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Monday, July 01, 2013

I have a few blog entries on my brain today. One is about my husband getting motivated to get healthy and I want to write about both how inspiring he is to me as well as the areas in which it challenges me. One is about my amazing dinner last night but how high-calorie my two meals yesterday were (yes, I ate two meals and a few snacks and still went over my calories by a bit!). One is about how I weighed myself a day early (not counting it as an “official” weigh-in though) and lost two pounds since last week. But I found inspiration in my lunch bag this morning instead of all of that.

I love food. I know that calories are just the fuel that keeps our bodies moving, but I do enjoy the act of eating and trying new things. I like to experiment in the kitchen and find new, creative healthy ways to eat.

When I started to gather all of my work food items up today I was shocked by how much there was. I typically eat breakfast, lunch, and several snacks at work and on the way home from work and I eat every couple of hours, so there’s usually a lot of packing involved. I try to make my meals and snacks healthy, colorful, and nutritionally-dense. I don’t believe in “dieting” or “diet foods” – I believe in eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. Here is what today’s meals look like:

~Breakfast: Savory oatmeal – 1/3C rolled oats, soaked overnight in veggie broth, a dab of truffle oil, and spinach
~Lunch: Chilled eggplant salad, quinoa tabouli salad
~Snacks: Red grapes, baby carrots, cucumber slices, banana, blueberries, figs. If I’m still hungry or if I need a post-yoga snack I have a snack pack of seeds from graze.com

Not pictured: 12 oz of coffee with coconut-based creamer, and I usually drink around 6 cups of water before getting home

I know it’s kind of silly because, again, in the end it’s just fuel (and I sure don’t get excited about gassing up my car!) but I LOVED seeing my colorful, healthy meals laid out on my counter. I often can’t finish everything I bring and end up bringing some of it home.

How are you fueling your body? If you’re finding yourself hungry or unsatisfied, I highly recommend adding more produce and more healthy snacks to your lifestyle – snacking can be a great thing! Because, while that looks like a heck of a lot of food/fuel, it’s under 900 calories, still leaving me with 670-1000 calories for when I get home. I’m going to have unhealthy leftovers (white pasta) for dinner as well as an whole-foods-based, homemade, no-bake cookie (healthier than other cookies, but still a treat), but will still be at the low end of my calories. Love this lifestyle!
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    Your food looks gorgeous and sounds delicious! From what you wrote, it sounds like we enjoy many of the same foods. Salads keep me happy and I love creativity with salad. I also love simple foods, like banana with almond butter. However, the most fun is creating some entirely new, wholesome recipe!
    1756 days ago
    mmmm... packing your own lunch is definitely the way to go! I do the same, and with healthy, REAL food that never leaves me feeling guilty eating several times during the day. Even when my staff members give me the old "are you eating AGAIN?" Yes, I am! But the ziplock of veggies is a lot better than a lot of the crap I'm sure many of our co-workers put in their bodies every day.

    "before you criticize me, you better make sure you are perfect"
    1757 days ago
    Hmm, sounds like you think of choices, some of us never considered.

    Maybe sometimes you can write a blog showing or telling us some of your ideas.
    1757 days ago
    Yay!! I need to pack more lunches like this--this is awesome!! I'm very inspired. I run out of energy while I'm prepping raw fruits and veggies for work, but this is just a testament to how worth the effort it all is.
    1757 days ago
    This is great! Keep up the great work!
    1757 days ago
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