Tuesday, June 26, 2012

It's Lunch Time!

For me, thinking of what to eat for lunch usually involves more thinking than the other meals. Breakfast time I always have a carb-heavy meal (a must for me!), like oatmeal, cold cereal, eggs, and fruits on the side. Dinner time is easier since I usually plan to cook (or assemble) dishes that will turn into several meals for rest of the week. During busy work days, lunch staples are usually sandwich with deli meat and a slice of cheese, or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with fruits and carrot sticks on the side. Sometimes I will have left-overs from last night, but only if there's enough for one meal.

Today's lunch:
Spinach salad (from CSA) with green apples, walnuts, and olives.

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Grilled cheese with sautee zucchini on whole wheat bread

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A few weeks ago, Jake and I watched "Forks Over Knifes", a documentary that examines the idea that plant-based diet can control chronic diseases. I was eating pretty much a plant-based diet with meat once a week, until I started cooking for two. After seeing the movie (along with "Food, Inc" from a few months ago), we decided to change some rules on food and dining.

  • Eat less meat: By starting Meatless Mondays and another meatless day during the week.
  • Eat out less: We are doing pretty good on this one already, on average we eat out once a week. We need to be more conscious about ordering more healthy meals in restaurants.
  • Eat everything in our weekly CSA (even collard greens)
  • Eat at the dinner table: Our favorite TV shows usually get us here
  • Eat less packaged food: Cold cereal is going to be a hard one
  • Drink less soda: I'm having a hard time implementing this one, since someone loves soda and claims that diet soda is harmless. It's more the habit of drinking soda than the artificial sweeteners that gets me.
  • Practice mindful eating

What food rules do you live by?

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