I took Eli to the library so he could pick out a couple of movies and books (he's completely bored being out of school right now). I ended up getting a couple of books, too. Because I'm doing this "real foods" challenge, I got In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, and The Eat Clean Diet Stripped by Tosca Reno.
When I got home, I spent some time flipping through the Tosca Reno book, and I wasn't a big fan. I was picturing it to be more of a health book than a diet book (basically, I thought it would be about WHY eating clean is good for your body); and it was definitely a diet book, with rules and everything. I quit doing those kinds of diets in 2009. But I know a lot of people really like her, so maybe I should have read the first book she wrote instead of this "Stripped" one (about losing the last 10 pounds). This was the only one they had at the library.
I decided to quit reading that and switched to In Defense of Food. I could tell I was going to like this book from the very first page, where he starts, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." You can't get more basic than that! I got the book version and audio version, so that I would have something to listen to on my run today. I put it on my iPod and headed out for an "easy four" miles.
I won't comment on the book itself just yet, because I only made it through the introduction on my run. But I'm going to read some more of it tonight. I really like SIMPLE things, and I hate that the diet industry makes everything so complicated with so many rules. That seems to be a lot of what this book is about, so I think I'm going to enjoy it.
It was pretty warm today, enough so that I just wore a very light long-sleeved tech shirt and my thin, cool running tights. I kind of wished I'd worn gloves for the first mile or so, because my hands were frozen. But after that, I felt pretty good. And by the fourth mile, I was pretty warm.
|Banana with peanut butter and toasted walnuts|
My food log for today (again, not much change--sorry)
Breakfast--oats cooked in milk with dates, walnuts, and pure maple syrup
Lunch--salad with chicken breast, almonds, raisins, and balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner--leftover vegetarian fried rice
Snacks--banana with peanut butter and walnuts, spoonful of peanut butter, tea, popcorn with oil and salt
Oh, so last night the kids spent the night at my parents' house, and Jerry was off work. We decided to watch a movie, and I wanted to try out making popcorn in a brown paper bag. I did it once before YEARS ago, and remember it being a disaster, but I wanted to give it a try again. And good thing I did, because my house smelled like THIS the rest of the night:
And I'll leave you with a couple of random thoughts...
I think I figured out why I seem to have changed my mind about salad. I
|Almonds, raisins, chicken, and my dressing|