When it’s warm outside, I usually don’t like to eat hearty foods, or really hot dishes. This is a very easy, thrown together salad that I eat for lunch each day. (My Big Salad.) I rough chop ¼ green pepper, ¼ red pepper, ½ tomato, ½ small head of ice burg lettuce, ½ of an avocado, ¼ cucumber, some red onion finely chopped, and some black pepper. If I’m feeling up to it, I may add two Chik Patties from the MorningStar Farms line of veggie foods, or actual cooked chicken. I also add any dressing I feel like each day. The mixture will taste great regardless. It may seem like a lot to cut up, so feel free to cut a lot up at once and bag the mixture into smaller bags and keep in the fridge to eat through the week.
The one thing I don’t actively add is any kind of cheese to the salad. I know it’s tempting to pile on the cheese because cheese is amazing, but that can add an unreasonably amount of calories very quickly, and just about counter act any health benefit eating a salad does for your body. If I want a cheese taste, I’ll opt for a dressing with cheese in it. A favorite of mine is the feta dressing from Trader Joes, or a creamy Caesar dressing in full regular fat variety. I don’t bother with low calorie dressing. It usually tastes horrible. I’m not interested in suffering.
Feel free to add any of your favorites to your own mixtures: whether it’s fruit, seeds, olives, carrots – whatever, make it delicious, and make it yours.
Now that we are getting back into the swing of things after a three day weekend, I’m sure some of us are feeling that post BBQ bloat. All the burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, booze, desserts, and steak in some cases made for a tasty weekend for most of us. What are we supposed to do when that indigestion creeps in, and we feel a bit sick this week? A healthy alternative to get you back on track is increasing your vegetable intake. There are numerous benefits to eating veggies healthily (not loaded with butter & salt). I know the trend is to make some kind of shake with the trendy veggie (kale at the moment) but I invite you to actually cook your vegetables, season them then eat them. You may end up enjoying them more.
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Every so often you hear the phrase, “30 is the new 20” or “40 is the new 30” and so on. It annoys me because it is simply not true and shows how youth obsessed we are as a culture. This year, in December, I will be turning 30 and you know what? I’m glad it won’t be a repeat of my early 20s. I have grown so much as a person in the last 10 years and frankly, I don’t ever want to return there. I had a great time over the last decade and where I am now, and am going with my life is more of an adventure to me than feeling as though I can “restart” at some point in my life.
My body has changed in all aspects. I can see some lines being drawn on my face by time, I can feel a difference in my skin, my hair, teeth – everything and I am okay with it. I respect the flow of life and events and have adapted to what I currently have. Something I found that helped keep my mind level was creating smaller goals for myself and sticking to them. Currently, I am aiming at losing another 40lbs of fat. I started lifting weights last December and a few weeks ago started Zumba (which is amazing). I am not doing this to fall into what is “beautiful”; I am doing it for me and my family. I’m in this life for the long haul, God willing. I want to make a difference in others’ lives and I want to be an example for my son to start healthy and stay healthy as an adult, in mind, body and soul. For everyone else, whatever age you are, be that age, have fun and learn from your mistakes. I remember the 16 year old me, the 21 year old me and now the 29 year old me and they are so different that if they were in the same room together, they wouldn’t know each other. It’s a good thing and can only go up from here. I’m not afraid of failure and know that around the next corner I will find my success as will you.
As I enter the next decade, I hope to make many more new friends, open my life up to numerous new and exciting opportunities and do more traveling. For those worried or hoping to be 20-something again, find inspiration in your current 20,30,40,50+ something. Each decade brings us closer to that true enlightenment. Each new line, wrinkle, or gray hair is a mark that we lived our lives fully and completely. Embrace it!
Me at 29
Me at 18