I recently mentioned in a previous post that I am taking part in a Healthy Challenge, hosted by Carrie from Carrieonvegan. You can check it out here:
I have felt compelled to cheat… and to be honest, the first day of the challenge was a no-go for me. I ended up eating more junk than I normally do. I had a weird and off day. But I woke up the next day feeling determined to stick with it and have been managing pretty well so far.
So what do you do when you’re supposed to go to bootcamp and you’d rather stay home and eat pizza? I had a difficult decision to make, I was tired, didn’t think I was really up to bootcamp as I hadn’t really been enjoying the new one I was trying out and pizza sounded so much better! I hauled my butt to bootcamp, actually had fun and came home and made this instead:
This dish is actually inspired by Carrie as I had never tried making water-sautéed veggies before. I thought you *needed* oil to make a stir fry. Well, at least to make it taste good. But this is not true! I started off with some fresh ginger, garlic & onion, added mushrooms and broccoli, purple cabbage and red pepper and topped it with cilantro and sesame seeds. It took all of 15 minutes and tasted amazing! I did add a tiny bit of coconut aminos and some cayenne pepper for flavour – but hardly any at all. And I felt sooooo much better that I had this instead of pizza (even though my pizza is fairly healthy with a rice tortilla, 1 tbsp of pasta sauce, some fresh veggies and a bit of daiya). And taking a simple step like this helped keep me on track the rest of the week.
I’d like to share my goals with you (am most likely doing this for 4-6 weeks instead of 6-8):
1) No potato chips (I eat these way too much right now!)
2) No evening snacks (fruit is an exception)
3) Exercise at least 1 hour per day, with Sundays off (I am setting this goal as I’m looking to lose weight)
4) One day of completely raw food per week (I used to do this, but haven’t really since I’ve moved and would love to get back in the habit)
5) Chocolate only once per week (hmmmm)
6) Homemade snacks as much as possible (making my own kale chips, grawnola, crackers etc)
7) No overeating & minimise emotional eating (sometimes I do this when I’m stressed or upset)
8) Minimizing the use of oils and sweeteners
9) Decrease fruit intake, increase veggie intake
10) Drinking lots and lots of water (I already do this, but have days where I get busy and don’t drink as much as I should and then eat more to compensate)
I tried making these goals attainable. I find sometimes I set myself up for failure as I make rules instead of goals and they seem to strict and I end up doing the opposite of what I have set out for myself. Also, I’m allowing myself some exceptions. I’ve been enjoying treats & sweets a little too much lately, so I’m allowing myself one slightly indulgent day per week (where I make a fun and healthy dessert made out of fruit and/or dates and nuts & seeds) and one moderately indulgent day per week where I can have an evening snack and have some chips. If I pre-meditate the day (usually a Friday or a Saturday), I can look forward to it and try to stay on track in the meantime.
That being said, my mom, sister & niece are coming up to visit this coming Wednesday for a week and a half… so I may not be sticking to this quite as well as I’d like, but I am making preparations to ensure I do. I have grawnola in the dehydrator as we speak and kale chips and flax crackers are next. I am making some salad ahead of time and putting it in lunch-size containers so I can have it on the go and will be chopping up some carrots & veggies so everyone can snack on them instead of caving into chips. They enjoy chips and seem to have more self-control with them than I do, so I am faced with having chips in the house, but I think I will have non-vegan ones as I know this will keep me from eating them.
I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!! I may not post quite as much this week with the family up, but I’ll have some fun pictures to share =)