Their diets are almost all in writing

May 14, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series about three Washington County families keeping food diaries as part of a program created by The Herald-Mail and Washington County Health Department.

It's difficult to lay off the sweets - cake, candy, cupcakes, cookies and ice cream.

Not that Kathy and Glen Sargent are trying to, yet.

The Sargents, who live near Funkstown, are one of three families keeping food diaries as part of a program created by The Herald-Mail Co. and Washington County Health Department.

The families are tracking what they eat, when they eat and the setting in which they eat, as well as any exercise they get for three weeks.

Starting this week they will meet with health department officials, who will review the families' diaries and develop healthy food and exercise programs for them. Then the families will track their new food and exercise habits for a month.


"We're just eating the way we normally do," said Kathy Sargent, 54.

Breakfasts usually consist of cereal and juice, and lunch for mom is a sandwich, soup or salad with fruit.

The couple, with their daughter, Sophie, 7, have been fairly evenly split between eating out and eating at home. They have been eating later than usual, between 8 and 9 p.m. rather than by 7 or 7:30 p.m., because the couple have had a lot of work meetings and church-related functions lately, Kathy Sargent said.

Kathy Sargent is a support coordinator for ARC of Frederick County, and Glen Sargent is an administrative assistant for Service Coordination Inc. in Gaithersburg, Md.

The family has gone to several social functions lately, so Kathy and Glen Sargent have been eating casseroles and pasta with heavy sauces while also trying to eat salad and vegetables, Kathy Sargent said. The family also was still eating cake last week from Sophie's May 7 birthday.

The family has gotten more exercise recently but not much more. It's difficult to find time amongst the couple's busy work schedules, Kathy Sargent said.

Sargent said she is anxious to learn this week what nutrition and exercise plan the health department officials will have planned for them.

"Because I want to lose weight, I want to have more energy, I want to become more physically fit," Kathy Sargent said. The Sargents want to be able to keep up with their daughter.

Kathy Sargent said she also wants to cleanse her body and find more acceptable alternatives for her cravings.

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