So, my life has changed a lot in the past 6 weeks. I am no longer able to work the job I was loving in Boston due to my foot issues I have two stress fractures on the bottom of my foot, along with severe arthritis and a bone spur on the top of my big toe from an old childhood injury. I am seeing another specialist Tuesday to see if there is some sort of surgical option that could help speed up the recovery process.
I am extremely frustrated and angry that my mobility has pretty much been taken from me. It may sound extreme, but I work on my feet. I also walk between 3-6 miles a day JUST TO GET TO WORK. I don't have a car. I live 1.5 miles from the commuter rail station and then my job is another 1.5 miles away from South Station. If my boyfriend can't drive/pick me up then it's 6 miles a day of walking. The kitchen I work in is in the basement of the building, so I go up and down stairs all day long.
Obviously, my boss can't make accommodations for me or hold my job until the foot is well enough for me to put that much strain on it.
I am struggling financially. I haven't worked in a month and won't be able to work up to being on my feet again in a full time job again for at least TWO MONTHS.
I am also dealing with stress, because the way I normally handle it is through exercise and walking. I LOVE strapping on my headphones and going for walks, and I loved my walks to and from work. I have been gaining weight; 25 lbs since September. This week, I decided to become meticulous about calorie counting. I need to be, since I am not active like I was. Hopefully, I will be able to drive (the boyfriend's car) and start swimming soon.
So.. enough with the depressing stuff. Since I am counting calories, you can expect new recipes! That's a good thing, and I'm putting together some E-books to sell too!
I love using Cabbage and other greens instead of tortillas or bread. I save a lot of calories and eat more veggies! What's not to love about that. When I "diet", I do find myself relying heavily on beans and greens! So hearty and satisfying. The other day, I made a batch of my Southwestern Beans using pinto beans.
I have my Southwestern Sauce on hand, which is super low in calories and very delicious!
Of course, I have a bunch of Devilish Habanero Sauce in the fridge as well.
To make the cabbage cup tacos, I warmed up 1 cup of the beans, took two large outer leaves from the cabbage and shredded up a bunch of the rest of the cabbage. I mixed with cabbage with some cilantro, lime juice, a tiny bit fresh sage and mexican oregano from our garden. I topped the mixture with the salsa, southwestern sauce, onions, and some Almond Cheese.
The end result was super delicious and so healthy! Two large "Taco Cups" is a large portion with impressive nutritional results.
- 400 calories
- 10 grams fat
- 53 grams carbs
- 18 grams fiber
- 19 grams protein