Salad: It’s what’s for lunch. And it’s easy if you put it all in a bag. (Fir0002/Flagstaffotos via Wikimedia Commons)
By Louise Kennedy
Sometimes I wonder why it’s so hard to lose weight when, really, we all know what it takes: Eat less, move more. I mean, that’s all it is, right? So why don’t we just do that and be done with it?
Well, I’ve spent a fair amount of time so far thinking and talking about what gets in the way of moving more. That can be fun and interesting, because I’m trying new things, setting new patterns, learning new ways of getting my body to be stronger and more flexible.
But when it comes to food, it can feel like … right, I know what to eat, I’ve known it for years, I just have to do it, and now it’s time to go to the grocery store. Again. And cook dinner. Again. And pack lunch. Again. Where’s the novelty in that?
I’ll be honest with you: So far I haven’t found much novelty. But I do have a few tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years, and I’ve been finding that – when I actually use them, consistently, every day – they really do make a difference. They also seem like the kind of gradual, permanent change that my coach, Allison Rimm, recommends. Building on my initial pledge to “eat more vegetables” and my more or less consistent embracing of the DASH diet, following these habits is helping me change my diet for the better – and for good.
Eat the same simple breakfast every day. I am, to put it mildly, not a morning person. So I don’t like thinking about food when I first wake up. For years this meant that I skipped breakfast, grabbed a bagel or a granola bar on the way out the door, or succumbed to the office pastries when I was starving mid-morning.
Now, instead, I have a piece of whole-grain toast with a little peanut butter, tea, and a piece of fruit. It’s not exciting, but I’m not looking for exciting. And if I get bored, as I occasionally do, I have a soft-boiled egg instead of the peanut butter. Or maybe go really wild with oatmeal, topped with a few almonds.
One meal down, two more to go.
Embrace the Salad Bar in a Bag. Salad is an obvious choice for lunch, but I never feel motivated to make it before work – and chopping vegetables at night, after cooking dinner, doesn’t seem like much fun either. But now, thanks to my fabulous assistant, Jessica Coughlin, I’ve been eating salad for lunch almost every day. Continue reading