My sugar detox went well. I learned a lot about my eating habits and where I am overindulging. Ultimately I learned that my portion control is way off base and i’m not eating enough fruits and vegetables. The trouble with the sugar detox was that it required extensive willpower and excluded several foods that I do consider whole and vital to my diet.
So, things change. I’m still watching my consumption and trying to eat at home pretty frequently. The biggest difference with preparing your own meals is that you have control over what (and how much) gets drizzled, poured, and mixed in. I always feel bloated and weighed down when I leave restaurants. Living in Portland I will most definitely still go out to eat from time to time. However, until I progress on some of my fitness goals the delicious thai noodles and cuban sandwiches will have to wait.
Tonight I wanted to experiment. My boyfriend is fairly traditional with his tastes. He loves the pizza that I make, and my pizza is definitely veering towards traditional. We are on a pretty strict budget temporarily, and I knew that I could stretch pizza to make plenty of leftovers for this weeks lunches. Trader Joe’s came to the rescue as they provide very reasonably priced fresh dough in several varieties. Onward, to the tale of two pizzas.
Regular TJ Pizza Dough ($1.29), half a jar of TJ Marinara (roughly .75), TJ Volpi Pepperoni ($3.49), 1/2 bag crimini mushrooms ($1.15), 1/2 bag quattro formaggio ($2.49).
I prefer square pizza and the above ingredients make enough to fill a medium sized sheet pan with thin crust pizza. I’m estimating this to work out to 3 meals including dinner tonight. Total cost: a few cents over $9.00. Not amazingly cheap, but i’m definitely breaking even with the pizza guys.
TJ’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough ($1.29) 2 sliced sweet apple chicken sausages ($2), 1/2 bag crimini mushrooms, chopped ($1.15), 1/2 bag quatro formaggio ($2.49), sprinkling of goat cheese ($1), 1/2 jar TJ marinara (.75), homemade arugula pesto (roughly $1). TOTAL COST: just about $8!
Same goes for this pizza, should last me three meals. I will try to exhibit portion control and serve a small slice or two with a heaping pile of greens. Good habits take time!