“I really regret eating healthy food today.” – said by no one ever
If you read my last post, which even I can’t understand, you’ll know that I’m starting to panic about wearing summer clothes. What wasn’t evident was the fact that I’m also sick of trying to think up something exciting to prepare for my next meal. And then I remembered my mother’s dog. It’s the coffee talking, again.
My mother had a lovely dog that was full of energy and had a shiny coat (see great hair) and bright eyes. My mother’s dog always ate well balanced meals, because my mother’s dog ate the same thing every day during its long, healthy life.
Clumsy segue – I’m always amused by people who state, as a sign of intelligence and great regard for life, that their pet doesn’t eat people food. They say such things, often, while they’re scarfing down corn chips or chocolate cake. Does anyone else see the irony? What we recognize as unhealthy food is the food we feed ourselves and those that we love. But we don’t feed this food to our pets because we love them. Pause for thoughts to rearrange themselves.
So my summer clothes/meal planning dilemma seems to have a simple solution, which is, to eat the same thing every day. That would be food types, not actual food items. The plan, which I’ve begun –
My day begins with pre-breakfast, which consists of a nice chunk of frozen lemon grated into hot water. A great energy boost. This is followed by coffee with protein powder. I’m not really hungry in the morning so this is manageable and doesn’t take a lot of brain cells.
“That’s not a good breakfast,” some of you are shouting at the screen. If I were eating a bowl of sugar bombs with milk or a glazed donut there wouldn’t be a murmur, would there? Relax.
Lunch is a combination of veggies, either roasted or sautéed in ghee with an egg or two. I have jars of roasted veggies in the fridge, which I make quickly when the spirit moves me, so it’s simply a matter of choosing which ones I’m craving. I make sure to have a rainbow of colors and a party of flavors.
Dinner is a blast. I whip up a salad in a serving bowl that looks like I’m going to serve 2 to 4 people, and eat it all! With such a wide array of salad ingredients out there my salad meal is always interesting and delicious. A bit of minced fermented food often finds its way into the mix. I love a diced pickle or a bit of minced sauerkraut thrown in for fun!
My dressing is homemade mayo made with olive oil whisked with a splash of apple cider vinegar. I don’t skimp on fat. Healthy fat, such as olive oil, isn’t a bad guy. Slices of avocado are usually in attendance too. Yes, a bit of turkey, chicken, or grilled salmon would save you from feeling/being a vegetarian for a day.
Side effects of this easier way to eat? I feel better and better every day, I’m not hungry, and I started some mild exercises. Let’s not get crazy. Let’s just see where this goes.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.