Celebrate with Clean Eating

Good Morning!!

Would you believe, just as I start changing the way I eat, a Hungry Jacks fast food restaurant opens up at the end of my street?!!!!  Like seriously?!!!!!!

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I feel like a whopper.  But strangely, I don’t feel like fries or my diet coke. I just feel like a whopper.  I am meant to be having smaller portions…so how about a Junior Whopper?  What I hate about dieting the most, is depriving myself of things I really want to have, which is why I refuse to do it.  My family are having Hungry Jacks for dinner tonight, just because we can…am I going to say no? HELL NO!!  I dont want to be one of those people who scrutinise the menu for something that fits in with their rigid diet.  Im having a whopper for dinner tonight!!!  I feel that as long as I dont make this a regular occurance, its definitely OK to have a little indulgence…and a little extra time on the treadmill.

Changing the subject…

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the dads out there for yesterday!!

Our family had a fantastic dinner to celebrate Father’s Day.  It gave me an awesome opportunity to incorporate some of the new recipes I have found on Audrey Johns Blog.   One of the recipes was a Strawberry Spinach Salad.  It also had a great strawberry and orange vinaigrette to go with it.  If you look at the salad, you will see I used shredded chicken.  It was optional but we had it in the fridge so why not?  I thought Strawberry and chicken was a little funny, but I really enjoyed it and the salad was totally demolished by the end of the meal. Two thumbs up from me.  I didn’t use any cheese as the recipe suggests, but it worked pretty well without it.  Another plus to this dish, it was super easy to prepare.

Contained: Spinach, strawberries, shredded chicken, walnuts.
Contained: Spinach, strawberries, shredded chicken, walnuts.

The other dish I made was a major hit with the family.  Skinny and Tasty Spinach Cheese Dip.  I had seen this done before and it tasted amazing.  So I was a little apprehensive about the ‘skinny’ part.  In my experience, low fat anything never tasted as good as the real deal…NEVER.   I would avoid the phrase ‘low fat’ like the plague.  Take low fat skim milk for example…YUK!!! To me it tastes like milk flavoured water *shivers*.  There is just no comparison.  This  recipe has a different flavour, but it leaves you feeling just as satisfied.   The Sourdough Cobb was a great dipping bread and the crust held the bread bowl together for the whole night.

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Contained: Baby Spinach, Greek yoghurt, almond milk, cheddar and parmesan cheese, wholmeal plain flour, and garlic.

As I have been adhering to my new self-created rules, I have been finding that it is becoming increasingly easier to make good choices.  😀  A new habit or way of eating I want to establish for myself and my family is to cut out processed foods as much as I can.  Reading up about it, I have found 14 steps that will help with the process.

Week 1:  Eat two fruits and/or vegetables per meal. By eating a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you will get your fruit and veggie intake up enough to begin hitting the daily recommended minimums. This will already start making you feel better.”

I find that I am already mostly doing this.  I think one more week to really master it will be the best thing for me and that way I can really help to integrate it into the family meal plans.

Its funny, I have family and friends who are making great choices in health and fitness and with their families, and I see inspirational quotes and amazing recipes from them all the time.  I used to gloss over it all and wish for a healthier me, but never actually getting serious about changing.  The motivation was sooooooo hard.  I never thought I’d be one to admit this out loud, but I have a dinkum fear of failure.  I guess that is what stops me from accomplishing a lot of things.

Doing this, and having friends and family encourage me to be better, is an amazing boost in the confidence I have in myself.  Not to mention seeing my results on the scales.

So this Thursday will see the return of my scrapbooking segment as I now have received my new items.

Have a good week and MAKE GOOD CHOICES!!  I will be!!

A xo

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