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Friday, March 04, 2011

Have you ever found that being told that you can't do something gives you all the motivation in the world to actually DO it?

Well, it seems that is the way things work for me.
After basically being called a failure by a counselor yesterday, I awoke this morning with one intention: to kick my eating disorder's a**!!! (pardon my french)

And guess what? I met ALL of my nutritional goals for the day. Yep, all of 'em: calories, carbs, fats, proteins, & fiber!
Here's how I did it:

Breakfast: 1/2 cup oats made with 1 cup water, topped with 1 Tbsp raisins, 6 chopped almonds, 1/4 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup Almond Breeze Original almond milk, and a heaping pile of ground cinnamon

AM Snack: 1/2 cup cottage cheese

Lunch: "Creamy Raspberry, Almond, & Chicken Panini"- 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese, 6 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Rotisserie Seasoned chicken breast, 5 raspberries, 1/4 cup spinach, and 3 chopped almonds; heated & pressed on the George Foreman; served with 1 sliced kiwi & 5 more raspberries

Afternoon Snack: PB & Banana Protein Shake- 1 scoop EAS Protein Powder (vanilla), 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter, 1/2 a sliced banana, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup ice, 2 Tbsp Cool Whip
***Not going to lie: I've never made a protein shake before, and drinking something that contained so many calories did scare the living daylights out of me, but I'm proud of myself for doing it; I wouldn't have made my ranges without it (& it just tasted REALLY good!)

Dinner: **NEW RECIPE!**
1/4 cup quinoa
1/8 cup Atheno's Tomato & Basil crumbled feta
1/2 cup spinach
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp onion, diced
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Rinse quinoa in cold water; strain. Place in pot with 1/2 cup water. Bring to boil; cover and reduce heat. Let simmer for 15 minutes, until all water is absorbed.
While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in pan. Add garlic and onion, cooking until brown. Add spinach & let wilt.
When quinoa has absorbed all water, fluff with fork and add to pan of onions, garlic, and spinach. Mix well. Add feta cheese, stirring until melted.

I served this with 1/2 a cup of steamed broccoli & a side spinach salad which I made with 3/4 cup organic spinach, 1/4 cup chopped white mushrooms, 4 chopped almonds, 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar.

*I wish this picture looked more appealing because everything was DELICIOUS! Unfortunately, this meal looks pretty green & bland. Don't judge a book by its cover :)

This was the first time I'd ever cooked with quinoa. I'm SERIOUSLY satisfied with how it turned out- the feta was creamy & perfect with the sauteed garlic and onions. I was also surprised at how large the portion of quinoa turned out (I thought that the small 1/4 cup serving before cooking wouldn't be enough, but I was happily satiated). I think this would also be really good with some balsamic vinegar drizzled over it (& maybe with some cherry tomatoes/roasted red pepper or asparagus mixed in, as well)

Oh, and I almost forgot about dessert: a Snicker's "fun size" candy bar. I can't even tell you how long it's been since I've had one of those!

I have another meeting with a counselor tomorrow (thankfully, not the same one as yesterday), and I can't wait to tell her about my extremely successful day today!

Thanks for all of the support, Spark Friends :) You all are amazing!
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  • KALYN89
    To me, quinoa is kind of a seed blended with a grain. On its own, it doesn't have a whole lot of flavor, like pasta, but it will take on the flavor of whatever you season it with or cook it in! It's super versatile.
    3686 days ago
    Good for you!!
    What does Quinoa taste like?
    3686 days ago
  • KALYN89
    All of the support I receive from you all means the world to me. Thank you so much for your help in this battle I have with food.
    3689 days ago
  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    Woo hoo!!!!! I knew you would prove that counselor wrong! I am seriously proud of you. Keep up the great work.
    3689 days ago
    Your meals sounded good. I love quinoa. Good luck tomorrow. You are off to a wonderful start.
    3689 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6716634
    That's awesome! Good for you for reaching your goals for the day! Your foods always look and sound so yummy, by the way. ;)
    3689 days ago
  • AILUJ5
    Awesome girl! Congrats! :D
    3689 days ago
    You eat the most wonderfully sounding (and looking) meals!!!! Congrats on your personal challenge yesterday! Yes, sometimes it's the negative feedback that gets the biggest reaction. You did it!!! :-) Thanks for the feedback on quinoa too. You have encouraged me to try it (and you've gotta love anything with Feta cheese in it!!!!). Have a wonderful weekend.
    3689 days ago
    Yay, YOU!!!
    What a terrific way to meet a challenge!
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    3689 days ago
    Girl you could teach that "counselor" how to eat! Good for you! emoticon
    3689 days ago
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