* Originally Posted January 24, 2016
I MADE A NEW FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!
I was listening to a podcast with Kris Carr and she said you can jazz up juices or smoothies with herbs. So today I made one with frozen strawberries, cucumber, spinach, and mint! It looks like mud but it’s so refreshing. Today I had my first meal out of the house since being vegan. Tom and I went to the Camden Markets for lunch he had pasta I had a falafel salad. For dinner I packed the last of the Pad Thai before heading to Portsmouth to do a gig.
I’ve gotten better about packing a meal to take with me, especially if I don’t know what the food situation is going to be. Finding vegan options isn’t the trickiest but finding wheat-free ones is. One good thing about this challenge is it’s kept me from eating things just because. For instance a couple of days ago I met up with a friend at a coffee shop. It was one of those delightful coffee shops with lots of delicious looking baked goods. I wasn’t particularly hungry, but if I wasn’t on a no wheat/no sugar kick I probably would’ve gotten one because why not? On a whole, I don’t eat too terribly when I’m having a meal. I do cook a good bit outside this food challenge, but it’s the moments of “Oh, why not.” That get me. “Why not have a cake?” “I just had a fun gig, why not get some late night chips?” “Why not have a whiskey?…and then another whiskey?” My problem is that my “Why nots” happen a lot. And that leads to extra unnecessary eating. Usually when I’m not even hungry. People do that all the time, they eat out of boredom or habit. I noticed that when I first started this. I remember being at a gig thinking. “I don’t really want a drink, but this is the time I usually have a glass of wine.”
I think it’s well known that people often use food as a reward system and that if you’re trying to change your eating habits that’s best avoided. It’s been suggested that if you want a reward system built into your healthy life changes, make them non-food related. Get a massage, buy a new outfit or piece of jewelry. Go see that movie you’ve been wanting to see. Make a plan to see that pal you keep meaning to get together with.
A Mac store opened up in Camden and as an award for finishing this month I thought about going there and getting a makeup consultation. Even thought I might do that, I’m still planning my food reward. I can’t help it. I know exactly the first this I’m going to eat after I complete this last stretch. There’s a coffee shop up the road from me. I’m going to go there, and have a pumpernickel bagel with vegetable cream cheese and a cappuccino. I hope that I’ll carry on these new food habits and tools into the rest of the year but, no matter what in nine days, I’m having a bagel.