Good Morning Thursday! Today is going to be a busy day! Full day of clients at the office, plus the normal kid shuttle and after school activities…getting me home around 6:00pm.
So, I'll take this time to talk about portion sizes. One of the biggest hurdles people have when changing their diet is portion sizes. This is a very important step. You can eat as healthy as you can, but if you are over eating at your meals, you are overloading your system in more ways than one.
It is also important to be a conscious eater. Meaning, pay attention to your food when you eat (this is the first step I employ before even making dietary changes in weight loss). When you sit to a meal, eat each bite, enjoy it, how does it make you feel? When you feel satisfied (not overly full) STOP! WAIT! There is a delay between the nerves of the stomach and the brain, which is why you feel fuller several minutes after eating. So, rule number one: Only eat till you are satisfied.
This morning, I fried two eggs (we eat a lot of eggs), and topped it with some green chili, diced tomato, and avocado…and Coffee.
I had a great little lunch packed today….and I left it on the kitchen counter, SHOOT! Unfortunately, I was busy and couldn't sneak away to grab something. I hate to admit it, but I skipped lunch today. Shame on me.
This is one of my "issues." If I do not bring my lunch, and I know I will be working through lunch, I tend to skip lunch. Often I have snacks in my desk drawer, but I was out. NOTE TO SELF: Restock snack drawer!
I am very project driven, and when I get set to a task, I do skip meals. But, I end up tired and ravenous later…like today.
I got M1 to her Jiu Jitsu training and was starving, so of course the correct decision was to walk to Starbuck and get a Peppermint Mocha. (sarcasm) I knew it wasn't the best idea, and I even looked at the healthier options they had, but decided it was an afternoon coffee kind of day. I should say this was a "tall" in a grande cup (suppose to be), and when I get something I go all the way…whole milk and whip cream. Why? Because I want to feel satisfied, and I want to feel as though this is a special treat. When I feel that way, I feel good about it, and I am happy with it. I don't feel as though it didn't quite hit the spot and in turn crave more. It makes me happy and I move on.
This is something that I have learned over the years. It is okay to do occasionally, and it is not a reason to feel guilty as long as it is not a habit. Guilting yourself only makes you feel bad, and you don't actually enjoy the experience. Take it for what it is, enjoy it, and move on to the next.
I get very unmotivated to cook when my hubby is out of town. It is so hard to figure out what to make for just me and the girls. I want them to have something healthy, but I don't want to make my typical large portions, and I want something extra quick. Ravioli it is! We could have gone out instead, but honestly the Ravioli was quicker and healthier than what we would have probably had at a restaurant. We were home at 6:00 and eating by 6:20.
This is a great reason to have things in the freezer. I made a big batch of Basil-Kale Pesto a couple months ago, and pulled out a cube of that. I also had some frozen spinach ravioli. Easy Peasy! Boiled the ravioli, and coated in pesto. Dinner done in 15 minutes.
It really didn't seem complete, so I cut up a pineapple as well (while noodles boiled).
My Basil-Kale Pesto Recipe is great for pastas, sandwiches, meat dishes, and it's dairy free. Feel free to add parmesan if you desire. It also freezes and defrosts great! I freeze in batches using my muffin tin. It makes perfect servings. One frozen cube was needed for the ravioli.