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Engine 2 Day 19

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Today's Menu
Steel cut oatmeal
Hummus cuke wrap
Dinner out E2 meeting (madras lentils over rice)

Don't know if that is going to happen. The roads are slick and the temps are not supposed to get any warmer today. So a Plan B is needed. I just may stick with oatmeal for dinner as digestive issues have once again reared its ugly head, So I may be required to stay at home anyway. Whatever the day brings, I'm ready for it.

The comments from yesterday blog about healthy lunches being the norm got me thinking about our environment. What we have in our homes is what we will eat. I could NOT reprimand my son for snacking when he pulled out an apple and a Persian cuke from the frig. I was pleased when at the market not once but twice, last week,I was asked about stuff in my cart. With over 40,000 items in the store it would be difficult to see the little spot for the portobello mushrooms. Hmmm... folks are checking out my cart. So what does my cart say about me?
It is nice to have healthy foods in the pantry to draw from. It has also meant changing the meals I prepare. My cooking style is Quick and Easy and get it on the table. (With four guys in my house,three of them swimmers, that was a necessity,) the schedule has lightened up, but quick and easy gives me times to do other things. Sure brown rice takes 45 minutes... but it is easy and I plan for the time.

I go to the store with a list of my NEEDS.(not wants) The list helps avoid temptation. The list keeps me from forgetting stuff. It does annoy me when they do not have what I want and that can be a frequent occurrence. C'est la vie! Adapt!

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    You are so right in saying it's nice to have healthy foods in the pantry. I have finally and forever banned those GD potato chips. It's just to easy to grab a whole bag when you are hungry.

    Who cares if you eat two or three apples - healthy low calorie and I don't think anyone ever got fat eating good nutritious food!

    You are on the right track - just keep putting one foot in front of the other!


    1919 days ago
    I'm quick and easy, too. I like to have stuff pre-prepared as often as possible. I cook up 2 pounds of brown rice and then freeze in one-cup portions. For whatever reason, I rarely shop with a menu in mind, but like you, I can have any number of healthy meals on the table in about 30 minutes. If I have a particular recipe in mind I'll probably have to shop for a few ingredients, and of course I shop a couple of times a week for produce. That goes fast!

    Tonight we are having peppers stuffed with brown rice and lentils. I'm proud of myself for being 100% E2 compliant! TC will have cheese on his, I'll have nutritional yeast. emoticon
    1919 days ago
    "Whatever the day brings, I'm ready for it." Your verbalizing that was just whatI needed. That outlook and preparedness would do wonders for me. It WILL do wonders for me, cuz I'm gonna ponder this and plan ahead.
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    Thanks for always giving me a thought to chew on!
    1919 days ago
    Way to go in making a list of what you need at the grocery store to keep from buying things that are unhealthy. Keep up the great work!
    1919 days ago
    Excellent! Tje [antry purge of all those unhealthy temptations is such a big help. Stocking up on healthy options means you'll be ok with what you choose, in the right portions, of course!

    1919 days ago
    1919 days ago
    I am "quick and easy" also.
    1919 days ago
    I just finished Day 9 of the meditation challenge. When I journaled I made similar connections that you made today in your blog here. "My outer world reflects my inner world." Give thought to creating environments that are nourishing and peacful was the thought of the day, creating balance. I realize that I place undue stress on my inner world when I have non nourishing "things" in my outer world. I create my own conflict. Your grocery cart reflects the new inner you and you are balancing the two. Way to go.
    1919 days ago
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