Friday I’m in Love {with Food}

Lately, I’ve been eating so many good foods. Probably more than I should be considering I want to lose some weight, not gain it.

Whatever.

I will never apologize for my love of food. Or my love of photographing my food (something I’ve done way before Instagram)!

On Monday, I was having some difficulty picking out my breakfast cereal. Do I go with the always delicious frosted mini wheats? Or do I mix it up and choose Special K Chocately Delight? Being the indecisive person that I’ve been known to be, I mixed them together. The result? The most amazing flavor combination of my breakfast cereal life. So much yumminess in one bowl, it disappeared in less than two minutes.

Honeycrisp apples have RETURNED!! You can have your pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin beer, I’ll enjoy every honeycrisp apple I encounter. I spotted these beauties last week while Chris and I were grocery shopping and shrieked with delight in the store. People stared. It wasn’t that awkward. The first bite into this apple and I knew that wait all year was worth it. No other fruit compares to the beauty and the amazingness of the precious honeycrisp!

Ice cream for dinner might be new favorite way to eat dinner. Put it in a waffle cone and I am sold. Wednesday night while I was getting my sweat on at the gym, Jenny sent me a text asking if I wanted to go for ice cream later. She then put a sad face saying that I wouldn’t be able to go since I hadn’t had dinner yet. I quickly replied that ice cream is a perfectly acceptable dinner choice for a twenty-five year old adult. And it was, it really was.

Apples and pizza for lunch? If you insist! The extra cheesiness of this pizza with the sweetness of the apples made me s happy. Unfortunately, two slices was one too many.

I’ve had some other tasty treats this week including breakfast tacos and pulled pork. And I am in no way sorry about that. Everything in moderation. I wasn’t overeating, but I could have incorporated more vegetables into the diet. Clearly, I fell off the wagon this week with eating (okay maybe the last few weeks), but I don’t believe in depriving myself of something that just tastes SO good! Next week will be filled with apples, salads, frosted mini wheats, and maybe not ice cream for dinner.

It’ll all even out.

And it’ll be delicious.

What is your favorite food? Why? Do you like to take photos of your food, why or why not? How do you change your eating habits when you have ‘bad’ weeks? Let’s discuss!

PS. Penny likes to explore the dishwasher.

Trying New Things

I know its only Wednesday but this week has already been filled with a handful of new experiences. I am not afraid of trying new things, but like most people, I get stuck in the same habit and the habit becomes a rut. No one likes a rut, am I right?

For example, my beloved egg sandwiches. I’ve been eating them constantly for breakfast over the past few months. Wake up in the morning, get ready for work, make my sandwich and listen to Chris grumble about the smell. Easy easy easy. Until a week or two ago, I just wasn’t feeling them anymore. The craving for them subsided. And, like an overplayed song on the radio, I was over my egg sandwiches.

This left me searching for something new to eat. Or at least something I hadn’t really been eating lately. Usually this means I revert back to some form of Special K, but after reading an article somewhere about how it is one of the worst things you can buy at the grocery store, I turned my back on its deliciousness.

So Monday, I decided I was going to try oatmeal for the first time. Ever. In my life.

The result? It wasn’t so bad. The first few bites were really awkward because it looks like mush and you don’t really have to chew it.  Also, I whimped out and went with a flavored oatmeal. And I didn’t put enough milk in. On Tuesday, I tried the same flavor again. This time with a little more milk and was pleased with the outcome. And it kept me full for a little while. A win for me, I suppose. Today I brought in plain oatmeal and added a teaspoon of light brown sugar and two teaspoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips. It tasted like a warm, melty double chocolate chip cookie and I was totally fine with that. Will I become one of the millions of healthy-living bloggers who rant and rave about the magic of oatmeal? Ehhh we’ll see, I am still trying to get a handle on it. Also, I don’t know if I have the patience for the mythical ‘steel cut oats’ kind but again maybe. But, I’m not holding my breath.

On Monday, I went to my first ever Mat Pilates class. Totally LOVED it. Kristen went with me and we slightly giggled our way through the various poses and moves. The class was great because I felt like I was working but I wasn’t sweating my butt off. Yesterday, I didn’t really feel too much pain in my abdomen and core area but goodness gracious this morning when I woke up it HURT. The pain is right below my hip bones and on my obliques. Ow ow ow. I just want a strong core. Along with a strong everything else! End result? Pilates is definitely going into my exercise rotation.

Today, I decided it was time for me to try the hoopla that is Greek yogurt. When I was little, friends parents used to try to convince me to try regular yogurt and I would and then I’d essentially spit it right back out.

The same exact thing happened with Greek yogurt except I threw up a little in my mouth. And I might’ve cried a little. No joke. It was that bad. Chris laughed hysterically at me during this entire endeavor. Not even a bite and a half and I chucked it. [Hence why I had oatmeal for breakfast this morning.] The flavor I attempted to eat? Vanilla. Brand? Chobani. Mix-ins? Bare Naked granola. It tasted exactly like sour cream with nuts in it. And I like sour cream. However, the idea of shoving a spoonful of straight sour cream into my mouth, uhhhh gross. I wondering how much of this disdain for the yogurt is psychological and how much is actual tastebud hatred. I will probably at some point attempt to try Greek yogurt again and I will add more stuff into it but then I start to wonder how this seemingly healthy food remains so after you’ve added a bunch of toppings.

What have I learned so far this week? The ever-so apparent, you win some; you lose some.

Any ideas for how to make yourself like a food you find impossible to choke down? How do you take your oatmeal? Have you ever done Pilates? Let’s discuss!!