Step away from the freezer aisle…

Halt-sign
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with this anycronym, but H.A.L.T. stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired. It is something I try to use daily as a way of  checking in with myself when I am feeling edgy and out of sorts. It is a tool I have been taught so that I do not to give in to my addictions. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Today it worked.

I have had a very long, rough day at work and, unfortunately, I am not done for the evening. This is going to be a very short post, as I have a few projects that need to be finished and sent off to clients before morning. However, I was very proud of myself and wanted to share before I forgot about it. Because, I don’t know about you, but I have a habit of only seeing the bad (unhealthy) things that I do and never the good (healthy).

After such a rough brutal day, I really wanted to come home and bury my face in a giant, cheesy, meat covered, store bought, thick crusted pizza. With a side of a dozen cookies. Because, as I have already established, that is what I do when I am stressed out or in a bad mood. And yet, as I was travelling home on the streetcar, I knew that this was not what I should do. I realized that I was hungry, frustrated (angry), upset that I had to cancel date night with my boyfriend (lonely) and really, really tired (self-explanatory lol). I knew that my craving for pizza wasn’t because I actually wanted the pizza, I just wanted to numb all the aforementioned emotions.

So instead, I made a healthy choice and made a yummy on-plan dinner. I had a homemade bento box style burrito instead, full of wonderfully nutritional ingredients. Here is my dinner:

dinner

Quinoa, lentil and black beans with red peppers, tomatoes, mozzarella, cucumbers, kale, baby spinach and guacamole

Doesn’t that look awesome? It was! And it satisfied my craving, gave me energy and allowed me to feel good about the choice I made 🙂 Note to self: Eating healthy can be fulfilling and rewarding!

Ok, that’s it for tonight, back to the saltmines. Boy, I can’t wait for this week to be over!

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