Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: Eat Your Veggies!

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!

Here is who joined me for the journey last week:

Annika, from Annika Perry

Judy, from Edwina’s Episodes

Bee, from A Spirit of Healing

Amy, from Reade and Write

Sana, from World’s Kitchen

Melissa, from the Aran Artisan

Carolyn, from Carolyn in Joy

Melissa, from Melissa Barker-Simpson

Let’s see, now… so far this year we have set our goals and looked at ways to make some life changes on our healthy journey. We are learning what being healthy means to us, specifically. That is great! Remember, everyone’s journey is different. We all aren’t looking for the same things here. I want to lose weight, some people want more exercise, and still others want to just take it slow and concentrate of becoming more mindful of what healthy means to them.

So, what does healthy mean?

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There seems to be a plethora of images and definitions about what “healthy” means. I believe we should all define that word for ourselves. Educate yourself on the differences, and then make your own decision.

Here is the other thing I think about becoming more healthy:

Don’t jump into some diet that is so strict that you can’t indulge and have some treats once in awhile. All you are doing is setting yourself up for failure, and then you blame yourself for making the decision to indulge! It becomes a vicious circle that only makes you feel more guilty about living!

Instead of eating 10 mint chocolate chip walnut cookies, only eat two with a cup of tea or coffee. You still get your treat and that makes you feel special, as it should. If you have a huge family gathering and Grandma makes her special apple pie, don’t turn that down! Have the pie. Just make it a small portion so that you get to enjoy the luxuries from Grandma’s kitchen. Life is too short to not indulge. Learn to pace yourself.

Speaking of indulgence, I overestimated myself last week. I did indulge in the most wicked crusty garlic artisan bread I have ever had! I had that moment where I wondered if I should eat it. I made the decision, and I ate 2 pieces of the crusty bread with my homemade veggie soup. My planning was all wrong and I gained back the weight I lost last week. Add that to the fact that I did not exercise enough… Well, the writing was on the scale!

EEEK! Drat! Now, what? When life hands you lemons… MAKE lemonade!

When you make the wrong eating decisions, you must pull up your big girl pants and move on! Why punish yourself over a decision you make a few days ago? Learn from it and move on!

Timing is everything! If you must indulge pick a day early in the week and tell yourself that you will allow yourself to have that tidbit that you desire more than life itself, no later than Wednesday! That way you have plenty of time to lose the extra weight you gain through the week. You still get your indulgence, and you still achieve your goal. I weigh myself and record my weight on Saturday morning, so that is why I chose Wednesday as my day of NO RETURN.

What did I do wrong last week… I was in a hurry. I let my desire for bread and cookies get the best of me. We are all human! Don’t punish yourself and beat yourself up. Get over yourself! Do better this week and smile. Always SMILE.


I did try a new squash last week. This is called a kabocha squash. Realsimple.com

“This pumpkin-shaped Japanese squash (typically 2 to 3 pounds) is fairly new to the U.S. market but has caught on quickly due to its subtle, honeyed sweetness and smooth, almost fiberless texture. The jade green exterior has light green stripes, and the meat is a pale orange. Drier and denser than most squashes, the kabocha can be baked or steamed, like acorn squash, or pureed to give soups a buttery richness. Great for Soups.”

It was a bit pricey in cost but worth a try. I steam all of my squash (and most fresh veggies) in my steamer I purchased from Target. I did like the way it tasted. It had a smooth texture and I added it to my smoothies a few mornings. It would taste wonderful with a bit of butter and just a touch of salt, too. I would have this squash in place of a potato because the calories and sugars are less.

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Squash is a great alternative to potatoes. I buy many different kinds of squash and eat them regularly. Spaghetti squash is amazing and will save you tons of calories if you use the squash like pasta noodles. I do the same thing with this squash. It is fabulous steamed!

has a produce cooking website dedicated to all things vegetables. It is worth checking out if you get sick of the same old veggies!

Remember to eat the most colorful foods. Food that is white (potatoes, rice, bread, pasta, etc.) have a higher calorie count. Limit those foods and replace them with more vegetables. The fresher the better. If you have to eat canned, rinse them and microwave them. It will help you eliminate much of the salt.

The American Diabetes Association has a great explanation of what carbohydrates are. Carbs affect our blood sugar levels so you really need to understand the difference between the good and bad carbs. Believe it or not… fruits and veggies are CARBS!

Yoli.com shares the difference between good and bad carbs:

PopSugar.com has a two-week weight loss plan using vegetarian dinners all under 300 calories.

Go to MyPlate.gov to see what the healthy eating guidelines are.

Image Credit: MyPlate.gov

Image credit: USDA MyPlate.gov

How is that for some veggie inspiration? If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!

Link to my post with a ping back each week in a separate post on your own blog. I will add your blog to a list of healthy living supporters that others can visit to gain motivation on each of my Mindful Monday Healthy Living posts. Together we can become healthier!

Remember, this is not a challenge.  Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, together we can do it!

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68 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: Eat Your Veggies!

  1. Excellent, motivational post Colleen! My motivation this year is a holiday at the end of March – my goal is “not to feel like a beached whale”, it isn’t really to do with dieting (I have no ideal weight I am aiming for) or fitness (I just want to feel a bit fitter) so I am taking things in small steps. That being said have you tried cauliflower rice – http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/cauliflower-rice this is a brand new discovery to me, goes great with a curry and you can practically have as much as you want. Thanks for sharing. KL 🙂


    1. Oh, my! I had to laugh! Before I started Weight Watchers in 2012 I weight 225 lbs. I know what a beached whale feels like. I like that you are after a healthy living attitude. Diets don’t work. You have to change what you put in your mouth and how much you move. That is it. I do want to try the cauliflower rice and have some in the fridge. I will try it and share it on Silver Threading. If you eat your veggies, you can eat till you are full. The calories are nominal. I read the other day… eat meat like it is a condiment. That is how you will lose weight. No more than 6 oz. a day. You will be amazed if you make those couple of changes what happens. ❤

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  2. Colleen, I am always impressed by your amazing posts! So much information and tipps about healthy living and eating. And I completely agree: First and foremost we should never forget to enjoy life and even if we overstepped the limit we set ourselves…. never regret, just hang in again!

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    1. Olga, that is an excellent article and I am going to talk about smoothies next week because I agree with you. Smoothies can be a real sabotage to our weight loss efforts.
      I try to have a smoothie every other day for breakfast. I have been using pea protein powder and veggies. I do use frozen banana and some other frozen fruit (strawberries, etc.) I use almond coconut milk (50 calories) a cup. The rest of the liquid I use is water. Weight Watchers suggests that you count the calories of the blended fruit. I usually take 5 Points Plus Points for my smoothie. The Nutra Bullet RX has made it easier to use less frozen fruit and more veggies. Today, I used kale, a bit of squash, a pear, banana, and 1/2 c. strawberries. I don’t even add honey or stevia. The fruit sweetens the smoothie just right. Thanks for sharing the article. It contained fabulous information! ❤


  3. You have given some great advice again this week Colleen. We do need to have one or two treats otherwise it will be so difficult to stick to anything! I saw my GP last week who did not recommend I go on the low carb diet as he thinks I will compensate with too much fat, but I have sent off for a book many diabetics have found really helpful, Will wait and see how that pans out. 🙂

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        1. I know there were girls who had diabetes when I started. They worked hard and by the time they had changed their eating habits about 6 months in, two of them were off their insulin! It is a real lifestyle change, but Weight Watchers is amazing. You can do it online now too. I bet your Dr. will sanction that. It is not a diet, it is a way of life. ❤

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  4. Way cool information here! I have that same Earth Bound Organic graphic and love learning about all the squash I never knew existed! Have you tried Delicata yet? Terrific stuff.

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  5. Fabulous graphics you include here, Colleen. Wow. And, I wouldn’t want to live in a world where you cannot add crusty bread to a meal of homemade soup ! It’s a winter staple in my house. The wind chill is -2 degrees here, and I’m making baked potato soup. Bread arrives later. ☺

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      1. Thank you. I enjoy your posts because I can relate. I love to walk and a half hour is very doable. I don’t know where you live but our high today is 34. We are going to the grocery store so my walk will be fast and brisk.

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  6. I’m definitely smiling! I can completely relate to your point about time and I will admit I cut a few corners. But I’m doing what I can and learning to plan better. I’ve been caught out too many times between jobs, where there are no healthy options and my stomach is groaning to be fed! That’s when the cookies really talk 😉 ❤

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  7. Colleen, brilliant post full of great advice and pictures. I think you’re right, set yourself goals that are manageable. Also if you can’t do something one day, don’t panic or berate yourself, just do it the next day. I’m still enjoying the yoga and noticing a huge difference, a lot mentally too and I am much more aware of how I move, stand etc. I take the weekend off though and relax with the family. Balance and mindful!

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      1. I’ve been out nearly every day this year for a walk but today my friend and I decided it was just too cold! It hasn’t got above zero – probably not cold for you but we’re wimps! The yoga felt good though. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it.

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  8. Wow! What an excellent post, Colleen. The infographics are fabulous – much better than just a list. My husband and I are always bumping heads over what is healthy and what he thinks is healthy. I am going to print out the infographics and post in the kitchen where he can see them. I try to eat healthy every day, but he needs to loose weight too and I am trying to show by example rather than nagging.. Wish me luck on that one. I haven’t had time to work up a post, but I will try to get one done by next week.


    1. You are so welcome. I love the infographics too. They are quick little bursts of knowledge that help us all. The weight loss issue is a tough one for all of us. If you both can get on the same page it really helps. Pick one day to have the things you love… only have small amounts of them. That is so important. There are some great recipes to try that will let you sneak in veggies where they are least expected. That is the key. They say eat mostly plant based food, eat meat like it is a condiment, and watch your salt and fat. If you can do that you are on the road to healthy. I am excited you are going to join in. I have lots to share next week! ❤

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  9. Fantastic, detailed post Colleen. I love your attitude too! Kudos to you all on the healthy living train! I made the transition years ago and it’s a natural part of living for me now. We’re all human, of course we’re going to want to eat something naughty once in a while, it’s called living! They say the 80/20 rule is good. If you can be good 80% of the time, you’re doing great. 🙂

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  10. I’m with you on not denying snacks…all in balance. Could you believe I have never tried spaghetti squash? I have bad childhood memories of sweet potatoes and have avoided most squash. I think it’s time to change that.

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  11. You are my veggie inspiration! I really appreciate all the info you added here! So interesting! I especially like the squash chart with all the names! Who knew there were so many pumpkins and squash ! I adore spaghetti squash, personally…it really does have a “mouth feel” like pasta when it’s got cheese and sauce on it. I also have a spiralizer that I make zucchini noodles with and I find them too really satisfying when I crave pasta!
    Keep up the great work! We are here to support you and cheer you on as you journey towards your goals! And your reminder to smile is always needed! Thanks my friend!

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