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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stylefox.com

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.

HOW ARE YOU DOING EATING YOUR VEGETABLES?


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

“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!

Cooksmarts.com
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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