It’s Monday again, time to get your weekly Fit Mission assignment.
This weekend I went to a wedding in Atlanta, where I was hoping I would get a taste of some good Southern cooking. For the most part, we did great eating wise all weekend. I had some pumpkin pancakes with turkey bacon and maple syrup for breakfast one morning, and yogurt topped with the BEST homemade granola I’ve ever tasted from a little shop called Full Cup another day! We went to Whole Foods and enjoyed their buffet twice (I had a soup and salad each time). But, being in “Hotlanta” I just had to get a taste of some Southern cooking. Well lo and behold my prayers were answered! The wedding had some good down home cooking with a fancy twist, like fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and a red pepper coulis sauce. It was delicious! So yes, that night I admit I had my fill, and today I’m back to my better eating habits.
I share this with you so you can remember that I, like you, am NOT PERFECT. I don’t eat 100% clean, organic, or fat free all of the time. I believe that I can indulge in something yummy, as long as I don’t indulge in it daily! I read a good little book on the plane called “Dump the Junk for Parents” by Dr. Joseph Christiano and one thing he said stuck in my head, “Your goal is progress, not perfection.” This little quote should really help some of you (I know it was encouraging to me).
My parents grew up in Mississippi, and my mom cooked a lot of Southern food. We had a lot of fried chicken, fried catfish, smothered pork chops, fried shrimp, meatloaf, you get the picture. My dad did not believe a plate was worthy to be set before us if it didn’t have meat on it. He’d say, “Where’s the Meat???!!!!” You couldn’t go to a restaurant that just gave you pancakes, he’d have to order a big side of bacon, and sausage, and eggs to go with it! Or, we’d just go to a place where he’d order a 4×4. Which was 4 pancakes, 4 sausages, 4 slices of bacon and 4 eggs! He LOVED these types of combos, but these types of meals are what contributed to his untimely death a few years ago. And, this is why I’m trying to retrain myself, and teach my family to eat differently.
From now on my goal is to have every Monday to be the day of the week that we go MEATLESS. I will call it Meatless Monday. I’d like to challenge you to do the same. Let’s start to retrain our minds. We do not need to eat meat everyday ladies. There are other alternatives to get your protein in. Give your digestive system a little break.
The Mayo Clinic website says “sure, a healthy diet can include an occasional steak or chop. But people who eat mainly plant-based diets generally have lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels and a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.” Cutting out meat once a week can be a good start for some of you. Check out this link to expand your knowledge on meat free meal alternatives.
Here’s a very important fact to remember “The average American eats around 75 grams of protein per day, but most women need just 50 grams,” says Walter Willett, M.D., chair of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School for Public Health. And that protein doesn’t have to come from meat.” Check with your doctor for how much you need.
Who’s with me? We’ d love to hear some good meatless meal ideas below!