Of all the leafy greens, which one packs the most punch of nutrition for the buck? The main ones are spinach, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, and collard greens. Most people have a love – hate relationship with greens. These greens are a step apart from the lettuce you normally put in your salads. You’ve most likely heard that a traditional southern New Year’s dish includes black-eyed peas and collard greens! Some use other greens and even cabbage. They thought this would bring them prosperity for the coming year. Many people find greens bitter, slimy, or mushy, and just have an obnoxious taste. Personally, I like spinach. I grew up in the Popeye era and ate my spinach. I like it cooked and I put vinegar over it. When I was little, the vinegar would make a rash on my chin. I guess I grew out of it, or quit dribbling it on my chin. I don’t like the rest of the mentioned greens too much. The first time I ate kale was in a restaurant where they served kale as the garnish. I ate it, and it wasn’t too bad. We have used it in salads and soups some but it just isn’t our favorite. Too bad because it is far and away the most nutritious of the greens. Although it has more calories and more vitamin A, C, and K, as well as manganese, iron and calcium. Iron I don’t need. But if you haven’t tried the different greens, go ahead and try them…I dare you.
I found a weight goal calculator and ran my height, gender, and age through it. It’s primarily based on height, but this one takes into account age and gender. There are several people who have formulated ways of calculating ideal weight. My results were:
Based on the Robinson formula (1983), your ideal weight is 156.5 lbs.
Based on the Miller formula (1983), your ideal weight is 155.0 lbs.
Based on the Devine formula (1974), your ideal weight is 160.9 lbs.
Based on the Hamwi formula (1964), your ideal weight is 165.3 lbs.
Based on the healthy BMI recommendation, your recommended weight is 128.9 lbs. – 174.2 lbs.
Another chart suggested 132 to 167.
The calculator we have on the website on the right just looks at height and mine says 128 to 173.
That is a wide range. I do know that I have to reach 174 to go from a BMI of overweight to normal. That’s my goal. I still have a way to go. My dad, who was the same height as me, was 165 all his life. I’m shooting for the top end of the scale. Choose the right weight for you.
How do you treat a holiday while dieting? Do you say it only happens once a year so might as well let up and overeat, or to you keep the status quo? Remember there are several holidays in a year. You might be on a trip or traveling to Mom’s or Grandma’s house which will certainly stress your diet. How many Mom’s will say “here eat another serving, you’re looking too thin”? One company uses the holidays as challenges. I thought it was a good idea so I used it for Memorial Day. Weigh on Friday (the holiday is on a Monday) and then weigh on Tuesday. Pick an amount you want to lose. This company suggested a pound and a half. That means to trip to the BBQ and no extra desserts. You will probably need to walk some as well. I participated in it as a way to not let the holiday cause weight loss. Sometimes a little challenge helps in the weight loss journey. I’m always up for a challenge.