Saturday, September 28, 2013
When I first started trying to eat healthy I found that some "food partners" have been around together so long, it is almost like they are married. I couldn't imagine a peanut butter sandwich without jelly. Or canned tuna without mayo. Or a tossed salad without Ranch Dressing. Or coffee without cream. Or roast turkey without buttery dressing and pumpkin pie. Chips needed dip, of course. Beans needed ham bone or bacon. Couldn't have an omelet without biscuits. Lamb had to have mint jelly. Hamburgers required plenty of cheese. Grilled fish needed butter and tartar sauce.
When I was able to open my mind and be more flexible, I could enjoy many of these things, but not necessarily with their partner. Divorces were required!! Peanut butter with banana is great, as is "Elephant Bread" which is PB&J sans the J. Tuna is great by itself or with veggies like onions and peppers grilled on the Foreman. I also like it mixed with white beans for a real filling protein-packed meal. I've come to appreciate various types of vinegar on my salad; balsamic is my favorite, but red wine and apple cider have their turn, especially with a bit of olive oil. Yum and not full of sodium! Skim milk is just as good in coffee as is cream when you get used to it, and if I don't have the calories, black is fine. Turkey breast meat and a big plate of broccoli and other veggies is a filling low-calorie meal. I don't need chips, but if I choose to have one, plain or with salsa is fine. Plain lentils and beans or with some cumin and spices taste good to me now. I can eat eggs with or without bread. Rarely eat lamb or hamburgers now days, but would not require mint jelly nor cheese if I did. A veggie egg white omelet is a great snack. Like my grilled fish with just a touch of cayenne and lemon.
Breaking up the food partners was a major step in my success!! Hope you can be flexible to choose those things that are best for your body. If they don't taste quite right in the beginning, don't give up. You'll come to love what is good for you as well as how it makes you feel!
(And on a totally separate topic: 12 mile group slow run went fine today. I should be back in the faster group next week. Convinced them it was a trip, not balance or medical issue.)