going to attempt to go meatless, but the boys may or may not have meat.

Tonight we are having taco soup — no meat for anyone.  It’s a recipe everyone is used to though so this isn’t going to create any problems.  Plus (giddiness here), I only have to make one more juice for today!  I may actually have time to do other things!

On another note, tomorrow the boys and I are going to start a new exercise regimen.


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