Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Day In the Life

So I was inspired to write this post by something that happened to me this weekend, when I had an epiphany of sorts.  As I've mentioned before, Saturdays are our "off" days, where we can eat what we like within reason and if we've eaten clean the whole week...after doing the Ten Pound Challenge, I've scaled these back a lot so I'll let myself have what I want without going totally off the hook, as Guy Fieri would say.  After our long run on Saturday, Hubs and I were hungry and rummaging around the house for something to eat. 

Enter Lipton's Sidekicks. 


We bought these awhile ago because if you've seen the commercials, we wanted Salty, the salt shaker...you had to buy a bunch of these things to get the UPC code.  See, isn't he cute?!



Sooo...because we've got nothing else to eat, we boil up two packs.  Keep in mind, I've never, ever had these before.  OK, truthfully?   These things don't taste that bad.  But after the first few mouthfuls, it totally hit me...people eat these things every day.  Every single day!  Full of white processed flour, chemicals and other garbage, these things hit people's dinner tables more often than I'd like to think, judging by the space these things take up on the grocery store shelf.   The thought of this actually made me sad, because convenient,  processed crap is being eaten constantly and fed to children and people think it's OK.   Hubs was grossed out, and said that we should give the remaining packages away to the food bank to which I replied that I didn't think I could as they're so devoid of nutrition or anything even remotely redeeming.  I started to think back to how we used to eat - lots of processed foods, those horrible frozen chicken cutlets (which Hubs fondly called rat meat cutlets) and nary a vegetable in sight - to current days, where we focus on eating whole foods.  That's when the inspiration hit me - I get asked a lot about what I eat, so thought what better than to post pics of an average food day:

A typical breakfast for me is usually either multigrain toast or bagel, with avocado or peanut butter and a bit of jam...


Or a package of Nature's Path organic hemp oatmeal mixed with soy milk, a spoonful of Skinny B or Holy Crap and some kind of chopped fruit.  Occasionally I throw in some peanut butter for extra protein and healthy fats.  I always have a big glass of Greens+ extra energy blend, and my daily supplements (multivitamin, fish oil, CLA, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin D)...


Mmmm...


Around 10-ish I usually get peckish, so I have a handful of nuts...


Lunch time!  Usually a whole wheat wrap with some kind of protein (chicken breast or tuna with dijon and low fat mayo), fruit and cut veggies...


Mid-afternoon I sometimes have a snack - today I had a Clif bar but most days I have a piece of fruit...


Dinner time varies a lot depending on what I've made, but today I had a homemade burger made with extra lean ground beef on a whole wheat thintini, roasted zucchini and some cherry tomatoes (from my dad's garden, no less!)...


Dessert is usually some kind of fresh fruit...strawberries today....


Yum!  And yes, that's a cookbook on the table - I bought the Best of Anne Lindsay a while ago, and was perusing it during dinner:


That's it!  I wholly subscribe to the theory that you are what you eat, and avoid pre-made, processed foods - whole foods are where it's at!  Lean protein, whole grains and lots of fruits and veggies.  Yesssss.

2 comments:

Marianne said...

When my husband was a starving student, and working 50 hours a week just to pay his tuition, he lived on Sidekicks because they were $1.25 and he could eat them for dinner and lunch the next day. Breaks my heart, and makes me feel so blessed that we can afford to make healthier choices now!

lilmeg said...

SO...no one down here (in the US) new about poor Salt shaker guy! I showed them the commercial and NOT ONE person knew what it was! Aww.

I love me some sidekicks. Can't buy them. Too scarftastic.