Killer Tofu

by Heather on January 27, 2010

Anyone remember this song from that Nickelodeon show, Doug?  I may or may not have been hopping around the office to it a few minutes ago…

I’ve got to admit, I didn’t do very well with the self control again today until this evening.  NOT OK.  I don’t want to deprive myself, but for some reason if I’m stressed, tired, and cranky there’s just no holding me back from food I don’t need to eat.  It all started innocently enough with some bean soup (white beans, carrots, celery, onion, red bell pepper) and a handful of baby carrots and a Tbsp of almond butter:

But the afternoon started going slower and slower, and my boredom went up and up until I caved and had a 100-calorie popcorn with pepper:

There was a storm blowing in, and it was getting significantly colder.  I didn’t bring adequate clothing to take my walk in the weather, so I ended up going to Marshall’s (got a shower curtain rod – the curvy kind!) and hitting up Whole Foods for some dinner inspiration.  Now, here’s where the “killer tofu” part comes in:

I was a little hungry (stomach was growling), so I decided to try the Vegan Greek Pizza (artichokes, olives, mushrooms…) at the WF pizza counter.  I go, check out, and go sit in my car to people watch since the cafe tables were all full.  I sat there and ate my sliver of the pizza…and realized the “cheese” was not very melty and it was cold!!!  I kept eating anyway, not really enjoying it, til it dawned on me:  I got the VEGAN Greek pizza, which meant no real cheese!  I looked down and realized that I was in the middle of chewing a massive chunk of tofu, and that was the part I wasn’t enjoying!  That darn tofu snuck up on me and forced me to eat it!!!

OK, OK, so maybe the tofu wasn’t killer, but I used to watch Doug all the time and that made me think of it.  I think I might be scarred from this tofu experience and will likely not feel like trying it for a while.  Just a prediction.

So, prior to the tofu incident, I was just picking up stuff at WF that I know I can really only easily get there.  One thing was my FAVORITE chocolate bar from Chocolove!

Seriously, it is so good.  I mean, you usually can’t go wrong with chocolate, but this is the smoothest and most flavorful dark chocolate I’ve had in a long time.  Plus, it’s locally made, which is so cool!  I also picked up some oats because I’m almost out:

And some meatballs for dinner tonight:

Some Amazing Grass packets for breakfast cookies…I figure if I’m going to be eating these face-rocking cookies, I need to get some grass in them (not the illegal kind).

I also picked up a bunch of asparagus to go with some broccoli florets for dinner:

And some quinoa.  Now, I’ve “tried” quinoa before, but I didn’t really love it.  I am hoping it’s because I prepared it poorly and the second time around will be much better.  We’ll all have to keep our fingers crossed on this one!

And finally, some sweet potatoes!  I was inspired by Anna at Newly Wed, Newly Veg to make sweet potato oats sometime soon!

So, here we are at dinner.  What did I make?  Basically, spaghetti and meatballs with asparagus and broccoli sauteed in a teaspoon of olive oil (obvi), but I did make my own sauce:

  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-2 Tbsp each red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1-2 tsp each garlic powder, dried onion flakes, oregano, and basil
  • salt + pepper to taste

I also added about 3 Tbsp of this toasted garlic we got in Lubbock…it’s soooooooo good!  And, the only ingredients are garlic and soybean oil.  Mix everything together and let it simmer until it’s reduced to the consistency you’re looking for – I like mine fairly thick.  Not too shabby :)

I decided that with my afternoon munchies attack, I should probably lay low on the pasta tonight.  I had a bowl with ~1/4 cup of pasta and about 1 cup of the veggies and 2 meatballs.  Pre-saucing:

And post-saucing:

This was pretty darn good!  I would rather have had spaghetti squash, but alas, I forgot to get some at WF this afternoon.  So it goes I suppose!  Dessert (because I always want to end on a sweet note) was a spoonful of this incredible ice cream:

So, I know you guys might be wondering what the big deal was with me eating vegan pizza this afternoon.  The thing is, I took all the toppings off and ate the crust, and then I stopped at Wendy’s and got a Jr. cheeseburger.  Why?  I have no idea…and this is what I’m talking about when I say there’s no stopping this kind of stuff.  That’s what I had been craving all afternoon, and I just let it get the best of me.  I really really wish I hadn’t eaten it, but I did.  Then I took that frustration in myself out on Nate, and I got even more annoyed with my actions.  Does anyone else ever have this experience?

Regardless, I’m in a better place now:  I apologized to Nate, I forgave myself, I had a healthful and veggie-filled dinner, and I will be doing a cardio workout later this evening when my dinner settles.  I’m ready to look to the food future with positivity (again) and continue to lose that weight :)

Tomorrow I’ll be working at the SIA Trade Show in Denver, and am super excited to see all the newest things coming out for the 2010 winter season!  Should be fun and interesting to say the least, and it’ll be oh-so-nice to be out of the office for a day :)

When you get in a stressed out/bored/worried situation and all you want to do is eat horrible-for-you food, do you have any tricks to instantly keep yourself from indulging?  I’d love all the help and encouragement I can get with this!

Hope you all have a wonderful evening, and I’ll be reading through all the awesome blog posts tomorrow evening!

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1 Errin January 27, 2010

Hi Heather!
I totally understand how you feel. I have such a hard time at home snacking before or after dinner. I have started leaving a snack in the car like dried cranberries, whole wheat pretzels, or an apple to eat on my way home from work, then I’m not so tempted to buy something from the grocery store or eat too much when I get home. That being said I’m not always successful, I have been known to eat a bag of skittles in the car after grocery shopping :0(
Keep up the good work!


2 Trainerpack January 27, 2010

Great idea!
I make my tofu with bbq sauce or black bean sauce.


3 lpskins January 28, 2010

Welcome to my world sister. I give you props for nipping it in the bud right then and there, rather than continuing it and eating the whole pint of ice cream (which I would have done. I’m thinking that next time you should give into the craving and get the burger–this will save you from the other grub that ended up being fillers. Intuitive eating—I’ve yet to figure it out but want to.
Enjoy the trade show!


4 Heather January 28, 2010

Mm that look like it turned out great! Have fun at the trade show!


5 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 28, 2010

I’ve been there lots of times- it’s hard to figure out the root reason most of the time, too. Was I really hungry, was it emotional, have I been depriving myself? It’s good you recognized it, nipped it in the bud, and did a little exercising. I started going a little nuts on cupcakes and snacks yesterday and my friend called me to go swimming- a little exercise always helps me feel better about myself and in turn want to treat my body better AKA no unnecessary pigging out. I don’t have any real tips other than just trying to slowww down my inner dialogue and “talk” myself through it. Really make myself answer why am I going to eat this right now when I just ate/ am not hungry?!


6 Michelle January 28, 2010

I’m totally with you, Heather. I hate when you eat like that and then get all annoyed and upset. What drives us to do it? I think that’s more frustrating than anything. If we knew what triggered the eating maybe we could prevent it.

But just like you told me the other day, we move on to a new day and refocus.

Btw, you’re blog is really making me want to try the HD Five! I saw some in the store the other day and wish I had picked it up. I’m a total icecream junkie. :)


7 Hillary January 29, 2010

I heart Chocolove <3.

~ The Nutrition Nut


8 Tichina June 5, 2011

Hey Heather,
I’ve been a regular viewer of your site for a while now. When I read this post today I just had to comment. I cannot stand when this happens to me, it makes me feel as though I’m throwing away all my hard earned efforts from eating healthy and butt kickin’ workouts. My thing is peanut butter.. no make that all nut butters… and chocolate… and just the whole combination haha. Thank goodness I’ve figured out what works for me. I don’t have a cheat day or whatever some people call it, where they eat anything and everything they’ve deprived themselves of in that 24 hour period. Rather, I always allow myself a small portion of whatever sweet I want.. twice a day in fact! I just portion it out, sit down, enjoy it, and move on! No more of the crappy low-cal “fillers” I used to munch on all day. I can totally relate to eating when you’re bored, stressed etc. This method of eating has seriously cut down on the number of days I tend to do that, it works for me (well.. most of the time.. we all have our moments haha) so I just had to share :).


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