If we are not healthy, living life and enjoying horses becomes quite difficult and limiting. I run a Yahoo! Group called the Plus Sized Riders. The Plus Sized Riders Group (PSRG) was established to help bring together horse lovers of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who desire a healthier lifestyle and are looking for support through their journey. Topics include general health, weight loss, healthier living, medical issues, and more. These topics are coupled with the added joy of horses and how our health affects our experiences with them. It has been designed to be a group that enables support through learning and sharing. Any weight loss program or exercise program is open for discussion. Any horse-related topics are welcomed.
For more information contact the list owner (me) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently sent this message to the group and thought that some of you may be interested...
Dear PSGR Members:
Well, these may not be new to you all but just in case, I thought I'd share. Having to deal with an unhappy gall bladder and 3.3cm stone, and subsequent surgery, I have really had to make some changes in my eating habits--and for life, forever, no excuses. So, here are some things I've tried and they work for me, maybe they can help some of you.
* Instead of oil (for baking, pancakes, waffles, etc), use unsweetened, natural applesauce (no corn syrup).
* Use Better 'n Eggs (or just egg whites) instead of whole eggs. Sometimes, I just substitute a few eggs whites (or the Better 'n Eggs) for whole eggs and have less whole eggs in a recipe.
* Use Butter Buds (or Molly Mc Butter) to add butter flavor without the fat.
* Use Pam or other oil sprays to cut back on the oil.
* Use butter spray on steamed vegetables to get the flavor (if you need it) rather than swimming veggies in butter.
* Use Brummel And Brown or I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Light instead of butter.
* Use a small amount of sea salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar on salad instead of dressing or try the dressing sprays.
* Try Veggie Shreds instead of regular cheese and also, if you can believe it, fat free cheese does melt now (it didn't used to).
* Eat veggie burgers (the fresh ones are best).
* Eat turkey burgers (if you make your own, use all ground turkey breast for the leanest burger).
* Eat on a smaller plate to keep portions down.
* Munch on baked chips, cereal, animals crackers, or pretzels to keep the calories and fat down while still having that munching fest.
* Drink water, Pelligrino, or seltzer and even add lemons for flavor and kidney & liver health.
* Don't be part of the finish your plate club. Stop eating when you are satisfied. Try eating many small meals throughout the day instead of huge binges.
* Eat lots of fruits and veggies, not candy or refined sugar products.
* Use pure maple syrup (the real stuff--my hubby makes ours!) or honey instead of refined sugar.
* Plan you meals, plan you grocery store trip, and be prepared. Have everything at your finger tips to make success easier and less stressful.
* Watch your sodium intake.
* Limit your alcohol intake (but still enjoy it).
* Exercise daily and vary your workout to avoid boredom!
* Get rid of the stress in your life, pick your battles wisely, realize what is truly important to you.
* Love yourself, love your friends, love your family. Life is too short.
If you have others, please share!