But I promise it was for a reason and not because I wanted to share it on instagram. Today marked a positive step forward in my attempt to health up, and lose weight.
I ate this. It’s a smoothie made of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries (I figured that I should probably get some fruit sometimes) with one of these vegetable cubes designed for smoothies. My meal is just pasta with a little pesto and chili flakes mixed through, then added broccoli, capsicum, cos lettuce and cracked pepper.
Now, to any really healthy person or king of nutrition, I assume you have some problems with this lunch, but let me explain why this is a pretty big step for me. First, I actually ate all those vegetables. No wait, first is that I actually willingly added vegetables! Second, I halved the amount of pesto I would normally use and switched to the healthier pesto brand on offer (I downloaded this free app that scans Australian products, gives you a reading on the salt, fat, saturated fat and sugar levels, telling you what is okay and what’s bad, then it offers a healthier option if needed) Third, I didn’t add any extra salt – and gee, I love salt. I also ate an entire meal that was devoid of meat. I’m trying to learn to feel full and satisfied at a meat free meal. That’s why the pasta is still there (half as much as normal mind you); because I’m cutting things back, and easing in, not jumping in like last time then crying over cravings and going straight to a Big Mac.
Why meat free? I have a few reasons for wanting to lessen my meat intake which include: the high cost of meat, my waistline, cutting my dependence on meat to make a meal which impedes my choices if I have none, and of course, the animals themselves and the impact the meat industry has on the planet.
The app I mentioned is called ‘Food Switch’, and it actually does make things a lot easier. I don’t have to worry in the supermarket any more wondering which is the better choice, because the app scans the bar codes and tells me. I always scoffed a little at these sorts of apps – saying that it’s obvious which is more healthy and that you can work it out yourself, that we’re too dependent on technology – but after using this to scan some of the products in my cupboard, I realise that I haven’t actually been choosing the better product, at all. Though there were some surprises; the mayonnaise in our fridge wasn’t as deadly as I first though.
Adjusting to smaller portions and healthier ingredients after an older diet of well, everything terrible from morning until 11.30pm means that I get hungry quite soon after eating, but at least snacking on capsicum is better than snacking on lollies. You want to know a good thing about eating a healthy meal? Afterwards, you feel good. Light, happy, clear headed and it’s a nice change from how I normally feel. I can’t believe I feel so nice after eating healthy meals, but still crave fatty, salty foods. Sigh, I’ll have a perfect diet one day.
Question I’d love you all to answer: What is your favourite healthy meal or snack? Or what makes you feel really great?