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Breaking Up Can Be Hard to Do

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.)
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    1695 days ago
    Lol. Now I have that song in my head.
    Good insights about not NEEDING to eat some things together that we have usually had in the past. I have to go think about this some more...
    1696 days ago
  • LADYBUG1943
    Those divorces are long in my past, but one triggering event is not gone yet. About every month or so, coming home from my weekly chorus rehearsal triggers a desire for popped and BUTTERED popcorn. I haven't yet banished it completely.

    Thanks for the insight.... a good blog.

    1696 days ago
    I really liked your suggestions. Sometimes it is difficult to think of new things to eat, healthier options that are still satisfying. I really appreciate these suggestions. emoticon
    1697 days ago
    We are creatures of habit and we can create good habits to replace the not so good. And it's not like those partners can NEVER see each other again, just not every day !!
    emoticon Blog.
    1697 days ago
    emoticon blog! I will have to ponder this for awhile to figure out my food partners.
    1697 days ago
    what a clever way to approach the changes we need to make! emoticon
    1697 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Great blog! Great idea! I am afraid I am still married with nut butter & honey :-P
    and I can't imagine a veggie burger without a thin slice of real cheese. I did change my 'dip' for chips/veggies to simple Greek yogurt. I do like balsamic vinegar with olive oil for a dressing
    Glad you are back in the running group you want to be!
    1697 days ago
    1697 days ago
    I didn't know foods could get divorced so easily-LOL!
    1697 days ago
    This is a great blog, so funny and so true. I'm singing "breaking up is hard to do, now I know I know that this is true, don't say that this is the end, instead of breaking up I wish that we were making up again"!!

    But nope, like you I don't. That divorce decree is final!!
    1697 days ago
  • GABY1948
    This was emoticon Marsha! I hadn't even realized it but I had broken up the things (most of them, anyway, and the others I don't eat) you spoke of but not thought of it in that exact way. I was glad to realize as I read your blog that there is not ONE thing like that that I miss. Your plate of turkey breast and broccoli sounded divine to me!

    emoticon on the going back to the other group! Have a great weekend!
    1697 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    How appropriate-it is amazing how tiny little switches can make us a lot healthier.
    1697 days ago
    Funny in that when you go through a divorce like that, and people notice, you get a lot of negative comments. "You must eat these foods in combination. It's just NOT DONE otherwise."
    1697 days ago
    1697 days ago
    I rarely use sauces any more. I was surprised to find how much more taste food had once I fully transitioned to a low sodium diet. My taste buds woke up. Now the only thing I do to most veggies is steam them. Occasionally add a low fat buttery spread (it only takes a gram or so). My favorite way to eat peanut butter is by itself on a single slice of bread. If I am just back from running, I may sprinle a few raisins on top. I also like to substite a banana for the bread and just spread the PB on that, especially after a run. Or spread on apple slices.
    1697 days ago
    1697 days ago
    Love your post! "breaking up is hard to do..." But you've done it, and done it in style. Way to go, girl!
    1697 days ago
    Glad your run went well... and agree about the breakup of the food partners. I have learned to use fat free plain yogurt as a dip. However, I have to say, I still cannot keep peanut butter in the house, because all by itself it triggers me! It never did need the jelly to get me started in volume. So... I very rarely buy it at all.

    You have a wonderful healthy lifestyle now... all thanks to being open minded! emoticon
    1697 days ago
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