Friday, February 19, 2010

Weight Watchers and Meatball Crisis Averted

Lunch today was the rest of the mediterranean chicken from yesterday (I told y'all I was original), an apple, and for dessert a Deep Chocolate VitaTop. During my lunch hour today I went with my friend Beth to her Weight Watchers meeting. I had always been a little curious about those meetings and yes, they are just as touchy-feely as you imagine if you've never been to one. They give out stickers like in kindegarten when you spelled your name right. As Beth and I were discussing on our way back to work, it amazes me how much people DON'T know about nutrition and how to live a healthy lifestyle. To me it's common sense, but then again, I was raised on a farm and have never been adverse to vegetables. But also as Beth says, the group environment keeps her motivated and I can see how that would be a good thing for many people. I'm not a joiner, so it's not really my scene but it was good to just go and see what a meeting was like. That aside, Beth had originally tempted me to go by offering a meatball sub from Sal's (which are truly out of this world) and I was reluctant to go with her for fear I couldn't resist the deliciousness that awaited me at Sal's and stick to my original plan of leftover mediterranean chicken for lunch. Luckily my hemming and hawing convinced her to eat the lunch she brought as well and we avoided Sal's altogether. But I must confess, I was more than a little disappointed when she drove right by Sal's instead of pulling in. Crisis averted though! I'm sure there is a least 1,000 calories in one of those subs.

Two things to finish off this post. I have decided that starting tomorrow I am going to try eliminating all artificial sweeteners from my life. I have read in several places that artificial sweetners can trick your body into thinking you're taking in sugar but when you don't actually get it, you crave it. This would explain my raging sugar cravings on a daily basis, so I'm going to test the theory and try to stick to my no artificial sweetener rule for one week.

Also, I ordered two books on Amazon today to further my journey to a healthier lifestyle. The first is "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan. I have heard really great things about this book from pretty much every other food blog I read so I'm going to give it a shot. I also ordered "The Healthy Slow Cooker" by Judith Finlayson since I am all about one pot dishes and I need some new slow cooker ideas. I did find a Pineapple Chicken slow cooker recipe that I am very excited to try. I will be doing that at some point this weekend so be on the lookout for it. See you for dinner!

Calorie Counts:
Meditteranean Chicken - 360
Apple - 100
VitaTop - 100
Total - 560


  1. I found you through Food Buzz. Good for you taking a week off of the artificial sweeteners!! They are not good for you. I gave them up several years ago, and am so glad I did. They are linked to so many things, as I am sure research has shown you. I try to stick to healthy natural sugars now (pure maple syrup, honey, etc). My body has so much more energy and I feel better when not on sugar (and white flour/processed foods in general). Clean eating is best.

    Congrats on your new food blogging journey! Mine is only about 6 months old, and I've met some great people out here.

  2. Thanks Denise! How do you feel about agave?