Month: November 2017

Meal Log Reflection

Meal logging is something that I’ve done in the past, but don’t do much anymore. Taking my sister’s course about health has given me the incentive to start thinking about different ways to keep myself honest about my meals.

Over the past week, my diet has been a mixed back. Last Thursday was Thanksgiving and I ate like most households in America. Lots of protein, sugar, carbs, fats, and well-seasoned vegetables. And I ate leftovers until Sunday evening.

Throughout the week, I’ve been committed to eating well. My job brings catered lunch daily and their menu can be found here. This meal plan has served as my lunch and dinner with the excepted of buying a chicken gyro from a fast-casual restaurant yesterday.

My goal is to continue to make smart choices about food. I love the way that my body feels after eating a healthy meal. During the weekdays, it’s vital that I eat smart. A bad meal can mess up my productivity for the rest of the day. That’s why I consider diet so serious. On days where you’re relaxing, a cheat meal may not hurt as much in the grand scheme of things. When you have stuff to get done, it can make completing tasks difficult.

I’m glad that I’ve been challenged to reflect on my meal choices. It’s kept healthy eating at the front of mind. Now, it’s time to continue that tempo.

Diet and Success

In the coming weeks, my older sister is graduating from an instructional design program at Samford University. As one of her final assignments, she’s been tasked to create a comprehensive course using the skills that she’s gained throughout the program. And she asked her family for feedback on her course about health. So, now I’m in the process of going through the course material and one of the criteria for finishing the course is writing about your health habits.

Taking my sister’s course has made me realize how important a quality diet and workout routine are to my general health. I try to eat fairly clean (except for holidays and special occasions) and workout roughly four times a week. Last Thanksgiving, I ran a half-marathon. I’m a pretty active guy.

But over the past few weeks, I’ve been forced to think more about health. At a charity dinner, I sat next to a man with prostate cancer. He gave me the advice to include wheat, honey, and cinnamon in my diet. I passed that along to my fraternity brothers. Why? Because a disproportionate number of black men end up with prostate cancer. See, even though I try to live a healthy lifestyle, most of the time I don’t realize that being healthy is a matter of life and death.

Health is important. And I’m glad I’m getting the┬áchance to think about it more. Health is especially important in the black community, where we often don’t have the best diets. The conversations are vital. The lifestyle changes are necessary.

I’m fresh off of Thanksgiving break, so I’m aiming to eat pretty “lean” this week. I’ll present my food progress at a later date. Cheers to the process and thanks to my sister for creating a great course.

Best,

Garrett

Here’s a starting photo of myself (or something close to it)

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