Friday as I prepared to leave work, a co-worker mentioned his plans to attend a lecture given by Chef Marcus Samuelson. Having seen Chef Samuelson in a number of Food Network contests and shows but knowing little about him, I decided to tag along. I could not have made a better decision.
Chef Samuelson was amazing. There is something beautiful about seeing someone talk about the things they love. Chef talked at length about eating with one’s spiritual compass. He later described the spiritual compass as a holistic approach to food -connecting what we eat, who we are, who we share our food with, and why we choose the things we eat. Put a pin in that, I’ll come back..
Three weeks ago I decided to go meatless one day each week. I chose Wednesday because it was as good as any other day. I figured the calories I saved would help in my weight loss efforts. I did it (once), and I swear to you at midnight I was eating meat. I did not remember my new regimine the following week until Thursday. The week after that, I decided to forego the stupid idea because there was no reason to do it in the first place.
As Chef gave examples from his own life of ways he eats using his spiritual compass he mentioned that he goes meatless once a week. His reasons, to teach himself discipline, to learn about himself through sacrifice, and to honor those family and friends in his life who eat no meat at all. Listening to Chef tell his story inspired me to reconsider my own goal, but this time, using my spiritual compass.
This time around, I chose to go meatless on Mondays. This allows me to use Sundays to prepare healthy meatless options. My desire to lose weight is longterm. Going meatless one day a week is less about calories saved than it is about commitment reaffirmed. Mondays are hard. I’m generally sore from my 5+ mile Sunday runs and eating healthily at home is easier than doing so at work. Meatless Mondays remind me that healthy decisions must be made early and often. The goal is not to suffer through my meatless days, but to embrace them by challenging myself to eat more vegetables, to get creative, and to use my Monday successes as foundations upon which to build throughout each week.
This week my menu is simple and straight forward.
Breakfast – Super Juice (3 carrots, apple, pear, strawberries, blue berries, spinach, kale and a table-spoon of spirulina (literally pond scum, but also a high octane superfood)
Snacks – Red Grapes
Lunch / Dinner – Whole wheat Rotini, with a spicy pasta sauce made from mushrooms and roasted zucchini, squash, red bell pepper, tomatos, onion, garlic a cubanelle (a spicy pepper), and ground flax seed
– Spinach salad with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pear, grapes, tomato, and blue cheese with vinaigrette
Wish me luck!
Quick update. At today’s weigh-in I weighed 225.6 (-.2 from last week).