What Happens at Chik-fil-A Stays at Chik-fil-A?

Vegetarian Journey Issue 2

What Happens at Chik-fil-A Stays at Chik-fil-A?Image

The mention of Chik-fil-A in the post title is related to a few youthful food indiscretions. Don’t judge me! Giggle. Some of these indiscretions have happened at Chik-fil-A because I got weak and didn’t chose a healthy fruit salad at the time. The kids’ meal with grilled chicken is surprisingly a sizable portion, filling, and tasty. Outside of this blog and asking for forgiveness of my food sins, what happens in Chik-fil-A stays there! It’s like Vegas, but without the gambling.Giggle

My accountability entry regarding my food journey will detour briefly to cover my love of hummus. Pathmark offers a wonderful hummus by a company called Tribe Hummus. That company’s hummus is in the picture above this blog post. It goes great with cucumbers and baby carrots, which is what is making me happy this week. Smile.

Generally, I have been well behaved vegetarian this week. If there is any great confession, it is that I am trying to minimize my consumption of candy during working hours. On a normal day, I am a very high energy person, so eating sugary candy coupled with caffeine is not a good food combination for me. The sugar high feels so good until you crash…LOL.

Next week, I will prep my meals ahead of time as well as have an emergency food stash with me at all times. This is hard for someone like me who likes to work 24/7, but food preparation is necessary part of being a good vegetarian along with making the right food choices. I did good overall all this week along with having no Chik-fil-A slip ups. So I am off to plan my meals for the week ahead. This should be interesting along with making my mother proud because I am getting organized and planning my week.

Happy Spring to Everyone!

Share this food diary entry. Also talk back to me with your tips for eating healthy on the go. I will answer you. 🙂

–UrbanHealthyChick

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A Confession….

            My blog originates out of a desire to help myself and others seeking a healthier way of being. As a result, I am confessing that I am struggling vegetarian. The challenge that I face is related to time, access, knowledge, and finances. The time issue creeps up either in small or large ways. A small way is taking the time to plan my meals for the week along with the weekly run to the produce junction. In addition, time is needed to exercise and meditate because vegetarian eating is a lifestyle, so exercise is needed to assist digestion. Time plays a bigger part with getting to a grocery store that sells vegetarian food items such as tofu, tempeh, falafel, etc, trips which I cannot always make because of time.

          Access is another issue, since the store locations that would best support a healthier diet are not in my immediate area. My neighborhood is a wonderful mix of upper income, working class, and new entrants as a result of gentrification happening all at once. Most residents don’t purchase a lot of products in the community including life sustaining items such as food in the neighborhood.

          Finances can be an issue for all parties even me. Sadly, broccoli in many communities cost more than the dollar menu French fries. This is an issue that I am only slightly insulated from, but anyone of us could be struggling with this additional limitation.

          Lastly, the knowledge part is something that I struggle with in particular. I grew up in a family that ate all imaginable and unimaginable parts of the pig. Along with eating the wonderful edible pig, a lot of food was cooked in a white substance called Cisco aka lard. Conversely, my mother was a big advocate of not eating lot candy, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and playing outside. Also I must confess, I do love vegetables and fruits. I guess I got the good with the bad from my family. Thanks, Mom. Smile.

          So, I am confessing, so that you know I am SO SO imperfect as it relates to this vegetarian and healthy living thing. It is my hope to share my journey, support fellow struggling vegetarians, and keep myself accountable in a public way via this blog. Hopefully, my starts and stops along the way will be amusing as well as supportive to others. My next step is to share a weekly post about my food mishaps along the way to being a better vegetarian! The other weekly post will be more general healthcare topics. We can be our best selves together. Join Me. Share this Blog Post!