Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nothing Like a Salad

This is something I have learned about myself over and over again: there is a limit to my multi-tasking abilities. Specifically, there is only room in my head for one big focus at a time. These days, that focus is not blogging and all that it entails. I'm not going to apologize for that, though I will remind myself that I must get business cards printed and submit my bio for the Blogpodium book... Only a month away!

So, what has been taking up my attention?

(This might take some explaining.)

Conscientious eating has been taking up my attention. I don't like to call it calorie counting, because I think it goes far beyond paying attention to how many calories you're eating. It's also about paying attention to what's in those calories and paying attention to how your body reacts to those calories. It's about noticing when you're hungry and about determining what is going to ease that hunger and ease it for a long time.

Oh, and. How can I make that food tasty.

It's complicated. But it's interesting.

There is a minor weight loss goal* going along with this conscientious eating. On top of it all, I've been getting back to the gym when I can, taking nice long walks with my pooch and, all-in-all, not thinking about what the heck I am going to post on my two neglected blogs. (Before friends and family and those of you who have met me get all insistent that I have no need to lose weight, this is true! But that doesn't mean that my five pounds of muffin top wouldn't be just a little healthier off of me.)

Being healthy is important to me.

I won't keep this up for long. Generally, I track the foods I put in my mouth consistently for about two to three weeks at a time. This is long enough to get a good grasp on what I'm eating, make a few changes, and maintain from there. So, what kinds of food am I eating?

Plenty of salad.


Some quinoa, in all its nutritional magic.


Plenty of fruit, including frozen ones.



And, there's a whole chicken, happily cooking away in my crock pot as I write this, ready and waiting for me to get home tonight.


Food is important to me. Specifically, tasty food is important to me. But so is being healthy and learning to control and understand my body. I hope that, over the next little while, I'll be able to share the healthy aspect of food a little more, the indulgent-but-good-for-you side.

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