30 September 2009

Day 5 of 16

When I was at my healthiest I ate certain things that I just loved. I had a couple of recipes that were the backbone of my diet (I mean that in a way of eating not a restriction). Then I started reading things; you need X amount of protein, eat protein with every meal, eat 6 times a day, blah, blah, blah. But the bad part was I listened. I started eating more protein - that didn't help me lose weight. I started eating protein with every meal - okay, that I like. I started eating 6 times a day - I couldn't keep track of that. It got crazy. I got crazy and would just say 'oh, the hell with it all.'

For the last couple of months I've been more focused on eating when I'm hungry and controlling portion sizes. What I've discovered is that there are times when I need to eat every 2-3 hours and there are times when I don't. There are times when protein is exactly what I need and times when it's not. In other words, what the 'experts' say isn't always right for everyone. You have to find what works for you.

I've been thinking about this the last couple of days and I remembered one of my all time favorite lunches.
Chop up lots of veggies, whatever is in the fridge.

Throw it into the wok with some olive oil and cook until tender.

Toss in a little Tamari sauce (way better then soy)...and a veggie burger

Throw it all on top of some real whole wheat pasta, not the kind you buy in Safeway that says it's whole wheat but if you look at the ingredients it will strain your chemical knowledge. The real whole wheat pasta where the only ingredient is whole wheat.

This is one of my most favorite lunches ever. It's filling but not overfilling. I never feel like I need a nap after this lunch. It fuels me all afternoon and I don't even get the late afternoon sleepies. It's fabulous. So I'm heading back to my old ways. I need to listen to my body and not what some freaking 'expert' says.

Now, I'm off to work on my project for school. This is rapidly becoming a nightmare. I've worked on it a total of 8 hours so far and I'm only about 1/3 of the way done. It's due tonight but I'm not going to make it in time. I really should have went for a medical assisting certification, I probably would be done already.

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