Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Remember: Healthy Food Makes You Feel Good

I so often forget that healthy food makes me feel good.  I know!  Shocking, right?  When sitting in front of a menu, I often think, "Oh man, those veggie fajitas will make me happier than a simple salad."  -or- "I would feel better to just eat the basket of chips instead of denying myself the chips."  Then, there's bloating, full stomach and unhappiness.  I need to remember that unhappiness when I make those bad choices.  They are amplified when I have been eating healthy for a few days. I always think, "Why don't I eat like this all the time?!" Then, I go right back to eating like crap.  I do feel that writing about it here and talking about it and thinking about it makes me a lot more conscious about the choices I make.

Ultimately, life is all about self discover.  I have had a lot of positive/productive feedback about my recent posts, and I wanted to thank everyone for that.  You get to see my ups and downs, and while that is sometimes hard to wrap my head around, I know I'm not alone out there.  Now that I'm full of a bunch of vegetables, lots of water and no alcohol, I feel much better than I have in awhile.

My new mantra is to eat healthy, and not too much.  Healthful foods are not bad, just watch how much you eat of them.  I want to develop a way to eat for the rest of my life, so giving up certain HEALTHY foods for good is not the way I want to go.

So, with all about that, let's see how the day went.


I woke up this morning, wanted a savory and filling breakfast, but wanted to watch my portions.  I warmed up half an english muffin with a teeeeensy bit of Earth Balance.  Usually, I slather it on there, but I made a conscious effort to put the smallest amount I could that would still spread. And you know what, it was delicious!  I had it with a side of tofu scramble made by my lovely friend Devon this weekend.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 212, Carbs: 21 g, Protein: 12 g

In my new ice tea pitcher, I made a big batch of unsweetened green tea.  It was yummy, and I powered through half the pitcher today.


Lunch rolled around, and I was really excited to eat my bento box and read Game of Thrones.  I am absolutely loving bringing my meals.  It is so hot outside, though, so I haven't really yet focused on walking during my break.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 408, Carbs: 49 g, Protein: 12 g

When I got home, I was super hungry.  The above salad didn't stick with me as I'd hoped, so I had a few snacks to help me along while I cooked.  Pumpkin seeds + hummus + celery.  Nuff said.

I whipped up this Summer Reboot Salad from Healthy Happy Life.  I didn't have kale because it had gone bad, so I just used a ton of red cabbage.  It still turned out ok.


I am testing out another recipe for Going Vegan, and tonight was a tempeh bacon.  I am going to bake them tomorrow, but since they had already been steamed, I threw a couple pieces on to my salad.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 331, Carbs: 41 g, Protein: 20 g

Overall, I love being able to look back through the day and see so much color.  Vegetables are so vibrant and beautiful, and that's how they make me feel.

I am still having a hard time getting back in the workout mentality, and it doesn't help that the heat index is so high outside.  105 degrees F just makes you not want to move.  I will try again tomorrow with a little more vigor.

Nutritional Information for the Day
Calories: 1208, Carbs: 123 g, Protein: 54 g


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