It was another rainy day today. I swear it’s rained more in the first two weeks of school this semester than it rained all of last semester. Because of the rain, I was in the mood for a nice comforting breakfast before classes.
I had yellow grits with LC cheese. Warm and creamy and delicious.
After my first (3-hour long) class, I was in the mood for a sandwich. I headed for the store on campus that sells sandwiches and checked out the selection. I settled on this turkey sandwich on a multigrain bun.
The bun was so soft and delicious, and the lettuce added a nice crunch. It was just what I was wanting.
I walked back to my apartment in the rain. The second I got to the door, the rain stopped. Just my luck!
The mountains still looked pretty, though. I wish this was the view from my room.
After my second class, and a trip to the store, I threw some ingredients together to make a delicious casserole. I based it loosely off of this recipe.
Chicken and Veggies Casserole
3 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
16 oz. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 c. your favorite mixed veggies (I used canned)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 box brown rice, prepared according to directions on box
4 tbs. ground flax (or enough to sprinkle over top of casserole)
Preheat oven to 375*. Spread brown rice evenly in a 9×13 casserole dish. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour into casserole dish and spread evenly. Top with ground flax. Bake at 375* for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
While waiting for the casserole to cook, I was eager to try out the Pomegranate Blackberry Tea POM Wonderful sent me.
This tea was really, really good. I loved the flavor. As with the POM juice, the one thing I don’t like really like about this tea was that I don’t like drinking calories. Also, one serving is actually half the bottle (you’ve got to look at those labels really close!).
I drank half the tea, since that was the serving, then switched to water.
The casserole turned our delicious. Sort of a cross between chicken pot pie and poppy seed chicken casserole, with a healthy spin.
Since it’s Friday night and my room mate and I are staying in and watching a trashy TV marathon, I figured a dessert was in order.
So I was reading an article from our school’s newspaper yesterday, and came across an article that caught my eye. It was about avoiding the “freshman 15.” It gave a few tips on how to avoid gaining weight in college while maintaining your sanity. One of the “tips” kind of bothered me. It basically said that since there are so many changes going on in the life of a college student, college is not the time to lose weight.
I looked at the author of the article, expecting it to be by a student. Nope. This was written by a man with a doctorate who works at a prestigious eating disorder clinic in Atlanta. I suppose that his background is probably what shaped this statement. I can sort of see his point. If I were focusing on losing weight rather than being healthier, I can see how I could possibly get carried away and become obsessed with seeing the scale go down. However, right now I am just focusing on being an overall healthier person, and the scale is naturally and slowly going down.
I’m not perfect. You don’t become perfectly healthy overnight. In fact, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be perfectly healthy, but that’s another post for another time.
So what do you all think? Do you think college is a bad time to try to lose weight? Do you think it’s dangerous to try to change yet another aspect of life while so many other changes are going on around a college student?
I think my room mate and I are going to go on a walk around campus now. I hope you all are having a fabulous Friday night!