Thursday, March 10, 2011

Healthy Snacking

Do you snack? I do. A lot! This is a sampling of what I take to school every day.

Susan at Writing Straight from the Heart has commented many times on how I bake and eat sweets and yet keep my weight under control.

I do love my treats -- but they gotta be really, really good for me to dig in or it's just not worth it.

One of the best things about Sri Lanka is that fresh fruit is readily available everywhere you go.

The morning we left for the airport to head home, the chef at The Lavender House fixed us packets of fresh fruit for the road.

What a treat that was!

6 years ago, I lost about 30 pounds and felt so much better for having done so. I have been determined ever since to keep that weight off. I made a conscious decision to totally change my diet since heart disease runs in my family. My dad had bypass surgery when he was 45 years old. I just turned 45 on February 26th. All of his brothers and sisters had heart disease except one. Last year, I had a complete checkup and all my numbers were normal. I want to keep it that way.

"The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine."
- Hippocrates

Wishing you health and happiness! Have a terrific Thursday! Friendship blessings, Tammy

19 comments:

Susan said...

Oh Tammy. You are so cute. Thanks for mentioning my blog! Your treats for school definitely look VERY healthy. You look fabulous. That's why I often mention your baking. You look about 25,instead of 45! No kidding. Anyway, hope you have a really great day today! Take care, and thanks, again! :) Susan

Jan said...

Yummy....all your snacks look delish! Congrats on keeping your weight and health under control. A fine accomplishment that is going to take you into old age lookin' FINE and feeling TERRIFIC. Applause applause!

Doesn't it feel good to be in control?

Jan

val said...

hmmm...I'm not a snacker but I do love the looks of all that wonderful fruit! Right now we have the best strawberries, yum!

Deb said...

That's some good looking stuff and oh how I wish I had a fresh fruit stand nearby!

A Vintage Chic said...

Good for you, Tammy! It feels so much better...! I lost 55 pounds starting about 2 1/2 years ago, and have been able to keep it off for a year now...makes me happy! (High blood pressure problem in my family--had a big wake-up call!)

Keep it up, my friend...and I'll be doing the same...

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Julie

The English Romantic said...

Yummy fruit, healthly heart. just like you I enjoy my treats but keep the balance right. It works for me. Lots of walking too!
Hugds, Angela.

Rizzi said...

GREAT SNACKS.......I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY WEIGHT, I HAVE TO EAT LESS FATTENING FOODS AND MORE HEALTHY FOODS.
I'M TRYING....BUT I KNOW I HAVE TO TRY HARDER, THANKS FOR THE WAKE UP CALL. RIZZI

Linda said...

Great inspiration.

I never snack during the day. But sometimes in the evening, I'll have a snack that is never healthy like what you eat. I just am not a big fan of most fruit - I never have been and unfortunately I never crave it.

But I made a point of making sure Sarah had fruit or vegetables every night for snacks and she loves all of those things. Though even still, we're facing a scary thing right now, as they are surgically removing one of her lymph nodes in her neck on Monday to test for Hodgkins Lymphoma - basically to rule it out as they haven't been able to determine through a series of other tests, what is causing the lymph nodes in her neck to enlarge and remain enlarged for many months. The Specialist said that it could also be attributed to her lifelong food allergies and severe dermatitis, but that they won't be able to rule out cancer until they take a full one out and do the biopsy.

So, that's all that I'm concerned about right now. Everything else isn't important.
Linda

Claus said...

Wise and healthy change Tammy! Good for you, and an example to your kids as well. I like to snack too, which I do in the mornings mainly; not so much in the afternoons. Water, fruit (which fortunately is available always, and more so during summertime!), and soy crackers are my favorite. That's not what I snacked three years ago, but on an April back then I decided to change. I started working out, eating right, and life has been energized, healthier, happier, and with fewer pounds ;o)...why would I want to change back?!
High five on similar eating habits!
have a lovely day!

lovestitch said...

The fruit looks so yummy! I snack every day just like you :). That's great you can control your weight, you look fresh and beautiful in your photos! I do jogging every morning and that really helps.
Hope you enjoy the end of the week! x

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Tammy...I am determined to stay healthy for my heart since it is A OK now!!! I am almost ready to start walking outside again and am changing my diet!

Mary said...

KuDOS! What is that yummy-looking beverage? And I love your header pictures...beautiful.

Heather said...

That is wonderful that you've been able to maintain. That is an area I really struggle with. Hoping to work it out with the South Beach diet and get back on track. Your snacks looks good and healthy. Your trip to Sri Lanka sounds like it was a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Hope you have a great evening.

koralee said...

Good for you my friend.....I too love treats but try to watch what I eat and exercise everyday.

Happy weekend to you. xoxox

Elaine said...

That fresh fruit has me wanting some. Must make a trip to the store tomorrow.
Keep an eye out for a small package I sent....odds and ends I thought you could use..and a treat for the boys

Serena said...

Healthy eating is so important. I love fruit best of all!

Serena said...

Btw, I'm very glad to hear that all the numbers were normal at your check-up ~ xo

Kelly Berkey said...

i snake like you do. super healthy eater, here. my hubby stays home and cooks the 'nourishing traditions' way. the book i by sally fallon. you may have heard of it. anyhoo, i'm 44 and have kept my weight at a healthy place ever since we adopted this diet over 8 years ago. my mom had triple bypass and my sis and i kind of freaked out about it and made the change. we are both now at a healthy weight and no indication of heart disease.
eat healthy now, or pay later, right?

Anonymous said...

Your food that goes to school with you looks wonderful. I have said this before, and will say it again - you and I can sit down and eat together any time. You know you are a much better snacker than I am. I have good intentions, but don't stop to think about having a snack often enough.
Of the three of us that worked out together 6 years ago, you have done the best at keeping it off. I think the key is that you really changed your attitude about food. I wish you and Melissa were here to exercise with. I would have both of you running Terry Fox with me this weekend!! HA!
Nice post today, my friend!!

Love,
Renee

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