Friday, March 19, 2010

The One About Eating Healthy

In the interest of full-disclosure, and the fact that the people that actually read this blog are the people I eat with and go out with and decide to grab ice cream with in the middle of the day...

I am officially on the South Beach Diet.

I think y'all did this, did I make that up? How did it go?

Well for me - so far, so good. I've actually started getting into a groove and figuring out what I actually WANT to eat. First and foremost, I have learned that I despise raw vegetables (especially when they can't be dunked in ranch dressing). This is posing a minor problem because I'm supposed to be eating mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. So far my favorite is string cheese. I love string cheese. I'm trying edamame this weekend, which I also love and kind of forgot about, and I've found these great little packages of "South Beach Diet-approved" nuts. It's a weird mix, HEAVY on the almonds, but I think I'm fine with that.

The last couple of days have been a bit glum. I've been eating chicken breasts with veggies, hamburger patties with veggies, and grilled chicken salads for lunch. Mainly, I was ticked that I couldn't put ketchup on my burger. Not OK. Also, it all looked and felt like I was on a diet, which I am not a fan of.

But! Last night was a turning point. My mom made the most delicious shrimp (which of course Dad was allowed to put on top of pasta - UGH) and we roasted some asparagus. Happy day.

And - BONUS - I brought leftovers to work today for lunch. Remember how I'm not going out to lunch during Lent? I went to Western this morning and bought "Reduced Sugar" Ketchup (do you hear the angels singing?) and horseradish to make some South Beach-style cocktail sauce.


So, that's where I stand. Please do not call me to tell me you're craving margarita's and queso, because oh yeah - alcohol is out too. Unless of course you're calling me to tell me you figured out a great way to eat queso without eating the chips - because that would be fine with me.

Otherwise, I'm good to go. Most of this stuff is really delicious anyway, it just takes a little more thought than I've ever put into what I'm eating. Go figure.


  1. oh yes we did it. i think i lasted a week. actually 2. i did phase one. then i stopped. imagine that. i think wil actually did well with it. it just was a pain because you had to think about it so much. haha. i'd much rather stuff my face absentmindedly. they have those microwave meals right? those seem like they would be easy to eat at work. chips and queso and margaritas...mmm. this south beach thing will be over by the time we come to visit (and you come to visit!), right? b/c we are definitely going to mexican food at least once a week.

  2. Oh, for sure. South Beach will go on hiatus for a few major things: my birthday, your visit, and my visit.