Today’s calories: 1671
For years, I’ve resisted eating salads.
It’s kind of been a strange thing. Ever since I first read about green smoothies and started making/drinking them, I’ve consumed a lot of greens in liquid form, but rarely ate greens.
In fact, I have drunk tons of spinach, but had never actually chewed it.
So, when I thought of salads, I could only see myself eating romaine lettuce (the only leafy green I liked) along with various other things you’d typically put in a salad. My thinking was, if I was only going to use romaine lettuce, I was going to get tired of salads really fast. It was better to stick with smoothies.
A few days ago, I ordered takeout. I wanted to try something I typically wouldn’t order and I wanted something healthy. I went for a BBQ chicken salad. The salad was made from spring mix (which included spinach). I ate it, and, to my surprise, I liked it. Spinach is quite good!
This salad inspired me to buy a huge salad bowl (my first) so I can have huge salads for dinner. Last night I had my first. It was awesome. It consisted of a ton of spring mix, about 6oz of grilled chicken, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and a sprinkle of goat cheese.
I know I should be making my own dressing. Eventually, I’ll do that. For now, I’m using this really tasty Tarragon Dijon Organic Vinaigrette.
While it’s low in calories, it’s quite high in sodium.
Speaking of sodium…
HayHouse has a new Web site for book reviewers. The deal is, if you agree to post a review of their books, they’ll send you a free copy to review. I signed up and chose Beyond Sugar Shock.
Wow. That book was really awful. There’s nothing I hate more than book that is filled with the usual recipes, grocery lists, and blank pages for notes. Pages were devoted to marketing the author’s Web site and other HayHouse books. The meat of the book was a six-week plan to stop eating sugar. Even those pages were filled with not a lot of high quality, useful information.
Within the book was The Sugar Shock Quiz. It included such questions as:
If someone broke into my home, she or he would find candy wrappers hidden behind sofa cushions, a box of cookies stuffed into my closet, or crumbs hanging on my sweaters and shirts.
If I had to choose between a night noshing on freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or a romantic evening out with my partner, the Sweet White Stuff would win hands down.
God knows I’ve eaten my fair share of sugar, but I’ve never felt like I was truly addicted. I can’t recall if I’ve ever come across anyone who was that far gone with an addiction to sugar to the point where they would have to write a letter of apology to their family and friends for their behavior thanks to their sugar addiction (as the author has the reader do).
However, after I was done reading the quiz (whose questions seemed completely ridiculous to me while I was reading them), it dawned on me that I come really close to being that fanatical about salt.
While I don’t actually sprinkle salt on my food, a lot of the foods I crave are really high in sodium. And while I can wrap my brain around not eating salt-ladened potato chips or French fries, it’s frustrating to discover the organic vinaigrette I mentioned earlier is also jacked up with sodium.
Sometimes this weight loss endeavor is so mentally exhausting. There’s a lot of emotional stuff, physical stuff, and nutritional stuff to be aware of. I suppose the hope is that once change is made, like once I decrease the amount of sodium I take in, it will become a part of my life and not something I’ll have to put so much thought into anymore.