Well, Hey there That’s what I said to Josh when he walked in to Great Clips over a year ago. Nah, just Joshin ya. (He hates that joke.) I think it’s hilarious.
Happy 4th of July!!! My favorite holiday! I’ll be BBQing it up with my family today and I hope you have some fun plans too!
So yesterday I became a firm believer that processed foods aid in depression. I go on about Dr. Hyman’s book “The Ultra Mind Solution.” When I first started recovery, I took everything in this book to heart. As I got better and as time went on I started adding things back into my diet. I felt great eating ice cream and chips. I felt liberated almost. But as we many things, I went too far and over did it. I could feel myself starting to get sad and not even because of my weight. I honestly couldn’t tell you why I felt sad. I just did and it wasn’t a full blown depression feeling, just a “not feeling like myself” feeling.
Yesterday, I cut back on the processed foods, ate more fat, and started feeling so much better as the day went on. Now, I am not going to cut any food group out of my diet but I do want to start eating as little processed foods as I can without feeling deprived. That’s the balance I need.
First, I swapped out my cereal for oatmeal with blueberries. I got burnt out on oatmeal a while ago but now I welcomed it back. It was actually really good and very filling.
I wasn’t hungry at 10 am like I had been after my cereal. Even after taking the kids in the stroller for a 4 1/2 mile run, I was feeling good.
To help with convenience I cooked some chicken in bulk and some brown rice. Lunch took me a whole 5 minutes to make. I heated a cup of frozen stir fry veggies in a pan and then added some brown rice and chicken. Everything was already cooked so it didn’t take long at all. To season I used Cajun seasoning, hot sauce (of course), and a little yogurt dressing. It was great.
For a snack, I had full fat cottage cheese and pineapple bits. I love cottage cheese and pineapple together.
It’s such a great filling snack and for those who count calories (I still refuse to go back to that) it’s around 160 calories for a good filling snack.
For dinner I had a salad with more chicken in it. I think the extra fat and protein really helped me with feeling full and not craving so much sugar. I snacked on some grapes after. I also drank a ton more water. I got rid of the Ice Drinks and other carbonated drinks because they kept me from drinking enough regular water.
So that’s how I’m feeling about things right now. I will never cut anything out of my diet but I believe that the less processed foods in my life, the happier I will be. Depression is a tricky little B’atch and I’m really tuning in to everything in my life and everything that affects my mind and body to keep her as far away from me as possible. Forever.
I’m actually going to try after we move (August 1st) to try and keep as many processed foods out of the house for the entire family. Time to come up with a lot of kid friends dishes! Josh is on board and I haven’t told the kids about it yet but I think they’ll be just fine.
Question: What are your thoughts on processed foods? Cottage Cheese: Love or No?