When I was a kid, I read the magazine ‘American Girl’ religiously. Anyone else?
(I tried to find a photo, but I think I just gave my computer a virus…)
I’ll always remember one of the articles about how to break a bad habit. They talked a lot about how it takes 21 days to do so, which stuck in my mind. My bad habit at the time? Cracking my knuckles. I was determined to stop, and I gave myself 21 days to do it. It worked! I don’t remember how I broke the habit, but 21 days later, I was no longer a knuckle cracker. In fact, I can’t even crack my knuckles anymore. But I digress.
As of New Year’s Day, I have gone 21 days without binge eating- the longest stretch of time since I started binging in May of last year. It sounds like a short period of time- and it is- but for me, it feels like a huge accomplishment! Obviously, this doesn’t mean that I’ve completely broken this habit. Binge eating is a much larger problem than cracking knuckles, and it’s not something that’s ever going to completely ‘go away.’ And even though it’s only been 3 weeks, technically, I can say that I haven’t binged all year 🙂
Ironically, I found myself digging into a bag of cinnamon Cheerios today when I still hadn’t eaten lunch at 2:30. You know how they say you shouldn’t grocery shop when you’re hungry? Remember when I was asking for quick meal ideas I could bring when I don’t have time to make myself lunch? Uh, yeah, about that… I worked until 11:30 this morning, worked out after work, went grocery shopping, and then I had to wait until my sister got off work at 2:30 to pick me up. So why didn’t I pack a lunch? Don’t ask. (Spoiler alert- laziness!)
Anyway, I managed to limit myself to about a serving of the Cheerios (which are awesome, by the way.) Other eats for the day were the same breakfast I had yesterday, a pita pizza, the rest of my pumpkin kefir with more Cheerios, and the pumpkin-pudding-Vitatop creation I had yesterday. Not the healthiest day, but ordinarily almost skipping a meal would have sent me into a binge. Not today 🙂
No vegetables were eaten… until dinner!
Black Bean Burgers
(Adapted from The Daily Garnish)
- 2 cans black beans, drained
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 tbsp plain yogurt
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- Grind oats in food processor until chopped, but still slightly chunky.
- Add carrots and process until chopped. Add 3/4 of the beans, yogurt and the spices, and process until mixed together.
- Add mixture to a bowl and fold in the rest of the black beans.
- Here comes the tricky part: I didn’t add pepitas like the original recipe calls for because I didn’t have them, so I think my mix was a little more moist than the original. Rather than shaping them into patties, I kind of just plopped the mix onto a aluminum-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 40-50 minutes (mine had to bake for about 50.)
I’m going to freeze some of these and bring them to school on days I have to pack a lunch. I’ve never made my own burgers before, so this was exciting! It was really easy. I can’t believe I haven’t made these sooner!
For dinner, I roasted some broccoli and a whole sweet potato to serve along my burger. Tasty and filling… my favorite combination.
Have you overcome a bad habit? It can be a small problem or a serious one. I need to work on my cursing now…