“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
Quite the inspiring quote, isn’t it? Today is a day of new beginnings. I haven’t been taking care of myself lately– missing the gym, eating poorly, and not sleeping enough. I know better than this, but sometimes it’s hard not to slip into old habits, right? Especially when you’re in the midst of a big event, like moving? Well, I had trouble sleeping last night, partially because of stress and partially because of not feeling great. You know that feeling you get when you know you’re not taking care of your body? You’re tired, you experience anxiety about mundane things, and you just feel….blah? I experienced that last night, and I woke up early. TOO early. I was tired and feeling a little anxious, and mad at myself for it!
I decided in that drowsy moment that today I would clean up my act. No more staying up late to watch a show! No more extra dessert! Eat more vegetables! Drink more water! Get to work! (And look, I’m already at work!)
When left to my own devices, I am quite the hedonist, but it never makes me feel good in the end. I know this! But sometimes we forget. Or need reminding. I actually found more inspiration this morning from a new fitness/health blog I found called, “Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth.” This woman lost 80 pounds, and she now chronicles her daily adventures in cooking, baking, fitness, and weight loss. Admittedly, I think she is more self-disciplined than I ever want/plan to be, but I think she is adorable, and I really like her balanced eating plan–specifically, her “rabbit food pyramid.”
Rabbit Food Pyramid:
Produce: fruits and vegetables.
Whole Grains: brown rice, quinoa, couscous, whole grain pasta, whole grain breads, whole oats, and whole corn.
Protein: tofu, tempeh, Greek yogurt, cheese, beans, chickpeas, lentils, milk, eggs, turkey, and chicken.
Plant Based Fat: avocado, olives, nuts, and seeds.
She recommends for lunch and dinner, for example, that you eat 2 servings of vegetables, 1 serving of whole grain, 1 serving of protein, 1 serving of plant based fat. For breakfast and a snack, you should eat 1 serving of fruit, 1 serving of whole grain, 1 serving of protein, 1 serving of plant based fat. This makes sense! Structuring when you eat your fruit and veggies (to make sure you eat enough!) seems like a great idea. I even decided to base my simple breakfast—Peanut butter Oatmeal with an Apple Almond Milk smoothie– after a sample breakfast she provided. (Her recipe requires cashew butter and soy milk, and I swapped the cashew butter for peanut butter, the soy milk for almond milk, and added cinnamon and vanilla extract.)
I’m going to the gym again today. Considering I still feel sore from Sunday’s workout, I figure I need to start taking care of my body and fueling up! And this breakfast was perfect. Super healthy and fresh with both hearty (oatmeal) and refreshing, sweet elements (Apple-Almond Milk smoothie). I never thought of blending an apple for a smoothie, but it definitely worked! Such a simple idea. And I feel full! Thanks, RFFMBT! You’re my new favorite.