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Green Smoothies and Pop Tarts

Saturday, February 02, 2013

OK. Time for an attitude adjustment.

I received a Kitchen Aid high-powered blender for Christmas. Awesome piece of equipment. I can throw whole fruits in there (yes, a whole apple with peeling and core, or, a whole orange with peel, etc) and mix them with some other fruits, some crushed ice and a bit of water. I can, then, add some green vegetables.

I'm not much of a recipe user, but there are tons of recipes, online, that mix fruits and vegetables. Here is a link with sort of generic instructions: www.incrediblesmoothies.
com/smoothie-basic s/smoothie-basics-how-to-make-
a-delici ous-fruit-smoothie/ .

Anyways, I've been doing that about 2-4x per week. When I make some, there is usually enough that I can have 2-3 servings through-out the day. For breakfast. For snacks. Or, to supplement another food or two for a small meal.

Good; right?

Yeah, it is.

But, it seems like it can be just too easy to turn good intentions into something bad. Because, it seems like, because I've been doing some "good", I have also been willing to "give myself permission" to slack off on some of the other good habits that I've been forming over the past 2 or 3 years.

I eat oatmeal less frequently. I choose dark chocolate and almonds (a healthy choice, in reasonable portions) too frequently, over other foods. I don't control portions as carefully. And, I eat pop tarts.

Yes, you heard me. Pop tarts.

In years past, I used to begin every morning with one pop tart. Not a huge calorie-mistake; only 200 calories. But, there is not much nutritional value in the white-flour-and-sugar-laden product.

Because I was eating healthy green smoothies now, on a regular basis, I'd given myself permission to splurge on pop tarts. I bought one box. I left them out on the counter, so I expected that my husband or son would eat some too. But, they didn't. So, over the course of a week, or a little less, I cleaned out all 8 pop tarts in the box. (My body is no longer accustomed to that much gluten!)

You get it, right? It's a slippery slope. Even positive choices had "tricked me" into making some not-so-healthy choices. Well, my scale "gets it" too. And, it added a couple of pounds to my weight.

So, I am declaring an attitude adjustment (as of a day or two ago, actually). And, my weight is creeping back down where I want it to be.

And, that is my life. Learning how to re-commit to healthy choices when I stray. Continuing to work at making a lifetime lifestyle change.

~ "Faith"

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    Yup, Susan. The whole orange peel. I've found that throwing a whole orange in tastes too "orange-y", so I slice it in quarters and put 2 quarters in. I also like to throw 1/4 of a lemon in sometimes (peel and all).

    The bitter taste that you taste when you bite into one doesn't seem to be there when it is all blended up. And, I think there are a lot of vitamins and nutrients in the peels, and, they usually just get thrown away.

    ~ Faith
    1716 days ago
    live and learn, and then make changes. you don't really grind up an orange peel and all, do you? I can't stand to just bite into one.
    1716 days ago
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