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. :)