25 August 2014

Making healthy choices can be very Rewarding!


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Making healthy choices is sometimes easier said than done.

If you're like me, you have good intentions, but as time goes by, you lose your incentive, you get bored, there's nothing good to eat in the pantry - and before you know it, you're lounging on the couch in your sweatpants, watching Doctor Who reruns with a cupcake in your hand. Yum, cupcakes.

I haven't really talked about it on the blog yet, but I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance. That means I'm not diabetic yet, but without making the right diet and lifestyle changes, I could very easily become diabetic. I will now need to eat every 5 hours, and I need to monitor the number of sugar, carb, protein, and fiber grams I take in with each meal. And it's important that I be able to do this wherever I am when I eat.

As you can imagine, this was a major lifestyle change for someone who chose restaurants based on their dessert menus. So one of the first things I needed to do was find a suitable substitute for dessert.

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Now, my go-to dessert is a Fiber One Caramel Nut Protein Chewy Bar. They only have 12 grams of net carbs plus 7 grams of protein, which makes them a great dessert choice, as well as a quick on-the-go snack. And I can easily pick them up in the breakfast aisle at my local Walgreens (where they are a lot less expensive).

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When I shop at Walgreens, I always take advantage of their Balance Rewards program. I like that I don't have to carry a card - I can sign in on the card scanner or they can scan the Walgreens app on my phone. If you're not familiar with Balance Rewards, it's a free program that allows members to earn points for their purchases - even prescriptions. Those points then convert into cash off future purchases - and they add up quickly. I just used points last week to take $20 off a 42-ct. box of Prilosec!

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And even better? Balance Rewards has a free healthy choices program, where members earn reward points for making, well, healthy choices! They're rewarding me for doing the things that I'm doing anyway! And earning points encourages me to make even more healthy choices! How cool is that?


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I use the MyFitnessPal app to track my food intake, weight, and exercise, and I was able to connect that to my Balance Rewards healthy choices account. Now everything is automatically synced, and I can access it both on my laptop and on my iPhone. So far, I've earned points for:
  • connecting MyFitnessPal account (250 points)
  • setting my first goal (250 points)
  • logging my weight (20 points daily)
  • logging my blood pressure (20 points daily)

Some other ways to earn points are by recording physical activity, like walking, running, yoga, etc., or recording daily blood glucose. To make the process easier, you can connect other apps and devices, such as FitBit, Jawbone Up24, and wireless blood pressure or blood sugar monitors.

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Other things you can do within the program:

It's really a great way to keep me accountable! I know that I need positive reinforcement in order to continue making healthy choices - and I bet you do, too. I'm still amazed - I have to go over it one more time!
  • it's a free program
  • it helps keeps me accountable
  • it gives me points for making healthy choices
  • and those points convert into dollars off purchases at Walgreens

They're basically paying me to make healthy choices! What's not to love?

What are some of the healthy choices that you make?