Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Day 3 of 30 Days of Self Love: Eat A Healthy, Delicious Meal

Fruit and Yogurt Smoothies for Breakfast

Hello Friends :)

It's day 3 of my Self Love Challenge. Self love is all about respecting and honouring yourself, putting yourself first. Having a healthy self-esteem is vital to happiness because when our self-esteem suffers, we allow people to walk all over us. Sometimes we don't even realize that we're doing it!

A very important part of honouring the self is health and nutrition. During these long days of winter where I kind of feel trapped indoors, I tend to crave cheesy, melty, fattening foods. I'll grab a piece of pizza over a salad in a heartbeat! I am trying very hard to make sure I eat healthier. There's nothing wrong with pizza, but I'm eating too much of it these days. I have to imagine, would I give my pets pizza 5 days a week? No of course not, so why am I doing that to myself? Because I'm feeling depressed? Not a good enough reason anymore.

Changing habits is tough because it feels like every fiber of our being wants us to stay the same, stagnant. Why does the mind do this? When I have a lovely piece of fish to cook, my mind will say EAT CHEESE ONLY CHEESE AND SWISH IT DOWN WITH A BOTTLE OF RED WINE. Ugh! I call it a psychological game, played between my brain and my appetite. :) "Healthier" food is delicious as well and the benefits far outweigh the indigestion I get from eating too much comfort food!

Making poor dietary choices just leads to pain. Pain in the form of weight gain or digestive issues...and if it has become long-term poor choices, it can lead to disease and life-threatening conditions/illness. Actually I do know that some foods exacerbate depression and anxiety. So what you put in your belly can affect not only your physical health, but also your mental health.


Instead of having a chocolate bar for dinner (!!), I defrosted a beautiful filet of trout that I'm going to prepare with some veggies. This filet is a great source of low fat protein, plus it's chalk-full of B-vitamins, minerals and omegas. In fact, Omega Fatty Acids have been proven to help people with depression when taken regularly

Seriously, I was planning to have a chocolate bar for dinner...

What's on your plate tonight?

18 comments:

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Rain! It's good to see you back! Kudos to you for tackling 30 days of self love. I hope the 30 days leaves you feeling awesome! I've been slowly changing my diet over time to make it healthier. I'm using a blend of the Mediterranean and DASH diets as a guideline. I've made many small changes in recent years, like eliminating artificial sugars and pop (except in a movie theatre which rarely happens). My current goal is to get at least 5 servings of vegetables and five servings of fruit a day. I'm eating lunch right now. I have egg salad on half a roll, 1/2 cup various colored cherry tomatoes, 6 slices of English cucumber, and 2 tbsp hummus, and 1 teaspoon mayo, plus water (1 fruit, 2 veggies). The veggie challenge is difficult because I don't like most vegetables, but I'm going for it. I'm aiming for 3 servings of fish a week (Your trout looked fabulous!), and using primarily olive oil. And I can have 1 square of dark chocolate a day. I'm making permanent changes, so I can keep my healthier diet for the rest of my life. I've lost 30 pounds!!! I'll be sure to check in and see how it's going for you! Sending you a big hug!

Magic Love Crow said...

I agree totally with everything you are saying! So proud of you!! Congrats to Louise for losing 30 pounds! Big Hugs!

wyomingheart said...

Hello Rain! Very good post! I agree with you that comfort food is fabulous, but bad for our bodies. We have been trying to eat no preservative meals. Real food with no added junk. It takes a lot of preparation, but it makes us feel so much better, and we have more energy. It's so nice to have the freezer full of wholesome veggies from the garden, and lots of beans! We do enjoy chocolate, but try to limit the sugar. I love to have carob on hand, which helps when that chocolate attack happens...lol... Great to have you posting again!

Mama Pea said...

I think nutritious eating is something (at least one thing!) we have a pretty good handle on. The one thing we don't have in the winter time is our smoothies into which I put all kinds of good things we don't get otherwise. I could do the smoothie for breakfast, but Papa Pea needs something warm. As soon as we get into spring, though, we'll be right back on them.

wisps of words said...

-sigh- Wanting to eat tooooo much "comfort food" is one of the downsides of a long winter. And hey, winter in the north is always long. Gotta' "fight" to make ourselves do the little bit of work, to eat in a delicious and healthy way.

My husband being sick in December, really kick started us! Sure, we _have_ been eating good foods. But not enough of them. Filling in with empty calories and all that jazzzzz. Now we do the veggies, fruit, salads, etc., etc., before "goodies."

You are becoming proactive on your own. Don't wait for sickness to open your eyes. Wise!!!!

Today we will have the second part of the 2 meal crock pot chicken, we made the other day. Chicken breasts, Cr. of Mush. Soup with Garlic, bit of milk, sherry, nutmeg. Add frozen peas, later in the cooking time. Makes a delicious chicken and sauce, with veggie. Add some noodles and yummmmmm!!!!

Rain said...

Hi Louise :) First of all OMG, congratulations on the weight loss!!! Great job! It's not easy as we get older huh? Metabolism and all that, but you're making those permanent changes and your goal is health, I think that's fabulous! Oh gosh, I'm not a veggie person either, in fact I'm not a fruit person...fruit ALWAYS gives me some kind of indigestion, unless it's berries or cooked fruit. And I have an intolerance to the skins on the fruits/veggies...which I actually suspect may be due to pesticides being sprayed on them maybe...but yeah, I'm trying to add more veggies to my diet every day too. I do love lettuce, so a primary crop I'm going to concentrate on for my garden is a variety of lettuces. I love hummus too! Do you make your own? I love the Mediterranean diet, just love it. I've done lots of research on it and it really suits me! I had to look up DASH. That's a very sensible way of eating too. I'm trying to add more fish into my diet as well, I love the stuff, but my gosh it is so dang expensive! I go fishing every summer, but I have yet to find my nerve to keep them...I always release them, I kind of prefer someone else to do the dirty work I guess. But we have a nice lake here filled with trout...I need to find my nerve one of these days! Thanks for sharing!! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Stacy! :) Isn't Louise awesome??? :)

Rain said...

Hi Dino! :) Yes! No preservatives...Alex and I have been moving slowly but surely away from anything packaged and preserved with chemicals. Natural preservatives are okay for us. I agree it's worth the time and effort to prepare your own food. Oh carob...hmmm...never thought of that! I'll add it to the shopping list! :) My biggest challenge is the comfort food, that's how we love to eat, but I'm going to be smart about it. I don't give everything up, just try to make things a little more healthy or just eat them in moderation. Otherwise I feel cheated!!! It's such a mind game with me lol! :)

Rain said...

Hi Mama Pea :) I have to be honest, I don't necessarily crave a smoothie first thing on a winter morning either! I'd prefer something warm too, so I have a chamomile tea, then my smoothie. It's really the only way I get some fruit into me. I want to get to the point where I grow enough berries all summer that I can freeze them and eat them all winter! But for now, it's store bought.

Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :) I agree that winter is comfort food season lol...it's hard not to eat that way when you're snowed in! Good for you two, eating the healthy stuff before the "goodies" :) Oh my, your chicken dinner sounds SO GOOD...I need to make more slow cooked meals!

Pam said...

It is so easy to venture off the healthy eating. I tend to do it on days that are yucky outside or my mood is yucky. So, needless to say things have gotten out of hand and I am trying to get back into the better eating. For me since my surgery that means less sugar and carbs and more protein. If I cook a steak then nothing else I will eat the protein I need. If I do a tater or veggie with it I tend to eat on all those and not get what I need and more of what I don't. For gastric bypass PROTEIN becomes your best friend and I LOVE BREADS...haha....Keep on going Rain, you can do it.

Martha said...

Oh, this is so important! We tend to get stuck with those bad eating habits, don't we? We've been in a slump, too, around here but starting Monday things will change around here. We haven't had very bad eating habits lately but we haven't had really good ones either. I do all the cooking and I used to make really good meals. But 2018 was a total burn out year for me and things fell apart. It's time to get back on track. Thanks for these posts, Rain. They are very motivating.

Rain said...

Hi Pam :) Yeah, I know how you feel about the food. That's my first comfort, when things aren't going well or the weather sucks. It's a tough one for me. But I'm trying my best! I love breads too! But I really don't digest them very well. It's hard to love eating something that you know isn't very good for your body!

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) We have been on pretty parallel paths you know? Well, I do all the cooking here too, 99% of it, and last year I lost my cooking bug. I STILL haven't really gotten it back. Once in a while I force myself to bake a nice meal but overall I'm not finding pleasure in it anymore. Things have fallen apart for me too in that area of my life and I really wish I could find them again. Until then, we need to eat, so I'm going to focus on healthy.

Nicole said...

That fish looks delicious ... and the chocolate bar souds like the perfect desert ;)

Rain said...

Chocolate bars are my enemy sis lol! :)

Nicole said...

Mine too ;)

Rain said...

:)