Seriously

Have I told you about this salad yet? I’m drooling because I want to post this and start eating. What version of me gets excited about salad?? I swear, I’ve never been excited about any food that was even reasonably good for me in my life! (I’m just gonna go with it. *winky face*)

Strawberries

Avocado

Cucumber

Pecans

Feta

Lettuce

Chicken

Salt & pepper

Poppy seed dressing

Mwah!!!!

Saturday on a Friday 

Having the best weather in NSM, ON today! Just spent a couple of hours cleaning up the yard. My fore arms are all scratched and on fire (seasonal allergies much?) but I was in complete heaven. This is what I want in my life.

I was pooped and hungry so I mixed myself up a wicked salad. Stole this recipe from a restaurant way back and adapted it a little over time. So full of yum!

Walnut & Pear Salad

Chicken 

Lettuce 

Cucumber 

Canned Pears

Craisens

Walnuts 

Goat cheese

Salt & pepper 

Poppy seed dressing 

You don’t have to, but you can

To date I have lost 49 pounds, completely without effort. But that’s 49 pounds from my heaviest, which was a few years ago, and about 20 lost since I left Miul and moved out on my own.

People always ask how I’m losing weight, what am I doing different, why am seeing results that I hadn’t seen previously. I’m going to share my secret with you: I have no idea. But if there was one thing I could attribute it to is that I fell in love… with salad.

I hear people complain about having to eat salad when they’re trying to lose weight all the time and it makes me sad. Perspective, my friends. You don’t “have” to do anything. You need to turn things around and find a way to see them differently. 

Salad is the most diverse and fun food I’ve ever eaten. Not only is it quick and economical, I genuinely enjoy the process of putting different variations together. 

Sometimes, when I’m looking for inspiration, I’ll recreate meals I already know and love – such as my sub salad from yesterday. Sometimes I’m broke and don’t have much to spend on groceries so the ingredients are completely determined by what’s in the fridge/cupboard – like today’s lunch (which turned out way better than expected!). 

Anyway, as inspiration for those who feel they “have” to eat healthy, I thought I’d share some of my simple concoctions. Because I’m a giver! And, quite frankly, I’m tired of only talking about boys all the time. lol 

First, a few basics: I keep individual portions of meat in the freezer (chicken, ham, taco beef, etc) so I can just pop them into the microwave for 40 seconds while I prep the rest. I also try to keep washed lettuce on hand as much as possible. Lastly, you will rarely find less than two types of cheese in my fridge, it’s usually five or more (old cheddar, white cheddar, feta, parmesan, goat cheese, etc).

Kitchen sink salad

Chicken

Lettuce

Boiled egg, chopped

Tomato 

Cucumber 

Walnuts

Craisens

Feta

Pepper

Balsamic vinegar 

Ranch

Salad up!

Subway salad (because it’s all the things I get on my sub at Subway, silly)

Chicken

Bacon

Cheddar

Lettuce

Tomato 

Cucumber 

Fried onions*

Pickles 

Banana peppers

Salt and Pepper 

Ranch

* I don’t get fried onions at Subway but I totally would if they had them!

Pro tip: Salad is better for dinner because you can pair it with a bottle… er, I mean glass of your favourite wine