Note on The Challenge Round 2:Hi everyone, I've decided to resurrect my original eating challenge because I find those old habits already creeping back in and I CAN"T STAND IT!! lol! As I mentioned before, I do not get lunch on the go anymore and find myself cooking a meal at upwards of 9 pm the night before just so I can have lunch to take to work the next day. I do have to say, that is quite an accomplishment for me. I'll admit I get tempted to just not worry about it and deal with the lunch issue the next day but then I think about the options I have if I don't prepare my lunch (get fast food, eat some bananas, or just plain starve) and none of those appeal to me so I end up getting off the couch to make my lunch. :)
However, for some reason, I keep giving in to the little voice in my head saying "eat some salty snack foods, it's okay. Just this once won't hurt anything." It's driving me crazy. You know how this cycle goes. Once turns into twice, then thrice and well you get the picture. I'm a "junk food junkie" and I will overcome this! How many of you can relate? Please share your story in the comments below. Let's drop the habit!
Today is a Monday and would be a great day to start except I've already blown it today. So I will start tomorrow. Blogging about the challenge last time really held me accountable and I hope for the same results. I guess that's how my brain works. For some reason, whenever I was tempted to succumb to "my habit" remembering my challenge and my commitment to my readers to follow through on it helped me overcome those moments. Let's keep our fingers crossed the same will happen this time around. :)
I encourage you to join me on this challenge. Please share in the comments your experiences. I'd love to discuss with you!
Take care for now!
Day 11 (Friday, January 25, 2013)
Day 10 (Thursday, January 24, 2013)Wow I've gotten behind in my posting! My apologies.:)
Day 9 (Wednesday January 23, 2013)
Time for confessional folks:
Why I'm Even Telling You This
A note on the junk consumption.
Day 8 (Tuesday January 22, 2013)
Veggie Lentil Stew RecipeI didn't have any leftover marinara to add this time (and didn't deem it necessary to open my single can of organic, no salt added canned tomatoes. Please don't judge me for the canned good lol) but I did have some tomato paste (vegan friendly and the lowest sodium content I could find. I'm just not quite yet sophisticated in my home cooking skills to make my own but it is one of my lifetime goals). But because the paste did have some added sodium, I added very little. I went about this stew slightly differently than in the past. First I made a veggie stock using leftover broccoli stalks and kale stems I had frozen a while back along with fresh carrots, dill, onions, garlic, and frozen (packaged, unfortunately) spinach - although I am glad I finally found some use for it. It had been in there for some months. I brought it to a boil and then simmered, about 10 minutes at a boil and 20 minutes simmering. I scooped out the broccoli stalks and kale stems, chopped up about half the kale stems and added them back. Then I added mushroom, radish, yellow squash, brown basmati rice, and green lentils. I brought it to a boil again and then let simmer, for the duration of about another 20-30 mintues. During this time, I seasoned with some sweet paprika, fresh ground peppercorn, sea salt, and a pinch of cumin and coriander because it was just a tad too bland and the greens flavor was too overpowering. I seasoned to taste and then took it off the heat. It’s got a slight kick which I like. The main differences were the ingredients and the seasoning choices I made and the timing of the seasonings. Before I tended to season from the beginning and throughout but this time I waited until the end. Another difference was the lack of tomatoes. The only tomato flavor I added was the tiny bit of tomato paste. And adding the dill, radish, and spinach was a new try for me as well. The total cook time was about an hour and prep time just about 5 min or so. I was able to do other things around the house while the stew was cooking and I cooked a big stock pot’s worth so I’ve got a healthy lunch for just about the rest of the week! Score as always!
Other veggie lentil stew posts:
Day 18 of the first round of the eating challenge
Veggie stock recipe post:
Day 7 (Monday January 21, 2013)
Day 6 (Sunday January 20, 2013)
LunchAfter I left work, I stopped by the health foods store, The Fresh Market, and the neighborhood Asian market to pick up a few needed items. By this point, I was starving. Lunch was an easy meal preparation of fresh peanut butter and apple butter on Ezekial 4:9 cinnamon raisin bread. I decided to go with apple butter because, well, honestly, it was the only thing I could afford! Honey was outrageous at a good $11 a bottle
The Ezekiel bread is very good. I'm definitely a fan of it until I can at least learn to make my own. I've recently taken up an interest in running and feel guilt free about carb-loading on this stuff to fuel some harder runs for me. And of course, their commitment to making organic, non GMO bread according to the Bible verse Ezekiel 4:9 rich in fiber and nutrition with no preservatives is worth mentioning.
NIV transaltion: “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side." Ezekiel 4:9
Day 5 (Saturday January 19, 2013)
|Veggies were sliding down lol|
Sauteed Kale:Strip kale from stems (optional) and tear to bite size pieces, massage in lemon juice, heat a skillet and sautee garlic in oil (I chose coconut oil) for about a minute or so, add coarse sea salt to the oil as well so flavor distributes evenly throughout kale, and then add kale and sautee for a few minutes until kale turns bright green and is wilted. Add to virtually anything! Be creative! I made a wrap out of it and it was yummers (if yummers is even a word!)!!
Day 4 Friday (January 18, 2013)
Thoughts that occurred to me on Day 4:
Day 3 (Thursday January 17, 2013)
Day 2 (Wednesday January 16, 2013)
Well, I made it through Day 2. +Justas Ežerskis shared on my Google+ post about this challenge:
"please post every day :) because first 3 days are the major one. When I was trying go to vegan first time - by the 3rd day I was dreaming about juicy stake :) But after that - I managed to control my self. Cheers and Good luck.!"
This is so true folks! If you refer back to Day 3 or 4 of my original challenge you will see notes on my struggle. It seems that those first few days are the hardest for some reason. And the same has been true this time around.
The ExcusesI found myself overwhelmed with this urge to get in my car, crank it, burn gas to go to the health foods store, and peruse their snack aisles for something "justifiable" on which to munch. The excuses that played throughout my mind:
1. It's early enough in the evening to indulge.
2. You haven't eaten much today so even if you do eat the whole bag, it's ok as long as it's no more than say, 600 calories or so. You can afford that.
3. They're the healthy kind. You can find GMO free, gluten free, vegan snacks so it won't be that bad.
Yep literally stuff like that ran through my mind like a electronic scrolling banner display and in second person too! I almost caved. But of course, blogging about this challenge helped pull me through but the excuses rang louder and stronger than ever before. In hindsight, it was kind of scary how it consumed my mind like that for a few minutes.
But then I started another banner display that read like this:
1. It's really cold outside. Do you really want to get out in this weather just for this? After all, you were just there last night picking up some groceries. How silly it would look for you to come back just for snacks.
2. Do you really want to spend and waste the money like that?
3. Why not make a fruit smoothie instead as a little treat for yourself? Wouldn't that be nice?
4. Here is a better idea: Browse Amazon for some great deals on some needed items and order some organic produce to be delivered.
The OutcomeSo yes, I survived Day 2. I do have some not so good news though. Out of absolute necessity I had to eat a chipotle chicken sandwich from Subway. I was asked to work unexpectedly around 12 and did not have anything to eat prior and the only thing available to me to eat was a 6 in sandwich on flatbread. So much for a vegan day. :/
Dinner consisted of another salad similar to Day 1 and an awesome smoothie for dessert (despite the cold weather outside). I juiced a couple carrots and added about a 1/2 c coconut milk as my liquid base. I added about a 1/2 frozen organic banana and about a handful of organic pineapple and mango each along with a handful of ice from the ice maker. All of that totaled about a 16 oz smoothie and it was SOOO GOOD!! OMG! :o) I didn't take any pictures though. It turned out almost sherbert like and immediately I thought it could easily substitute as an ice cream/sherbert like treat as opposed to a smoothie. Just for the sake of variety, that idea appealed to me. ;o)
The first two blenders above are the Ninja Kitchen system which I have seen and been curious about. The first one seems to try to replicate the Vitamix at a more affordable price. The middle one resembles more of what I currently use which is the last picture you see, a Cuisinart that I purchased from Best Buy about 6 months ago (all are BPA free). I use my blender for food processing too. I learned in a cooking class that the only real difference between a blender and food processor is that a blender requires a liquid base to function whereas a food processor does not. So if you're like me, already in possession of a blender, debating whether or not to purchase a food processor, I would suggest holding off a little longer. I've been able to "process" everything in a blender with very little difficulty. As long as there is enough liquid available to blend it up. If adding a little water or lemon juice isn't going to throw off your recipe too much, I think for the most part it will be fine to continue to use a blender. By the way, if you click on the links, you will be redirected to the online stores to purchase these items. :)
|A fruit box delivered from www.offthevine.org. I prepped and froze|
a good bit for smoothies.
No pounds were lost and I feel that right now I'm retaining some fluids and that might be why. Weight loss is not the most important aspect of this challenge or this lifestyle change but weight loss signifies to me that I'm learning to eat mindfully and consciously. It signifies to me that I'm "eating to live" and not "living to eat."
Talk to you again soon!
Day 1 (Tuesday January 15, 2013)
|Nutritious and detoxifying|