I’ve been trying to really get back into this goal. I have swapped tons of things for something healthier. Since going gluten-free a while back I have swapped Mission tortillas for Rice tortillas by Food For Life. I swapped Smart Balance butter for Organic Valley and even swapped my usual breadcrumbs for a different brand (Ians). I have also incorporated lots of new things to try: Organic Goji berries, cocoa powder, and shredded coconut.
I am no longer completely meat-free. I do still avoid red meats. I eat chicken and occasionally turkey. I cannot eat fish any longer, I have an intolerance to all oily fish. :(
I replaced my juicer about a month ago with a better quality one to start a good detox. Some things could still be improved but this is a start. 6 months ago
Tonight my daughter and I made a homemade gluten-free veggie pizza. We were very satisfied with how it turned out :) 13 months ago
I have been adding these into just about anything that I eat lately. They are high in Omega 3’s and fiber not to mention they have a really subtle taste. I like them! :) 15 months ago
with this goal. Included are some very healthy meals I’ve made over the past month or so. :) Still need to get in the swing of doing this daily for every meal but it’s definitely an improvement!
Swiss chard veggie burger with red quinoa and sweet potatoes
Kale and chicken salad
16 months ago
I feel a did very good today and have been satisfied with my food choices lately. ~
- Breakfast ~ Oatmeal with flaxseed, plain Greek yogurt with pomegranite/blackberries – Green tea with breakfast.
- Lunch ~ Tuna salad (with pomegranite, pumpkins seeds, & grapes), red Quinoa on the side with asparagus. Green machine with lunch. (left over Greek yogurt on the side in a small bowl – lunch was very filling!) – 1/2 liter of water with dinner.
- Dinner ~ Organic pork tenderloin, edemame, & rice pilaf.
- Snacks ~ Luna bar. Glutino lemon wafers.
- Total water intake: 2 litres.
(Picture included was from lunch) 17 months ago
Today’s dinner turned out delicious annnnd I remembered to take photos :)
18 months ago
Dinner tonight was a success. I tried whole grain pasta and light drizzled organic marinara over the top. For sides we had roasted eggplant and carrots with seasonings. I’m thrilled with how delicious it turned out, makes me wish I had taken a photo! 18 months ago
Dinner tonight was absolutely delicious and filling ~ not to mention healthy. I made basil chicken, beets with pesto oil, roasted green beans, and a very small slice of garlic bread. The beets with pesto oil was a new recipe for me ~ I enjoyed it so much and will be adding it to my collection of recipes. 18 months ago
Breakfast ~ Cinnamon Spice oatmeal with plain Greek yogurt
Lunch ~ Cheese and tomato quesadilla with salad
Dinner ~ Pesto pasta with organic chicken and avocado fries
Drank 1 litre of water and one cup of green tea. Also some blue machine juice. yum :) 19 months ago
- Breakfast ~ Kashi Autumn wheat cereal with yogurt
- Lunch ~ Lentil soup with Kale Walnut Cranberry salad
- Dinner ~ Organic chicken with Quinoa and asparagus
Had three cups of tea today along with my usual Green Tea with breakfast. I drank 2 liters of water today. 19 months ago
All week long I have been making healthier food choices for all my meals. I tried a new recipe I saw in Whole Living with Brussel sprouts, grapes, and walnuts roasted. It was very delicious and on a great note ~ my daughter LOVES it. I’ve been juicing a lot this week to detox and have been trying tons of herbal tea. Overall I feel I am getting back on track with this goal. 19 months ago
I’ve been slacking off with this goal. Been depressed the last few days, watching repeats of Desperate Housewives and Lost while eating pints of ice cream and other junk has not been helping. Since tomorrow is the beginning of the new week I really want to snap out of it and get back to eating healthy again! I’ll update this a lot more often to track progress. 19 months ago
Breakfast: Morning star egg and sausage biscuit with Vanilla Spice tea
Lunch: California wrap…yum! ~
Dinner: Veggie chicken pattie sandwich, baked red potatoes, and fried red chard with tomatoes and carmelized onions
Drank 1.5 liters of water so far and had another cup of herbal tea. 20 months ago
- Breakfast: Oatmeal, probiotic yogurt, and green tea.
- Lunch: Black bean soup with kashi crackers. Water to drink.
- Dinner: Whole grain pasta with olive oil, basil, and chicken. Green beans with thyme and garlic on the side with water to drink.
Getting much better at being mindful about the 3 T’s!: Taste, texture, and taking my time. :) 20 months ago
- Breakfast: Strawberry oatmeal, whole grain toast, and green tea
- Lunch: Morning Star chicken patty with french style green beans
- Dinner: Four cheese quesadilla with tomato and avocado
I drank 2 liters of water throughout the day today. 21 months ago
I’m doing so well with this. I’ve had a few slip-ups now and again, but I am enjoying putting good foods into my body and feeling better about myself! I’ve re-learned to enjoy snacking on fruit, carrots, nuts, etc., rather than craving junk food when I want a snack. I’ve also stopped tracking calories and just started trying to eat well-rounded meals that have all of the proper nutrients, are delicious, and are reasonably portioned.
I’m thinking about transitioning into pescatarianism (after 7 years of being a strict veg). One of the things I am finding as I work toward this goal is that I don’t get enough fat and protein in my diet. I’m working to get these things through nuts, olive oil, dairy, etc., but I don’t have quite the same ethical qualms with fish as I do with chicken and beef (the former can be caught wild and doesn’t require cruel farming practices, it can be sustainable, it doesn’t have NEARLY the same carbon footprint as any other meat, and so forth), and so I’ve been thinking about incorporating just a little bit of seafood into my diet. It would be weird, after seven years, to not be able to solidly label myself a vegetarian, but I think I’m pretty sold on the idea. I want to take care of myself while maintaining my principles, and I think I can do both this way. 22 months ago
I have to gloat about the delicious brunch I just ate! I made an egg white omlette with 6 whites and just a splash of milk in it (for color), and I topped it with grilled portobello mushroom, tomato, sweet onion, and green onion. I also had a piece of whole wheat toast with sugar free organic apricot preserves and a cup of coffee with almond milk. It was a perfect post-workout, “it’s-going-to-be-a-long-day” brunch. We are driving to Phoenix this afternoon and I’m hoping that this will keep me full. I’m going to stick an apple, some trail mix, and a protein bar in my bag, just in case. Lord knows the in-laws will want to stop somewhere greasy and gross for dinner, so I’d better be prepared to fill myself up with good stuff before and/or after dinner. 22 months ago
Breakfast: Oatmeal with almond milk, blueberries, coffee.
Lunch: Homemade spinach chickpea curry. (Didn’t drop it this time!)
Dinner: Baby romaine salad with grilled peppers, onions, portabello, balsamic vinegar, and fat free feta.
Snacks: Tomato with shredded mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar; yogurt; carrots.
Dessert/Sweets: Kashi shredded cinnamon wheats; apple with cinnamon, sugar, and cocoa powder (SO DELICIOUS).
I am starting to feel so much better—and I’m not obsessing over junk food nearly as much. Over the weekend I had some chips, crackers, and other garbage at BBQs, but I wasn’t fiending for it and stuffing my face the way I usually would; there just wasn’t much else for me to eat. I did make a few salads and bring fruit everywhere we went. Honestly, that junk food just didn’t taste that good compared to the stuff I cook! 22 months ago
I went in to work today but didn’t expect to stay nearly as long as I did—I was supposed to drop in for an hour or two to finish a few things up for the summer, and ended up working a full day. Ugh. So, of course, I didn’t bring enough food to get me through the afternoon. Luckily I remembered that I had some oatmeal packets in my desk drawer, so those had to make do. I like oatmeal but I don’t like the flavored nasty packets. I need to stock my snack drawer at work with some better goodies.
My sister came over this evening to get some help with her resume. We talked a little about food, health, and weight gain. She has some problems with addictive habits and food as well, and she is struggling. She doesn’t know how to cook, and she doesn’t have the free time to really teach herself. I want to help her learn to cook better so that she can make the choices I do—or not, if she chooses not to. It is a little tough for me to advise her on dietary stuff because she eats meat and I’m a pretty strict vegetarian (and trying to reduce my dairy consumption by a bit).
Anyway, it’s nice to have a chat with someone who feels the same way I do about food, even if she doesn’t have the same lifestyle and habits I have and am trying to implement.
Day 2 of no processed/junk food is a success. My lack of food at work almost doomed me to Starbucks junk food, but crappy oatmeal packets saved the day! I feel so full and great.
Part 1: steamed/seasoned broccoli
Part 2: 2 oatmeal packets
Roasted potatoes, multi-colored bell peppers, onion, squash, and mushroom, mixed with curried/spicy lentils. Yum!
Granola, Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate mini 23 months ago
I’ve been reading a lot today about food addictions and how our brain is wired to respond to food rewards (i.e. delicious/salty/sweet/processed foods) in a highly addictive manner. This goes along with everything I’ve been feeling—when I was free of processed foods, I enjoyed eating more and I didn’t feel compulsed to do it. I am treating this as a cleansing; I am working to break free from an addiction to things that are just plain BAD for me, and I’m working back towards a healthy way of eating that makes me feel good rather than tired, depressed, and unhealthy.
Treating this as an addiction has its benefits and drawbacks. I can’t let myself cheat. I’ve succeded in breaking addictive patterns before, but it involves a certain resoluteness. I can’t let myself inhale a bunch of chips because it’s happy hour and they’re in front of me. I have to say no to that unhealthy pattern forever; I have to stay strong. If I can do this, I won’t want it anymore. I’ve proven that to myself in the past, and I’m ready to do it again. I’m ready to love eating.
I didn’t eat a whole lot today because I was ridiculously busy/occupied with my housecleaning, but the foods I did eat were simple and satisfying. I feel good at the end of the day.
Plain oatmeal with almond milk (yum!). I ate this over the span of 15 minutes with a fresh cup of coffee. It was so delicious!
Spinach Curry with chickpeas. I was really excited about this, but I spilled much of it on the rug when I reached to answer the phone. :(
Granola, fruit smoothie with almond milk, whole-wheat toast with sugar-free organic apricot preserves, mozzarella cheese, chickpeas. Not at the same time, obviously. I was surprised at what a delicious and satisfying snack the chickpeas were!
Two pieces of whole-wheat toast, vanilla yogurt. Too busy to cook anything tonight. Hopefully tomorrow I can make something good. 23 months ago
- Breakfast: Gluten-free pancakes with turkey bacon and scrambled eggs
- Lunch: Tuna sandwich and salad
Not the best meals today but I ate mindfully. 23 months ago
This is one of my top goals right now. I’m sick of my unhealthy relationship with food and I want to reclaim the great one I once had.
I used to value eating whole, unprocessed foods. I’ve drifted from that and I feel like I have less energy, I’ve gained weight, and I crave these addictive foods like a crutch.
Time to break the habit and get clean with my eating. 23 months ago
- Breakfast: Strawberry oatmeal and honey greek yogurt with crushed flax seed added. Enjoyed green tea with my breakfast.
- Lunch: Vegan veggie burger lasagna rolls, it was delicious!
- Dinner: Spicy black bean tacos
Took my time eating but finished quick enough so my meals didn’t get cold! :) I’ve been forgetting to include my snacks and other beverages besides green tea! Will start to take note of those as well in upcoming posts. 23 months ago
- Breakfast: My special which is toast, with turkey bacon and sliced hard boiled eggs on top :) Green tea with breakfast as always!
- Lunch: Veggie soup and spinach salad
- Dinner: Grilled rustic rollups
Very mindful eating today. Being aware of taste and texture. 23 months ago
- Breakfast: Strawberry Fields Kashi Cereal, Banana, and Danactive yogurt
- Lunch: Roasted red potatoes, Morning Star veggie patty, and green bean appetizers
- Dinner: Salmon with quinoa
I took the time to eat slowly and mindfully enjoying each bite.~ 23 months ago