My friends influence me to eat healthier. I totally ignored their healthy eating influence this past winter, in an excuse I like to call “Polar Vortex Syndrome,” but what is important here is that since it is FINALLY starting to warm up, I have been paying more attention to what I am eating. Come to find out, it is directly influenced by what my friends are eating. One friend is completely carb and sugar free (blasphemy on this blog! #carbtastic) and the other is gluten free and is constantly making smoothie meals. I see their smart choices and I know if they can do it, so can I. And I am not delusional enough to think that their diets are perfect. I see their struggles and understand that even they give into temptation. I know that I can never be as disciplined as them, but dammit, I’m going to try.
I am a vegetarian and honestly that doesn’t really mean much considering I eat more chips than I do vegetables (potatoes are a vegetable, thankyouverymuch). I used to make entire meals around pasta and alfredo sauce.
Like yesterday, I did make my typical pasta with alfredo sauce. This time the pasta was vegetable rotini (instead of a typical white pasta, this was green), with a light alfredo sauce. I also steamed some vegetables and put them in as well. On top of that, I cut up and added some soy “sausage” breakfast patties for protein. On the pyramid of healthy eating, is my meal as balanced as it could be? Maybe not, but it is better than it has been in the past. What I am learning is that I can take the food I already love and add things to it to make it better. (See my first post about adding jalapenos to cornbread–delicious if nothing else). Or I can substitute certain foods. I haven’t personally tried to cook these, but I have tasted my friend’s cauliflower “mashed potatoes” and had some of her spaghetti squash (with tomato sauce) and it is absolutely fantastic.
So now that the weather is halfway decent I don’t feel like I have to carb-o-load all the time. I can have fruits and vegetables and be full. I realize we’re just getting to know each other, reader, so don’t worry, I haven’t given up on carbs all together (example below). I am just finding ways to be smarter about the carbs I do eat.