When I started this challenge a week ago I began with excuses and outs. Not that I wasn’t going in wholeheartedly, but I just thought this was going to be so hard, I might not really snap into shape so quickly.
I also thought I already ate a lot of vegetables, because I fix them with every meal. After signing on at Eat Right America and filling out their lengthy survey I found my meal plan and outlook was not in line with a healthy eating. That was an eye opener. Their analysis is in depth, they want to know how much of what you eat in all kinds of categories, but after I completed it and read the results I realized I did want to change my trajectory and stop making excuses. The Eat Right Nutrition Perscription report can be a slap in the face, a good one.
Cooking and preparing lots of vegetable dishes on the weekend have been a key to my success. I want variation. I wont eat sliced tomato for breakfast lunch and dinner. For the first few days Whole Foods Market, Alive and Well, and Down to Earth came to my rescue. I bought a slew of various salads, and them mixed them on one plate at home. But that was a road to disaster, its too expensive and takes too much time to head out to a store everytime I wanted to eat.
So the weekend came and I cut and washed and prepped all kinds of veggies for the week. I made a mushroom kale ragout, a beet salad, a tomato salad, a kabocha salad and several dressings to eat with them.
Some of these photos also exemplify the times when I successfully found Eat Right friendly items on the menu. This weekend I went to the movies and ate at Genki Sushi, but no problem, did not miss a step on the Eat Right Challenge. The discipline aspect of eating a new way is sometimes difficult. You go through moments of craving something heavier, or something so tame as a buttered piece of french bread and you go and pick up a piece of fruit instead. Sometimes I feel lightheaded. Then I eat a dinner of salad and beans and soup and feel good, but I find I am metabolizing the food quick. I am hungry every 2 hours. Dried fruit and nuts are kept close. Its all you can eat so if you are hungry you eat, just reach for the good stuff.
I noticed today I am two pounds less than when I started. Just an observation.