Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Gras

The night before I start my trial month, I felt a strong need to feast before the fast. I guess it's the Coastie in me, mixed with the fact that I still haven't developed the will-power to decline an invitation to a good Mexican restaurant. I think I did fairly well by ordering the vegan burrito (steamed veggies, avacado, black beans, tomatillo sauce), but I still can't stay away from those stupid tortilla chips. On top of which, my friends wanted to get ice cream afterwards, which I ate but justified to myself given that we walked to the ice cream shop.

So now I'm wondering, does justifying these indulgences ever help? Why do we feel the need to talk ourselves into these things? I could have easily given myself the extra exercise without the extra calories.

But such as it is, I'm armed with my brand new bagful of fresh fruits and veggies and hearty whole grains. I've gone through my fridge and pantry and thrown out every bit of fatty, starchy, sugary junk I can find. I'm ready to start fresh tomorrow! Here's to finding some sort of workable balance....

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The beginning

This blog came about as a way for me to track my thoughts and habits, namely my eating habits. I'm new to vegetarianism, but of course that doesn't automatically mean I'm reaching for the healthiest choices (so glad tortilla chips are vegetarian!). I also tend to binge both when I'm stressed and when I'm bored, which usually equals pretty constant grazing. And that leads to me feeling bad physically and mentally.

Lately I've noticed my habits getting worse than usual, which I've been blaming on heightened stress over the last month. So, this is an attempt to regain control.

No junk.

No alcohol.

For the entire month of June, I'm going to attempt to consume nothing but nutrient-rich, healthy foods that are largely more beneficial to my body than not. This may seem like a common-sense plan (it is), but the tricky part will be dining out and spur-of-the-moment situations. How do we know what the best choice is when we're not always presented with all the information?
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