I’ve been emailing back and forth with my sister yesterday. We are both going on tropical vacations in about a month and would like to look and feel our best. We both eat healthy most of the time and exercise nearly everyday but that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement. Although my sister finds this fact laughable, she inspires me quite a bit. I think she can even inspire some of you. [Innz, I hope you don’t mind that I’m sharing this.] Here are my sister’s new eating rules:
1. Plate EVERYTHING before eating it. It’s crazy how many times I just go into the jar/ bag. I thought I was pretty good about this stuff — until I started paying attention. Even if you take 4 servings of something, seeing the 4 servings on a plate will make a difference.
2. Don’t eat standing up. Kinda goes with the above one. The “I’ll just take a bite” thing happens way too often with me (including this morning).
3. Don’t eat in front of the TV. If you want to eat — turn it off. Then turn it back on. Concentrating on what you are eating.
Further from Inna… I know I’ve heard all of these a gazillion times before, but I started doing these on Sunday and I can tell a difference in how I think. I have to keep stopping myself b/c I’m about to “break a rule” many times each day.
Back from me…
I think so many of us “break” these rules and this is basic stuff that DOES make a difference. I’m the worst with eating while reading emails, blogs or watching tv. For a while I tried to be more mindful, but then I got busy and that went out the window. Plating is another big one. I obviously plate most of my “real” meals since I write this blog, but sometimes snacks here and there still end up in my mouth and that’s the stuff I NEED to eliminate. A few almonds here and there really does add up. I’m trying to remember Inna’s rules as I shape up for my upcoming vacation (and these are good eating rules in general so hopefully they stick even after the vacation). Now let’s see how I did…
Food for Life (FFL) english muffin – 1/2 with Barney Butter, 1/2 with cherry preserves + banana & coffee
One of my favorite breakfasts for sure. Simple and hearty!
I’ve been SORE from yesterday’s Rack it Up class but I knew I still wanted to get a run in. I saw some sunshine outside and decided to make it an outside run. I find outside runs to be so much more intuitive. On a treadmill you set the pace and try to keep up. Outside, your body tells you the pace it wants to go at (unless you need to push yourself for an interval or a tempo run). My legs were tight and rolling didn’t help so I took it eaaaaaasy. Just went slow for 40 minutes and was happy just to finish. I tried to enjoy my surroundings and it worked. 40 minutes, 4.3 miles, 9:18 pace. Done!
Total randomness in a bowl – not sure I’d recommend this combo but it was very filling – lots of healthy fats!
Mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, sardines, avocado, baba ganoush, parmesan shavings + 1T Annie’s goddess dressing
Alton Brown likes the avocado + sardines combo so I thought I’d give it a go. It was a good one. The baba ganoush, however, was tasty but did not belong here.
While whole wheat toast on the side for extra carbs.
I’m going to add another rule – eat treat meals out with friends or family instead of at home alone in copious quantities. We implemented this rule by going out with friends to La Verdad for $1 tacos (Taco Tuesdays are the best!!). The place has a really fun decor and fabulous, creative (yet authentic) tacos. Plus, you really can’t beat the $1 price tag! That’s my kind of happy meal. 😉
The chicken tacos and 2 types of pork tacos are included in the $1 special. I ordered 1 of each of the pork ones + 2 chickens. These tacos are quite small.
Something about them was off today. I normally adore La Verdad’s tacos but one of them had onions and too much fat and the rest seemed dry. I think my batch may have been off because everyone loved theirs. I’ll definitely be back there for more thorough research 😉
For dessert, Adam was craving Berryline (we were in our old neighborhood). I thought he was crazy because it was freezing cold out but I’m so glad he convinced me to go. It was (as always) amazing! I got my usual combo – small original with mango and pecans. Man, I missed this!
I didn’t count calories today and I know I was over, but I felt good about my choices. I guess for the most part as long as I follow some eating rules, things work out. Do you have eating rules you try to follow?