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My epic salad

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I watched another one of those 'get healthy, eat good food, heal yourself' type of documentaries this past weekend. While I don't agree with everything they say, I do find them inspiring and truthful. So, I loaded up on freggies at this weekend's grocery shop, realizing I do not get enough in - especially veggies. I planned a salad for this week's lunches, with either tuna or boiled egg for the protein portion.

Let me just say, I like a good salad, but I've never really enjoyed the ones that I make. When I get out, I can easily find a good salad. Which is what happened a few weeks ago, when I got a side salad from Outback. Straying from my usual caesar, in attempt to be a little healthier, I went with the house. Which was just lettuce, halved grape tomatoes, and peeled cucumber chunks. I had it with oil and vinegar, and boy oh boy, was it awesome! Such a simple salad, but so, so good. I decided to recreate it at home sometime.

I've done cucumbers in salads before, but never peeled - so that was a must in my epic salad. Halved tomatoes? Makes them so much better! I also picked up a pack of diced tricolor bell peppers from the grocery store. Buying them pre-diced ensure they would actually get IN my salad, not just the crisper drawer. A hardboiled egg added my protein, and is one of my favorites in a salad. Dressing topped it all off. While I would like to do oil and vinegar, I'm not sure how to master that for a packed lunch, so I opted for the roasted pepper italian dressing by Kraft. 2 tbs is all it took to add plenty of flavor.

There you have it. My epic salad. Simple? Yes. Deeeelish? YES! I definitely need to do that more often. Just a few changes, to such a simple, easy salad, was all it took to make it something I actually look forward to, instead of eat because I feel like I must, to get those veggies in.

On another note, my stupid lupus is flaring up. Making it hard to work, with stiff hands, painful joints, achiness - well, you get it. Blah feeling. And of course I ate horrid last night. Absolutely horrid. Ever since my awesome weight loss, I'm leaning more and more towards foods I would rather not eat. I know I"m doing it, and why, now I just have to figure out how to stop it.
As for the exercise - I've been doing a 10 minute walk a day. Which means I won't be meeting my minutes goal for the month, but it's just not possible to do a full out workout feeling like I am. The fatigue alone is enough to keep a person on the couch, so I'm lucky I make it into work everyday. I am signed up for some challenges through the Virgin Healthmiles program, using my pedometer, so I do have some extra incentive to get more steps in. Hopefully this flare eases soon, as it does feel like a mild one, and I can get to steppin' even more, and break that 5k mark on a daily basis.

Thanks for all the support I've been receiving lately! It's really helped me get through this tough week or so. I am not doing exactly as good as I want, but I know it would be a lot worse if it weren't for SP, my goals, the support, and inspiration I get from here. :)
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STEPH_PATT 2/27/2013 4:18PM

    Your epic salad sounds delicious! I love the pre-cut veggies that you can get at the grocery store! Sometimes it is just nice not to have to spend the time to cut things up and you can just open the bag and toss a handful of whatever you have in a bowl of salad. If you have to pack your salad to go, you can get tiny little tupperware holders that hold a couple tablespoons of dressing. They come in very handy for not only dressing but nuts, condiments, ect. Sorry to hear about your lupus flaring up but at least you are getting some movement and excellent veggies in. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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MARTY728 2/22/2013 12:32PM

    Enjoyed reading about your epic salad! I hope you feel better soon!

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MIRAGE727 2/21/2013 10:33PM

    I always love a good salad! All good calories!
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On another page, I have a good friend who works where I have breakfast a lot. In fact, I saw her today and asked how she was doing. She's been educating me more on Lupus. I have another friend with Lupus who I'm working on getting ready for her 5K. I feel it's imperative that I'm aware of her condition. We are sensitive with her good and bad days. So, I also understand why and how you get through those days now, Laura! All the best!
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