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Commit To Eating Healthier - Chicken Salad & Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salad with corn and tomatoes

After my post about resolutions and commitments, I’ve had several people ask if I’ve made any 2018 Commitments… and I have.

I’ve made the same New Year’s Resolutions for years to eat healthier and exercise more.  BUT, the problem has been that those were “resolutions”… not “Commitments“.

I had never thought about there being such a major difference, but I realize that there is and so I’ve changed them to COMMITMENTS!

I’m happy to report, so far… so good!

I’ve walked or exercised 9out of 13 days, and I’ve been very dedicated to my healthy eating. I’ve lowered fat, calories, and carbs!

I’m not following any particular diet, just making really smart food choices.  Gary is eating healthy with me, which makes it sooooo much easier!

For dinner we’re eating a lot of grilled chicken and fish with fresh veggies (raw or steamed), and sometimes with a salad.

For breakfast I’ve been rotating between low fat Greek yogurt with cinnamon and walnuts, a veggie/fruit smoothie, or a small bowl of whole oats with walnuts.   And since I’m not a big breakfast person, it’s really just about getting something healthy in me to jump start the day.

I’ve been keeping lunch pretty simple.  I made an “everything but the kitchen sink quinoa salad”…

I started with a 2 cups of cooked quinoa and added fresh tomatoes, green peppers, corn, black beans, purple onion, and cilantro. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

I chopped up romaine and spinach in bowls, added the quinoa mix, and then added my dressing – little red wine vinegar, olive oil, and Italian seasoning.  A couple of times I cut up a small avocado and put that on top. It was really good and filling.

Having things ready and easy to grab is the key… at least for me!

chicken-salad-with-cranberries

On the days I didn’t eat the quinoa, I still eat very low carb… maybe a chicken salad, with onion, green olives, slivered almonds (or pecans), grapes (if I have them)and a few dried cranberries.  I use a little mayo with olive oil for my dressing.   Add a few tomatoes and cucumber slices, 1/4 of avocado on the side and you’ve got a good lunch.

I haven’t weighed, but I am definitely noticing a difference in how my pants fit! I’m guessing I’ve already lost 3-4 pounds.

Ok, your turn… did you change any of your Resolutions to Commitments.  How’s it going?

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