Monday, August 31, 2009

Twenty-Four Seven

Fall is in the air.  At least it felt that way this morning.  It was cool and breezy, which is fine by me.  I love fall and the cooler weather makes me want to get outside and run!  But, I’m not sure my hip will cooperate :( 

I felt in the mood for some Pilates this morning, so I popped in the cheapo DVD, I bought and did about 35 minutes of the video before starting on some breakfast.

I didn’t have much in stock since we just got back from the shore, but there were a few eggs left so I decided on an Antipasto Open Faced Omelette using 3 egg whites and the leftover antipasto topping from my Chicken Antipasto last week…

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It was a very flavorful start!  And can’t forget the Teeccino

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Then, it was off to the produce store.  Look at this stash…

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I got spring mix, brussel sprouts (don’t say eeww!), cauliflower, romaine hearts, sliced mushrooms, cucumber, baby spinach, zucchini, parsley, celery hearts, honeydew melon, strawberries, gala apples, fuji apples, nectarines, peaches, blueberries and a loaf of crusty Italian bread.  All that for $29!!!! 

I prepped the romaine lettuce right away to put together my lunch salad.  I made up a Southwest Chicken Salad using big handfuls of romaine, 1/4 c. black beans, 1/4 c. frozen corn (defrosted), cherry tomatoes, 1 oz. reduced fat cheddar cheese and chicken breast (about 2 oz.) chopped.  I topped it with Kraft Light Three Cheese Ranch dressing.  It was so tasty and filling…

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Some avocado would have been great in there, too, but I forgot to buy some!  Next time :)

As filling as the salad was, it still left me wanting a  little something.  I thought about grabbing crackers or pretzels, but feared that would lead to lots of munching.  Then, I saw these guys and thought they would be the perfect something…

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After lunch, more shopping…Walmart for a few dry goods and school supplies, then Trader Joe’s.  Food shopping is an all day affair!  I did make a pit stop in between to drop off some bags and have a snack…

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I finally made it home just in time to start on dinner.  Pasta was on the menu, but of course, something a little different for me.  I picked up a new item at Trader Joe’s – Seafood Sausage – and I was dying to trying it out…

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A real find at only 110 calories and 3.5 grams fat per sausage…

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I decided to make Seafood Scampi for one because the husband and daughters would rather starve than to try it!  LOL!

I sliced the sausage and pan fried in  1 tbsp. evoo and 1 clove garlic until cooked through.  I added about 2-3 tbsp. white wine and simmered for a minute, then added some chopped parsley.  I served it over whole wheat spaghetti and topped with a little parmesan.  Delish…

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So, you may be wondering why I titled this post 24-7.  Well, I realized today that I think about food 24-7.  Seriously.  All day long.  I probably dream about it, too.  I am always thinking about what I should and should not eat.  I think about whether or not eating something will help me lose weight or contribute to weight gain.  I bargain with myself.  I wheel and deal.  I try to push these thoughts out of my mind and then, think about how great it is that I am not thinking about food!  Ugh!  I really do feel compulsive when it comes to food.  I think about it always.  It rules my world.  I am most definitely a novice to the concept of intuitive eating.  I’m not even certain that someone like me can even wrap my brain around it or ascertain what it means to be able to eat according to my body’s needs.  Is this something I can truly learn?  Is this something that can eventually come naturally to me?  I guess I’m scared that it isn’t possible for me.  I may be too far gone;  too old to learn “new tricks”, too accustomed to living life on a diet that I am unable to see the other side.  That grass sure does look greener, though…

Have a great night, everyone =)

12 comments:

theskinnyplate said...

Gigantic stash of fresh fruits and veggies.

I think the thinking about food 24/7 is just going to be a phase. Eventually, it should subside. Sorry to hear all the trouble with food lately.

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

I agree with theskinnyplate, those feelings will lessen over time. In the meantime though, wow on your food! I love all that produce and veggies!!

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

Great pasta dish tonight. I feel ya, I feel my world is always revolving around food. I do love food and I think about it everyday but that comes with being a food blogger too. I hope you find balance though. I agree, I think it's a normal phase we all go through.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The seafood sausage sounds great! I'll have to look for it...

I, too, think that you will slowly think less about food. I think this is a big step for you, and you need to give yourself time... It'll get better little by little... :)

bhealthier said...

hi there! i never commented before but just wanted to say congrats on your weight loss thus far! That omlet looks AMAZING as does that salad!

Intuitive eating can be a long process! I just wanted to offer my sympathy because I finally eat intuitively now, but I had a long journey to get here! Have faith in yourself! :)

THE ACTORS DIET said...

i love how your groceries are color coded!

i remember years where i would think about food 24/7....dream about it too....it will pass, don't beat yourself up about it - you're having these thoughts for a reason! try to think about what's really going on.

Lynne said...

Wow, I could have written that last paragraph. I was talking to someone yesterday about how I think about food and recipes all the time, and wondering if it would be like this forever. It's good to hear in the comments that the 24/7 food thoughts will lessen over time.

Fatinah said...

you won't ever have me commenting "ew" when you mention brussels sprouts! I eat them year 'round!

A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare said...

I think about food 24/7 too. I think about what I'm doing wrong, what I'm doing right, I think about if I eat this or that will I set myself back even further. I think about when I'll get my next fix of sorts. I think is it time for a snack yet? I try to figure out if I'm full, if I'm hungry, if I'm satisfied, etc. It's a never ending conversation in my head. I dont know if it will ever stop.


Eww Brussel Sprouts :)

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Thank you all so much for your feedback on compulsive food thoughts. It is so helpful to me to hear from those of you have tried this approach and have had success! It makes me feel like it IS possible for me!

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

That sausage looks divine. I am so distraught that I do not live by a Trader Joe's.

operationmuffintop said...

I love intuitive eating.. when I was counting calories, my every thought was about food too... how many calories do I have left? Did I eat enough protein? Too many carbs? How many grams of fat am I at? It was too much!! So after 3 months of calorie counting I decided to do away with calories and wing it with intuitive eating! So far it's definitely working for me! I'm losing weight faster than when I was calorie counting, and I don't "stress" about food anymore. I watch my portion sizes and eat what my body wants & needs. Some days i'm hungrier than others, and some days (like today) I could eat all day... lol!

Give it an honest go and see how you do, I think you'll find it relieving. I love it and won't go back to any other way.

Good luck!!