What I Did Right This Week
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
It's so easy to dwell on what we do wrong in a week...I don't need any reminders to remember those things. But sometimes I find it hard to remember what I did right. So, I thought I'd blog about the good decisions I've made this week! I'm doing this mainly to remind myself of ideas for when I'm feeling like I need a healthy boost.
1) At the grocery store, I bought lots of fresh and frozen fruits and veggies. I wanted to be sure I had ingredients to make healthy food choices. I did not buy potato chips or ice cream this week...a big deal for me! (I usually buy low-fat ice cream and lower-fat potato chips, but I decided not to buy them...if they aren't in the house, I can't eat them!)
2) I made some things ahead of time for healthy meals later in the week. I made hard boiled eggs to have for breakfast and to add to a salad at lunch time. Then I made a HUGE pot of soup with lots of anti-inflammatory foods. I sautéed a little lean sausage (I know some may consider this "bad" but I feel you need something for flavor), and then added onions, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, kale, barley, chicken broth, turmeric, curry powder, garlic, oregano, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. I calculated the calories per serving to be about 380 for a big soup bowl. Then I made some "healthy" cookies, to attempt to satisfy my craving for sweets, because I always want something for dessert after dinner. I was reading on-line about someone making cookies from only two ingredients...bananas and oatmeal. I decided to try something similar. I used bananas, natural peanut butter, oatmeal, mini chocolate chips, and vanilla. I calculated the calories to be about 70 calories per cookie. I consider them healthier, because they have no sugar or flour. I have them with my warm turmeric milk as my dessert.
3) For any cravings I have for potato chips, I'm going to make popcorn on top of the stove, with a bit of coconut oil. I can control the salt and oil this way, and popcorn has a lot more fiber. And, to be honest, since I have to make it, instead of just reaching into a bag of chips, I'll definitely eat it less often...maybe once a week.
4) I'm really trying to do my "grazing" plan this week, which is what my doctor recommended to avoid being hungry. I eat breakfast (about 330 calories) at 7:30, a salad for lunch (about 300 calories) at 11, a mid-afternoon snack (about 150 calories) at about 3:30, dinner (about 400 calories) at 6:00, and dessert (about 150 calories) at 7:00. This gives me 1,330 for the day. It varies a bit, of course, but that's within my goal of staying under 1,500 calories a day.
5) My knee is feeling somewhat better, so I'm trying to dance again.
6) I moved my scale. I decided to put it in the kitchen, where I can see it every day. It's a few steps from my refrigerator, as a subtle reminder to make better choices.
So, that's what I feel I did right this week. How about you?