Mindful Monday

by spiceaholic on June 7, 2010

I was in one of my book-buying phases last month. I didn’t mean to buy so many, but there were some books coming out last month that I wanted, and then whenever I buy on Amazon I have to do the free shipping so I end up scrambling to find something to hit the $25 minimum. I ended up having to do 3 separate orders to get what I wanted. But this is just between you and me, okay? And yes, I’ve heard of the library.

I got the new South Beach Diet cookbook, the new Elie Krieger cookbook, the third book in Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, the latest Sookie Stackhouse book, as well as a few other “filler” items.

Oh and this:

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Well, this wasn’t really a filler item, it was a book I’d been wanting to read for a while: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, by Michelle May, M.D.  Keep an eye out for a future post reviewing this book.

Anyway, I haven’t finished it yet, but I figured I didn’t have to wait to implement some of the mindful eating ideas.  The most important one — asking myself if I’m really hungry before I eat.  Just that one question can make such a difference.  Another important idea — that no foods are off limits.  There are no “good” or “bad” or “should” foods.

Let’s see how I did today with my eats.  And please do excuse the shit-tacular pictures today.  I took them with my iPhone  and I must have caught it on a bad day.

I waited until I was at work and hungry before I ate breakfast.   I had my favorite breakfast sandwich, because it tastes good and keeps me satisfied for a few hours.

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For lunch, I joined a couple coworkers and we went to a Chinese restaurant just down the street from our office.  I looked over the menu quite a few times, since there were a lot of things that appealed to me.  In the end, I decided on the spicy basil beef.

This was really good.  I nibbled on the veggies first, drank my water, and focused on not wolfing my food down. I started feeling full about 1/3-1/2 way through so I made myself stop.

They served us chocolate-dipped fortune cookies afterwards!  This was the perfect amount of sweetness to end the meal.

Lunch kept me full and satisfied for the whole afternoon.  On the way home, I started to get hungry, but the only thing I had with me was a small, snack-sized bag of chips.  So I ate them and enjoyed them.  No pics, since I was driving!  🙂

After I got home, since it was so nice outside, I decided I wanted to take advantage of it and go for a walk.  Normally, I would be obsessing over how fast I was walking, how far I was walking, and how much I was potentially burning.  Today, I went without any music, just myself and my thoughts.  I walked at a pace that felt right to me and didn’t push myself to go any particular distance.  It was such a nice and refreshing walk!

For dinner, we decided to cook some turkey burgers on the George Foreman.  I also baked some fries and the last of the pizza rolls we had lurking in the freezer.

I had a turkey burger with a slice of 2% pepperjack on a sandwich thin, some fries, some chickpea-Greekish salad, and some undocumented pizza rolls.  I had made the salad last night to keep in the fridge for the next couple days so I could just grab it and go in the mornings.  Not the best idea, I think this is one of those salads that is best when it’s made just before you eat it.  I only had a bite or two of it and and decided not to finish it.  But I enjoyed the rest of my dinner.

I thought I wanted something sweet after dinner, but I really don’t.  So I won’t!

Now it’s all well and good to feel all virtuous for one day.  I know it’s not something you just wake up one morning and decide to do and can keep up with.  So I make no promises, except that I will try to be more mindful when I eat.

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Christina (Dinner at Christina's) June 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I used to do the same thing at Amazon! I would keep things on my wish list for filler items or scour the Under $5 section. But now I can’t use that excuse b/c J has Amazon Prime so we always get free shipping!

Too bad about the salad! I hate when that happens.

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