Refocusing on the clean green — and my 2012 annual report

In the last couple of months I’ve revisited my “about” page and my eating and exercise goals. I haven’t quite done what I said I would do here. I know a lot of people make fitness goals around the first of the year, and I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution kind of person… but getting my WordPress “Annual Report” yesterday is making me think about refocusing on cleaning up my diet and finding time for regular exercise. (Here’s a link to that if you’re interested.)

Light green curry I made recently with brown rice, tofu, carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chick peas

Light green curry I made recently with brown rice, tofu, carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and chick peas

I’ve been a bit side-tracked on the exercise bit for the last month because I was rear-ended on my way to work on Tuesday, November 27… I have to get a MRI on my neck/back to see if I have whiplash/disc damage. I’m hoping I don’t… but I can’t work out again until I find out. And…I can’t say I have been sticking to eating well most days these last two months.

BLARG!!

BLARG!!

Here are a couple things I’m doing to try to get back on track with my diet and exercise:

  1. I’m making an appointment with the registered dietitian at my local supermarket. I’m hoping I can come up with a 3-4 week meal plan. I’ve done this before but not recently — I think if I can have a mindset of what my meals are each day, there will be less of a chance that I will say screw it and eat whatever. This does, however, involve planning ahead, something I’ve not been so great with lately!
  2. As soon as I can get back to the gym I’m going to… I have to! I’m going to ask my doctor if there’s any kind of exercise I can do right now…
  3. I’m going to attempt to post at least once a week, probably over the weekend, with a brief eating plan and recipe links. I’ll also give a brief update of my exercise.

I’d also like to give a shout out to my top five commenters. I really appreciate your support and suggestions!

  1. Dangerously Daydreaming
  2. My friend Paula =)
  3. Rant and Roll
  4. In Her Chucks
  5. AgriGirl

~ I wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year’s ~

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Trying to eat cleaner, greener and healthier

Trying to eat cleaner, greener and healthier

It was while I was writing my last blog post about what Chicken McNuggets are really made of that I kind of hit a wall. I need to eat better. Period. I have to eat everyday, and I don’t always make good, healthy choices. And I want to be healthy, eat less processed food, exercise more and have more energy… and just feel better. Losing weight wouldn’t hurt, either. Um, yeah… cos I really do want need to do that, too.

I have toyed around with the idea of writing a second blog about eating healthier and cleaner. While thinking about a name for this blog I was doing some Google searches and I found this one: Clean Eating Machines. I’ve only read a little of it, but this is what I want to do: plan my meals for the week and find the time to create healthy, cleaner meals for myself and my family, and share ideas about how to be more active.

And what do I mean by “cleaner”? I guess different people have different definitions for what “clean” means. But I’m going to try to avoid added sugar and processed foods to start. I’m not going to be perfect at first…and that’s not what this blog is about. Because I am so not perfect. But I have to do better than I’m doing now!

To begin… today I am making Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles — a recipe I found via Fork and Beans (another deliciously clean food blog I found). It’s from one of her favorite sites, SoupAddict.

I think I’m gonna leave out the noodles though. My trainer keeps telling me “no carbs after 5!” Sigh.