resolution countdown: #7, sustainable eating

December 28, 2009

the raw, vegan, macrobiotic diet starts january 1st!
image a far cry from martha . . .

come on, you know i wouldn’t last very long without pizza and wine. it always amazes me how many people go on these stringent ‘diets’ at the beginning of the new year, determined to take off holiday pounds. i really do think that really low-calorie diets are evil and ineffective, and that they fuel disordered eating patterns. but that’s a post for another day! today is all about my eating/cooking goals for 2010 — another resolution bundle (forgive me).

they are all centered around eating sustainably — since i am attempting to sustain several things: my body, my love of cooking/cuisine, and the environment!

part 1: eat more local, organic, and sustainable foods. i’ve already made some progress in this arena — food inc was pretty eye-opening in showing me just how environmentally devastating our current methods of bringing food-to-table are — not to mention, how GROSS!

i still don’t want to make hard and fast rules about what i will and will not eat. i think perfectionism really backfires when it comes to food! however, i am going to make an effort to choose local foods, buy in-season produce, and enjoy the farmer’s market/community agriculture delivery. i will also aim for the most humanely treated meat and fish available, and we will eat less meat overall.

part 2: eat slower!. this one is a holdover from last year! i feel like residency has taught me to eat as fast as possible, because i MIGHT get paged away and have to leave my precious meal uneaten, still hungry. while there are times that this does happen, i can SLOW DOWN the rest of the time! it doesn’t help that i was never a slow eater to begin with, and josh eats at the SPEED OF LIGHT (ie, surgery-style).

i know i will enjoy my meals more — and feel more satisfied — if i sloooow on down. so i will continue to work on this in 2010.

part 3: enjoy cooking and eating out. doin’ time was fun but i admit i got tired towards the end. this year, i’ve chosen a much more flexible and fun challenge . . . to be discussed in a later post (sorry! i wasn’t planning on leaving this cliffhanger, but i want to give this project the attention it deserves, and i have to go to work).

like last year, i’ll also come up with a list of restaurants that i’d like to try, and a list of restaurants to return to! and i will continue to enjoy eating out sustainably by practicing moderation at restaurant meals.

speaking of restaurant meals
you know what? I LOVE EATING OUT. there, i said it. i consider it my reward for cooking the rest of the week. there is just something so luxurious about getting to have your food made FOR you — and i am lucky to live in an area where there are so many delicious and wallet-friendly choices!

last night before josh’s night shift started (bah!) we headed to an old favorite: the loop, in chapel hill.

josh enjoyed this chicago dog the “authentic” way: WITHOUT ketchup.
i chowed down on the gorgonzola-walnut salad with tomatoes + balsamic dressing
we shared some ubercreamy tomato bisque.

AND we made it to the TCBY next door for kids waffle cones of EGG NOG
not quite up to LoYO standards, but still pretty (#*&$(# good.

off to my LAST day of work in 2009!!! 6 day staycation begins tonight — i can’t wait!



workout: i almost napped instead, but convinced myself a workout would feel better. i’m glad i did! 45 minutes on the elliptical + strength training made me feel a million times more energetic. i did:

– 2 x 11 pushups (working back up!)
– 2 x 12 squats with ball, 10 lb weights
– 2 x 10 pullups with gravitron — 50 lbs assist for 5, 60 lbs assist for 5
– 2 x 10 walking double lunges, 8 lb weights
– 2 x 10 tricep pushdowns, 15 lbs
– 2 x 10 seated rows, 40 lbs