Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Epiphany Brought On By Disappointment

Yep. I'm still on the Zoodle Train. Love them. Eat them at LEAST once a week (truthfully, they're easier to throw together than Cauliflower Rice, though with CR, I can at least make a big batch for the week. Anyhoo...), and they take on a variety of delicious toppings.

Yesterday kind of sucked in the Zoodle department. I was pretty jazzed about lunch, but when I actually had it, it was a bit fat disappointment. Monday night, I marinated a chicken thigh in garlic/herb seasoning, salt, onion powder, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. By the time I started cooking it, it looked like the vinegar was already cooking the chicken (gotta love those acids). But I cooked it in a cast iron skillet for about twenty minutes, until it was done. I chopped it up, and added it to spiced black beans I made for burrito night last week, and the zoodles. This meal, despite all the spices I used totally lacked flavor. I kept adding sea salt like it was going out of style. Nothing. I choked it down, but it did nothing to help my hunger.

I think there's an important lesson here, one that I hope to think about every time I consider my food. I usually drop out of the "Diet" mindset and start eating the Standard American Diet again when I get bored. Getting bored means eating the same things over and over again. I've always been a big fan of food, and especially the artistic way that food is put together. On my Disney Cruise last year, my family had brunch at Palo, and it was delicious. I had this grape and cheese pizza (NOT the official recipe, but basically the same thing), and it was the best thing I ate on that boat. Sounds bizarre, but it was delicious.

I know I can't eat like that on a daily basis, nor would I want to. I'm starting to notice how eating healthy makes me feel. I'm less lethargic in the afternoons, when I have a meal of mostly vegetables and quality protein. I'm less likely to go for the coffee in the afternoon, just to stay awake at work if I eat well. I sleep better. I feel like I can accomplish more.

Yesterday, despite the protein/veggie/healthy carb combo, I felt dissatisfied. I've made myself healthy meals that are fabulous (Cold Sesame Zoodles, anyone?), but when I don't plan, I get stuck with meals like yesterday, and it really put a damper on my day. Thankfully, not my workout.

Here's what's going for the rest of the week:

  • Wednesday
    • Breakfast: PB Mocha Vi Shake
    • Lunch: PB Chicken from the lunch vendor (It's my cheat meal)
  • Thursday
    • Breakfast: Out to eat with dad
    • Lunch: Vi Shake
  • Friday
    • Breakfast: Vi Shake
    • Lunch: Cauliflower Rice and shrimp
Next week, I'll plan more. I'll need to if I want to enjoy my Memorial Day weekend camping. :-D

  • How do you plan meals?
  • Anything you thought would be delicious, but was painfully disappointing?

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