"Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants." -Michael Pollan

Monday, November 12

Healthy Thought of the Day

I posted this comment on Elle's CK blog the other day:

"My new thing is that I feel warm and fuzzy and healthy when I eat right and guilty and disgusting when I eat poorly. Even if I have the calories available for a good treat, I don't want to loose the warm and fuzzy healthy feeling, so I pass. It's taken me 2 years to realize that."

It's not about calories in-calories out (although it is!!), but true healthy eating goes beyond the numbers and what you can and can't fit into a day's worth of calories and knocks into your EFFORT. Are you putting 100% effort into being healthy? When you do, you feel amazing, no matter what the scale says or where you are on your weight loss journey. I often say that I feel better when my weight is up (perhaps after a big eating weekend) and I'm putting 100% effort in to get back on track than when my weight is down and I'm "allowing" myself to eat junk.

Here's another Fit From Within excerpt that says it best. I swear this woman wrote my book a few years before I got around to it!

"It is nearly impossible to have a negative attitude when you are supremely healthy. Let me fully acknowledge that I am not always this healthy. I get lazy sometimes, or I don't replenish the energy I give to work, family, and life's glittering diversions. But when I put my health at the top of my to-do list, it's not long before I feel on top of the world.

When you build a body out of the healthiest food, the healthiest environment, the healthiest lifestyle, and the healthiest attitudes you know of, it's like moving into a mansion from a tar-paper shack. At this level of health, or even on the road to it, the very process of living becomes a joy, and abusing yourself in any way becomes just about impossible."


Anonymous said...

:) I couldn't agree more!! Kath, seriously, you've been a great inspiration and motivation for me to eat healthier and live healthier! I've tried lots of new foods...thanks to you! Thank you!!! Have a great day! -Meg-

Kath said...

Awww thanks, Meggers :) Made my day!

meredith said...

I'm so happy you're maing pizza tonight. I want to grill out pizza myself. what is the dough recipe you use and do you have any tips?

El esposo said...

Pizza dough recipe:

150g bread flour (AP works fine)
5g granulated sugar
5g kosher salt
3g instant yeast
chopped herbs if you want

-Start by microwaving about 6oz of water for 30 seconds, then mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
-Add half of water and stir into flour with one finger.
-Continue adding very small amounts of water until consistency is barely sticky (I don't know how much water is actually required, but you won't use all of it, so don't just dump it all in at once)
-Knead until dough is well formed (at least 15 minutes)
-Place in bowl and cover top with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size.
-"Punch" down by gently pressing dough into a large rectangle, then tri-fold back together. Repeat two more times.
-If you want, rise and punch down again.
-Place dough in bowl and cover again, put in fridge until dinner time (the longer the better - even overnight would be nice).

-When it's dinner time, take out dough and allow to come to room temperature.
-Punch down using same method as before and split dough into 2 balls
-Lightly coat balls in olive oil and then roll out to 6in rounds.
-Grill/sear/bake for 2 minutes per side at a medium heat, coat with toppings, finish cooking, enjoy!

-This makes such a small amount that using a mixer wouldn't be effective (and maybe not possible).
-Undercooked dough is better than overcooked (it loses its fluff and gets too hard)
-Since this makes pretty thin crust, instead of tomato sauce you may just want to use a few very thin slices of tomato. Sauce is overrated.