IT’S ALWAYS A LEARNING PROCESS
Sometimes, after I’ve been on a diet for a certain length of time, I find that there are days when I don’t feel like eating anything. I just don’t know what I want. I guess we all have those moods. If I wasn’t committed to eating healthy, this is the time I’d decide to eat something like fried chicken or Mexican food. If I didn’t feel like eating before, something like that would change my mind, right? There’s nothing like an unhealthy option to whet the appetite. Sometimes, if we don’t feel like eating, maybe it’s ok not to eat.
Here are some lessons learned when dieting or fasting. First of all, shopping with a friend for healthy food is fun and budget friendly. I went to Sam’s Club with a friend with the intention of buying fresh fruit and veggies in large portions and splitting them up. However, when I proudly showed my friend the chicken breast I had found at Sam’s for $1.97 per pound, she turned it over and read the ingredients, and we realized that it has additives in it, including sugar. So, the second thing I’ve learned – which is something I should have already known – is to READ THE LABELS. I usually do, but I missed this one. So, if chicken breasts are cheap, make sure all you’re getting is chicken breast.
We spent around $10 each and each of us ended up with 6 large navel oranges; 5 large Vidalia onions; 1 pound of golden tomatoes and ½ pound of organic spring mix. So, shopping with a friend can be thrifty, but another benefit is that we read labels together and planned recipes, which made it even more interesting and fun. (Getting it all on our motorcycles was another story, but it worked, I just rode home with a bunch of veggies hanging out of my bag and was careful over bumps).
Here are a couple of thrifty and low fat recipes I came up with:
GRILLED CHICKEN SALADSpring mix ¼ Vidalia onion One carrot, shredded Dried cranberries & almonds 1 zucchini Fresh Italian parsley Feta Cheese Ken’s Lite Olive Oil Vinaigrette ½ Chicken breast (prepared on the George)
Note the vibrant and beautiful colors of healthy food. Food that is pleasing to the eye may be much more satisfying than high fat food that is usually brown, beige or white.
CABBAGE & WHITE BEANS1 small head of cabbage, broken up in pieces ½ onion 3 shredded carrots 1 can of Blue Runner White Beans (but any kind will do)
Sautee the onions and carrots in a little bit of butter, add the cabbage and cover, cook until cabbage is at desired tenderness, stirring often. I left it pretty firm. Add the white beans, salt, pepper & garlic, and stir it all together. It really was good, it had a creamy texture. You can add bell pepper and other seasonings, and even a little ham, too.