Healthy Reading

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

Spring is transition time, right? During the winter months, my body intuitively wants extra calories to insulate me from the cold. That may just be an excuse for the holidays, birthdays, winter blues, and more holidays and birthdays, but I can’t believe the double digit negative temps don’t contribute to my carb cravings.

Every spring, though, I feel those extra five to seven pounds weighing me down. And this month I challenge myself to eat less and eat healthier. For the first time, all my Try-It-With-Me Tuesday challenges in June will focus on the goal to eat healthy, starting with the June Reading Challenge:

Read food labels this month to be more aware of serving size and nutritional value.

My healthy eating goals include eating appropriate portions for what my body needs, increasing fiber and reducing sugar. While your needs and goals may be different, reading helps us remember and retain. Most diet plans emphasize in one way or another this common practice—think about what I put in my mouth and, ultimately, what I put in my body.

Usually I think before I eat, but most often it is in a general good or bad sense. That just leads to general positive or negative thoughts, depending on what I ate. On the other hand, when I read the nutrition facts before I eat, I make specific, positive choices or treat myself to specific controlled pleasure choices. Reading reminds us that we choose several times a day what we want to be.

Do you want to Try It With Me?

I will report on my progress on Tuesdays and give a final summary on Tuesday, June 24, of my results and yours when I publish my post with your links and comments. Healthy reading to you!

Join in by trying the challenges with me, commenting, linking, or suggesting a challenge. If you want to write a post on your blog about what happened when you took the challenge, I will publish your link. Just link to my website in your post and send me your link. Feel free to use the TIWMT image in your post.

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4 Comments

  1. Ryan
    Jun 3, 2008

    Oh man, I’m all over this one. I’m totally horrible when it comes to watching what I eat. I guess that’s part of being young and brainless. I’ll try to pay attention though and let you know how it goes.

  2. Rachel Corbett
    Jun 3, 2008

    I do NOT want to do this. I hat elooking at labels, it makes me crazy because I get made at what I’m eating (is this granola bar really WORTH the 150 calories). But I’ll do it with you and try not to get nuts in the process!

  3. TJ
    Jun 4, 2008

    Yeah Rachel, I really enjoyed reading that the S’mores Pop Tarts I ate on the run out the door yesterday were 200 calories a piece or 400 total. Great way to start my challenge!

  4. Alison
    Jun 4, 2008

    I’m always reading labels, but I read ingredients too. We keep kosher and are vegetarians, AND to top it off Zac is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Interesting thing about reading ingredients is how many additives and things you can’t pronounce are in seemingly harmless foods.

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