I'm the first to admit that my diet is generally pretty bad. I very easily fall into a pattern of eating only a bowl of Cheerios in the morning and a couple of PB&J sandwiches for dinner with copious helpings of cookies, brownies and ice cream to fill up the gaps.
I've done a few things in the last couple of weeks that have helped quite a bit, though. First, as I reflected earlier, I recognized that lunch is not really a meal that works for me. Particularly when I have tasks that I'm pursuing, like when I'm actually working, but even when I'm just having a relaxing day, I tend to be a two-meal-a-day kind of guy. So rather than spending the time and money going out to eat for lunch at work, or even taking the time to prepare a sandwich, I've taken to bringing a few cups of trail mix to snack on throughout the day. This keeps me from indulging in sweet, fatty foods filled with all sorts of artificial ingredients and gives me something reasonably good for me to occupy my munching habit. The almonds, cashews and peanuts are full of great stuff for my heart and cholesterol, raisins add some energy, sweetness and phenols and boron. I mix in some dried cranberries and blueberries, both of which have great antioxidants and provide health benefits for digestion and beyond. Then I toss in a handful of M&Ms for color, fun and because I'm still a big fan of chocolate.
Last weekend I made a killer risotto with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and oodles of basil. It was so fragrant and tasty I felt sorry for those of you who didn't eat with us. There was enough left over that I had two dinners out of it. Probably could have been three if I wasn't so thrilled with it and ate the last bit in a big helping. Again with the tons of great nutrients and health benefits, not the least of which is basil's anti-inflammatory effects.
Today, I swung by the Seward Co-op to refill my trail mix for the coming week. I picked up some organic avocados and used them to make some guacamole. Had a half an onion left over from something so I chopped that up and threw it in. Mixed in some bottled salsa and, as the kids say, wah-la! Cut some pitas into quarters, toasted them and ate up! Great mono-unsaturated fats from the avocados, onions helping to prevent the carbo-crash and tasty to boot!
I'm not certain I'll keep this pattern of eating up or that this signals any sort of permanent change. Heck, I still could go for some ice cream tonight! But it's been nice that I've been able to accomplish this without a lot of effort. Mid-day snackables have just been scooping some of the trail mix out of its bag. The risotto's biggest effort was slicing the spinach and basil into chiffonade, but that's also kind of fun in a futzy sort of way. The rice was cooked in my pressure cooker so once prep was done, the actual cooking only took a few minutes. And the guac was whipped up while I was preparing dinner for Ericka and didn't take much effort at all.
So some good food that's been good for me!