I don’t typically post anything related to ‘diet’ on my blog because I don’t ever like to hear the term ‘diet’ and I don’t want to contribute to anyone having negative self-image. I don’t ‘diet’ per se, but I do make changes do my lifestyle and what I’m doing has impacted how my body feels for the better. So I consider this more of a lifestyle post.
Please only read if you’re comfortable with discussing a health oriented website . If not, please skip
I’ve stopped eating junk food because my body doesn’t feel good when I do it. Now, this doesn’t stop me from having the rare Cadbury Creme Egg or other holiday item; it just means it’s not a monthly occurrence for me. It might be fine for other people, which is cool, but not for me. I eat a ton of blueberries. I have cut out a ton of processed foods and try to eat mostly fresh fruits and veggies because it’s what works for me. What works for me may not work for you. If I can’t find fresh, I use frozen. I try canned veggies from time to time and usually end up disappointed in the flavor, as well as the high amount of sodium.
I don’t eat very much animal protein. When I do, I opt for cheese, fish, turkey or chicken. I eat cheese more than anything else in that category. Instead I mostly rely on plant protein (but not soy, because I’m allergic to it, boo), such as seitan, chickpeas or black beans. Doing this has had an immensely positive impact in how I feel.
I also go between drinking no caffeine at all and drinking way too much Coke Zero. I need to find a happy medium between water and some Coke Zero. I occasionally drink diet green tea. I don’t drink coffee. If I drink juice, which isn’t too often, I only drink 100% juice. I’ve started making smoothies recently with 100% juice, bananas and random frozen fruit. I’ve not been brave enough to try a green one yet!
I’m a super chocolate and ice cream fiend. I love dark chocolate, chocolate cake, sea salt and caramel with chocolate… I could go on and on. However, none of that is good for me to have all the time, so I’ve turned to sugar free jello chocolate pudding to cure my craving, sometimes with raw cacao nibs sprinkled in it.
The siteI’ve been using recently is called SlimKicker. I urge you to look past the name, because I don’t like the name, but I like the site. The name makes it sound like it’s all about losing weight, and that’s not how I see it. I see it as a useful health site. You can earn points through logging your food, doing challenges and more. I don’t like that the points are called Slim Points. I would rather see the points called Health Points, aka HP, as more of a nod to video games. The goal of this website is to level yourself up to a healthier you.
Anyway, one of my lovely readers pointed me at this website as she created with friends to turn being healthy into a webgame. She’d been working on it for over a year!
It makes it easy to track what you’re eating. It offers suggestions if you’re looking for ways to improve what you’re eating or what you’re doing for physical activity. It offers challenges to make things fun.
I like the variety of challenges and that you can filter by challenge type. For example, they have emotional challenges:
They also have Giveaway Challenges for prizes, which I’m sure will be quite popular!
I particularly like that they have forums. You can request features and give them feedback on the site, which is great. This means that I’ve given them feedback about the difficulty I’ve had in adding recipes of my own.
When you add a food, it gives you points and gives you tips about different food related issues. For example, when I added my breakfast, it gave me +4 points ‘ate whole grains over refined grains’ and then gave me a tip of ‘Dinner leftovers make the best lunches. If that’s not an option, though, pack an assortment of vegetables, like carrots and broccoli, hummus dip, trail mix and a couple hard-boiled eggs.’
The site also offers recipes (and more) on their blog, like this Pomegranate and Ginger Glazed Salmon. It sounds delicious!
I know that there are always jokes made about the level treadmill in MMOs and other games, but I think it’s nice to see it incorporated into a site about you, so you can watch yourself ‘level up’ to a new you.
I like the idea of using games to make things like changing your lifestyle or working towards a healthier you fun and engaging, rather than boring.
I believe you can be healthy at any weight, and that what is healthy for one person may not work for another. That’s why it’s very important to have an open dialogue with your doctor to determine what’s best for you.
Every year, I get bloodwork done to see where I’m at with my health. My doctor was very pleased this year with my cholesterol levels and ratio, my weight, etc, so this shows me that the changes I’ve made in my life have had a positive impact on my health.
Do you like using games to help motivate you to do things? Do you like sites like LiveStrong or SlimKicker? What about using video games like wii Fit or Zumba?
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This looks like a great idea, fun and simple. I like the idea of the challenges, instead of…you need 45 min of cardio 3-4 times a week, etc… It’s all about the small changes in your life that I think will make a big difference overall when they add up. And the looks of the challenges will keep you from getting bored. I’m just starting to trying to change my ways for a healthier me, so thank you for posting about this site. Ill have to check it out.
Oh and them given suggestions is a big plus too. I can always use suggestions.
Thank you for letting me know you like it, Amber! It’s certainly a step up from the norm. I used to use LiveStrong, which is a great site, but it got boring.
Awesome! I like the challenges. I dig your idea of leveling up your HP instead of slim points lol. I used to follow a lot of health blogs but I got out of the loop.
Yeah I think HP would be superior
I never stick with sites like this anymore – it’s fun at first and then I start forgetting. But. I just wanted to say, thank you so much for the way you approach this. I started cringing at the site’s name right away, but I read through anyway, and I cannot overstate how much I appreciate that you are approaching it in a health-at-every-size sort of way and disavowing weight-loss as the end-all be-all of “getting healthy”, publicly on your blog like this. Thank you.
Thank you so much for the feedback Jadelyn Yeah I don’t like how the media portrays that everyone must be stick thin. If that’s how your body is most healthy, sure, but that’s definitely not me! I am very uncomfortable discussing weight, due to being told I was never thin enough by my mother. So I strive for feeling healthy and not worrying about a number. I’m curvy and I like it
This is how I truly feel about such things, so I like the idea of being able to be healthy my way and stay entertained, rather than being bombarded with ‘get thinner!’
If more people embraced the ‘Healthy at any Weight’ attitude instead of striving for something most people cannot obtain, I think they’d all be happier.
Yes the word “diet” has some horrible connotations, it’s like a stern grand aunt and summer school rolled into one! Try also “vegan”, people will start rolling their eyes instantly (maybe with good reason xD)
To be honest I had some dietary problems not so long ago so I’m forbidden to get near anything like this, as I’d use the challenges as an excuse for overexercising. That is my problem not the website’s, which looks really healthy and super fun!
And yes, what you eat reflects on so many things. I’m not saying it is for everyone, I do think each body has different needs, but ever since I started following a vegetarian diet I do feel better. As in no headaches, shorter colds and better skin. I however have REALLY low pressure since I quit on caffeine :-/
I’m overweight by 7 kilos, but I’m comfortable with it. I found the only way I lost weight (the amount of weight I wanted to lose) was basically not eating, so dieting is not a choice. I exercise, eat and feel healthy, and have fun doing it.
Kudos on Slimkicker for making this into a healthy lifestyle choice that can be entertaining and challenging, I think it’s going to get lots of attention. And I think it probably deserves it!
I wanted to tell you that I was inspired by this post to check out fitocracy.com, something if heard about before. I’ve only used it a little but I think I like it and it adresses some of the issues you have with slimkicker. I have only found one reference to losing weight, when I started my account it prompted me to check what I was most interested in: strength training, weight loss, general fitness, etc. One is awarded points for completing activities and you “level up” when enough points are obtained. I don’t know how much you’ve already invested in slimkicker, but you light want to check it out! I hope to make good use of it in the future.
This looks so cool! I wish this had been around years ago when I was still able to get around and move : / I totally would have done this and (despite the name) it has really cool features!
Good for you Phyrra Though if I could make a tiny, friendly suggestion? Ditch the artificial sweeteners–they are appropriate for diabetics (why they were created) but IMO (and others) terrible for average people. Try stevia or organic raw honey as a sweetener (but not “truvia” since it’s processed). And while I do have sodas when I’m sick (what is it about carbonation that makes your throat feel better??) I have almost fully switched to Republic of Tea–they have soooo many amazing varieties, even my kids love them. They even have a line of wellness teas (I swear by their PMS/menopause tea!!)
Anyway–I am totally with you on this. While I am morbidly obese (I’m not going to fudge words here) my doctor realizes my limitations due to my disabilites and was happy with my bloodwork this year. She supported me when I was able to exercise more and wanted to lose weight, and supports me now, when I’m trying to do the best I can, yet I’m no longer able to exercise.
I wish you all the best (and commisserate on your soy allergy–my son has egg, dairy, nut, and shellfish allergies). You can count on me to be your cheerleader