Friday, February 21, 2020
In my efforts to pack more nutrition into my 23 WW points I've made a couple of swaps. One was to switch out a routine breakfast of Greek yogurt and blueberries for poached eggs. I had become bored with the fruit and yogurt taste - though I still love a dairy/berry mix. First I noticed the breakfast wasn't holding me till lunch - when I was VORACIOUS and craved salt. Then I noticed I didn't like the TASTE any more. It wasn't bad ... it was boring. And I'm absolutely not interested in being bored by tastes.
I'll probably come back to this combo as a dessert sometime - when I am not so bored.
What I was craving was something rich and protein-ey and fatty too. but not so fatty as a fried egg. I don't know why it took me so long to think of poached eggs - probably because I had eaten so few in my life and NEVER cooked one. But I had noticed on mornings when I had a fried egg for breakfast I was not hungry till noon or later.
Now - in a knee-bone connected to the thigh-bone way - I wanted to be hungry later so I could fit in a yoga routine right before lunch. BECAUSE ... thigh-bone connected to stomach bone??? - food tastes SO MUCH BETTER to me after a yoga workout. The deep concentration on my body seems to heighten my senses so that even the mildest bite of lettuce with lemon juice on it tastes HEAVENLY. and I don't just limit myself to that.
Another swap I have made has been avocado for mayonnaise. Though I don't have one every day, I love a sandwich. I choose tasty bread and while I'm not too particular about what a sandwich is comprised of, I do like a salty fat taste to it. A nutritional comparison of the two shows that:
Mayo - 1 Tbs. gives you 90 calories of fat
Avocado - 1/2 a cup sliced (probably 1/4 cup mashed or 4 Tbs) gives you 117 calories of fat, fiber, vitamin C, and traces of vitamin A, calcium and iron.
No brainer here, right?
With a flavor packed breakfast and the yoga enhanced flavors of lunch I find my mood soars for the whole day. I feel loved, pampered, happier and what do you know - not so tempted by ersatz food treat sugar bombs at the end of the day.
Cool beans, huh?