Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Peas And Carrots


Happy St. Patrick's Day! No Guinness or green beer for me this year, but God knows that I've celebrated enough on St. Patty's days past to warrant taking a year off.

It's been all Hollywood and fashion and cryptic poems around here lately. I've been pretty busy stalking vampires, but maybe it's time to catch up a little.

I decided a little over a week ago that my diet needed a major overhaul. Sitting next to Alfred aka "The Candyman" at work for the last couple months had made it all too easy for me to completely abandon healthy eating in favour of serious afternoon sugar binges. His drawers are full of everything from sour keys and gummies to chocolate bars, mini eggs, Nibs, chips (and basically anything else junky that you can imagine.) He re-stocks weekly, so there's never any shortage of calories to go around. I didn't even realize how bad I was getting. It was hard to resist scarfing down treats on a stressful afternoon when I was close to crashing. However, my dependency on Reese products was starting to really get out of hand and something had to be done. I had to launch an intervention with myself. There's only one way to do it: cold turkey. I had to completely quit grazing in Alfred's drawers. Let me tell you, it hasn't been easy. He still tries to torment me by opening up packs of gummy coke bottles and wafting the scent of them towards my desk. He also hosts afternoon gatherings with my coworkers who all stand next to my desk shoveling candy into their mouths in front of my face. Whatever, I can take it. I haven't even cheated once.

The new rules are stuck on my fridge. It's simple. It's healthy. I'm wearing my hunger like a badge of honour. I'm serious. Vegetables are a good thing.


The best part? Wanting to eat healthy has pushed me to prepare my own meals. That's right! I've been COOKING! I know, I know...those that know me know how truly amazing that is. You see, up until very recently, I thought that the only thing I was capable of making in the kitchen was a mess. Turns out, I can make some pretty yummy dishes. Now, I'm having so much fun planning my little meals and coming home to cook them every night. Look at me, I'm becoming an adult. Tonight I whipped up a tasty pasta dish. No big deal.

9 comments:

Keira-Anne said...

High five for cooking! We're gonna whip up some awesome and healthy meals together in my new place... just you wait and see ;)

Melissa said...

You're inspiring me! xo

PatZ said...

what if at 8:30 you walk by an apple and it looks up in some forlorn way and only wants to share its goodness while you watch some prime time? it's hard to resist a forlorn apple.

Jennifer Stoddart said...

@Patz: It's possible that an exception could be made to the rule in the case of a forlorn apple.

J said...

Fortunately I don't really like candy. It doesn't fix my hunger, no matter how much I eat, so I don't bother with it.

Aren't you already thin?

Jennifer Stoddart said...

@J: I just have to be careful because I can put on weight easily if I'm not watching what I eat. And I LOVE food, so it's a constant battle.

Tawcan said...

No eating after 8? That'd be way too early for me. I don't usually eat dinner until like 7:30 or so.

Making your own meal is quite satisfying. :)

tina said...

eating clean makes a world of difference as you know... but from experience, when i have cut off all refined sugar in the past... it led to a very terrifying sugar binge :)
eating six days on while keeping one day to have "A" meal of your choice is what will keep you going...

it works for me

good luck ... but know that you are beautiful as you are

Phaedra said...

If you like carbonation, but are not drinking pop( good for you, aspatame and sugar are so bad for you)may I suggest Pierrer with some fresh squeeze lemon and lime jiuce added...you get all the fizz, no calories, and the added benefits from the lemon/lime juice.