I eat a big, overflowing salad nearly everyday for lunch. And on the others, the salad-less Saturdays and Sundays, I’m out with friends for steaming bowls of spicy pho, freshly grilled shrimp tacos with avocado crema, or one dripping and dribbling pulled pork sandwich.
Now, having lost a lot of weight, I’m often asked for my best advice for starting on a weight loss journey.
And each time I say, It begins with eating well.
Eat one big, colorful salad everyday for lunch or dinner and put all the vegetables, tippety-top toppings you crave, and dress her well. It’s a step in the right direction, and I promise, you’ll soon feel as vibrant as the greens.
Eat well, eat food so pure and sating, that when you do go out with friends and want nothing more than to savor company and cookies and coladas
You don’t have those moments of pause
Those moments of…
Oh I shouldn’t
I wish I could..but…oh no no no.
You’ll just have pure bliss and cheeseburgers and chocolate layer cake.
Because hesitation tastes terrible. Regret is far too sour.
Life is about doing the best you can most of the time.
It’s about committing to walking everywhere you can, always taking the stairs, walking your grocery cart back to its corral, eating vegetables as often and as bountifully as they’re offered, stopping after one cookie, one cupcake, and eating whole foods in earnest.
I’ve often viewed eating well in the same way I view a budget. You save and you spend. You create a solid budget that allows for retirement and bills, but you also have a good chunk set aside for beautiful, sprawling vacations and frivolity at Target. Some of us are in debt, some are a tad too thrifty.
What matters is balance.
What matters is consistency.
It’s about using your time, your health, your appetite, in whatever way moves you most. Find that balance for yourself. Be celebratory.
Make each day special, but leave spectacular to the truly spectacular.
And here’s something to remember: Eating cookies, eating cake, eating buffalo chicken wings…
They all taste better with friends.
Honey Almond Butter Dressing
- 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
- 1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Whisk all ingredients until well incorporated. If needed, add a tablespoon of warm water to thin to desired consistency. Pour over salad and toss to coat.