The Power of Veggies
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I went to bed last night and I was hungry. That hasn't happened in over 2 weeks, since I started back on Spark. I even got back out of bed for a cup of herbal tea to quell the hunger pangs. Yet, I was just under my top calorie count for the day. What was different? No big salad for lunch or dinner. I had some veggies, but not a big plateful of salad greens with cucumber, carrots, celery, tomato, chick peas, and a lean protein, (and a little fat - olive oil, avocado, feta or blue cheese sprinkles.)
Many other days, I barely ate my minimum calories for the day and never felt deprived or hungry, and looking back over my food log I see it was those big salads that made the difference.
You sure can eat a lot of food for not many calories with veggies. And I think I feel better eating those big salads and I probably do from all those nutrients and fiber. We are in the heart of winter now, and I crave sunshine. I like to imagine all the veggies are full of the warmth and energy of the sunshine that I miss.
So when staying on track is difficult, "something" isn't working, or you cave to hunger or temptation, going back over your nutrition tracker can perhaps help find a way to turn things around.