SEARCH BY SMART POINT VALUE
Here are some shelf staples that I have either eaten or heard fantastic things about since starting Weight Watchers. I’ve made note of items that are also Whole30 compliant. Best of all? You can have them delivered.
Of course, if you have the time, you can also get these at the store and earn a couple of extra daily “steps” for your effort. Speaking of which, I do use a Fitbit, and I have figured out how to make it work for me as wheelchair user. But, I’ll save that for another post.
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Just about anybody with mobility difficulties will tell you that one of the challenges in their life is maintaining a healthy weight. You will also hear many new moms talking about the struggles of trying to lose the extra weight they gained during pregnancy.
As a paraplegic and a new mother, I have twice the number of excuses to be overweight, right? Well, not exactly. Losing weight with a disability is not always easy. But, it is doable.
As a big fan of empirical evidence, I am always looking to sort out what information is a fad and what actually works. The best resource I have found on the topic of weight and spinal cord injury comes from the University of Washington’s 2011 article, Nutrition for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury by Vickeri Barton, RD and Susie Kim, OT. It is full of great resources for those with disabilities.
While the article is filled with tips, resources, and helpful information, what stood out to me most in Barton and Kim’s article was one sentence:
“Recent research suggests that a BMI of 22 should be used to define obesity in persons with SCI while obesity in the general population is typically defined as a BMI over 30.”
You can find out what your Body Mass Index (BMI)is here:
When I read that quote I calculated my BMI. It was well over 22. But, I’m working on that. I put aside all of my preconceived notions and joined Weight Watchers. I can’t tell you how shocked I was when I when I attended my first meeting and discovered that they had a roll-on, wheelchair accessible scale. My doctor’s office doesn’t even have one.
Anyway, I have lost just over 20lbs since starting the program, almost half of which in the last month, when I began attending meetings. Going to meetings may be a barrier for some people with physical disabilities. this program will work using the online tools available. Personally, the accountability factor of attending a meeting each week is a major motivator for me to stay the course.
Access to healthy food is a big deal. It is tough for many people with physical disabilities who may or may not have access to reliable transportation. I drive, have a car, and still, it is a pain to go to the grocery store with a toddler in tow.
So, I supplement my grocery trips for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishables by ordering food on Amazon.
I also use Thrive Market, which is a “membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to our members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families.”
By doing some of my shopping online I have eliminated the need for long shopping trips, instead. I can focus on the perimeter when I go shopping, where fresh foods tend to be located, and making it through the check-out line before a full-scale toddler tantrum erupts.
If you have other resources or ideas, I’d love to hear from you!