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Two Great Ways For Those of Us In The Sandwich Generation to Take Care Of The Caregiver – Eating Healthy and Exercising

The grand SandwichINK "Diet" is going great! I'm continuing to enjoy a slightly modified version of the Flat Belly (LOVE those MUFA foods!) Diet and I am losing weight, slowly but surely. (Four pounds – very good news for this baby boomer, flirting with senior citizen status!)  I'm rarely hungry unless the Sandwich Generation issues of life keep me too busy to grab a bite right on time. To combat that, I've taken to carrying around a little sandwich baggie with two tablespoons of cashews and two tablespoons of chocolate chips. If I start to get hungry and can't eat normally, I nibble at those for a bit. They're counted in my 1600 daily calories and are my very favorite MUFAs (though i do love those avocados too), so overall I'm doing fine. V8 is another big help for me (and quite RED as well. 🙂 )

I use V8 with low sodium to keep this granny nanny going in between meals on the Flat Belly-MUFA foods-diet

I'm continuing to check in with 5MinutesForMom for their Winter Weight Off (and already looking forward to their Ultimate Blog Party 2011, coming soon!) and finding lots of terrific tips there. My favorite of theirs that I implemented this week? Their hot tip about cold breakfast cereal. It goes great with the Flat Belly Foods!

"When I am eating cold cereal, (later this week I will show you my hot cereal fiber tricks,) I mix two parts of Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes and one part Kellogg’s All Bran…Now, the KEY here is the All Bran. IF I just eat the Bran Flakes, I will be hungry in an hour.BUT, if I add a large helping of All Bran, the extra fiber keeps me full for three hours."

Guess what! I gave it a try and it works well. It tastes good, is about the same amount of calories, and does seem to help me last a bit longer before needing to eat. And all of us in the Baby Boomer generation have been hearing for years how vital bran is to our diets. This is a tasty and easy way to achieve that as well. Healthy all the way around!

It also definitely helps to be sure to add some MUFA foods to breakfast. (Breakfast being a vital way how people over 50 can raise their metabolism! Under 50 too!) The two tablespoons of MUFAs in the form of cashews really make a big difference in staving off those hunger pains.

The nice thing about a healthy diet to get our weight to where it should be and then keep it there is that it is a blessing to us and a terrific way of 'taking care of the caregiver" it makes for great" gifts" for our elderly parents. The healthier we are, the more energy we have in dealing with the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for the sweet elderly parents and relatives in our family not to mention babysitting our grandchildren.

Other foods that I've been enjoying this week include oranges, Pepper Jack cheese sticks (it's supposed to be regular string cheese but I get so bored with that. So I'm using these and adjusting my calories elsewhere. MUCH yummier with tasty RED peppers in it 🙂 ), those delicious avocados and plenty of RED tomatoes.

More fun RED during activities for grandparents and their grandchildren F

This particular diet does not require exercise to achieve results, but it does encourage it. So, in addition to working on my mini exercise bikeI put three of my grandkids to work as my personal "trainers." We had a wonderful weekend of lovely spring weather even though it's still winter which led to a terrific time playing tag yesterday and today, complete with some fun REDs. I have to tell you – yesterday, this baby boomer felt about 45 – today was an achier day for my arthritis, so I felt closer to 85. I think that is thanks to the early rain this morning and storm that is due tomorrow. 🙂

This Sandwich Generation granny nanny and her grandboys love ball tag around and under and behind their trees F

Still and all, we had enough time in between rains to enjoy grandkid, granddog, and photo-taking granny nanny time, with all these pictures and more, taken with my very handy and easy to use digital camera in my AT&T iPhone! Perfect for Sweet Shot Tuesday AND REDnesday. They, along with 5MinutesForMom, are all fun to visit with wonderful resources for all of us in the Sandwich Generation.

Awwww - there was even some granddog fun going on

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10 comments on “Two Great Ways For Those of Us In The Sandwich Generation to Take Care Of The Caregiver – Eating Healthy and Exercising

Kaye, I’m going to read more about this flat belly diet that you’re posting on as soon as I’m done typing this. The more you talk about this, the more I think that I can actually do this too! I love dark chocolate, cashews and avocados, so that’s a start, right?!
Happy REDnesday!
Carol
p.s. I forgot to say congrats on your weight loss!

Thanks Carol. 🙂 I’m liking it the best of the three healthy diets I use. The book gives several frozen dinner options (I’ll be writing about that more next Tuesday) and that really helps with my busy schedule! And the dark chocolate and cashews (limited amounts of course) are a BIG encouragement 🙂

Sounds like this diet is working for you . Maybe I should give it a try .
Blessings,
~Myrna

You go girl! That cashew & chocolate chip snack mix sounds like a great way to stave off those hunger pains.

Donnie

Eating natural foods always seems to keep me satiated longer. Wonder why I keep forgetting that when I reach for a cookie…lol…

What an inspirational post and one with a good bit of red in it. I am going to have to do some reading about this diet. It certainly makes sense.I weigh every morning faithfully – I do not care if the powers that be say NOT to do it – so am on top of the weight constantly. Have done it for 4 years now….was 180 + pounds and 5’2’’ in Feb 06. Now I am 137 and have been there for a long time. BUT the belly fat will not leave me – even with the walking.

Hi Myrna, So far so good. I’m hoping it and I will go the distance. 🙂 You might also be interesting in this article I wrote about the benefits of cinnamon capsules. 🙂

Hi Janelle, it definitely is. YUMMMM 🙂 Keeps me from grabbing the oreos or M&Ms 🙂

Ahhhh, Donnie, that’s coz those cookies are so much easier to grab and taste SOOOO good. But the cashews and chocolate chips I’m using are MUFA foods AND on the diet ( limited amounts of course), and they are pretty easy and quite tasty. 🙂

Oh Genie GREAT JOB!!! And I weigh almost every day too. Keeps me from getting too far over any limits! You might like to read this article I wrote at my blogspot site about the benefits of cinnamon capsules. According to Woman’s World, tests have shown considerable success in getting rid of the belly fat using them. I just started that this week, along with the Flat Belly MUFA foods diet. And praying LOTS. 🙂 Let me know what you think of it. 🙂

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