Getting Deliberate + What We Ate This Week

So, those two topics are completely unrelated…

or, are they?

Depending on who you are, you may or may not be deliberate about your diet and what you eat day in and day out. If you know about my story, I used to be VERY deliberate with my diet and what I ate. Too deliberate (read: Eating Disorder – yikes!).

Some of us are deliberate in our meal planning and grocery shopping. Some of us are deliberate in our counting calories and exercise regimens. Some of us are not so deliberate (read: ME!), and that’s ok too. I like to listen to my body these days. Feed it what it’s craving, and exercise when I want to (which is usually pretty often – unless I’m laid up with a bad ankle which I have been for over a week!).

Although my hubby and I are not so much ones to a) create a food budget and stick to it b) grocery shop on regular intervals and c) menu plan, I am perfectly ok with that. We’ve got a great little locally owned grocery store a few blocks away, and usually communicate in the middle of the day about what we’re craving (lamb burgers? yep!). Then, ones of us goes and picks it up quick on our way home. It helps us reduce waste by not buying too much at the grocery store (because you never know when the urge to grab a spontaneous dinner out might pop up!). This past week, however, we started to become a little more deliberate with our food/menu planning. You know why? Yep, you guessed it. It is Fall Sports Season (also referred to as FSS)!

Football started this past Monday, Soccer starts this next Monday.

So Sunday night, we put together a few things we could eat throughout the week.

This Broccoli Salad (except we used about half the mayo, and used honey instead of sugar):

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These Chocolate Chip Cookies:

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This is all that is left. Don’t judge.

Roasted potatoes with bacon (to be eaten with our fried eggs in the morning!):

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With leftover grilled green beans from our Lamb Chops and Green Beans dinner. So good!

And I made a Sausage/Onion and Pepper Crock Pot dish.

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Forgotten paper towel on top while microwaving = hot mess (literally!)

The husband, not a crock pot fan. And if you’ve ever tasted his cooking you know why. Because he can out-cook a crock pot (and me!) a million times over. For me though, I’ve got less picky tastebuds, and don’t mind the sometimes lack of texture that comes with crock pot cooking. Not to mention it’s easy and fast, and prevents me from eating too much crap out.

The recipe: 2 onions (cut into chunks), 4 green bell peppers (cut into chunks), 5 cloves garlic (peeled and roughly chopped), 4 Costco fully-cooked organic chicken sausages (sliced into coins), a jar of spaghetti sauce (my mom bought me a jar of a local brand), lots of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, and you’ve got yourself dinner! Or in my case, lunch/dinner for the week. Oh and you cannot forget the parmesan cheese on top. Cheese for me is a necessity. On high (or low for longer) for a few hours until onions and peppers are softened and sausage heated through.

Ok, so back to being deliberate (and not in a food kind of way!). I’m reading this book The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. There’s a saying in there about how to DIG deep. And not in the suck-it-up kind of way. When you’re feeling restless/exhausted/overwhelmed you can

D – be Deliberate about your thoughts and behaviors

I -be Inspired to make a different choice

and

G – get Going (do something! anything! as long as it is it falls in line with the previous two)

I’ve been thinking about the DIG deep when I’m restless at night after a long day of studying, and I’m rotting my brain on Facebook (or whatever it might be!). It’s definitely been a game changer for me.

And speaking of deliberate, a friend of mine recommended to me the Passion Planner. Have you heard of it? It’s a pretty neat idea. A planner with built in goal-setting, reflection, and places to doodle/jot notes. So far, I love it.

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Color coding teacher at heart.

Hope you’ve had a good (deliberate!) week friends. And if not, well there is always next week. :)

Until next time,

Happy clean eating!

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