I’m back with my Desperately Seeking Motivation series.
I’m sharing how I pulled myself out of the blah feeling I was being crushed by. Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t easy and it was NOT quick. Hell, I’m still working on it.
Food is Essential
As I was sliding down my slope of blah-ness, my diet took the dive with it.
When I realized that I was craving French fries, I knew I had a problem. Honestly, I don’t even really like fries that much. They had just become a habit.
But, food wasn’t the problem. Food is not the enemy. Food is essential.
It is our relationship with food that matters.
I am a stress-eater and a snacker, so to achieve any success, I knew meal planning(ish) and filling our house with healthy foods was the best thing to do.
- Salmon, roasted tomatoes, green beans or broccoli, and brown rice
- The whole family appreciates this meal. Okay, MyChild doesn’t eat the tomatoes, but I can get past that.
- Caprese Salad with whole wheat pasta and grilled chicken or grilled salmon
- Tacos with ground turkey or marinated flank steak (the BEST recipe is in Against All Grain by Danielle Walker!)
- Grilled Italian Sausage with Italian Oven-roasted Veggies
- Grilled Chicken salad – hearts of romaine, baby spinach, shredded carrots, chopped celery, whole wheat pasta, zoodles, tomatoes, and EVOO + red wine vinegar
On one work day, this was my packed lunch and snacks:
Confession: Hi, my name is Sandy, and I am a snacker.
The GOOD thing is that it doesn’t have to be junk food.
Some of my go-to snacks include:
- (Self-assembled) Trail mix – dry roasted cashews, whole walnuts, and dark chocolate chips [of note: I do NOT like raisins, craisins, dried fruit, etc. It’s all just an obstacle to the good stuff. Add it in, if that’s your thing!]
- Carrot chips
- Mott’s Applesauce pouch
- V8 juice
- Granny Smith apples
- White cheddar cheese
- Ranch Wheat Thins
- Garden Herb Triscuit
One thing I LOVE about eating correctly/on the much-more healthy side is that I start to appreciate the sweetness and flavor of the healthy food (did you know carrots were sweet?) and start to crave the [delicious] Oreo, candy bars, and treats less. Don’t get me wrong, I still love those things, but I’ve lessened the cravings for them.
One important thing to remember is
Even if/when you increase the activity,
if you are still eating like crap,
you will still feel like crap.
What are some of your go-to healthy meals and/or snacks?
I love variety and trying new things. Let me know in the comments!