Monday, April 02, 2007

Finding Healthy Meal Choices While On The Run

I love to stay busy and when a person follows a busy lifestyle the first thing that usually suffers are the right food choices. As I scurry around all day I have found that it is easier to eat fast food than to take the time and think about what I am putting into my body at each meal. With these thoughts in mind I am going to try and add one meal per day to my diet that is totally built around healthy food and see if this choice will help me feel better during the day and sleep better at night. Yesterday, my wife and I went to eat at a local restaurant that only served good high quality foods. We chose this restaurant because they mailed out a coupon for a discounted price on their soup and salad buffet.

A few hours after eating a full plate of salad covered in fresh fruits and vegetables I noticed a big difference in the way I felt and I also noticed my posture improving along with my mood. I kept asking myself could just one meal full of natural vegetables, soup and fruit be responsible for improving so many things in my day? I still don’t know the answer to that question, but I am intrigued with the possibility that changing only one meal per day might help me look and feel better during my busy days. One thing I did yesterday when I ate at this salad bar restaurant was to pile as many different toppings as possible on my salad. These toppings included some of my all time favorites like bell pepper and onions, but I also included some other stuff like black olives and radishes.

I have heard for years that mood and a deep feeling a wellness could be found in the foods we choose to put into our bodies. However, I ignore most medical research because of the contradictory nature of this research. Too many times research studies claim huge benefits of consuming a certain foods only to do a 180-degree turn around sometime later with another research study. One thing is for certain and that is that yesterday I was feeling tired and a tad bit depressed before eating that salad bar meal and within a couple of hours I felt 100% better. What I will attempt to learn this week is whether yesterday was an anomaly or a new way to fell better every day of my life.

Even fast food restaurants have jumped on the bandwagon when it comes to offering healthier choices to their menus. One of the best I have found is “Wendy’s” where several different salads are offered as part of their regular meal. At our local Wendy’s Restaurant they also allow salad substitutions to their value meals which will make it much easier for me to order a salad with dinner instead of French Fries. A few months ago I wrote here about another diet choice I made and that was adding Walnuts to my daily diet routine and that one choice has been a good one for me as well. I am an old Meat and Potatoes type of guy and major changes are never long lived in my life. However, smaller changes are something I can make and stick with over a long period of time, so adding one healthy meal per day is something I will try for awhile and I will report back my results at some future date.

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