Where have you been for the last three weeks?
What have you been doing?
What have you been eating?
I really want to know these things – because I’m curious, and because I’m going to tell you about me, and it’s just rude – and boring – if the conversation is one-sided.
What I really want to know is if you stuffed your face full of candy for the last twenty-one days straight.
Because I did.
If I see peanut brittle again before next December 22nd, I might hurl.
What were your top three food groups from December 22nd – January 2nd? Hmm?
2. Sweets (which includes candy, so there is an overlap here. . . )
3. Corn chips
If my list continued through 4 and 5, I would add raw veggies + ranch dressing and unseasonably summery lemonade + vodka cocktails.
And not necessarily in that order. If I added 6, it would be cheese – sliced, shredded, melted – you name it.
And as far as the veggies go, those were included mostly as a visual prop. I stared at them a lot. Not many of them actually made them to my mouth. They seemed like a sensible, healthy idea though. . . .
Please tell me your diet was significantly better than mine.
My husband high-fived me when I told him I only gained 1.7 lbs over vacation.
He witnessed the horror.
I am not one much for New Years resolutions. I know myself well enough to know I won’t carry them out.
I am however, one to do something ad nauseam and then be forced to change my behavior simply for survival.
Hence, my grocery cart yesterday.
I’m so proud of me.
There was not one single bit of peanut brittle in that basket.
Let me tell you what was there:
- brown rice
- lean meat
- black beans
- skim milk
- whole grain cereal
- raw nuts
- bell peppers
- *ahem*, cheese
- ground turkey
Yesterday was a day I was proud to push my cart through the store.
I spent a good portion of my time there bumping into people on purpose so they’d accidentally glance into my basket and think, “Wow. That girl is a healthy eater!”
Right? You know what I’m saying.
Not all shopping days are like that.
So let’s get down to business.
Healthy days start with healthy breakfasts.
Plate them with eggs and toast, slap them onto a whole grain bagel, or eat them all alone. It really doesn’t matter – they’re healthy.
We’re turning a new leaf here, and these little patties are packed with flavor and good-for-you ingredients, yet they’re disguised as tasty food.
Crazy, right? They actually kind of taste like. . . fun.
And seriously – as long as there is no peanut brittle involved, we’re good.