Monday, November 04, 2013

"What's healthy?" (To me)

Last night I was trying to get some help with my husband on a meal plan for this week. I said that on Wednesday I was going out for lunch, so I had to make sure I had a healthy dinner. He asked,"What's healthy?" 

This is a pretty loaded question, and everyone has his or her own definition. I photograph my food now and then, so I thought I would include a little photo essay of what healthy looks like for me, plus a little description. This is what works for me and it may not be right for you.

A healthy meal for me has a lot of vegetables and maybe some fruit. I do mostly lean protein, though I like a little bacon now and then, and the skin on a freshly roasted piece of chicken is a thing of beauty. I don't like big portions of meat and high-fat meals can make me feel sick.  I do need a moderate amount of fat to feel satisfied, though. I try to do mostly whole and sprouted grains, but I think some white pasta (I don't really like the whole-grain kind) and bread can sneak in if they are balanced and I keep the portions small. I consciously work to get a lot of fiber. I feel best when I avoid sugar. I don't drink diet or regular soda. I drink plain unsweetened seltzer, water, coffee, or iced tea. I like a glass of wine or a beer with dinner now and then, but alcohol is not a big thing for me. I use half and half in my coffee but otherwise, I avoid milk. I have no problems with Greek yogurt or a little cheese. I love nuts and seeds, and just have to watch portions.

If I eat meals like the ones pictured below, I lose weight and feel good. The problem is that I don't always eat like this. This is the ideal that I am working toward, a sort of Mediterranean-ish diet. I keep portions moderate and try to keep things balanced in a way that makes me feel good.

The problem for me can be that if I don't take the time to plan and make a meal that looks like this, I might grab whatever is handy. Also, sometimes I go out and something on the menu calls to me and I go against my better judgement. Stressful times and times I'm around my family are other pitfalls. 

What does healthy look like for you?

Greek yogurt (Fage 2% plain), berries, chia, cashews, coffee with half and half and cinnamon
Hummus, veggies, pita, roasted vegetables (not sure what kind)
Moroccan lamb stew with chickpeas, quinoa

Grilled chicken with orzo, yogurt, veggies, and greens
Ratatouille, seltzer
Chipotle-style black bean and rice bowl with lots of veggies, seltzer
Red quinoa and veggie salad with Romano cheese
BLT with avocado on toasted Ezekiel sprouted bread, watermelon, seltzer


  1. Your photos are beautiful and pre-paleo I would have gobbled them up! My meals look very much like that, but without grains. I think I could tolerate Greek yogurt, but I just haven't tried. Yet! I don't work and rarely navigate a big family dinner, so my days don't look anything like yours. What I've learned this year is that I need to do WHATEVER it takes IF attaining a healthy weight is my priority. So far, so good. I'm cheering you on to the same success.

  2. Beautiful pics!

    What is in the cans? Not complaining, just never have seen them.


    A sugar-free, sweetener-free flavored seltzer.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07