Tuesday, October 16, 2012
So, first, let me point out that I haven't posted a blog in EXACTLY a month...just thought I should point that out because it looked weird to me.
So, I'm back at it, again, to do this, again. But the point is that I am back to become healthier.
I went, for the first time, to the Whole Foods store like 10 minutes from campus. I walked in, and it was like, HEAVEN. I went again a few days later with my friend whose been going forever so she could help me out. But I have to say, I'm in love. Food has never tasted so good. Especially chocolate. Even two of my coworkers who were making fun of me. They were like, Dang this is good! All I do is take a small chunk, eat it, and my sweetness craving goes away. A serving size is half a bar, I eat like a square off of it. Dark chocolate too. 56% cacao. Mmmm. Yes, it is more expensive. But I find the cost is worth it because I do find myself not eating out as much because I spent so much. I am also wary about my meat sometimes, so it is nice to have a place to go to that TO AN EXTENT I know what my meat is. This means, no antibiotics, steroids, etc. I know places can get away with have so much and not having to say anything. But still, being able to walk through the aisles without seeing the Tyson brand of chicken made me happy. It always makes me happy when I see small chicken breasts, not HUGE ENORMOUS GODZILLA SIZED CHICKEN BREASTS. I know what chicken is supposed to look like people, don't try and fool me. I also know what turkey smells like, and it doesn't smell like what you get in those packages. So when I opened a package of turkey from whole foods I was like OMG THIS IS TURKEY!
I'm finding that I love to cook, but it's making the time to actually cook what I want. I made spaghetti last week, which I still have the sauce, so that might go over something. I also made grilled chicken, rice, and asparagus last week. I still have rice left from that. So, while I was sitting in class yesterday "paying attention" (aka coming up with this quick fix) I went through the contents of my fridge. I found that I still have that rice from the meal and the sauce, so one could go over the other. I also have deli turkey, mozzarella cheese, and the rice. And there, a lightbulb went off *ding*. Half a cup of rice, one slice of turkey, and 1/4 cup of cheese. And there you have it, a quick fix for a meal that is prepared in under 10 minutes. It tastes slightly bland, and I would love to add veggies to it but didn't have any on hand. But as a college student, coming up with these fixes is a way of life. And it was all from the Whole Foods store.
Now onto the Skinny part of my title. The book Skinny Witch (change the w to a different letter that rhymes with it and you've got it) was recommended to me by a friend who has been a vegan for I think less than a year. She's like "you're gonna love it, best book EVER". So, I'm sitting here reading this book, laughing at some of the more hilarious parts. The title does it justice, if you don't like that kind of language don't read it, just to forewarn you. But as I'm reading it, basically this book is telling you you will not lose weight if you do not give up dairy, meat, and only eat soy, veggies and fruit. I'm like hold up, honk the horn, back that car up and wait one second. You're telling me EVERYTHING that I was told as a child onward is a lie? That you would like for me to take the dairy and meat sections (this is as far as I am right now) out of the pyramid and throw them with the junk food? By no means am I offended at all by this book, it just makes you think. I'm currently taking everything with a grain of salt as I read it though because it's basically the poster book for becoming a vegan. And then I'll conduct my own research. As I was told when I was a kid, humans are omnivores, meaning they eat both meat and plants (like a bear, we're all like a big snuggly bear), so I'll stick with that for now.
Have you been to the Whole Foods store? Did you like it? What are your favorite organic brands? Do you have any good quick fixes that you like to put together for a quick meal? Have you ever read the Skinny book? If so, what did you think of it?