It started off as a good week. I was eating a smoothie for breakfast, had a salad for lunch. Dinner varied: bean stew, stir fry, burritos. Smoothies were usually kale, spinach and two fruits along with a half banana. Yes, I varied the fruits on a daily basis. Lunch was usually a salad. I varied different flavors of vinegars. One day I made a Mexican salad with black beans, corn. I used jalapeno balsamic vinegar. I love pomegranate vinegar or cranberry pear vinegars. The variety of flavored vinegars has made eating salads a real pleasure. I love my salads now. Except…when it is really cold outside and I want something warm to eat. Lo and behold bean stew/soup to the rescue. Now this bean stew/soup is something else. It has nine different kinds of beans and over ten vegetables. I put more veggie broth or water in it when I want a soup and less when I want a stew. Simple right?! I vary the spices every time I make it. I make a very large pot of it at the beginning of the week. Between the smoothies, salads and stew, I always have something compliant to eat on a daily basis. Doing this meal prep, keeps me compliant and also gives me the freedom to experiment with new recipes when I have the time.
For example, this week I made oil free corn chips out of corn tortillas, varying the spices I put on them. This has turned out great. This really helps when I am craving chips and salsa, which is unfortunately, is frequently. But oh, I am trying really hard to not snack in the evenings. This is my most dangerous time. Another trick I learned this week is to have cut up veggies in my ice box regularly. I have a wonderful chopper, that chops veggies into diced, medium cubes and long rectangular pieces. I find this very helpful for making my salads, stir frys, stews and more. I also make a big batch of rice as well. I can add to the bean soup or stir frys.
I was going along so well this week and then bam life hit me hard. My fiancé and I had a blow up and he left to his old house to stay so he could work on getting it ready to sell. I went completely back to my old eating habits of eating meat, junk food and continued eating until I was stuffed. Yes, I definitely “comfort “ myself with food. This time, unfortunately after the fact, I reached out to the group. They gave me great support and love. I realized a few things. A) reach out BEFORE eating, B) I eat till I am stuffed so I don’t have to think about what is really bothering me, C) I really feel lousy after eating junk food, meat and processed food – like I am getting a cold/flu like symptoms . That seems to be a pattern lately. While I am very new at this Eat To Live way of eating, I have given up meat, dairy and some processed foods for the past six months and I really do feel better overall. I just never lost any weight. I am beginning to think that I can with the Eat To Live method, because I will be giving up salt, oil, sugar as well as snacking and eating until I am stuffed. So thanks to everyone in this group, I am ready to continue to give a try. I am learning a lot about myself and just how important meal prep is, and that it is ok to eat the same foods frequently while I learn how to add other compliant dishes at my own pace.