Monday, March 4, 2013

CELERY & CARROTS BEAT LETTUCE AS A SALAD BASE

I'm eating a lot more raw food lately and I'm loving it! LOVING IT!!!! It simply makes me feel great and fills me up for hours.

Here's my favorite go-to raw meal: a chopped salad with a base of chopped celery and chopped carrots. Those two vegetables chopped keep in the fridg for a long time without going soggy or turning color the way lettuce does. Plus having a good quantity chopped up in advance means I can make a nutritious, filling meal REALLY FAST!

Here are various things I might add at the last minute: cucumber, avocado, leafy greens, tomato, corn kernels, chia seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, sesame seeds, hulled pumpkin seeds, apple, raisins, orange sections, cauliflower bits, tuna, chicken... Then I just drizzle on a little olive oil, squeeze on a little lime or a bit of vinegar, a sprinkling of sea salt, then toss with my hands.

Today  my avocado was pretty mushy so I mashed it with salt, oil and lime, and with my hands really got the carrots, celery and leafy greens coated before adding the chia seeds and a little leftover chicken. Took about five minutes to throw together and it was colorful, filling, and tasted fabulous.

Carrots and celery are reasonably priced too -- particularly if you don't buy the already trimmed stuff which is pretty wasteful and shaves off a lot of nutrition. Also, kids love the crunch!


Friday, March 1, 2013

THE NO GRAZING GROOVE

One of the mistakes I made when I permanently began eating healthy was to think that I could eat as many fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts as I wanted just because they weren't junk. I felt so good about never eating anything processed and eating very little meat that I thought anything else should be open game. Wrongo.

So this year for Lent, which started Feb. 13 and goes for 40 days until Easter: NO SNACKING which means I  have to stretch the time between putting the last bite of breakfast and the next morsel into my mouth by 3 hours. That's the minimum. Today I'm meeting friends for  lunch and I estimate it'll be 3:00 before I get my first bite of food, so that will be 5 1/2 hours from the time I finished breakfast. Not that hard really, but before Lent I wouldn't even have considered it.

What's interesting is catching myself reaching for the bag of almonds on the counter or an orange. My hands seem to work directly for my stomach! Snacking is quite the diversion/time waster! It's a lot like smoking that way. Can't think of what you're supposed to do next? Better have a cig. Want to procrastinate a little longer? Have a cig... My life was like that in my late teenage years and early twenties. Then I quit. But somewhere along the way snacking became the substitute. And then healthy snacking. But no more.

The evidence is in that you need to space your food if you want to burn your excess fat. Dr. Mercola has an excellent article about it today. Please read: How Intermittent Fasting Stacks Up Among Obesity-Related Myths, Assumptions, and Evidence-Backed Facts

Even if you aren't worried about your excess fat, snacking is a pretty disruptive habit. Our world is full of snacking options... every store I go into these days, even bookstores and hardware stores, seem to have some little food option to purchase on the counter. If you're a snacker you're always faced with that decision. If you've trained yourself NOT to snack, there's no point in even looking.