The Return of Oatless Oats

Happy Friday!

So you know when you have those nights where you just want to eat and eat and eat, and it doesn’t matter how much you stuff your face you still want to keep eating? Well, I had one of those nights last night, (says the dietitian). Hey, I’m only human!

While getting dinner ready, I munched on some unsalted roasted almonds and a few raspberries. This was my appetizer.

For dinner I sautéed zucchini and green beans (both from our garden), onion (farmer’s market), mushrooms, and a small amount of black beans. I wanted to test out the black beans and see how my body reacted in relation to the U.C. because I have really been missing my beans. The bean verdict: in small amounts I can handle them just fine as long as they are very well cooked and soft.

I sprinkled the veggie sauté with garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and salt and pepper. Two minutes before the veggies were done, I got to work cooking up an over-easy egg.

Once the egg was done, I plated up my veggies, next went the egg, fresh tomatoes (from the garden too), cilantro, and Wild Harvest’s mango salsa.

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I so love veggies with a runny egg on top.

After dinner, I then made myself a big bite of PB2 with honey, followed by a couple of pieces of chocolate. I wanted more but was realizing that I didn’t need more, so I walked away. I turned Wheel of Fortune on, grabbed a couple of hand weights, and started walking in place while working the arms. This took my mind off of food and finally my body realized I didn’t need a-n-y-m-o-r-e. Reminder to myself: mindful eating.

Lunch

I jumped ahead here, so let us back-pedal it now. I am very proud of my lunch today. It was seriously awesome.

I made a Greek-inspired chicken salad which included:

  • pulled chicken breast
  • zucchini
  • grape tomatoes
  • green olives
  • feta cheese
  • balsamic basil dressing

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I loved this flavor combo so much that I made if for my lunch again today. I also had a banana, clementine, and believe it or not some cooked carrots. 😉 Cooked carrots every day keeps the doctor away? Not in my case I guess, but maybe!?

Now to breakfast.

It has been a long time since I made this one: oatless oatmeal. In the mix: 1/4 cup egg whites, 1/2 banana, somewhere between 1/4 and a 1/2 cup of almond milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Blend all ingredients together. Pour onto non-stick pan and cook over medium heat. Use spatula to stir and mix while the mixture begins to bubble and thicken. This process only takes about 3 minutes, so keep an eye on it and keep stirring.

The mixture will have a runny oatmeal like consistency when done. Pour into your bowl, top with a drizzle of honey if you wish, and a spoonful of peanut butter. This was such a nice change of pace, AND it’s SCD friendly too! It’s the return of the oatless oats. I hope to remember this one more often.

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I did make it to the gym yesterday. I headed straight there after work because I knew if I came home first, I would never make it there. I warmed up with a mile run on the treadmill then made my way to the weights to workout my back and biceps. I also did some core work.

I am off to tackle my Friday. Excited it’s almost the weekend! Have a great day my friends!

Favorite Posts

Hello friends! I thought it would be fun to pull together a round up of a few of my favorite posts from when I first began the blog in January 2012 through today….

January:

Sweatin’ Out Onions

Ugly Pacman

February:

Sweet Day & Fun Plans

Jam-Packed Fun

You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere

When in Rome

 March:

Bright Lights, Lots of Sights, Tasty Delights

7 Healthy Eating Tips When You Are Away

Asparagus Appetizer and Asics

Mindful Eating

Make This: Vegetable Lasagna

April:

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars

A Lucky Friday the 13th

Homemade Grilled Pizza

Healthier Reese’s Recipe, Now Hide the Sweets

I can’t believe I have had this blog up and running for four months now. I still have so much work to do! Thank you all for being so loyal and supporting my love for food and fitness. I hope to inspire you with new ideas and recipes, and help encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle.

A Well-Stocked Fridge

Step right up. Come see the town’s most incredible circus dog! He can leap through hula hoops in a single bound with elegance and grace.

Such simple pleasure we have.

 

I have been feeling pretty good about my reacquaintance with intuitive eating. I have been truly listening to my body’s hunger and satiety cues and have been feeding it with very healthy wholesome foods. I plan on keeping it up!

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My Sunday breakfast was simple oatmeal with peanut butter and fresh blackberries on the side (not pictured). Of course, breakfast was accompanied by my beloved cup of coffee and coupon cutting.

We stocked up on the produce while out running errands today and our fridge is full of grape tomatoes, celery, carrots, sugar snap peas, kale, zucchini, apples and more. I have a couple of dinners all planned out in my head for the week ahead. I love when the fridge is stocked full of healthy foods. I have a bunch healthy, easy to grab foods at eye level: grape tomatoes on the right, broccoli and celery sticks on the left. In the red bowl on the top shelf is leftover cowboy caviar from a barbecue we went to at a friend’s place last night. I have plans to use that tonight with dinner.

Let’s see how long it takes us to go through all of this food. It is amazing how much we can eat.

Lunch came together in a pinch. Sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, celery, and cottage cheese (with a little low fat ranch on the side). Not pictured were a handful of Emerald’s Mixed Nuts and a juicy apple.

Our Sunday has been pretty busy and very productive. Our bathroom remodel downstairs is really coming together fast. We have been painting today and just made our 100th trip this weekend to Menards for the baseboards. I can’t wait to show the before and after photos once it is finished!

Next on the agenda is picking up Mooser from the groomer. He had an appointment for a shampoo and conditioner treatment as well as a much needed brush-out. He has been shedding like crazy so this should help a little. I can’t wait to see him, he is going to look so handsome.

After that it will be the fun usual Sunday business of laundry, cleaning up the house, and getting ready for the week ahead taking place at our household. I am hoping for a little R and R later this evening.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and productive Sunday!

 

Mindful Eating

During my dietetic internship, one of my assignments was to read “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.

The book helps to teach you how to ditch the diet mentality, and adapt to a healthy living behavior called intuitive eating. They break eating behaviors down into three different types, explain the difficulties associated with each type and ways to overcome these difficulties.

The basic concept of intuitive eating is, “eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’ve had enough.” I am mentioning this topic today because I, for one, have been losing my insight on this concept. I have been careless with over-indulging, making excuses as to why I am unable to lose a little weight I was trying to lose, and finally, I have been doing way too much mindless eating.

A lot of this can be attributed to the winter blues. For so many months we were confined to mostly indoor physical activity, dark cold nights, where I found myself sitting on the couch all evening after work. With the comfort of snuggling on the couch on a cold night, what was more perfect than a snack to accompany it with. A comforting snack of cereal or popcorn was a must, even though I may not have been hungry. It was part of the routine.

I have continued to maintain my physical activity level by generally working out 5-6 days a week, however my attempts are often weak ones, at best. I want to amp it up and really start seeing results.

As far as my eating habits go, I am going to reacquaint myself to intuitive eating. I will never be one to diet, or starve myself to lose weight, because I know that is not an effective lasting way to do it. I am going to be more mindful of my eating. Here is what will go down.

1. I will eat when I’m hungry, and stop when I have had enough.

2. No more eating straight pop chips out of the bag, portion control is key.

3. Cutting down on processed foods such as chips and cereals, and opt in for quinoa, oatmeal, and other more whole foods instead.

4. Weigh myself 3-4 times a week versus every 2 weeks as I was doing before. I HATE the scale, and I don’t think numbers are the best way to measure health status, it should be more about how you feel, how you see yourself, and how your clothes fit. However, it is a good way to keep yourself in check, so that is what I will do.

5. Keep cut up vegetables and fruits at eye level in the refrigerator.

Admitting this to all of you is not easy for me. After all, I am a dietitian, I should be able to figure it out right? I know all the concepts, it’s just a matter of applying them to life. As I have said before, I am not a perfect eater, and I never will be. I do know that I am the only one in control of my body, and if I want to see changes, I have to take control.

In five weeks, Dana and I will be heading to the beautiful Dominican Republic for a week-long vacation. I want to be confident in my body because I know this will help me to relax and have the most amazing time with my wonderful husband. Not that I won’t have a great time either way, but this will just put the icing on the cake. Ha ha, or maybe I should say hummus on the broccoli? The countdown as begun.

Thank you for reading this rant. I mean business here. I am still going to live my life, live socially, and enjoy my foods, but I will be eating intuitively and listening to my body’s hunger and satiety cues, not ignoring them.