That means my body is working – not the end of the world. At the same time, to make sure my body keeps working properly, I need to satisfy that hunger. With good food. Food that sends a message to my brain that I’m taking good, loving care of myself.
To be able to do that, I need to have a plan to obtain, prepare and pack that good food.
Good food for this week
- my go to breakfast: home made yogurt, blueberries, granola.
- My go to morning snack: 1 hard boiled egg. Thinking about slicing in half and toping with a smear of olive paste. I’ve tried it and it is YUMMY
- Lunches. Here’s where I need some planning and prep work. I really and truly get tired of salad in about 2 days. Back in the day, when I was taking good care of myself, I had baked chicken or fish, 2 servings of broccoli, and either edamame or half a baked sweet potato. Perhaps I need to plan for this 2 days a week. Not too onerous to prepare. And maybe two days, I have chicken or fish with a really good salad that includes healthy starches like legumes. Sounds like a reasonable plan.
- Afternoon snack – I’m craving banana roll-ups. I used to take aLa Tortilla Factory low carb, high fiber tortilla, smear all natural peanut butter on it, then a smear of strawberry all-fruit jam and wrap that around half a banana. It satisfied my sweet tooth in a nice nutritionally balanced way.
- Dinners. This is the area where I have the least control. Yes, I’ve relinquished that control. It’s my choice to do so. Hubby likes beef, cheese, cream sauces and English peas or baby limas are a green veggie to him. Hubby also cooks the evening meal. So my plan – eat mindfully. Fill up on the veggies (I do try to make sure we have at least one) and enjoy my dinner without stressing about “I’m eating too much cream.”
OK – so a plan. Now the execution:
Make a shopping list:
- Milk to make yogurt
- Oatmeal to make granola
- 1 Boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 salmon filet
- 1 can of chick peas
- 2 bananas
- low-carb tortillas
- 1 sweet potato
- Tomorrow – make yogurt and granola. Make the kale salad. Bake the sweet potato, Bake the chicken. Cook the edamame. Boil eggs. Pack 2 lunches. Pack my snacks.
- Monday – bake the salmon while cleaning up from dinner. Pack 2 more lunches. Have hubby cook extra broccoli at dinner. Use that in my lunch.
There – done. Sounds like a lot, but the yogurt is pretty much hands-off.
So, why should I execute on this plan? Because doing so will make me feel 1) better for having eaten really healthy food and 2) better about myself for having invested the time to prepare really healthy food for myself.