🥗Better Food, Better Mood?😎
Updated: May 4
Yes, it is true. The crappier I eat the crappier I feel. I notice a mood swing about every three weeks. I want to eat everything in sight. And I sometimes do (to an extent). I then become a bi$ch and can't figure out why. What is the deal? (could be pms..but still!)
But, it is not just that. Sometimes I would eat out of stress. When I am out of routine. When I was angry, happy, sad, wanted to be numb. I would depend on that food that never let me down. I would. I still have my moments (like every four weeks).
How do I deal. Well, I certainly give myself a break when necessary. Also though, I plan ahead. It is the ONLY way to make changes in your diet and possibly your mood.
Think about this. Think of a time you have felt moody or crabby. Now think about what you were eating before that mood swing came into play. Even the day before what you were eating. Let's say you had a day that you totally indulged for no reason. It was not planned, just a day of eating like crap. How did you feel that night? The next morning? I am betting bloated, irritable, slow, puffy? Right? I know this must have happened to you. Maybe it happens more often than you would like to admit?
With some of this "safer at home" free-ish time I have been able to really get down to business with my third book that is going to HELP YOU WITH THIS. This will be 52 weeks of motivation, encouragement, recipes and exercises vs the 3 week kick start in my first book.
For now though, I am going to give you a sneak peek......
"The best advice I can give you on your eating journey is to keep it simple. I found most of my success with weight loss (85 pounds after first pregnancy and 50 pounds after second) was when I ate the SAME thing every single day during the week. Then the weekends, I would splurge a little. This way I keep food thoughts out of my mind. I know what I am having. I make it ahead. That is what I am eating all week and that is the end of it. If you have too many options then you are bound to slip up. Keep it simple.
I encourage you today. Yes, right now to think of one goal you have for yourself today. I want you to write it down and place it somewhere that you can see every single day. This could be something like, drink more water (half your body weight in ounces is recommended) or to move your body 3 out of 5 days a week. It could be to start talking nicer to yourself. As if you were your own best friend. Any goal that comes to your heart right away let’s write it down. Just a small goal that is going to get us to our bigger goal of being healthier and more aware. "- Better Food, Better Mood
Recipe’s for this week: (These are just suggestions you do not have to use them all)
Egg and Feta Cups
This is so easy to grab and go to get a protein and VEGGIES in the morning! Or even a good dinner!!
Chop a handful of spinach fine
Chop up about 10 cherry tomatoes
Put in large bowl
Add 6 eggs plus 1 cup of egg whites along with 1 cup of almond milk (or skim) and ½ C of greek nonfat plain yogurt -- season with dash of salt, pepper, basil and parsley.
Pour into 12 muffin tin
Top each cup with 1tbs of Feta cheese
Bake 375 for about 30 minutes or until golden
(have at 2-3)
Simple Stir Fry
5 Chicken Breast (OR a few cans of Chickpeas )
1 C broccoli
1 C mushrooms chopped
1 C colored peppers chopped
1-2 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
2 frozen riced cauliflower
Bake your chicken breast in oven at 375 degrees for about 15- 20 minutes. Season how you choose. On the stove in a large skillet turn heat up to medium. Drizzle olive oil and add the garlic and onion. Sauté around until tender. Add the remaining vegetables and cook until tender (but not mushy).
Now season with:
¼ C Soy Sauce
2 tsp ginger
2 TBS Maple Syrup
Salt and Pepper to your liking
Stir to coat all vegetables.
Once vegetables are cooked remove from heat and serve over the cooked chicken.
1 pound Ground Beef (Vegetarian use Mushrooms)
1 Red Pepper
2 C Raw Spinach
1 Can Stewed Tomatoes
2 C cooked Quinoa
1 Bag riced cauliflower
2 C Shredded cheese -mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar or a mixture
1 Container of cottage cheese
½ Can sliced olives (optional)
2 jars of lower sugar pizza sauce
Start by browning meat in a large skillet. While this is cooking chop up all of your vegetables. When meat is browned (drain excess fat) add in all the veggies and cook until tender. Add the pizza sauce and the (drained) stewed tomatoes to this.
You will need a large casserole dish. Pour the meat and vegetable sauce mixture in this along with the quinoa. Mix up the cooked quinoa well with the others. Spread mixture so it is all even through the baking dish. I used a 9x13 in cake pan. Top with 1 large container of cottage cheese. Next layer with the shredded cheese and a few olives sprinkled on top. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes or until top is golden. Let set about 15 minutes before serving.
***if you run out of food or get super bored you can create a "go to" dish that you know you love and can lean on. Like taco meat over lettuce or something to have in mind so you don't go looking for options elsewhere. Snack on raw vegetables and fruit whenever hunger arises BEFORE you would give into ANYTHING else.
Your workout for this week. Try to get this done first thing in the morning.
What do you think? I would love feedback. Would this help you weekly on your journey to wellness? (I will have snack options, etc. as I go too) Most of the book is written already so should go to press by late fall!