Yesterday I started off pretty sluggish and my legs were still sore.  (That’ll teach me!)

beef fajita, peppers, onions

I started out with toast and 1/3 fat cream cheese and a whole lot of coffee.  It was the last of the cream cheese and I’d planned to cheat a little on Saturday anyway.  As it turns out, I ate pretty well aside from the toast.  John and I had to meet to discuss magazine business so we made it a lunch meeting and went Mexican.  I had a margarita (I’d been looking forward to it) and a beef fajita (1 small flour tortilla, beef strips, peppers, onions, about 1 tablespoon guacamole and some pico de gallo).  I also drank two large glasses of water.  I picked up a blender and, for a mid-afternoon snack, I had 2 scoops of vanilla whey, 1 cup mixed berries and enough water to make it a tasty smoothie.
For dinner I ate the rest of the beef, peppers and onions I took home in a doggie bag from lunch.  I topped it with about 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar.  There is now no more cheese in my home and I will probably not be buying any.  That’s it for my eating.  It wasn’t much of a cheat day at all.epsom salt, lavender, spearmintI ended the day with a very hot bath with Epsom salts.  Ana, who is doing our Vegetarian Corner articles at SAXtreme Magazine, recommended it and I can honestly say it really helped.  Thanks, Ana!

The big deal for me yesterday was the shopping.  I had to buy some food so I went to Wal Mart and got started.  I looked for some non-meat products as Ana had suggested in her latest article but they really had no selection at the store I went to.  (I did do some reading after my shopping excursion to discover that the estrogens in tofu can wreak havoc on a thyroid that isn’t operating optimally.  Since my thyroid doesn’t work at all, I’ll need to do some more research.)  healthy shopping, mixed berries, eggs, pumpkin, pumpkin pie, green beans, celeryI shopped well, I think.  I came home with eggs (a great, inexpensive, protein source), green beans and almonds (which I LOVE), celery (a nice mobile snack to go with my bag of almonds in the Jeep), a package of mixed frozen berries (no sugar added) to jazz up my vanilla whey protein powder and, in honor of Thanksgiving,I bought a can of pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice.  Two scoops of vanilla whey, a 1/4 cup of pumpkin and a few dashes of spice should taste just like pumpkin pie but there won’t be any guilt and it’ll be a perfect protein & veggie meal.  Yay, me!

*If you’re supplementing your whole food choices with whey protein, here are a few suggestions on how to jazz it up without killing your diet.