Eating Healthy at Work

Ok…so before I begin this…yes, I’m spoiled at work when it comes to lunch. I teach at a school that provides lunch for its staff and students, and we all eat together in a dining hall.

On most days, there are choices to tempt even the strong! Perogies and sour cream, smokies with sauerkraut, pizza etc. There are also hot meals such as stirfries and lasagna as well as sandwiches and soup. But for me, as of late, my main focus is the salad bar.

It’s not a huge salad bar, but I take whatever greens are available for the day (love the baby kale days) and load it with whatever veggies and beans I can find. I put only balsamic vinegar on it, although at times, I may add a wee bit of salad dressing if I find the salad bland. Today’s salad was a little boring, but yesterday’s…

…was fantastic! Every bite was a pleasure. Take a look at the salad I had. Not only does it taste good, but I feel so wonderful afterward: fulfilled, light and guilt-free! Try a guilt-free salad some time.



Past the 10 lb Target!

Wow….I’m now 11.2 lbs down in three weeks. I continue to have success focusing on fruits, vegetables and some beans/grains.

It is wonderful NOT to be constantly thinking about food. Now that is real FREEDOM! I enjoyed some wine this weekend and didn’t feel guilty…not for a moment.

I finally feel that I am truly committed to my goal of dropping 30-35 lbs and being healthy. The first 10 lbs are gone…yipee!

Lately, I’ve been pretty busy getting my classroom organized. I’ll try to post more often.


What to Bring to a Barbeque?

What do you do for a barbecue if you don’t eat meat?

You can bring your own veggie burgers; either the ones you buy, or your homemade version. I haven’t found any in the store that don’t have cheese or a pretty big list of ingredients that don’t belong in my body, so far. I also haven’t taken the time to explore different recipes, as I know it’ll be a bit time-consuming to do so. If you’re comfortable being you and not worrying about what others think of your food choices, then try this.

Last weekend, at a bbq dinner with family, I brought my own lovely veggie dish. It was pretty simple and pretty quick:

1. I mixed some veggies in a bowl (broccoli, mushrooms) with some soy sauce and sesame seeds, a bit of sesame oil, lime juice along with some herbs/spices; I used garlic, ginger and ground black pepper.

2. I threw it all in a Ziploc bag, sealed it up and packed it in a cooler with my cans of club soda that I planned to drink.

3. At the bbq, I poured my dish into a baking pan and set it on the top, rear part of the barbeque, while the rest of the party cooked their pickerel in the front area. It doesn’t take too long to cook because I like my veggies al dente. This way, I’m getting more nutrients per bite than I would eating overcooked mushy veggies.


Now, in all honesty, fresh pickerel is delicious, and I did have a piece of it.

I hadn’t planned on it, but I decided two weeks ago that while I’m on this journey, I’m not going to pressure myself about being perfect. I allow what I would call an “indulgence” now and again. I also happened to know the person who caught the fish and the lake from which it came. So, I know the fish wasn’t farmed. Do I know what kind of pollution/toxins etc. might be in the fish? No. But for a once-in-a-while treat, I can live with my choice.

Down Some More!

It was two weeks ago today that I hunkered down after my summer vacation and committed (or should I say “re-committed”) to eating the way I believe will bring me optimal health.

I am down a total of 8.6 lbs and am thrilled. The first few pounds slid right off, and now that my journey is continuing (and I haven’t given up!), my weight is moving its way toward the number that’s right for me. I would like to lose 25 or 30 more pounds, ideally, but we’ll see how it turns out. When will I reach this goal? It doesn’t really matter if it takes two months or 8 months. I will just let it happen.

What’s worked for me? No animal products. Mostly vegetables and fruit. My focus is not on food…I don’t think about it much. I eat when I’m hungry. At this point, I try to avoid eating after 7:30 p.m.

Down and Proud

Today, I am 7.2 lbs down, since Aug. 24. Woo hoo! If you’re curious about what I’ve been eating to achieve this, check out the 5 lbs to Success entry on Aug. 29.

I am so proud of myself. Yesterday, I went out to dinner to The Keg (a great steak restaurant, if you are not familiar with it). I knew the menu before I arrived, as I’ve eaten steak, lobster, stuffed mushrooms and other delicious meals there in the past…many times over in the last 30 years or so.

Since I no longer eat most of what they offer, I just created my own meal. I forgot to take a picture of it (wish I had because it was awesome!).

I shared a spinach salad with my husband. With all salads, I ask for the dressing on the side, so I can control how much oil I use. If there is sugar or other things in the dressing that are not ideal, then I am also in control of that. This particular salad came with crumbled blue cheese, which I also asked for on the side. I don’t eat cheese anymore, but I asked for it anyway, so my hubby could enjoy it on his steak. Teamwork!

My main meal was simple, yet tasty. I asked for three side orders: steamed asparagus, sautéed mushrooms (done in oil, not butter) and a plain baked potato with chives and horseradish on the side. I had eaten very little during the day, so I was full before I could even get to the potato. I had it wrapped up and will eat it for lunch today.

For a beverage, I had a soda water (club soda) with lime, my standard drink these days.

It is a wonderful feeling to eat the way I say I want to. Absolutely wonderful!

My tip for dining in restaurants is to look at all the side orders in addition to “sides” that come with certain meals. Create your own meal, and let the server know you have some dietary restrictions. You may find a meal you like that just needs a few substitutions to meet your needs. More often than not, the establishment will be happy to accommodate your request.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. It is your body, and you should decide what you want to put into it.