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Healthy Meal Plan for an Early Spring Week

March 29th, 2008 · 8 Comments

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Whew. I’m back. At some point lately, I started panicking a bit about what I’m doing with my body and my life—about whether I’ve actually learned any of what I think I have learned, and whether much of it is true.  Outwardly and in my routine, nothing major changed lately.  I’m now 15 pounds from my goal weight (woo hoo!), and I’ve been able to help several people lately who are seeking diagnoses or seeking assistance after diagnosis.  But inwardly—I had some events in my off-blog life reminding me, quite painfully, of who I used to be a long time ago and what my life was like at that time.  The reminders drudged up experiences that were entirely inside the scope of what many of us experience over the course of our lives, nothing exceptional, and they should serve as a marker of the great distance in a positive direction that my life has traveled. But for a while there, instead, I felt dragged back into who I was at that time:  a very insecure, lonely, overwhelmed girl.

Partly due to the emotional overload I was experiencing, I had a great deal of writer’s block.  Why am I talking when I don’t know what I’m doing? the insecure part of me wondered.  I recognized cerebrally that we’re all works in progress and that events in my life had drudged up the past, not the present.  I worked hard at giving myself—my younger self, as it were—a dose of compassion that I had, unfortunately, somehow always withheld from myself before.  I also tried to utilize other healthy habits I’ve learned, including making myself mostly keep up my normal actions even when I feel abnormal.  The normal pops back up eventually if I do that.

We’re all complex creatures, aren’t we?

In any case, I’m back now, and I’m feeling comfortable in my skin again.  (I’m also no longer cramming for the GMAT, so I have more free time as well!)   Here’s my meal plan for the last couple of days and for this upcoming week.  As always, it’s fairly healthy, with a focus on local, seasonal foods and a moderate number of calories.  It’s also gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, and cow dairy/casein-free.


Dinner: Beth J., Marg, and Brett over for dinner: Roast Leg of Lamb with Cherry & Spearmint Compote; Wilted Greens; Lori’s Skillet Smashed Potatoes; Bob’s Red Mill chocolate peppermint cupcakes for dessert


Dinner: Pizza & Movie Night: chicken sausage, spinach, soft sheep cheese, and tomato sauce; salad of cucumbers, green onions, and dill with champagne vinaigrette on the side


To Do: Make work breakfasts and freeze them: cran-orange muffins, grits with garlic and greens, other?

Lunch: Chopped salad of endive, green onion, avocado, radishes, bacon, and grape tomatoes with a mustard vinaigrette

Dinner: Thai Fish Cakes & Red Chile & Pecan Slaw


Lunch: Leftovers

To Do: Grocery shop

Dinner: Dinner at Margaret’s


Dinner: (Purchase a Dutch oven) Alsatian Chicken and vegetables with garlicky green beans


Dinner:  Eat dinner out @ 5:30 with Chris, Natalie, and Debbie


To Do: Dan leaves for Europe

Dinner: Fend off loneliness with an informal dinner with friends: Melissa’s bison chili (made with venison instead), Sophie-Safe cornbread, and Bob’s Red Mill chocolate cupcakes with spicy cinnamon/chocolate icing


Dinner: Take-out Thai

To Do: Pick up CSA order; make dessert to take to Priya’s


Dinner: Dinner at Priya & Sriram’s house: take dessert–what kind? Something that will accompany Indian food and be fairly mild in sweetness due to their non-American tastebuds.  Suggestions, anyone?


To Do: Work from 10 a.m.-noon

Lunch: Salad with goat cheese, pickled beets, and pecans

Dinner: Soup at home, or go out to eat with a friend


Lunch: Tuna melt on vegan millet bread and tomato soup

Dinner: Simplicity circle–Make gf, vegan, soy-free bread.

As I always do, I’ll be submitting this meal plan to the gluten-free menu swap that is hosted this week by Natalie at Gluten-Free Mommy.

Tags: allergen-free recipes · dessert · flexitarian

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jenn // Mar 29, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Glad you are back! Congrats on finishing your GMAT cramming! I’m sure you’re glad that’s over.

  • 2 Ricki // Mar 29, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Sally,
    Glad you’re back and feeling more balanced! Always look forward to your posts.
    For your dessert, I have 2 suggestions:
    Spiced Brown Basmati Rice Pudding (lovely spices, coconut milk base, at http://dietdessertndogs.wordpress.com/2008/02/01/comfort-from-the-cold-spiced-brown-basmati-rice-pudding/ ) and Frosted Banana-Oat Bars (chewy, not too sweet, if you have GF oats and can eat them, at http://dietdessertndogs.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/banana-oat-bars/ ). Hope the dinner goes well!

  • 3 Kaeti // Mar 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Glad you’re back!

  • 4 justoofat // Mar 30, 2008 at 9:23 am


    Glad to see you back. But moreso, I’m glad to see you back to believing that you *have* learned, grown and that you’re not the “very insecure, lonely, overwhelmed girl” that you once were. I have to remind myself of that very fact just about ever day… and yes, we *are* complex creatures.


  • 5 ThickChick // Mar 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Sorry to hear that you’re having some upheaval in your personal life, but it seems you’re taking the opportunity to reflect and be gentle with yourself, which is always so important.

    As always your menu sounds fabulous!

    Congrats on being 15 from goal!! I’m *STILL* trying to kick my final fifteen to the curb! =) Haha, one of these days I’ll get more serious about it I suppose!

  • 6 Gluten Free Menu Swap- March 31, 2008 : Gluten Free Mommy // Mar 31, 2008 at 10:54 am

    […] Aprovechar- Sally has a healthy, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, casein-free, seasonal meal plan that sounds delicious. […]

  • 7 Ginger // Mar 31, 2008 at 11:26 am

    For dessert, how about a mango pudding or coconut tapioca? How funny, tonight I am making the other Alsatian recipe from March Gourmet – trout subbing artic char as it looked better and fresher than the trout at the store!

  • 8 Ginger // Mar 31, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    I am so sorry, I wasn’t thinking about the egg free and casein free need of your diet! Please forgive! How about a rice coconut pudding with a little honey and loads of cardamom. The Indian restaurant I frequent always has that. I think it is mostly basmati cooked in sweetened milk, with a little coconut milk and then cardamom. I have no idea how to de dairy and egg a mango pudding unfortunately. Or use tapioca instead of rice. Let us know what you come up with!

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