I let the Reuben sandwich and fries on St. Patrick's Day woo me.
Last week I let the garlic mashed potatoes side dish tempt me and I caved.
I allowed the giant cupcake at an adorable little bakery to become my appetizer while waiting for a sandwich on white flour focaccia bread.
I won't bore you with any more details. I think you get the picture. Since the list of my poor food choices goes on and on, it is no wonder that I have been in pain. I am undisciplined and weak where food is concerned. However:
I won't give up.
I know how to turn this around.
Here I go.....
Today, I have spent time stocking my refrigerator with my arsenal of anti-inflammatory foods. I seem to do a lot better if I can see great choices in front of me that are ready to eat. I have both green and kalamata olives, plenty of avocado, mango, salad fixings, and much more. I am making a menu plan that will keep me on track and help calm inflammation in my body. This will also help us to resist the temptation to dine out on a whim, where I generally make unhealthy choices.
I began by putting a cleansing drink in the refrigerator that will keep me hydrated. I cut up a few delicious Meyer Lemons and added them into a pitcher with water.
Next I made a batch of my Sun dried Tomato Hummus. This is a favorite of both my husband and myself. It can be a quick snack as a dip for veggies or whole grain crackers. It can also be spread on sandwiches and in sandwich wraps or pitas.
I also whipped up a couple of batches of Salmon Croquettes to keep in the refrigerator. They can be frozen if you are not going to eat them in a few days. I enjoy having the croquettes with sliced avocado and kalamata olives on the side. It is a super charged Omega 3 meal.
Tonight I will be putting Steel Cut Oats in the crock pot for breakfast tomorrow. After cooking the oats I add flax meal, cinnamon, and a touch of pure maple syrup.
It is sometimes hard to realize that I absolutely must give up many foods I enjoy. However, being pain free without having to take extra medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis, makes the journey worthwhile. I wish you a healthy and pain-free week :)