Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Taking the Test

It's the first day of my journey to health with Whole Foods Market's Health Starts Here™ initiative.  They've partnered with Eat Right America to provide nutrition information and support for those of us who are participating in the program.

To start off my program, I took the quiz that is part of my 28-day challenge.  Turns out my current eating habits paint a grim picture:  I'm at high risk for heart attack, sudden cardiac death and diabetes just to name a few - looks like it's a good thing I'm on my way to eating healthy.

I now have a personalized picture of my health and current eating habits and recommendation on how to change those current habits to get to where I need to be.  My next step (according to the site) is to find my motivation - guess that shouldn't be hard to do - after all, I had sort of planned to see my kids graduate from high school, college and begin their lives as adults so changing the way I eat seems to be a no-brainer.

I'm also supposed to find a buddy - anyone want to join me?  leave me a comment

Now off to clean out the cupboards (shouldn't be hard, it is the first of the month after all and I haven't had a chance to go grocery shopping yet).  This could be challenging - my family isn't going to be quite as receptive to the healthy way I want to eat (they will still be wanting their snack cakes and crackers, not to mention the sweet beverages).  Guess I'm just going to have to rev' up the willpower and ignore their non-healthy snacks.  Who knows, maybe they'll decide to join me after a while.  To clean out my cupboards, I am supposed to toss (or hide):

  • foods that have more than 200 mg sodium per serving
  • foods that have flour or sweeteners (e.g. sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) in the first five ingredients listed.
  • foods that have words you cannot pronounce in the first five ingredients listed.
That's easy enough to do... right??

I've also printed off a quick list of foods that I should stock up on when I go shopping.  I'll be shopping with a Whole Foods expert later in the week so I'll be back to let you know how all about my experience and what kinds of stuff I'm going to be eating beginning Monday (gotta wait until after Superbowl, right? - lol!)

- Liz

Posted by Liz of Pink Lemonade

-  Looking for the original post with the details about how you can join the Health Starts Here program for FREE? Visit our Post "Health Starts Here"

-  Follow my journey on the Health Starts Here Program & catch up on previous posts.

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