Bar Harbor, ME High: 73 Low: 64
Time out from Acadia today....it was foggy and rainy all day...went bike looking, old bookstore browsing and window shopping. Here's what's on our collective minds today. We have to have them collected because there isn't much going on in Sparky's head at the moment! (It's a good thing SHE said that, and not me, laughs E.)
We've been feeling guilty...We've been reading many blogger friends' journeys to eating healthier, and becoming vegans. We know that David and Sherry have gotten through some serious health issues with David with great results because of excellent dietary habits. We know that we have bad eating habits and need to do better! Sparky has a morning Coke each day to get her going, Eldo has his several cups of coffee. Coffee is actually very good for you, Coke is not! Sparky has one entire vegetable bin in the RV motorhome fridge (that's residential size) stocked NOT with veggies, but with all kinds of CHEESES. We eat quite a bit of meat. We don't eat enough fruits or veggies. Eldo's veggie of choice is french fries with lots of salt. (I know Karen and Al, Merikay and Sherry and David are cringing at the moment, says E.) Well, we decided to jump on the bandwagon---for a very short ride. For now. Are we going to become vegans? Nope. Are we going to try and eat better? Yep.
What are we doing? Well, Reader's Digest has a plan called "Change One". You try to change one thing each day about how you eat...Change one bad eating habit for a better one. It's the baby steps theory. Sparky's idea of baby steps is, let's change one bad dietary habit for a better one once a WEEK! So-o-o-o, this week, and from now on, Sparky and Eldo are going to drink more water. We are doing that. Well, that was too easy, and didn't require much effort or motivation so let's try something else.
Change #2. Sparky is not going to eat potato chips any more with sandwiches. She is going to eat VEGGIE chips. Here is Sparky's contribution to the blogging world to eating healthier. (HA! says Sherry and David. Try again, Sparky, we're not buying it) Not even Terra Exotic Vegetable Chips?...Aren't they pretty? The bag alone, caught Sparky's eye, being she's VERY visual. And the word VEGGIE. Veggie chips, they gotta be better than regular potato chips, ya think?
Terra also makes sweet potato chips. About 17 chips gives you 50% of your vitamin A for the day, along with some more calcium and iron, too. Here's the bad news, they are about 4.00 a bag. Ouch! But that means eat less at a meal. Just have a few, right? So, we're trying! Little by little. Baby steps. Well, until yesterday...Eldy is really interested in trying to eat healthier while eating out, too. So he says, "Let's go get veggie Chinese." Eldy NEVER suggests Asian or Chinese, and Sparky LOVES it, so she says, GREAT! Let's go! We know, we know, MSG, sugary sauces, but Sparky is figuring steamed veggies with chicken would be good.
We hit a Chinese buffet in Ellsworth for supper, can't remember the name of it. Just about everything on the buffet was sweet and sour, deep fat fried, or rich buttery sauces like shrimp with lemon egg sauce, there wasn't a simple steamed veggie dish with plain meat anywhere. Lots of sodium in the soy sauce. Fried rice, bad, but good. YUM! Steamed white rice was available. Do ya think either one of us picked plain rice? Nope! Tch! tch! Besides, we know that white rice is not as good as brown rice. BUT, everything was delicious, just not healthy at all. So we just tried to eat less than we normally would at an all-you-can-eat buffet. We should have ordered off the menu, but it was much more expensive than the average Chinese restaurant we've seen in our travels. We'll keep trying to change, we ARE inspired by our blogging friends to do better....Really, we are!