Category Archives: Food

Day One…

Standard

Tonight is a short post it was day one at my job it went really well it was laid back and fairly easy. I enjoyed the young woman I worked with and I thought the kids were adorable they hugged me asked me to read a million books. Lily and I made veggie pizza and I thought it was yummy but she didn’t like my veggie cream cheese. She had a ton of veggies though so I think she enjoyed those very much they are her favorite. I am headed to bed and will have much more to say tomorrow.

Jenness

c/s

Advertisements

Progress…

Standard

Today I realized I have made PROGRESS when I signed up for the Treasure Valley Weight Loss Challenge I had I would say low expectations for my motivation. But, I kept it in my mind and I made an effort to be more conscious of the what was going in my mouth. Part of my motivation was also my little Peanut and her health we have had a very sedentary fall and winter since we were stuck at home 90% of the time. I hit the highest weight I have ever been and she gained weight as well. For her I knew that things had to change as I do not want her to face the challenges that I have.

With all that taken into account I have started to seriously be tracking my caloric intake and be more aware of mindless eating as well as the types of foods we are eating. I am happy to say that I have lost 10 pounds so far and for this girl that is no small feat. I was in such a great mood today and I am looking forward to the continuation of health goals. I attribute this success largely to not eating processed food, fast food, and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in my diet. We also eat almost solely organic and all natural food and we are trying to avoid GMO’s as much as possible. All in all I am so happy with this accomplishment and to celebrate I ate a wonderful salad with yogurt dressing and a chicken, spinach and feta sausage to accompany it. It was such a yummy meal and I am proud that I have accomplished this weight loss despite the escalation of symptoms of my depression and anxiety. Woo Hoo this is a win for me, Peanut who was super happy and high-fived me and for God giving me the fortitude to work through my issues and bring me this small victory!! Here is to the next pounds melting off and me feeling better and better everyday!!

Jenness

c/s

You change your life by changing your heart.

Max Lucado

Food Stamps…

Standard

Thursday the first of this month food stamps were released . I am a recipient of food stamps and without them would be lost as to how to feed my child. Even when I work full-time there is very little left over to help cover our grocery costs. As a recipient of this program I do not feel entitled to the states help I keep in the forefront of my mind that this is a temporary station in life and I try to use them responsibly. Being that I know they are released on the first I try my best to not shop on the first but the state of my pantry and refrigerator as pictured below…it was an absolute necessity that I go to the store on the first of the month…It was a crazy morning to be at Winco number one reason was because I literally had an entourage with me my ride to the store Frankie,(https://jennessjohnston78.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/i-did-it/) the lovely Abby, my cousin Ron and of course Lily bug. Yes that is 4 adults and 1 child at Winco on food stamps day…it was like a congested highway during 5 o’clock traffic. While I was there, as had been my experience many times, before I learned my lesson not to shop on the first I saw carts literally filled with, sugar filled cereal, processed food packages, the quickest and cheapest food items possible lining the carts and hardly a vegetable or fruit in sight. With the growing number of obese persons and children in our country it made me sad and a bit sick to my stomach to see this phenomenon.

My Fridge Wednesday. :(

My Fridge Wednesday. 😦

A 2008-09 school year BMI assessment of Idaho students in all odd grades 1 through 11 found
that overall, 30.5%of Idaho school children sampled were classified as overweight or obese. The study found that significantly more boys were obese than girls.

Based on results of the 2011/12 Idaho 3rd Grade BMI Assessment and the 2011 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, there are an estimated 6,200 (29%) overweight or obese 3rd grade students and 17,700 (23%) overweight or obese high school students (grades 9 through 12) in Idaho.

U.S. medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion. Annual medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight (CDC, 2008).

Due to the prevalence of chronic conditions often associated with obesity and the rising trend of obesity in children and youth, today’s generation of children will likely live shorter lives than their parents. (http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/DiseasesConditions/OverweightObesity/tabid/177/Default.aspx)

As far as I am concerned this is child abuse…seriously we as parents control what we buy and what our children ingest. Why the hell would people purposefully disadvantage their children in this regard…I may be overweight and have bad habits but I am open honest and talk very frankly with Lily about what the dangers of being overweight are and I am trying my damnedest to provide her with the tools as to how to do it different than I have. One of the arguments is that it is too expensive to eat healthy. To highlight a specific area that people could save money on healthier items…studies are starting to show that because of the flash freezing process that we use to freeze veggies is helping to retain more of the health benefit of the vegetables in comparison to the fresh ones. Because of the fact that vegetables start losing nutrients very shortly after being picked so by the time they make it to our table they don’t have the benefits “fresh” that is available in the less expensive frozen counter parts. Food in general is expensive and I understand the thought behind the quickest and easiest thing to throw together after a long day at work…but lets look at it objectively. I will use my sad trip to the store as an example of why  what we are feeding is not only disadvantaging them but literally killing them as exampled in the statistics above.

According to the Livestrong website (http://www.livestrong.com/article/256927-how-many-calories-should-a-child-be-eating/) children the age of my daughter 5, should be eating 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day…So when at Winco these are the items I saw in cart and I would like to break it down meal by meal with the items I say in people’s carts that are common to the American public…

Breakfast = Lucky Charms and 2% milk

LC 1cup 142 calories

2 % Milk 122 calories = meal totals= 264 calories,  26.3 grams of sugar, and 10.6 grams of protein.

Lunch=Gogurt, pb&j sandwich, chips and milk.

Gogurt 70 calories

PB & J  447 calories,

Chips 200 calories

Milk 122 calories= meal totals= 839 calories, 30.5  grams of sugar, and  24.3grams of protein

Dinner=Mac and Cheese with broccoli

Mac and Cheese= 207 calories

Broccoli- 52 calories meal total=259 calories, 4 grams of sugar, and 14.2 grams of p protein

Snacks = Pop tarts

Pop tarts= 410 calories, 33 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein

Daily totals equate too…

Calories= 1772

Grams of sugar= 77.5

Grams of protein= 47.4

Ok so that is 372 more calories than a child needs in a day ( not to mention that it is approximately 19 teaspoons of sugar if my calculations are right the recommended and or healthy amount per day of sugar is 12 grams)…it takes about 3500 calories more than your recommended daily intake to gain a pound so if  you have a sedentary child that is overeating every day about every 9.4 days they are gaining a pound that is up to 3 pounds a month and in a year it could equate to 39 pounds!!!! Now this doesn’t take into account how many calories they are burning with daily activity and exercise but with the rising numbers of obesity in children, children are obviously not burning off the excess caloric intake. I am so alarmed at this!!!! Breaking down the actual numbers makes me heart-sick. People seriously come on do not kill the next generation before they even have a chance to make a mark on this world…what a broken system we have.

Couldn’t the state put a limit on what people can buy with governmental monies?? I mean if people want to eat crap shouldn’t they do it on their dime??? Over process, enriched, genetically modified food, high salt and fat content as well as high amounts of sugar in all this PROCESSED food is literally killing our children!!! Diabetes, behavior problems and rising numbers of chronic illnesses in children should say it all. Please love your kids enough to do what’s best for them not what’s easiest I understand being tired I understand not having money but aren’t your children more precious than say cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs that people find a way to get while living on food stamps?? I am not making a blanket statement that everyone who is on Food Stamps or assistance in general are drug addicts or completely irresponsible people at all! I am just trying to shed light on a subject that to me is disheartening enough that I felt compelled to speak what was on my heart and mind. I am not perfect and could use some improvement as well in this area for sure!! And for me the take away as a parent is I want every bite that goes into my little Lily bug to have a positive impact on her health…I am not saying that kids should never have “sometimes” food like sweets or a special cereal I think it is that we should be focusing on the overall health and wellness of the generation that will be leading our country sooner than we think!!! So much information is out there do research find out how to best serve your child and do not be ashamed to ask for help from your family doctor, a friend, family member or your local school nurse they may have valuable information that could help in the fight against the ever-growing waists of Idaho and America’s children. I hope I did not offend anyone this is not meant as a judgment just as a HOLY COW something needs to be done and I think education is one of the most effective ways to bring about change. ❤

Jenness

c/s

Links to where I gathered information…

http://www.livestrong.com/

http://caloriecount.about.com/foods

Eating Organic…

Standard

I started trying to eat organic about 3 years ago and slowly have incorporated more and more of it into our diet. Recently I have had it on my mind that I need to hone my skills and really find better ways to make the most out of our meals because the truth is that it is more expensive to eat organic. I hope that eventually the cost will go down and be affordable to everyone. But in the meantime I am always searching for the best and cheapest organic products. My sister turned me on to the Natural Grocers (http://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations/boise) it is a pretty reasonable for organic products I was pleasantly surprised. Best part it is less than 2 miles from my house. I initially decided to go organic because of the pesticides but the more I learned about the differences especially the growth hormones and how they would affect my daughter and her development that sealed the deal for me. With all the things that are against girls growing up modest with sexual integrity I figure she doesn’t need breast and a period at 8 years old thrown into the mix. I have so many more reasons all valid but it comes down to organic food is what is best for my family and I am trying to do my best to keep our food healthy and all natural. I would love input, recipes, tips, and to know where you find yummy healthy organic food the Treasure Valley. 🙂 Below is a helpful chart of foods to avoid and food that are safe for those of us who struggle to buy organic.

Jenness

c/s

dirtydozen1

Fun Photos…

Standard

With lots of heavy thoughts and posts lately I decided that I need a light-hearted one with recent photos I have taken. I have been pretty people busy having a constant companion of my cousin hanging out here and my Abby girl around a little more as well. So we have had lots of distraction from this Momma’s stress and sadness. 🙂 On a different note my little love has been chatting me up every night at bed time and tonight I just went with it she decided to ask about Africa, waterfalls, and rainbows…I love this child’s mind so much she is scary smart and super silly…Mom do we have waterfalls in Idaho?? Can we travel to them I wanna see a rainbow waterfall I think it would be beautiful…I love her diversion techniques at bed time.

I hope you enjoy the pictures I have been taking lately. ❤

Jenness

c/s

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Sledding Fun…

Standard

So much to love about today!! We had some serious sledding fun!! Well Peanut and various family members did anyway. Today we celebrated my youngest sibling James he is turning 30 on Monday!!! Holy Crap I am getting old. We started out at the Black Bear Café and had yummy food. I had a chorizo scramble can you say DELICIOUS!! After everyone ate heartily we all headed up on the mountain. That is what we call my parents and grandparents place they live a quarter of a mile from each other on a dirt road in the mountains and it was an awesome place to be a kid!!! We have 6 little’s in the family and there is more to come soon. 🙂 I have many fond memories of all the amazing times my siblings and I spent sledding up there. Today was another great one burned into the memory bank. It was so fun hearing the squeals and seeing the joy on their faces. What a way to spend our day!! Another to reason to love Idaho and the mountain I grew up on SLEDDING FUN!!!

Jenness

c/s

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Weight Loss Challenge…

Standard

Leah my lovely little sister called me yesterday and told me that my grandmother saw an ad for the Treasure Valley Weight Loss Challenge http://www.hdiabetescenter.org/ and she wanted me to participate. Later my mother emailed me and then texted me about the same thing. I talked with her on Facebook later in the evening and we discussed the issue. I wanted some time to think about it and pray about it because the entry fee is $50 (my parents offered to pay the entry fee) and I wanted to be sure that I could commit to it because I don’t want to waste my parents money or time if I felt like I couldn’t commit whole-heartedly to this challenge. I prayed about it talked with some friends today and was thinking that maybe I should give it a go. I was sitting talking to my lovely friend Abby this evening having just discussed this topic with her and the logistics of it when my door bell rang. It was my mother. I was shocked as she rarely if ever has just popped by my house.  She walked into my house with a purpose she had paperwork in her hand and said that my grandmother was greatly distressed about my health (as is she) and really wanted me to do this challenge. She pulled out the paperwork and her checkbook and started explaining it all.

I was a little surprised and overwhelmed by it all to be honest…this is such a personal and deeply entrenched battle that I face. I am scared shit-less I don’t want to fail I want health. But I have history, genetics and years and years of bad habits and frankly laziness to contend with. To tie it up with a pretty little bow I also have serious emotional ties this battle. Much of my life I have felt like I had little control with the things and circumstances of my life. And in the beginning I have grown to understand that I began to eat what I wanted, as a measure to say to the things I couldn’t control look there is one thing I can control…the things that I put in my mouth. At the time I certainly didn’t think that consciously it was more of a release of stress. Many things have catapulted me to the place that I am at now. In the last few months I have realized that I have a need for change I need to get out of my comfort zone and to live healthier hence my New Years Resolutions.

I am going to do it I am going to enter the challenge and begin a new journey. With that being said I have no idea where to start I have dieted, exercised, lost weight and found some success in the past. But I have always gained it back plus more. I have made serious attempts but never succeeded. I am concerned about my follow through, I am concerned about the emotional baggage I have to wade through. I am concerned that I will fail and disappoint the people who want this so bad for me. But I want to move forward and try to finally begin to conquer this battle. I would greatly appreciate prayer support moral support and if anyone wants to join me in this journey (I posted the link above and you have till the 20th to register) I would love to have a workout buddy, healthy recipes, anything you want to share with me in regards to this I am open too. I am sure that I will be posting much of my journey here in my blog of my everyday life and I hope that it is well received.

P.S. I was thinking about posting a before picture what are your thoughts on it?? Frankly I am very scared at the thought but it certainly would be motivate and help me to have the courage to change that image with my behavior.

Jenness

c/s