Paraphrasing a recent comment, Lynn asked how am I staying disciplined to eat right, especially now that I'm dealing with another injury?
Well, considering that I've gone through this once before with less than stellar results (otherwise known as the coconut M&M phase), I understand that it's not going to help me if I stress eat a bunch of sugar. I'm already feeling like a flabby blob after just a short time without running; adding extra weight from sugary treats would make me feel so much worse, and my mental state can't afford any additional pile-ons at the moment.
Mostly I am employing the "being kind" method by having good food that I want to eat readily available. I make myself buy fresh fruit and appealing veggies each Monday. The fruit is whatever I want, and if I want Fuji apples, red seedless grapes, pineapple and blackberries, then I buy it all. Same goes for veggies; I'm not making myself eat something that I don't particularly want (have I mentioned lately that I'M FIFTY, and I don't have to eat the yucky vegetables anymore?), but what I want, I get. I've been setting myself up for the week with a well-stocked fridge, which is something that I can get lazy about doing, especially since Jeff travels so often and when it's just me, I can very easily live on Greek yogurt, craisins, and granola. Hey, just being honest here...not the most well-rounded diet, but at least it's not Taco Bell, right?
I still have my above-mentioned yogurt concoction for breakfast just about every day, but since I haven't been getting up early to exercise, I've been enjoying my lazy mornings with several cups of coffee, which curbs my hunger and I don't end up having breakfast until mid-morning. I'm not usually hungry for a real lunch because of the late breakfast, but that's when I'll have some fruit and then an iced latte (milk = protein, so there's some nutrition with that, right?), and then dinner at a normal time.
For my solo dinners, lately I've been hooked on Jennie-O turkey burgers - Sam's Club sells a big box of them, individually vacuum-sealed, which works perfect for me. I've been cooking them in a non-stick skillet and making burgers with avocado slices, tomatoes and lots of lettuce, and multi-grain sandwich thins for the bun (I won't buy these again for buns, though - they fall apart too easily, probably due to the moistness of the burger). Very tasty, and I feel like I've actually had a meal with this instead of just eating something to quell hunger.
I guess this post took a turn from the original question, but this is the key: I sort-of have a plan, and I mostly stick to it. I'm not counting calories or limiting myself when it comes to real food like fruit, but I am forcing myself to remember that sugary treats will neither heal an injured body nor cure disease, no matter how much my emotions would like for that to be true. And somehow, that helps remind me to behave myself when it comes to eating right.