Veggies - they're what's for lunch

Today, I eased my way back into my regular diet after spending 3 weeks in the U.S. eating, well, well... Ethiopian in Washington DC (obviously), and Mexifornian in SF. Not to mention all the munchies you get when, you know, you're in California. ;)

Dude, did you know that Mike and Ikes cost, like less than a buck a box over there? They're like $3+ here! They are the food of the Gods, who must be benevolent, all-knowing, gentle Gods if they share their Mike and Ike - Bursting with Fruit Juice FlavorĀ® - with us.

There were other memorable moments, like when I had a craving for In-N-Out Burger, Carl's Jr and Jack-In-The-Box - all at the same time, which was fortunate since they are all on the same street corner down from my cousin's house. In between that and my family's incomparable Iraqi food, I got a little sluggish.

Fast Food
Fast Food

All in all, I gained close to 8 lbs of glorious fat. My 6-pack didn't quite disappear, but it got a bit, um, more discreet... Why did I eat so much junk food?

  • I was on vacation.
  • It tasted good.
  • I was in Cali, so I wanted to eat what Californians eat. "When in Rome..." :p

Now that I'm back, though, I'm also back to my careful diet / workout regime. I work some obscene hours, but I always make time to cook and exercise. Here are a couple examples of some things I eat on a normal day like today:

Sandwich
Sandwich

Uber-healthy sandwich that's also filling and tastes good. Tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers, pickles, mustard, red onions. Know what all of those have in commons? That's right, none of them have any calories. . Add 0% yogurt, some hot sauce, blueberry sauce and a couple turkey breast slices? Barely 70 calories. It's the bread that hits hardest: 200 calories, but it's chock full of fiber since it's Whole Grain Flaxseed bread. Total: A puny 270 calories, and loads of protein, fiber and nutrients in a *huge* lunch. Serve with water, perrier or green tea.

Then for dinner, I had prepared one of those rarest of rare meals: the healthy + inexpensive + easy-to-make dish. Ceviche is one of those foods that are ridiculously easy to make, but never fail to impress.

  • Get some thin fresh fish from your supermarket. Pangasius and Tilapia are perfect low-priced favorites.
  • Find some lemons and limes on special, then juice them (pre-squeezed juice will do in a pinch).
  • Cut the fish into small bite-sized pieces, put in a plastic container or dish, cover with herbs of your choice, spices, sliced red onions, garlic, etc.
  • Douse everything with the lemon / lime juice, making sure all the fish is covered.
  • Seal container and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

Ceviche
Ceviche

Delish - a very tasty appetizer or main meal for under 5 bucks. A couple weeks of this and I'll drop the extra weight like it was nothing.

I'm only home for a couple days before I head to Detroit, and you can bet I'm gonna treat myself to some Coney Dogs. The only thing is that I won't feel bad about it, since I know that when I get back home, I'll be back in line with my diet, running mile after mile, and pressing more weight at the gym than I did when I left.

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