Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIAW-making it healthy

Good morning!  I asked and you answered.  What does healthy mean to you?

"Happy with yourself."

"Eating to live, not living to eat. Accepting and loving my imperfections because they make me 'me.' Giving my body physical activity, but realizing I am not perfect and may not be able to achieve that everyday."

"To me, healthy means striving to eat as many whole foods as possible, but not letting the idea of perfection take over. It means enjoying life and savoring a solid workout as much as watching New Girl with my feet kicked up at night. It's about that dang word we all strive for- balance."

"I enjoy following the vegan lifestyle; which is a healthy one."

"For me, eating healthy is following the Weston A. Price principles when eating." (I need to do some research and find out what this means)

"Drink lots of water and just listen to your body." 

Well my body is saying- enough crap!  So yesterday I attempted to make healthy decisions as I navigated the day.
Oatmeal (1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 banana.  Craisins, Walnuts, unsweetened coconut mixed in and topped with 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter)

This was the healthier option in the house if you consider cupcakes breakfast.  Resist the urge!

After breakfast I made it to the gym for a Holly workout.  I left sweaty yet energized.  Healthy choice #2 checked off the list.  Holly's class will always motivate me to the gym.  As will friendly tweets from friends!
Lunch was a smorgasbord of leftovers from the party.  Fruit salad, cucumbers with vegan spinach dip, mock chicken salad and a few tortilla chips on the side.  It wasn't enough so minutes later I was back up for this snack:
Large spoonful of sunflower seed butter and a cup of tea.

Still not enough because then I poured myself a glass of OJ.
And finally stopped with a handful of chocolate chips.
In the afternoon I had meetings and took Eleanor to the babysitter.  On my way home I swung by to pick up Alex and we headed to the grocery store for supplies for dinner.  I choose our grocery store based on the quality of samples so my afternoon snack started with strawberries and bread samples from Harris Teeter.
We found a special little treat at the store that we couldn't resist.
At home, I whipped up a real snack while making breakfast--er, I mean dinner.
A small amount of granola topped with soy milk and a large amount of fruit salad x2.

At fellowship group last night we celebrated breakfast for dinner.  I whipped up this oatmeal bake from Caitlin's blog.  I doubled the recipe.  I think it is one of the most delicious breakfast items we eat.  You should try it to.  

Here's the plate:
Plain pancake, vegan sausage, fruit, quiche and Chicken and Waffle chips.  Yum!
I actually really did enjoy these.  And in the interest of full disclosure, I probably had double what is currently on my plate above.  I also had another piece of sausage.  
Oh just for fun I will throw in a photo of the babe. 

I went to bed early last night, and was full enough from dinner so I resisted the urge to eat dessert when I got home.  I really had to resist that nagging urge.  For me it is hard when there are cupcakes, carrot cake, ice cream, GS cookies, and more in the house.  But I put myself to bed instead.  And maybe today I will take Brittany's advice and throw it all away!
So how did I fair?  Better, but not ideal.  Looking at my day I realize there are next to no veggies in my diet.  Of course this day was an exception since we had breakfast twice.  I could have done better by adding a veggie omelet in the morning to balance it out.

My other constant struggle is snacking after lunch.  It seems like I can never get satisfied so I return to the kitchen repeatedly trying to fill my bottomless stomach.  In reality, I think I'm eating out of boredom, routine, or emotion rather than a need for more food.  Today I'm trying a cup of tea after lunch and a planned afternoon snack to get me through to dinner.  

I agree with many of the statements above.  Especially that health=balance.  In general I am a healthy person, but I have teetered away from a good balance and just need to slide closer back to the middle.  For me I think it will require regular workouts and more veggies.  Those two slight adjustments will help me find a center.  So my small goals from this food journal experiment include hitting my 5-a day (3 of those being veggie!) fruits and veggie.  I will also aim for 3-4 workouts at the gym each week, with most other days including at least a walk, or some sort of activity.  

Who wants to help keep me accountable?

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