Extremes

Fitness and nutrition can be tremendously enjoyable aspects of life, but far too often we see people making such drastic, unhealthy, and mind boggling choices.  Nutrition can be looked at on somewhat of a continuum, where both ends are completely unhealthy for very different reasons.

On one end, you get the over processed, completely saturated, fried, artificial, junk that can barely be classified as food.  How about this new Pizza Hut masterpiece?  A free mustard drizzle, too?!  At 435 calories per ‘plain’ slice, it’s not the worst I’ve ever seen, but concept is pretty gross nonetheless.
Nasty! 
Aaaand then there’s Victoria.
(saw this while intermittently flipping through a magazine on the elliptical)
Maybe if I were a rabbit!
Honestly, I am equally afraid of both of these!  I am not a dietician, so won’t divulge into damaging effects of either extremity, but both are dangerous nutritional avenues that I choose not to explore.  Ever!
So, if a greasy pizza stuffed with salty processed meat trimmings/fat or a plate of arugula doesn’t sound overly satisfying for dinner tonight, why not go for something a little more balanced:

Dinner:

Coconut Crusted Tilapia w/ papaya & mango and sauteed zucchini/mushrooms/onion over organic brown rice couscous (for those who are gluten free, this is a good choice).  

I stopped by Safeway to get some tilapia to make grilled lemon-garlic tilapia tonight, but they we all out.  Insert sad face!  With my heart set on this flaky-but-not-too-fishy dinner dish, I decided to get the Coconut Crusted Tilapia w/ Papaya & Mango from the seafood counter.  It’s already prepared and ready to bake.  I’d had it once before, and it’s pretty delicious!

1 fillet = 270 calories (including 26g protein); approximately $4 each.

I sautéed the veggies with garlic, rosemary, oregano, and ground pepper.  I also looked for a recipe online to see if I could learn to just make it myself in the future.  Here’s what I found (minus the papaya): pretty simple!





Dinner Tip:  Always make an extra serving to take with you for lunch the next day!  It solves the problem of making poor food choices when you’re in a morning rush (e.g: usually not enough protein or veggies/fruit, or not packing enough food).  It also also prevents you from having to eat out too often.




Evening activities:

Walking the white demon.  Apparently running around the backyard burying random things in the dirt wasn’t sufficient.

I only got 5 hours of sleep last night (but finished all of my report card verifications- yay!), so I’ve been dragging it for most of the day.  I decided to stay at home, turn the heat up, and do a P90X yoga workout tonight- I have it on DVD but found a You Tube link to share below.  It’s a nice way to end a long and tiring day, and challenging enough to give you a good, little sweat sesh.



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