Wednesday, February 26

WIAW-Food is Fuel!

Have you seen the show "My 600 lb life"? We seem to catch 3-4 episodes each week, and for some reason have become hooked. I'm not sure what draws me to the show, is it the 'freak show' effect of seeing someone that large, the act of cheering them on as they work hard, or even the ones you want to smack because of how 'delusional' they are. There was a woman on last night, 
Penny, 46, from Maryland who said "I cannot live without wantons". The camera pans to her husband who is deep frying the wantons and he says "I wasn't sure about deep frying these, but she says its healthier then ordering out." Penny can later be heard saying the visit from a dietitian was "bull s*#t". I had to just shake my head at her-she was given the gift of good health but she essentially threw it away. 

 I suppose it depends on how an individual was raised, their values and food philosophy but I see people using food as a fix for boredom, to escape after an argument, to become part of a group because they are not being mindful, or frankly because it's yummy! But shouldn't food be more then that? Food should be fuel to power our minds and bodies, it should be delicious and beneficial but should not become something we 'cannot live without' (wantons, not food in general).

You may notice that my food the past few weeks has been mostly simple. The reason behind this is that I'm trying to get back to basics-fueling my body with the simplest of nutrients. When I'm happy with this progress I'll start adding other things back in.

Anyway, enough babbling-onto the FOOD!

1 Simply for Life Mexican Patty, 1/2 cup blueberries, coffee with 2% milk.

Simply Protein Chips. These are an EXCELLENT way to satisfy a craving for spicy, crispy foods like cornchips. 

Greens with 1 cup of Quinoa & Black Bean salad

Afternoon Snack:
Cucumber, Cherry tomatoes and Tzatziki

2 Simply for Life Italian Sausages, Spaghetti squash and Stir Fried veggies!

All in all an excellent day! Hope on over to the Peas and Crayons blog to see more awesome WIAW participants!

Wednesday, February 19

WIAW-The Sun Is Shining!

If you're reading this it means I've successfully managed to blog two weeks in a row! Hurrah for me {and cheers to you for reading}!

Its still February, and in Eastern Canada that means its still winter- cold, wind blowing, school's cancelled, frozen toes winter! But, somehow, jut a little I think I see signs of spring. The sun creeps in through the shades making it easier to rise, and we don't eat dinner by just the light of candles anymore. Soon enough, 28 days to be exact, Spring will be here.Until then I'm happy to revel in the little changes. 

These little changes in the light are also having an impact on my mood and overall ambition to get stuff done. Most importantly at the moment is food & meal preparation. Getting food ready for the week makes morning and supper time much more enjoyable. I still get the question 'What's for supper", but now I'm happy to say I usually know the answer. 

This text was literally delivered after I finished writing the above paragraph. Oh and how grammar has declines since the text message was invented. We sound like Neanderthals! "Grunt Grunt-Ooh- Arooh"

Without further ado  here are my What I Ate Wednesday pictures!

A delicious Simply for Life spicy hamburger patty (looks ugly, tasted great), Rocha pear and later a coffee.

Morning Snack:
About one and a half Wasa crispbreads, and half of a mushed up avocado. I really love avocado's.

My final serving of Chicken Stew with Quinoa and Green Beans.

Afternoon Snack:
Another delicious cup of coffee in my new favourite mug, and an organic apple. 

This is actually last nights supper, but for the sake of getting this post up today I can live with the inconsistency.  

Salad and Chicken Meal Balls or "Chicken Balls" as T calls them, and Green Beans. According to T "Meatballs" have to be made out of ground beef. What do you think?

After a good workout I had some Greek yogurt with blue and strawberries, two tsp cashew butter and a sprinkling of Omega Crunch.
I went to bed, happy healthy and whole! Until next week!

As always a BIG thank-you to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting hosting this!

Thursday, February 13

WIAW-New Beginnings

For the past several weeks I have been enjoying the Back To Her Roots blog, so much so in fact that I've decided to start blogging here again.

If you know me well you've likely noticed I get very GungHo to start new projects and then, my enthusiasm tapers off...quickly. So, this time I've decided to start off slow; the only pressure is to post once a week, for What I Ate Wednesday.


I've been trying to apply the Food Rule: "A desk is not a table", but my habit seems to be 'breakfast at work', so for now I'm not got to sacrifice a healthy meal for eating hurriedly at home before work. 'Cause you know I'd eat a bowl of cereal standing by the kitchen sink!

Wasa Sesame Crisps with 1/2 of a mushed up avocado, sprinkled with Trader Joe's Sea Salt

Morning Snack:
Epicure prep bowl with blueberries and 1/2 cup Strawberry Kefer

A few nights ago I tried an Eating Bird Food recipe for Health Boosting Cabbage Lentil Soup. It was good, and spicy, and since T has been in the field I've been eating up the leftovers on my own. This is the last serving and I'm a bit sad. 

Cabbage Lentil Soup & Small Banana

Afternoon Snack:
Egg & Cantaloupe...yum!


"Super food" Salad from Costco. Topped with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and a wee bit of poppy seed dressing. On the side marinated tomatoes and Simply for Life Mexican Hamburger patties. Thank goodness for leftovers!

After Workout Snack:

Simply Whey chocolate mint bar. My first time having one and it was pretty great! Interesting texture and nice flavour. 

Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for starting this buzz!