Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot more on trying to reduce carbs and sugar from my diet. This is mainly stemming from a very real fear of becoming diabetic and some blood work results that reinforced this fear. For me, it’s about replacing carbs with more veggies and fruit, which isn’t actually all that difficult for me because I love veggies. Last week, I made zoodles with chicken sausage, onions, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. I boiled the sausage, and then sauteed everything together, until the tomatoes burst. It was filling and delicious. Additionally, I bought some coconut oil to replace the use of olive oil during the saute process.
For this week, I made chicken thighs with artichokes and a side of Mediterranean bean salad (pictured below). Although it’s topped with feta cheese, the bean salad has a spiralized cucumber base, when it easily could have had a quinoa base. Not that I’m saying quinoa is a bad choice- it’s certainly better than basic white pasta- but adding the little extra vegetable in there was an easy and delicious choice. I also bought some wild caught salmon, which I plan to cook later in the week and top with an avocado salsa. Basically, I want my meals to feel light and refreshing instead of laying heavy in my stomach. However, I want them to be filling enough that I’m not rummaging around for a snack later on. (But when I am- I have some fruits, veggies, and cashew butter on hand to help me out!). I also made a homemade veggie dip using mayonnaise, plain Greek yogurt, and a spice dip mix.
I have been toying around with the idea of vegetarianism and veganism, and while I don’t think I’m quite there yet, dropping the amount of carbs and sugar I’m consuming will hopefully take me into the right direction, even if it’s not the perfect result. Besides- it’s about the journey, right? I listened to a short podcast about commitment this morning, and how nothing will ever change unless you commit yourself to change, which is definitely something to think about.
Anyway, on the fitness front, I’ve been going running/walking. I’m actually making progress! Yes, it’s slow. No, I’m not where I want to be. But to feel myself getting better is great encouragement. When I first started out, I couldn’t even run a quarter mile without stopping- a huge blow to my former athlete ego. But even within two weeks I’ve been able to do that, and get my mile time down- not where I want it to be, but at least it’s on it’s way down. All I have to do now is continue to run and stay active. Plus- I joined a soccer league, and feel decent about my performance. I haven’t let the fear stop me.
Here’s hoping that I can stay on the good vibes train and commit to being the healthiest me! Hope your start to May is going well, too!