Thursday, July 12, 2012
A Recipe & A Plan
It's been quite a while since I've posted any recipes on here! As an easy segue back into the cooking world, I went with Thai red curry with tofu. I've decided to give the whole vegetarian/almost vegan thing another try. I don't want to be held accountable, but on the other hand, I don't want to eat meat or dairy for health reasons as well as ethical ones. Basically my eating (and exercising) habits need to change drastically if I hope to feel better physically and mentally any time soon. I'll get to more on that later but for now the recipe. Curry is one of my favorite dishes and it's super delicious with tofu so I make it often, but generally follow different recipes each time as I acquire better ingredients and find different suggestions online.
This time I was lucky enough to be able to incorporate green and red peppers that were grown in my mom's garden! That was pretty exciting. Besides that I followed this recipe and I used snow peas, an onion, extra firm tofu, bamboo shoots, sprouts, coconut milk, red curry paste, salt, Asian fish sauce, garlic, vegetable oil and Boil-in-a-bag brown rice. It wasn't the best curry I've ever made, but it was definitely tasty and super easy to make. Definitely worth it.
So in addition to eating far less meat and dairy (which I already rarely eat because I'm lactose intolerant), I am also trying to lower my sugar (and alcohol!) intake and amp up my workouts a lot. You would think after training and completing a half-marathon I'd feel like I was in better shape, but I think all my crazy eating habits lately have gotten in the way. I don't have a certain weight loss goal or anything, but I just need to feel comfortable in my body again. This doesn't feel like me. Generally I am pretty cautious of writing anything that hints at insecurities especially weight-wise, but the point is to be real, right? And even though I don't consider myself "fat" by any means, I feel that it's important to feel comfortable and confident, and to be able to talk about it when I don't feel this way.
I recently read a post by a very health-conscious running blogger about this issue and it definitely resonated with me. If you're interested, please check it out here. The point is, everyone has insecurities, and this is my plan to get back to where I'd like to be. So hopefully there will start to be many more posts on here documenting my workouts and healthy cooking conquests. Who knows, perhaps there will even be a full marathon in my future.