Thursday, January 1, 2009

First Meals of the New Year

Sorry for such a late post. I've been having technical difficulties lately.

Anyway, Happy New Year! 2009! I hope this year is the best yet for all of you.

Long story short, I did not go into the new year ED free last night. I was feeling very guilty about the Chinese food at dinner and some other stuff I'd munched on. So when the ball dropped and Dick Clark said one on TV, the first word that popped into my mind was "diet".

I am sick of this. Sick of dieting, sick of counting, sick of exercising, sick of worrying about my body fat percentage. That isn't life, that's a prison. 2009 will be the year that I escape. Do any of you girls, my cell mates, want to help me come up with a plan for escaping the guards in ED's prison? It'll be really tough, some days it'll feel like an uphill battle. But we obviously knew that life had some purpose before ED came into the picture, so why not try to find it again? There is something out there that will make everything worthwhile, I know it.

As my first breakfast of the new year, I had a grilled cheese sandwich! Forgot to take a pic until I'd eaten the crusts :)

Then an apple and egg, then a bowl of gingerbread oats. I stirred in a splash of milk, 1/2 tbs molasses and big shakes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Yum.

For lunch, I made another grilled sammie! The George Foreman countertop grill in quite possibly my favorite invention. I put 1/4 cup of my homemade hummus and 1 cup of spinach of whole wheat potato bread and grilled to perfection.
While I'm thinking of it, here's my recipe for hummus. I came up with it when we had no tahini to make the usual hummus.
  1. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  2. 1 15 oz. can chickpeas
  3. 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  4. 2 tbs. olive oil
  5. 1 tbs. lemon juice
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt
  7. 1/4 tsp. paprika
  8. 1/8 tsp. pepper
  9. 1/8 tsp. cumin
  10. 1 tbs. fresh parsley
Blend it all up in a blender. Enjoy!

For dinner, I tried my first recipe from Veganomicon: Chili Cornmeal Crust Tofu.
Well, it probably wouldn't have been the best recipe to try if I was considering becoming a vegan. It wasn't too great. Bland and a weird texture. But, since I know Veganomicon is awesome, I'll forgive this bum recipe and try out more! I had 3 slices of a multi grain baguette with butter that I later added, and a clementine too.
I really don't like New Years resolutions because I know I'll feel like a failure if I don't meet them. But I have a lot of goals to accomplish this year, so I might as well post them on New Years Day.
  • Be greener! This includes biking to more places instead of driving, using less electricity at home, using less chemicals in the shower and kitchen, etc.
  • Stop counting calories
  • Stop thinking of food all day long
  • Don't think of exercise as a "chore". Only do it for fun and when I have enough energy to actually benefit from it.
  • Practice cello and ballet more
  • Study schoolwork more
  • Fix my relationship with my dad
  • Socialize more. I used to be a social butterfly, now I'm more like a cavewoman. Convince myself that I actually need other people to function properly.
  • Volunteer. Make time in my schedule to help out others less fortunate than I am.
Best wished to you all for the new year!


Sharon said...

Great eats for the day - love your sandwiches!!

And I must say, I have similar goals to. I want to be greener, and volunteer more too!

Here's to a great year!!

Anonymous said...

i eat the crusts of the bread before the 'flesh' too! ;D

Burp~! said...

that's some great resolutions...hope that come 2010, you'd find that you've accomplished all of them...and MORE!
man, I am SO jealous of your george foreman grill! LOVE those grill marks, they make all the difference to a simple sammie!

Brooke said...

yum! i love grilled sandwiches! your hummus recipe is so creative :)

i wish you the best of luck, health, and happiness in 2009!

Jemima said...

Oh my goodness I could actually relate to every single thing you said here.. especially the socialising stuff. We'll do it - together we will break past ED's guards and then.. look out world!!

nourishing mornings said...

great eats grilled sandwiches look so good and great resolution's too! i know 2009 will be a great year for you.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too.
I like your goals. I can relate to alot of them, especially the cavewoman one. ^_^

Jess :) said...

Great and yummy eats today! I have very similiar goals as well! Yes, I would love to accompany you on your journey :D Have an awesome day girlie!
<3 jess :)

Megan said...

yay for your goals!

grilled cheese makes me weak in the knees :) yummy eats girl!

aussirish said...

heya hun,
great eats, they look awesome.
you can break free from this, from the ed and the ed way of thinking. you said you started the new year feeling guilty right? well it doesnt mean thats the way this years gonna be for you. it will be what you make it...youve come very far in recovery, u just need to remeber your still a teenager and you deserve to have fun and eat what you want!!i really do wish you the best in 2009!your goals are awesome btw

Dommi said...

Eeep! I am soo jealous you got the Veganomicon cookbook!! The tofu recipe looks wonderful :] I love how the crusted tofu is cut up into little triangles... makes for great presentation.

I loved reading your New Years' goals, girly... I have a lot of the same ones. Best of luck in '09, chica. You are such a smart, determined girl; I know you can achieve all of the things you set out to do!