Yesterday morning I awoke to such a glorious smell…I lept out of my bed with delight and anticipation of the coming glories of the day. Well…not exactly, but you get the idea. Anyone who knows me also knows that there sure isn’t any ‘leaping out of bed’ in the morning. Mornings and I have never really gotten along. But, yesterday was a little better. The night before I had plopped all the fixin’s for apple cinnamon steel-cut oatmeal into my crock pot, and that wondrous little machine cooked my breakfast for me while I slept! The kids really enjoyed the oatmeal, too. As a matter of fact, 5 out of 6 Hunts agree: this recipe is a winner! You can make Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, too! Click here if you’d like the recipes.
For lunch I had some Un-refried bean burritos (I told you that recipe makes a ton!) with avocado slices, reduced fat cheese and homemade salsa. I had Shake0logy for an afternoon snack and some fuel before my workout. I lifted pretty heavy, and today I’m walking a little funny, I’m not gonna lie to you. That just means I did it right. 🙂
For dinner I grilled up some Costco Extra Lean Turkey Burgers (only 200 calories) and made baked sweet potato french fries. I used sweet potatoes from the farm. They were SO delicious! I could have eaten a lot more just because they tasted so darn good, but I didn’t need to. This was a very satisfying meal! Sometimes, if I just take my time and enjoy every little bite, I find that I’m content with just 1 serving. I once heard that it takes your brain about 15 minutes to register that your stomach is full. Do me a favor and DON’T shove the food in quickly in an attempt to fool your brain. It’s not a smart strategy.
Later on, I needed a little snack so I toasted up some Ezekiel bread, spread it with natural almond butter and had an organic dark chocolate square on the side. I really was totally satisfied all day. It’s amazing what mindful eating does for your daily diet. It’s funny, because I now know what my ‘weak times’ are. When the kids start reaching for snacks in the afternoon, that’s when I would typically grab a handful of whatever it is they took out of the pantry: a few chips, crackers or pretzels. Not that any of those things would put me over the edge, but it’s processed food that my body doesn’t need, especially if I had planned ahead and ate accordingly. 🙂 Day 3 is done…only 27 more to go. I’ve got this!