2016 Refresh: Food, food, glorious food.

As promised, I’m revisiting each of this blog’s four pinnacles (Food, Fitness, Love and Life Lists).  I tackled the Life List update last week and plan on updating my Wall of Awesome soon! What’s the Wall of Awesome? For each of the Life List items I have completed, I print out an 8×10 photo of a memory from each one, frame it and hang it within a wall collage in my office. In the center of the collage is a quote that says, “You know all those things you’ve wanted to do? You should go do them.”. I kinda love that cherished photos from each item hang behind me as I work. It’s a daily reminder that life is short and you’ve gotta live big.

But anyhoo, on to Food. Because food is awesome.

In the years that I’ve been blogging here, my dietary decisions have varied. From strict Paleo (whoa.) to “Paleo-ish” to “Clean Eating” to “I’m Getting Married Stress Eating” to “I’m Pregnant So I Eat ALL THE THINGS” to finally… “I Just Had A Baby And It’s Time To Get Back To Me”.  You know you’ve had a window of years like this too, where despite your best efforts and intentions, your diet just goes to shit. But blogging about it helps keep me accountable, for better or worse. If you hate reading about it, sorrynotsorry. If you don’t mind it, I hope you enjoy the recipes I share!

So, since the birth of my son Noah, it’s been a gentle easing back into cleaner and healthier choices.  I still have a nightly battle with my sweet tooth and struggle not to face-eat an entire box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Not to mention that it’s drastically more difficult to cook meals with a newborn in the house. But I must say that I’m slowly improving my daily intake with more of the “Clean Eating” types of food. I’m not obsessive over dairy or gluten anymore, I just indulge in moderation. And most of all, I need recipes that are easy and come together quickly.

Breakfasts: Most mornings I fill up on protein and healthy fat with a two-egg scramble with ham/turkey, a little bit of cheese and a quarter of an avocado. Sometimes I’ll throw it on an english muffin if I’m craving the carbs. But paired with coffee, it keeps me plenty full till lunchtime.

Lunches: Turkey/Ham/Cheese English Muffin sammiches, tuna or chicken salad sammies, or leftovers from dinner the night before.

Dinners: I’ll usually cook something from a recipe 1-2 times a week and have leftovers often. This very minute, it’s leftover taco meat and beans that I’ll throw onto a salad with avocado, a tiny bit of cheese and tons of chopped tomato and salsa. Filling and healthy. Since the hubs travels so much, I will sometimes eat the same thing a few days in a row, but try to mix it up as much as I can.

Pioneer Woman's Baked Ziti

Pioneer Woman’s Baked Ziti

Other staples in my dinner recipe rolodex:

  • My version of PaleOMG’s Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie.  This is a super clean, but super tasty Italian Night option if you’re trying to get back on track. I make this at least every few weeks. The longest time suck is the roasting of the spaghetti squash and cooking it until the mixed in egg is done. But it’s so worth it.
  • If you want a splurge, I highly recommend The Pioneer Woman’s Baked Ziti .  You’ll need both hands (no baby juggling) and some time to make this, though. And it’s a calorie indulgence, so I have small portions.
  •  this crock pot pulled pork recipe. It’s easy, very clean and super tasty.  We’ve had it over white rice, drizzled with the juices and some bbq sauce.  Or we have made pulled pork sandwiches. You could also do lettuce wraps or throw it onto a salad. Very versatile and a definite keeper. And hello, crock pot. Marinate this sucker overnight in the fridge, throw it in in the morning on low for 8-10 hrs and you’re good to go.
  • My husband and I love to order Thai takeout and he always, always orders Tom Kha Gai – a coconut broth based soup with chicken. So when found this recipe on Pinterest I had to try it. It turned out wonderfully! I subbed chicken for shrimp. Yum. Thai Coconut Soup recipe.
  • Lastly, my foolproof go-to – my easy veggie saute with some kind of meat tossed into it. Top it with some clean spaghetti sauce, a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese or sprinkled with some parmesan and I’m good to go. Meat choices that are quick and easy – ground turkey or beef spiced up with your seasoning of choice. Fully cooked sausages (like Adell’s) that are nitrate free and relatively clean. Just watch the sodium! Or if I’m really tight on time, I’ll have a savory dinner scramble with some eggs, the veggies and a bit of cheese.

My other blog collections of easy, clean recipes:

I can’t wait to revisit some of these staples and get back on track.

Because lets be real for a minute. I just had a baby. Like, grew and housed a tiny human for nine months and then pushed said tiny human out of my vagina. That’s NOT a small thing to do. And it makes total sense that three (+) months later, none of my pants fit yet. Even though I have less than 10 pounds to lose (according to the scale), my body is not the same. My hips are wider and that may never change. So in the meantime, I’m trying to be kind and gentle with myself and this new body. I can’t control everything about it’s new shape, but I can control the foods I put into it, to nourish and grow stronger after this long period of enormous and overwhelming change. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m determined to feel good in my own skin again.

Who’s with me?

Till next time,

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2016 Refresh: Food, food, glorious food.

One Response

  1. Girl you know I am! 5+ months now and the body is a strange, foreign, alien being still. More than that, I find myself wanting to eat healthy where before Baby Domo, it was a challenge. I want to be healthy, be able to keep up & be around for a very long time with this kiddo! My, my how my perspective has changed…

    Netstr January 26, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

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