To Live and to Love

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20.

Day One: Scale Back January 5, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrsschrage @ 6:12 pm

Today’s the first day of the Martha Stewart Challenge. I have already broken the diet twice… oops for having two cups of coffee already… I will be switching to water and tea for the rest of the day.

So, I’m supposed to be eating legumes and veggies. Since the beans I was making yesterday took so long to cook and I had to save them for today… I’m in luck! Bean burritos with brown rice and corn are on the menu for today. I believe that fits into the category, don’t you think?  It’s supposed to be a detox diet of beans, whole grains, and vegetables, which is encouraging because those items have been increasingly on our table recently. Bulgur is my favorite whole grain and I make it often. I should strive to include one whole grain and one bean dish in our weekly eating habits. It’s nice to know that the things that really are best for you are the most affordable.

The day’s focus askes these questions: What are the healthiest — and least healthy — aspects of your diet? Do you have particular weaknesses? What, if anything, would you like to change about your food choices?

The healthiest aspect… I really enjoy eating whole grains and yogurt. I try to eat a bowl of yogurt and granola in the morning. And, I’ve already said that I could incorporate more whole grains into our diet. I also would like to make my own granola – it is so expensive in the grocery stores and has a lot of sugar.

The least healthiest aspect… 1) The lack of fresh vegetables. I’ve quit buying as many fresh veggies and switched to frozen to save on costs and efficiency. 2) Eating out. December was awful for us. Jeff and I were both so busy with retail and usually worked opposite schedules that we mostly ate fast food. I was very depressed when I was looking back over the amount of money we spent eating out too! It is really hard to keep a regular, healthy diet when life is so busy. But now that it’s settling down after Christmas, I am going to work harder on making diet improvements.

Particular weakness…. M & M’s and Coffee.

What changes? … 1) I wish I had the opportunity to make my own bread more often. I’ve tried using whole wheat flour from the grocery store, but it’s not very good. I miss home made, whole grain bread. I’m sure there are places in Asheville where I could get more nutritious bread, but our budget is so tight that I haven’t even ventured to the organic grocery stores. 2) I wish that we could eat organic meats without worrying about the costs.  I’ve cut back a lot on the meats we eat at home and have started using ground turkey to substitute ground beef.


Footnote: The bean burritos were delicious! I forgot to add cheese, but it wasn’t even noticed. I served them up with a side of organic blue corn chips from Target. Yummy. Even Jeff liked them which is saying a lot!


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