Eat all Salads!

 

Yay Salads! I think salads get a bad rap as diet food when 1) they can be delicious and 2) they can be calorie/fat/carb laden and ultimately not that healthy!  But I eat a lot of salads. They’re really versatile and can be really filling and healthy if you stick to whole foods and oil based dressings. In fact, I ate a salad every day so far this week!

Now, I originally was thinking this would be a “no lettuce salad” post, but then I realized that I put lettuce under that mess in the top picture.  It also kind of became a “1 grocery bag 4 lunches” post since I used the same few ingredients over and over. But when you’re just 1 person and you don’t want your food to spoil, you gotta use it up the best you can!

Also I really am trying to cut down eating meat and not cut down my protein intake so I’ve been experimenting with new vegan/vegetarian meals. So these are all dairy free and it would be super easy to just leave the meat out and they’d be vegan!

So here’s what I ate! (remember how great I am at taking food pics??)

Top picture: lettuce topped with black beans, corn, quinoa, tomatoes, and red onion. I also made an avocado cilantro dressing (that blob in the middle) that turned over pretty dense, almost a guacamole, but it was really yummy and mixed up really well in the salad. (Which reminds me! I used this same stuff as a spread on my black bean burger for dinner tonight! Yum.)

Bottom left: garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) with just tomato, avocado, cucumber and cilantro.

Middle left: quinoa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, and topped with green chile pork. (I wanted it to look so pretty like those quinoa bowls you see on pinterest, alas… the toppings got a bit jumbled. Still tasty though!)
Bottom right: the common denominator here: avocado, tomato, red onion, and cilantro. This time with shrimp.

It does share a lot of the same ingredients but I promise, these little switches make it feel like I’m not eating the same thing day after day. Cuz I am not that kind of person who can eat the same things all week. I sometimes wish I was! It would be easier, wouldn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make A Plan to Eat Healthy Even When You Can’t Plan Everything

Sometimes, life is beyond your control. This week, I planned to go out to dinner with friends on Monday and ended up going out to eat 2 other times! I still lost weight so I’m stoked about that.

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And this week, I suddenly have to go out of town for a family emergency. There’s obviously a lot going through my mind, and “what am I going to eat?” is one of them. I feel selfish for even thinking of myself & food at a time like this. Weight loss itself, right now, is such a low priority but I also don’t want it to take up space in my mind when I should be focusing on other things. If that makes sense. I already went through the pantry and grabbed things that I can pack in my suitcase. (Things like protein bars and almonds. Plus I’ll run and grab fruit and veggies, like baby carrots and grape tomatoes that are easily portable. And I’ll boil some eggs to take on the go.)

But I’m sure there is going to be fast food stops in the future. Which causes me a little anxiety…

I’ve decided to just make a list now, with a clear head and full stomach of some viable options for me when the times comes that I need to stop at a drive thru.

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1000 Days

 

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1,000 Days! 

I haven’t had a sip of diet coke for one thousand days. This may not seem like that big a deal to you, but it’s crazy to me. I used to be addicted. I didn’t even realize how addicted I was until I told myself to quit drinking diet coke and found it very hard to stop! I wouldn’t bat an eye at having 4 cans a day. (and no water at all of course.)

I finally managed to kick the habit that doesn’t mean I still don’t think about it! Alllll this time later and I still think about it. It’s normally when I see someone with a dt. coke and I think about how I used to be. I cannot believe it was 1,000 days ago. It was a real struggle to tell myself not to drink one. I would literally have to tell myself no. One time a waiter confused me with my sister and put her soda in front of me and I was only half joking when I told both of them to “get that away from me.” Even now, the times that it pops into my head a little part of me thinks, “just one after all this time wouldn’t be so bad.” Addict.

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I think some people think you can’t be so addicted to DC or some people might think this is silly but it’s something I honestly have to deal with as part of my weight/health journey. 1000 days…

I am 1000% proud!!

 

Superbowl Party time!! Some Healthy Party Food Alternatives

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Who’s making this for me?

I love to watch football and I am one of those that gets excited for Superbowl Sunday! Unnnnfortunately I got mandated to work this Sunday so I’m going to miss the big game (don’t get me started…) but we’ll do a potluck here at work.

Potlucks can be scary because there’s lot of temptation and foods made of who knows what, but all you can do is make good decisions and try and provide some good (still tasty, maybe doesn’t have to be 100% clean) options.

  • Chicken Teriyaki meatballs with a low sugar marinade/sauce
  • DIY taco bar where you can set out cheese, guac, sour cream for guests/ coworkers but stick to the salsa and beans for yourself. And maybe use turkey meat or 90% ground beef.
  • Sliders where you can swap the bun for lettuce wraps
  • Deviled eggs with hummus or avocado instead of mayo? Sam’s Choice makes a Smoky Sweet Onion mustard that I have fallen in love with and use it on pretty much everything!
  • My friend gave me the recipe for a quinoa salad that’s super easy and delicious. Just quinoa with chopped veggies (tomatoes, red pepper, jalapeno, red onion) and cilantro and feta. That’s it! All mixed up.
  • Turkey pinwheels with low carb/ high fiber tortillas and stuffed with extra veggies
  • Antipasto with meats, olives, cheese if your diet allows.

And to top it off, moderation is always key. Have a bite of this and a taste of that but don’t load up your plate and eat till you want to explode. Enjoy the game! Bet on your office pool. Laugh at the dumb commercials.

Go (your team name here)!!

 

I ate a Donut! And it was okay (the action, not the taste. It tasted delicious!)

I was overweight for a long time. There are psychological affects that linger when you’re constantly scanning and finding you’re the biggest girl in the room. I’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food for so long; it got better when I finally took control and lost the weight but there are some old habits I’ve found myself falling back on.

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Just recently I’ve decided to address some of these issues head on. One of them is my binge eating.I don’t think it would surprise anyone to learn that a girl who was almost 200lbs would binge but even 40 lbs lighter, I still have these episodes. I am not 100% comfortable getting into specifics but it’s something that’s there in my life and something I have to deal with. Like that HIMYM episode about baggage. Well my carry on reads “binge eater.”

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I was talking to someone recently who understand what I’m going through and he suggested this exercise to me. He told me to eat one donut and my response was, “I’ve never eaten just one donut.” Here’s what I did:

After work, a time when I’m tired and my cravings for junk are in full force, I went to my favorite donut place, Bosa. Donuts are a huge “trigger food” for me. I told myself I was going to buy one and only one donut, so when I went in I chose very carefully. I wasn’t allowing myself to have alllll the flavors so I had to pick a good one. I went with the kind with peanuts on top!

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Then I ate it there. I didn’t eat in the car. I didn’t eat it at home in secret. I ate it out in the open because what I was doing was okay. It wasn’t shameful. And I savored every bite. I didn’t watch TV or listen to a podcast. I didn’t go on FB or IG. I paid attention to what I was eating.

And I told myself what I was doing was a good thing! I repeated it in my head. It didn’t matter how many calories, grams of fat, grams of sugar this food had. I wasn’t “ruining” or “cheating” on my diet. I wasn’t a failure for giving into temptation or going off the rails. I was 100% in control. And it felt really good.

 

 

Eating Out and Battling Food Anxiety

So far I’ve been tracking and really on top of my eating habits and that feels great. But sometimes I get into ‘all or nothing’ mode and let my food anxiety get the better of me. Sometimes it’s dang hard to be social when you’re trying not to eat junk. Sometimes it’s just easier to stay home and cook what you know than risk the temptation etc of eating out.

When my dad called and asked if I wanted to join him and my brother’s family for dinner, I jumped at the chance of course but he told me he hadn’t decided where to go. He texted me the day of the dinner telling me where to meet them, Texas Roadhouse. He texted me during the day when I was sleeping but woke up and half-asleep read his text and immediately started worrying about what I would order. Luckily I was familiar with the menu and vaguely sure what would be good choices but not until then I was I able to fall back asleep.

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Sorry for the bad quality. I tried to snap it fast and knew it was rough, but didn’t know just how rough!

I could’ve have made better choices but I think I did pretty good. Part of the trouble is not only do I pay attention to macros, I have to watch what my body can/cannot digest.

I stayed away from the bread, amazingly and stuck to water to drink. I ordered a house salad with no cheese and there was trouble with the dressing (seriously, I almost brought my own!) but it worked out well enough. 6oz sirloin and side of green beans. At first I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of green beans and ordered it because it was the best option for me health wise (there is a fresh mixed veg option but that has broccoli which my body can’t break down although healthy, not healthy for me, ya know.) So I settled for green beans but honestly they were delicious! They were cooked with bacon and I’m guessing butter so not 100% ‘clean’ but it may have been my favorite part of the meal. I’ll definitely be happy to order them again.

I don’t want to let my food anxiety take over my life. I don’t want to be a hermit that stays home every night, like Rizzo 😉 and be scared of backsliding but I also want to make healthy choices and not indulge/binge just because I’m out. It’s a balance for sure that I’m still trying to find!

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What Did I Eat Before the RnR Half? And a little after?

I have a very delicate constitution. And by that I mean I get nauseated very easily. I think I’ve been nauseated at least part of the day every day since I was 15. That’s 14 years now of dealing with this sh.. situation. You’d think I’d be better at it! So I try to be very caution all race week but especially the day before a race and race day. I know I’m not the only runner with a pre-race meal ritual!

So Saturday morning I made my healthy take on an English breakfast. 1 fried egg, 2 turkey sausages and some mushrooms sauteed in avocado oil

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and of course all the meds! Pictured here is echinacea and mucinex. I also took so much vitamin C that day. To say I was fighting that cold was an understatement. meds

After the expo, my friend and I went to Postino. I justified it by saying I needed the carbs haha. A bruschetta board! On the left, the seasonal topping made of mushrooms and I forget what cheese. It was delicious and probably my favorite. I almost didn’t order it because ‘more mushrooms?’ but I’m glad I did!

Then left to right, apple, brie and fig; salmon with pesto; burrata with bacon, arugula and tomato. Everything tasted so good and I ate about 3/4 pictured and took the rest home. postina

For dinner, I wasn’t very hungry and didn’t have a ton of time before I wanted to go to bed early so I skipped the meal I planned and ate the rest of my bruschetta and about 4 oz of plain sweet potato. I crossed my fingers that the bruschetta wouldn’t upset my stomach during the night!

Bright and early Sunday/ Race day. I made some oatmeal that Copper was very interested in. None for him. And I chugged another bottle of water.

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At the start line, I brought a banana and a gluten free stinger waffle. Are those waffles getting sweeter?? I ate about half of it before I couldn’t take another bite. But my stomach felt good the whole way!!

Along the course, I took 2 energy jelly bellies at mile 4 and 6 and then a starburst about mile 10. No Gatorade for me (my stomach cannot handle it!) And i went to about every other water station.

After the race, I couldn’t eat anything for about 2 hours but once I did, I was RAVENOUS! I ate a bagel, chocolate milk, sushi, soup, oh gosh I can’t even remember what else!