increasing my potassium intake -results

Over the last two weeks, I have been monitoring my potassium intake, trying to understand how to increase it to a healthy level.  I have learned that many of the foods I normally eat are low in potassium.

During the 8 days I kept track of potassium, I tried to purchase and eat foods I know have lots of potassium.  Orange foods, such as apricots and cantaloupe, are generally potassium rich, so I made sure they were in my grocery order.

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As you can see, I increased my potassium intake but never achieved the minimum of 3500 mg/day.  That means I have to always be mindful of what I am eating to keep my intake anywhere near what it should be.  I realise having raisin bran and milk is a good breakfast, better than the toast and jam I sometimes have.  I am also going to continue to include cantaloupe and apricots as a regular part of my grocery order.  Grapes, bananas and nuts are also great choices!!!

Best always, Alexandra

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increasing fruit and vegetables in my diet – results

After five days of tracking my intake of fruits and vegetables, I have discovered getting enough servings in these two food groups can be hard!

I did a few things to increase the availability of fruit and vegetables in our home.  First, I went grocery shopping for vegetables since we never seem to have enough choices.  I bought carrots, kale, snow peas and broccoli.  Then, I filled a fruit bowl in the living room so I would see apples and bananas when I felt the urge to eat.

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Most days, I ate enough fruit and vegetables but it was a challenge.

Foods from these groups make great snack foods!

It is a novelty for me to have to eat something.  Usually I am trying to avoid eating.

Last night, we tried kale chips for the first time. My husband was not a fan, but I thought they were crispy and flavorful!

Best always, Alexandra

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increasing fruits and vegetables in my diet

My first short-term goal was to try to limit my evening eating.  Two days of effort showed me that by planning my evening snack and by keeping an activity nearby to divert my attention from eating, I could avoid an evening of mindless eating.  To put this learning into action, I am going to track my evenings over the next 30 days.  This will help me learn a new behavior.  To follow my progress, just click on the ‘evening eating’ tab above.

Today, I want to set a new short-term goal.  I usually include fruit and vegetables in my diet each day, but I could improve my intake of both.  Canada’s Food Guide recommends that a woman of my age should eat 7 servings of fruit and vegetables each day.  Fruit and vegetables are so important – they provide fibre, nutrients, and compounds to fight cancer and heart-disease.  Dark-green leafy vegetables and colourful fruit are particularly rich in anti-oxidants.  I like the list of benefits provided by the USDA ChooseMyPlate website at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-why.html

Since I am diabetic, I need to be careful how I include various foods in my diet.  Fruits and vegetables generally have a low glycemic index and help my body to regulate its sugar levels.  I try to eat only whole fruit and vegetables rather than juices because juice makes sugar rapidly available to the body and can result in blood sugar spikes and valleys.

Goal #6: To increase my intake of fruit and vegetable servings in the next four days (Nov. 27 to Nov. 30) to 4 servings of vegetables per day and 4 servings of fruit per day.

Here is the page from my notebook where I will keep track of the vegetables and fruit I am eating.  I can also list ways of including these foods in my menus.  For example, I can add a serving of berries or raisins to my cereal to increase the fruit intake in my breakfast.  And I can make sure my grocery list includes lots of fruit and vegetables.

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Once the four days are over, I’ll show you my completed page so you can see how I did.  You can also use this page to track your own fruit and vegetable intake.

Best always, Alexandra

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