Junk Food Without The Junk
July 21st is National Junk Day!
I am sure that I am not alone when I say “JUNK FOOD, YEAH!” 🥳
You may think I am going to be raving about my favorite junk foods and all the memories associated with them. I am not. I am going to talk about changing our junk food habits to better, healthier eating habits without sacrificing too much of what we enjoy. I still leave room for occasional junk food. It’s just not my go-to anymore.
It has become abundantly clear to me that making healthier lifestyle changes is HARD. Whether we are changing the way we eat, our attitude, or leaving a toxic environment. No matter the change, it is HARD.
Talk about being intentional!
When we decide to make any kind of change it quickly becomes obvious that we have to be intentional and committed. I chose several years ago, due to health issues, to begin a Mediterranean meal plan. I have researched several plans and designed a personal plan that meets my needs.
The biggest change is the addition of more veggies and nuts. I love quiche, so by adding spinach, leaving out the bacon, and using Feta cheese, I still get to enjoy quiche. Bacon is my lifelong favorite, in choosing to eat healthier, I limit my bacon consumption. I don’t believe in totally denying myself the pleasures of the things I enjoy eating. The Bible says, “ moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power.” (Proverbs. 16:32 Message Bible).
I have found some very good Greek salad recipes and there are a lot of variations. One of my favorite Greek salads is actually served with breakfast in certain areas of Greece (recipe at the bottom)! I have learned to make a veggie omelet. I can use all my favorite veggies. I use chopped spinach (fresh or frozen), roast tomatoes with garlic and onion, chopped bell pepper, plenty of seasoning (except salt), and cheese (mozzarella or feta). It makes an omelet big enough to share. YUM. I recently made sausage-stuffed eggplant. It was a lot of work but well worth the effort.
I just bought an air fryer. I will let you know how I like it. I grew up where frying was COOKING. This was an area that I struggled in. My heart was in the right place and wanted to bake more, but my soul craves fried food. I am excited to try it. I snack throughout the day on almonds, pistachios, peanuts, or fruit. I recently found out that berries are low in natural sugars. Berries make the best smoothies! Most fruits are very high in sugar. UGH. I love fruit, and I really like berries so I’m GOOD.
It is the little changes that we make that add up. My goal is not to lose weight, although that is a benefit of healthier eating. My goal is to manage my current health issues and give my body a reboot. I often say ” I will die for my children, and they know it, but I want them to know that I will live for them too.” I will live healthier. I will live peaceably, I will honor my body as the temple, it was created to be. Sisters, it is a challenge to live healthier but I am worth it; YOU are worth it!
We can be victorious on this journey together. Let’s celebrate National Junk Food Day with a little less junk food. This can be the day you start to make those small changes that will add up. Who knows, maybe next July we can celebrate a year of healthier eating – junk food included.
Remember, you can always call your sister. 🥰
Greek Salad recipe here! 🥗