Friday, January 15, 2010
I want to eat better, but ...
Once upon a time ...
I was not being kind to my body.
I felt heavy and thick all the time.
I was depressed.
I didn't want my husband to touch me, because I didn't like myself.
I couldn't stop eating crap which made me feel like crap, because it gave me momentary relief from said crap feeling.
I was on a merry-go-round of blecgh.
And I didn't know where to start, because it just seemed too overwhelming.
Here is an idea for you - so you can do something NOW:
Have one day a week where you feel 100% positive about everything you eat. Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. No guilt because it's healthy and will feed your body good stuff.
For breakfast, build your own cereal. One of my favorite ways is to layer plain oats, some fresh berries of some sort, wheat germ and honey.
If you don't want the oats, just buy some plain Cheerios (or the organic brands) and do the same thing. Do you like nuts? Throw a few on there too. Heck, why not some unsweetened coconut flakes? For an added treat, without refined sugars, use vanilla soy milk. You'll have all of this leftover, so who knows? You may make another inventive cereal later in the week cause you can!
For lunch, buy either a loaf of bread or some whole wheat tortillas. Make a sandwich or a wrap using only fresh vegetables. Heck, even natural peanut butter and an all fruit spread is a great choice! What do you like? Maybe sliced avocado, tomato, some dark green lettuce of some sort? You don't have to have deli meat to make a delicious sandwich/wrap. Come on, you're only planning for this one day, so pile it on with things you don't normally buy, but enjoy.
Now, guess what? You also have leftovers for other lunches. Hmmmm ... see how that works?
And now on to dinner. Buy a box of whole wheat pasta (cook according to package directions). Penne is a good choice for this dish. Grab a small onion, some garlic, a large can of crushed tomatoes, one can of red beans and one bag of Veggie Shreds (you'll usually find this cheese-like product in the produce section - refrigerated). Dice up the onion and mince up a few garlic cloves. Saute them for a few minutes in a little bit of water, until the onions start to turn translucent. While you're doing that, run the can of red beans through the food processor or the blender, til as smooth as you can get them. Add the crushed tomatoes and beans to the onion and garlic. Mix well, and season to taste with salt, pepper, oregano - whatever you like!. THEN, put the noodles and sauce mixture into a casserole dish. Cover with your bag of veggie shreds. Put in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. BOOM! Healthy pasta bake.
And, again, with the leftovers!
Don't like Italian? Same basic concept can whip up some enchiladas. One packet of about 20 corn tortillas. Two cans of enchilada sauce (read the labels or make your own - simple recipes ALL OVER the internet!). Two bags of veggie shreds. 1-2 cans of black beans (or a bean of your choice, to pulverize and add to the enchilada sauce). Or leave the beans whole. Then there is the layering and the melting/heating in the oven.
Or tacos with refried beans instead of meat and lots of veggie fixins.
Are you getting the idea? No four-course meals Forget that hooch. Just more whole foods, while avoiding animal fats. Simple. Thrown together. Yum. Nothing to guilt yourself over.
And when it comes to others in the house who sometimes sabotage our efforts (in my case, it has been my husband on occasion), we have a big sit-down. I remind him of how our sit-down's used to involve my big 200 lb miserable body! I remind him that my strength does not manifest through resisting foods in my midst, but through never bringing them into my midst to begin with. I HAVE AN ADDICTION. I cannot have the temptation in our home. He is welcome to buy/eat what he wants, but needs to keep it at work ... or in the car ... or in a lockbox (I AM NOT BEING FUNNY - IF I CAN GET TO IT, I WILL!).
We have to repeat the discussion for one another in different areas of life. That's ... well, that's marriage and that's life. So, we do. We remind the other what we need. Sometimes it involves me blubbering. Sometimes it involves me slamming down an empty baggy which held a dozen Oreo's we brought home from the holidays as I screech, "THIS is why we cannot bring sweets into the house!!"
Are you wanting to do a bit more than just one day a week? Want to give your health a massive boost? Go vegan, my friend. Seriously. Check out the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. We're not 100% vegan. Heck, we even have meat occasionally, but it is not the norm. Our goal is more vegan and more raw. We also eat this way, spending about $140 a week for a family of seven (and that is three meals a day for at least six of us - EVERY DAY!).
Start something right now. Go to the store today and plan for at least one day this week.
And, for the love of Jethro, enjoy it!