eating more fish – results

In January, I set a goal to include more fish in my diet …

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I did fairly well, eating fish eight times during the four weeks.  I also ordered fish when I went to a restaurant during the month.

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We tried a couple of recipes.  The Hearty Salmon Chowder is always good.  The Tuna-Kidney Bean Salad was a bit bland for my liking – good ingredients could be improved with some mayo.

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The path to wellness is never easy and I discovered that I have to modify my enthusiasm sometimes … eating more fish than usual gave me a flare-up of gout.  Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood and results in attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis.  In my case, the joints of my toes become inflamed and sore.  Sources say fish can cause a flare-up.  I also have had gout attacks from eating asparagus.

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I intend to keep eating fish, just in moderation.  From this adventure with eating fish, I have discovered:

  • a better diet begins with the grocery store
  • use ‘eating out’ as a way to make better eating choices

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Best Always, Alexandra

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eating more fish – update

Two weeks ago, I pledged to eat include more fish in my diet for the next month.  I thought I’d do a mid-goal review of how I am doing.

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For the first two weeks, I have included fish in my meals more often (at least twice a week).  We’ve bought more fish than usual at the grocery store and tried some new recipes.

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I went out with friends last evening and took a different approach to ordering in keeping with my goal.  Usually, I order some sort of chicken dish.  Last evening I had a good look at the fish menu choices and picked the ‘Arctic Char’.  To quote the menu: ‘a Nova Scotia fish to fall in love with, seasoned Cajun style and dressed with a citrus hollandaise sauce serve with charbroiled carrots, zucchini and rice pilaf’.

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Well, I am so glad I tried something different!  The Arctic Char was so good, similar to salmon.  Delicate taste, no bones and so good with the charbroiled carrots!  I went away from the table feeling satisfied but not over-stuffed! This is a good choice from an environmental point of view too since Arctic Char is a sustainably farmed fish.

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My learning from my fish-eating challenge so far …

♦ to try something new when I go out to eat – a great way to increase the fish in my diet

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Best always, Alexandra

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eating more fish

I know from my reading – including fish in my diet would help me in my quest for wellness.  Fish is low in fat, high in protein and a source of omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids are healthy fats with many health benefits, including reducing risk of heart disease and promoting healthy brain, eye and nerve function.

At the present time, my consumption of fish is lower than ever before. To some extent this is a taste issue, but I love tuna and salmon.  Our current method of grocery shopping may be at fault – my husband only buys what’s on the list and I often keep the list short to avoid having to carry in a lot of groceries.  In any case, the key to increasing fish in our diet is simply adding fish to the grocery list.  If it’s in the cupboard or refrigerator, it will get cooked and eaten.

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I’d also like to use eating out as an opportunity to try new fish and fish dishes.

Goal # 10: To increase the amount of fish in my diet to (at least) two servings per week.

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The chowder recipe I’ve included in the worksheet is one I’ve tried before and liked.  I used cooked salmon, but canned salmon should work well too.  If you try it, let me know what you think.

Best always, Alexandra

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