Back to Health!

Well, the East Coast party’s over! Back from vacation and time to get back on track with my eating habits.

From Jan. 2013 to Aug. 10, 2013, I did not eat any meat or eggs.  I was really proud of myself for accomplishing this. No beef, pork, chicken, fish or shellfish…none. I moved to the next stage that I wanted to achieve (giving up dairy) in late July which lasted until mid-August, when my vacation started.

In advance, I decided to eat seafood during my East Coast trip and indulge in dairy again. After all, I justified…I was on holiday! I ate mussels, oysters, lobster, haddock, cod….loved it! Being a true cheese addict (the only dairy I’ve been stuck on), I had cheese as well as eggs. As a last hurrah…yesterday, my family and I enjoyed eating a whole lobster each for a late lunch. Yes, of course we had melted butter.

I indulged, and now it’s over.

After that meal, I took my official step toward eating well again. I am fortunate because I gained only 1.6 pounds while away… could have been a LOT worse!

So, how did the rest of my day go? I got right back on the health train.

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For dinner we visited with some family. They had chicken, and I brought salad for my main dish. It contained romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, cucumber, pickled hot peppers and some ground cashews.

For the dressing, I wanted to get back to making dressing without any added oil. This is a real challenge at first, but once you start to experiment with different ingredients that provide the moisture needed, it becomes a fun challenge to create one. Here’s what I made:

I blended one kiwi, some frozen mango (mostly defrosted in the microwave first), some cilantro and a tiny dash of salt. It was delicious, but when I make it next time, I will add a couple of tablespoons of lime juice.

I felt light, guilt-free and happy with my choices when my day ended. A wonderful feeling that beats feeling full, bloated, guilty and unhappy.

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