SAYEH'S LIVING LITHE! 27 Feb 2013
Lauren's goal this week reminded me of something I'm trying to forget on this new journey to wedding dress wow time--the eating part matters. A lot. Like 80% matters as she always says. I've been doing pretty well at the going to classes part, but not so much on my diet. Last night, for instance, I ate a grilled chicken sandwich...smothered in ranch dressing and topped with bacon...and a side of fries. (What is it with fries? Why are they so good? Why is it impossible to be sick of French fries? Think of how many times in your life you've had french fries...and yet still ALWAYS want fries. What IS IT?)
Every week I tell myself I'm going to grocery shop and cook, and while I do that to an extent...I end up making pasta and breading chicken--less than healthy meals even if they are homecooked. They say that if you build the right pantry, then you can buy fresh ingredients throughout the week and whip up easy, delicious meals. What are the ingredients in this elusive pantry?? Why am I always feeling like I have NOTHING I need to cook any of the recipes I want to tackle?
And then the grocery store? HELP! Most people in the know say...go to the market and see what produce looks the most fresh and buy that. Don't go to the store telling yourself you'll buy salmon for some recipe you've predetermined you will cook. Instead, see what fish looks the most vibrant, and buy that. HELP! I have a mom that can sniff and squeeze her way through a store and get nothing but the best in her basket. She can look at a fish's eye (should be clear and shiny, not dull and dark) and tell how fresh it is. She can look at the color of meat in the butcher case and determine if it's at its best. Pas moi. I will wander around the produce section looking at things like fennel and celery root and think...should I buy that? And if you do this buy what's fresh thing...what do you do with all the random things you brought home? Somehow whip them all together into a delicious, healthy, nutritionally balanced meal? HELP!
Of course, I've decided that a Vita-Mix is the answer to all my problems. I imagine that I'll bring home all the things I never buy like chard and kale and beets (they're bulky and take a lot of prep) and put them into the Vita Mix and make delicious smoothies, soups and sauces and...other liquid forms of fruits and veggies for my consumption. But at 600+ bucks, that's a future investment and also clearly doesn't solve all my shopping and cooking woes.
But when I think about the time I looked and felt my best, it was when I was going to 5 classes a week and eating tons of Lithe foods. I was doing all my push ups on my toes and feeling strong and energetic from beginning to end of class. With my diet now, I can tell I'm dragging in class even though I'm over the hump of just getting back into the workout. No more denying it. It's time to clean up my act!
In addition to reading the blog and getting great ideas from Lauren's recipes, I'd love to know any tips, advice and tricks of the trade to shop and gather ingredients for making easy, tasty and healthy foods. Tall order, I know. There's a multi billion dollar business based on this very thing. But it can't really be this hard can it? I'm all ears.
In the meantime...see you in class! That much I can figure out.