Holiday Beans and Cranberries Recipe available here
You know the scene in The Breakfast Club where Judd Nelson does the mother of all fist pumps (before fist pumping was even in) because he knows he got the girl? I rivaled his epicness twice this Sunday. The first time was when I stepped onto the scale to see I was down another pound. The second time was when I reached for my Green Giant Steamers as a side for our Lasagna and realized I did so without even thinking about it. I used to be the type of person whose entire meal would consist solely of pasta. I loved it’s cheesy, carb infused goodness. I still do, but I’ve learned to moderate that goodness with another, healthier goodness. I think the Lasagna got a little jealous at first but it quietly moved aside as I made room on my plate for my steamed carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.
Working with Green Giant and Bravo’s Dr. V sharing my Confessions of a Diet Cheater these last four weeks hasn’t been easy. In the beginning I treated vegetables as an accessory to my meals. They’re nice. They add color. But they weren’t the heart of my dishes. At first adding them was a chore. I created goals, made list and looked up new recipes. I beat myself up over reaching for the occasional soda or orange puffs of doom. But in the last two weeks someone Dr. V said really stuck with me. I was looking at it the wrong way. I needed to start looking at veggies as a way to get MORE. Once I changed my thought process it became so much easier.
It’s no secret that I love food. When I choose to eat vegetables I choose to get MORE. More servings for my calories, more freedom to eat as I wish and more results from my time spent at the gym (since it’s not being cancelled out with empty calories as often). I’ve learned a lot in the last four weeks and I can’t wait to continue on applying these to food and everything else in my life. More is better, I deserve MORE.