Wednesday, July 30, 2008

For my inspiration & yours...

The Building Blocks to a Super Healthy Diet

I'm in need of an intervention. Not so much one like that on tv where family & friends are trying to stop a bad behavior, but more like encourage or inspire a good behavior.

Like eating healthy and exercising.

Check out the link. Its pretty basic stuff from Zen Habits, one of my favorite sites and daily reads. But, even though this is basic knowledge, in the very stressful and busy time I'm going through in my life right now I need a reminder and constant inspiration.

I have been doing pretty well on my healthy eating most of the time, but here come the weekends and I'm all "I don't feeel like cooking" or I agree to share a bag of popcorn drowned in butter with J at the theatre. I cancel my good behavior out all the time.

I'm weak but I'm getting stronger. Like this week I made a mexican pie (below) that I'm eating off of all week in an attempt to keep me from straying. Below I'll share some meal ideas that I enjoy and hope that it gives inspiration to those who need a kickstart like me. Please share your healthy meal ideas if you got 'em, I need all the help I can get!

Breakfast ideas:

  • 1 egg scrambled with onions, mushrooms, bell pepper & ff cheese. Sometimes I like to add a little salsa on top for variety
  • 1 cup of oatmeal with berries & honey. I like to use frozen blueberries & thaw them out on the fridge over night. This keeps me from hitting the fruit stand every couple of days.
  • Wheat toast with 1 tbsp all natural fruit spread with a banana
  • cereal with sliced banana & a little sugar sub sweetner
  • grilled cheese with ff cheese & whole wheat bread


  • yogurt mixed with berries or granola
  • string cheese - I love this stuff and its really low in fat & calories & very filling
  • turkey weiners - sounds weird, but also low in fat & cal & very filling. Dip it in mustard for zing!
  • apple & ff cheese
  • pistachios or almonds
  • 100 calorie can of fruit cocktail (Dole makes these)

Lunch or Dinner:

  • mexican pie - layers of wheat tortillas, lean ground beef or chicken, black beans, corn, green onions & a little cheese (email me if you want entire recipe - its so good and great for leftovers!)
  • grilled ham & cheese on wheat
  • turkey burgers with whole wheat bread, tons of lettuce, onions, ff cheese & salsa
  • soups - throw left over meat in a pot with mixed veggies & chicken broth and lots of seasonings like oregano, cumin and garlic. Or use one of those seasoning packets you use for making tacos or ranch dip. Yum!

That's all for now. Throw me some inspiration dear friends! Now, if only I can find inspiration to keep up the exercise...


-Papa said...

Breakfast A dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, plus a hot one coming off the rack Krispy Kreme will give you for free, and a diet coke.

Lunch McDonald's Value Meal number 3, supersized, and two apple pies for one dollar and vanilla ice cream to go with the hot apple pies. A large cup of diet coke to wash it all down.

Dinner Papa John's large pizza with everything on it and extra garlic butter with a small diet coke.

Snacks M&M's plain and peanut variety, but don't eat the green ones, Snickers bars, Hershey bars, with and without almonds, and a diet coke.

Roxrocks said...

Honey, if I knew any tips, I wouldn't have a muffin top.

I'm heartbroken just typing that.

Polgara said...

Whats ff cheese??
Pol x

travistee said...

I used to be so good at this stuff. Then I turned 40 and realized I like salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. :)

Preposterous Ponderings said...

Ha ha ha my menu idea is more on the line of Papa's...with no exercizing involved.

Damsel Underdressed said...

You have such a knack for cooking. Jason is one lucky guy. If I come across any healthy recipes, I'll send them to you.

On a Limb with Claudia said...

How's the house? How's the wedding planning going? How's the new job? The wedding must be really soon.... YEA!

Stacie said...

you can do it Jillybean! I just KNOW you can, after all, you're one of the ones that inspired me to get on the wagon and that worked out really well :)

One thing I really LOVE is tofu. I drain it, cut it in bite sized cubes, chop green onions over it and marinate it in soy sauce and eat it cold as a side dish. LOVE IT! Be sure to use firm or extra firm tofu for this..and if you don't like tofu this way, don't give up on it, it's one of those things that takes on the taste of whatever is' served with so you may hate it today and love it tomorrow cooked another way. I also have a recipe for tofu burritos if you want I can email it to you, it's a weight watchers recipe and my kids actually ASK me to make it...the first time they had it no one in my family knew it was tofu! seriosly..

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