I cannot say that I have not been cognizant of my eating lately. I am fully aware of what I have been eating. I've been eating crap. And lots of it. I make these plans while I'm driving home that I will make something yummy and nutritious like veggie soup with nutritional yeast (if you haven't tried this stuff, DO, cuz it rocks!), have it with a slice of light bread for mopping the bowl, and then indulge in some strawberries and blueberries with yogurt for dessert. Then I get home and pig out on anything and everything. Sometimes (usually) I choose healthful foods, but I eat WAY too much of them, or follow them up with crap like handfuls of chocolate covered raisins, or a s'more (or 2). And then I feel gross, and then I don't exercise, which makes me feel even crappier.
So I am sitting up straight today, and making the decision to do what I need to do to feel better.
Although I woke up later than planned (9:30), it is a day off for me, so I cut myself some slack. Normally, I would have used negative self-talk like, "What a loser for wasting your morning"; however, I also did not let myself go back to sleep (like I normally would have), so there's my positive instead. Positive step 1--banish negative self-talk.
Since it was already 1/2 way through the morning, and I wanted to take care of a few things needing my attention (and I wasn't hungry because I ate so much yesterday), I opted for brunch instead of breakfast and lunch. So I put together a salad of 2 cups of baby spinach, 6 sliced strawberries, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1 oz of walnuts, and a vanilla Yoplait Simplait yogurt. 461 calories, 14 g protein. I usually use Yoplait Light (which reduces the calories by 90), but I had decided to try the Simplait to see if it tastes better. BTW, it really REALLY does taste better. But it has a lot more calories, and 4.5 g of sat fat (7g fat total with no trans fat), so I probably won’t buy it again. So usually this salad comes in at 371 calories. I’m thinking, though, that 461 calories will be fine since I’ll be eating one less 150-calorie snack today.
I’m full, I got a decent amount of protein, considering it was a salad, and my sweet tooth has been sated. Here’s what 461 (or 371 for light yogurt) calories looks like with this salad: