Bipolar eating at its finest.

Happy Monday, my friends! Smile

How was everyone’s weekend?  My weekend actually started off a little early, with a Thursday night “date night!” Thumbs up


I have been wanting to see “The Hunger Games” for over a week now, but I didn’t want to deal with the crazy crowds.  But by Thursday, I was itching to go see the movie that so many people had been talking about! Smile

I think my opinion of the movie is similar to most people’s.  I definitely enjoyed it, but (as always) the book was better.  As Lindsay said, you aren’t able to know what the characters are thinking when watching the movie.  And I really think to fully understand the complicated Katniss-Peeta relationship, you need insight into what Katniss is thinking.  But it was still a very entertaining movie, and I will absolutely go see the next one!

Before our movie, Brandon took me to dinner … his treat!

We ate at a place called Marlow’s Tavern.  We sat outside and enjoyed our meal in the gorgeous sunshine.


The meal started with an appetizer of truffle oil fries.  So addicting!


Brandon chose the fish tacos for his meal, served with jalapeño corn grits!


I took the waitress’s advice (anyone else always ask for the waiter or waitress’s recommendation??) and ordered the Buffalo (grilled) chicken wrap with a side of fruit.  Not very healthy, but incredibly tasty!


And speaking of healthy vs. not-so healthy …

I joked with Brandon while I was eating that dinner that I was the “hypocritical blogger.”  I’ve been sharing recently about the movies we’ve been watching (Food Inc. and Forks over Knives), and how I want to start making a change in our eating habits based on what I learned from those movies. 

And then less than a week later, I go out and eat chicken and French fries.  Hmmm… Who me?

I realize I never said I planned to stop eating meat completely.  But it’s not just about the meat … it’s amazing how quickly I forget (or choose to forget) everything I learned about how the foods I put in my body can affect my health and overall well-being.  As soon as a craving for junk food hits, I put the blinders back up and choose the unhealthy option.

I guess you could call me a “bipolar eater.”  I enjoy healthy foods, and I want to eat healthy foods because they are good for my body.

But let’s be honest … I also really love the junk.



I’ve always had an “everything in moderation” viewpoint.  But what exactly is moderation?  Where’s the line between OK and hazardous to your health?

And just to be sure I’m clear … I’m not talking about healthy eating to maintain my weight.  This isn’t about weight or calories.  This is about my overall health and well-being.  This is about wanting to prevent things like cancer and heart disease.  This is about passing on a healthy way of life to my (future) children.

So this is where I ask you all …  what do you consider “eating healthy” or “moderation?”  Where is your “line?”  I’d love to know, because I’m still working on finding mine … Thinking smile


On a “lighter” note (pun intended), I did try out some new, healthy foods this past week! Thumbs up

After doing some contract work at a local middle school the other day, I stopped at the nearby Whole Foods.

Whoa.  That place could be seriously dangerous … I wanted to buy everything!

But I showed some restraint, and only left the store with a few new things.

Along with some organic romaine lettuce, I purchased some organic broccolini. 


Brandon and I were both a big fan of this stuff.  I steamed some for him in the microwave, and I also used it raw on top of a salad.  Both ways were equally delicious!


I also decided to try Whole Foods’ hot buffet.  I had already eaten lunch that day, so I just chose a couple of vegetable dishes to sample.

The one dish was just broccoli and peppers cooked in garlic.  It was delicious, but the real star of the show was the curry dish.


This dish had potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and kale in an amazing curry sauce.  This was my first time trying kale, and I absolutely loved the dish.  I’m hoping to attempt a recreation in my slow cooker this weekend!  Fingers crossed for success! Smile

I also prepared some dishes at home this week with some new ingredients.


I mentioned this tempeh stuff in another post, and I finally tried it this week.


Attempt #1 with tempeh: A sandwich with avocado, tomato, tempeh bacon, and a little honey mustard.

Result?  Not a fan.  There was too much “soft” stuff in the sandwich.  It needed a good crunch!


Attempt #2 with tempeh: An egg sandwich with the tempeh bacon.  I also had an organic yogurt on the side.

Result?  Still not a fan.  I ended up picking out the tempeh before finishing the sandwich.

I think it’s a texture thing.  Or a flavor thing. Smile with tongue out  Oh well.  “A” for effort, right? Winking smile

And finally, believe it or not, I made guacamole for the first time in my life!!

I made a mini-serving on a random weekday evening, using Cinnamon’s recipe.


I wanted to see if Brandon even liked it before making a big batch, since I don’t think he had even seen an avocado before last week.

Fortunately, he loved it.  Which gave me an excuse to make an even bigger, crazier batch over the weekend! Smile


Now Cinnamon’s recipe was delicious, and perfect if you want to buy minimal ingredients … there are only 3 ingredients in the whole dish!  But I am of the “more is even better” philosophy, so I read several different recipes and came up with my version.


Serves 2-4 (Brandon and I ate the whole bowl ourselves in under an hour, but we made it our dinner, rather than a snack!)


  • 3 avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt, to taste (maybe about a teaspoon?)
  • couple dashes of garlic powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • ¾ of a tomato, diced
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Approximately 2 tbsp green chiles (from a can)


  • Mash up avocados, lime juice, and seasonings with a fork.
  • After everything is mashed up really well, mix in the rest of your ingredients.
  • Enjoy!


I served the guacamole with Tostitos “Simply Natural” blue corn tortilla chips (they only have 3 ingredients!), and it was incredibly delicious!!

Question for ya …

What did you do over the weekend?

Any thoughts on what you consider to be “healthy eating?”

Ever tried tempeh?  Do you like it?

Any delicious healthy recipes to share?  Link up!

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50 Responses to Bipolar eating at its finest.

  1. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Oh wow that food from the restaurant looks amazing!! I don’t quite know if I’ve figured out what my boundaries are for healthy eating and moderation. I try to go what feels best for my body. I try to buy healthy foods and splurge on things on occasion- either with a dessert or a meal out! I’ve had tempeh once and it was in chili so it was good haha…I don’t know if I’d enjoy it on a sandwich though! Hope you have a great Monday :D
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  2. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Wow, that’s nuts that we wrote about something so similar on the same morning! Great minds think alike, eh? ;)

    I think the important thing to remember is that EVERYONE’S idea of moderation is different. For instance, I’ve havent been big on processed or packaged food for YEARS, so a “splurge” to me would probably involve something fresher, but still not-so-healthy. To Will on the other hand, a splurge is like a deep fried chocolate covered Twinkie fest. (whatever that is)

    I think that it’s important to gather information about what you’re eating, think about what youre putting into your body, and make an objective decision that way. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to eat, and I’m convinced that the more research you do on what is actually inside of foods, the more you will naturally sway away from the not-great options.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Great thoughts, Brittany! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Mattie @ Comfy and Confident

    Yum!! That gauc looks so so so so good. I have only satueed tempeh but I really like it. It is a great substitute for when tofu and meat get old.
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  4. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    I sometimes struggle with eating everything in moderation, and splurging too often. Within the last couple months I have given in to office treats almost everytime. I am really working on intuitive eating now and only saying yes Welshmen I really want it and not eating it just because it is there!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Office treats are tricky. It’s like your brain says “Free food! That means you have to eat it!” haha! ;)

  5. Kat

    girl Im with you here. I LOve eating healthy and how it makes my body feel, but Im also a huge junk food addict. I mean I could probably eat an entire tub of ice cream, IN ONE NIGHT. And chips and guacamole? GONE. Ive learned to just keep those things away from me unless its a special occasion. Even then I sometimes get a bit carried away, but I just remind myself that I dont eat like that all the time, and every once in a while is ok!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh man, I’m with you. On Saturday, I was seriously craving ice cream. Silly me, I went out and bought some at the store because it’s cheaper. But then I ended up eating like half the container! I haven’t done that in … oh, probably a couple of years now. I don’t know what I was thinking … but it was just so good! ;)

  6. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    ok, i might just need to read the hunger games books now… we went to see the movie this weekend, and i told my husband i wasn’t planning on reading them. i keep hearing from everyone that i should read the books and why though, and i find myself wanting to read them now. ;)
    i’ve never tried tempeh before, but i’ve been curious! i don’t know if i’ll like it or not. i should just buy it some time and test it out.
    mmm i LOVE guac!! i’ve been making it a ton lately. i’ll have to try your’s out too!
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  7. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    to me healthy eating is definitely balance. In my personal opinion I dont think that diets that include cutting something completely out are necessarily healthy (unless there is a need for it obviously, allergies, problems, etc).
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  8. Yellow Haired Girl

    For the very first time, I bought tempeh this weekend – that exact kind! I’m looking forward to experimenting. AND I bought the ingredients for guacamole … just need the avocados to ripen up because I’ve been craving some for like a week!
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  9. Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans

    I am striving for 90/10, meaning that 90% of the time I eat clean, wholesome and nutrient dense meals. The other 10% is reserved for special treats and occasions where salad just won’t cut it!! :) I have been far from that balance lately (more like 50/50) but I’m working really hard to get back to that target over the next few weeks.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks for sharing, and being honest, Samantha!! :)

  10. Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride

    I normally don’t get bothered by texture of food, but for some reason I think that’s why I can’t seem to like tempeh. But I love tofu!

    I struggle with eating in moderation. I think my all or nothing mentality when I was younger created this issue. I’d either have no sweets for a time period, or indulge in anything and everything – clearly not healthy! I’m trying now to always remind myself to make healthier choices, but that I should never have to give up anything I truly love (like cheese, chocolate, wine, etc) to do that. Somehow that has helped me eat less of those things, because I know I can eat them! I swear I also enjoy them much more when they aren’t a nightly (or twice a day) occurrence!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you for your thoughts, Caitlin! And maybe I need to try some tofu, if you like it and not tempeh! :)

  11. Casey

    Listen to your body. That’s what dictates healthy eating for me. I find that when I stick to healthy, clean eating (lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein, minimal/no packaged or process foods), I don’t even crave junk food. Right now I am pretty much in heaven typing this as I’m munching on frozen grapes. The big key for me (which I’m still learning) is to give in to my junky cravings (like ice cream) that strike once in awhile with a small portion. Right now, when a craving hits, I tend to go overboard– think a pint of Ben and Jerry’s instead of a half cup. I’m always reminded what a sucky decision I’ve made when I wake up the next morning and my whole body is sore. Good luck!

    • notsodomesticated

      Great thoughts, Casey! Thank you!

  12. Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

    I completely agree with you to enjoy things in moderation. I feel as though if I completely cut out “junk food” from my diet that I crave it and eat more of it.

    So I don’t deprive myself. I do however try to limit it by certain times of the day. I could eat chocolate all day everyday but then that wouldn’t be good for me. I try to limit myself to a piece after dinner. That way I have something to look forward too without eating it all day.
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  13. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    All of the food in this post looks amazing!!
    I think healthy eating is a focus on natural ingredients as much as possible and just being conscious of WHAT you are eating. I think that has been the biggest eye opener for me. Just being aware of what you are putting into your body and being purposeful about it.
    I’m so glad you tried the guac and I love all your inclusions. Especially the cilantro. I never have it around, but when I do it def goes right into the guac. I’m so glad Brandon liked it too! Wooo hoo!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh he loved it. It was ridiculous how quickly we ate all of that guacamole right up! :)

  14. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    I’ve always found success with the “listen to your body” plan, but lately I haven’t been a good listener, and my body has gotten in trouble haha. I’m doing a cleaner version of south beach to get back on track.

    Those truffle fries look AMAZING!
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  15. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    That guac looks amazing! I don’t like tempeh either.. tastes a little bland to me and I can’t get over the texture :/

    When it comes to the healthy eating and junk food in moderation, I try to keep a healthy balance. I always try to make at least one meal every day packed with veggies, especially if I have plans to eat out for dinner — this way I can pretty much guarantee at least one really healthy meal for the day! I also try to always keep my dessert portions really small, but I usually give myself the ok if the dessert is celebratory like my birthday or someone’s wedding. Because let’s be honest, who really wants to pass up wedding cake?!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yes … can’t pass up wedding cake!! :)

  16. Jentry Nielsen

    Your date night sounds so fun! We just went out and saw it last Wednesday! I really liked it and am so glad I saw it, but I too thought the book was much better. I felt like I really knew Katniss in the book, as in the movie you don’t get as great of a read to her.

    I know it’s hard to find that balance between healthy and “unhealthy” allowances, but I think as long as your are eating relatively healthy about 90% of the time, you can allow for a 10% unhealthy dose now in there, for your sanity at least! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Great point! I’ve always done more of the 75%-25% thing … I’m just trying to slowly increase my percentage of healthy eats!! ;)

  17. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    Im guilty of the bipolar eating as well! I really struggle to fun that moderation balance…. I eat very healthy most of the time, but sometimes I just “forget” all that I’ve learned and dive in. I’m totally fine with it though…. If I didn’t allow myself that then I wouldnt be listening to my body! Sometimes it just needs some treats! :)
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  18. Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo

    I agree that it is veryyy difficult to find that “moderation” line! I definitely need to reign in my overindulging, ESPECIALLY on desserts. It’s so hard because I tell myself ohh you aren’t gaining weight it’s fine! But it really isn’t fine because it’s about the way I FEEL, not about the number on the scale. And I feel pretty crappy when I overindulge too often! Then again, you only live once, right? :D This is such a difficult topic!

    PS: I tried that curry dish on the WF hot bar last week and I thought it was so amazing as well!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I completely agree, Maggie!! I think our female brains focus on calories and weight so much, so we think “Oh, it doesn’t matter … I can burn it off” or whatever. But it’s not about weight … it’s about your body’s overall health!

      But then when I see a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie or a bowl of ice cream, all thoughts about my health go out the window! ;)

      • Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo

        Exactly! And umm, fresh chocolate chip cookies sound pretty darn amazing right now :)
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        • notsodomesticated

          Haha oops … probably shouldn’t have mentioned them. ;)

  19. Erika @ YouJustDidWhat

    Um…I think guacamole is one of the major food groups…right?
    I have never tried tempeh, but I can’t say it looks that appetizing to me.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh absolutely. Fruits and veggies, whole grains, ice cream, and guacamole. The perfect list of food groups. ;)

  20. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I saw The Hunger Games on Saturday and I found it to be so so sad! Apparently I need to read the book, because the movie kind of shocked me. I cried!

    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yeah … ya gotta read the books, my friend! ;)

  21. Rach

    I still haven’t seen The Hunger Games, but hopefully next week I will! I can understand how you would miss a lot without being able to “hear” Katniss’ thoughts (especially in the arena)! Still so excited to see it, though! :)

    Also, I had a really similar experience… I watched Hungry for a Change and then the next day went to my Aunt’s house for lunch and she served fried chicken. It’s amazing how good intentions and thoughts of moderation can so quickly vanish when presented with an old favorite. So yeah, I understand where you are coming from on that one. :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha thanks, Rach … glad to see you can relate! :)

  22. Baking Serendipity

    I love early starts to the weekend! My husband and I revolved our date night around the Hunger Games this weekend too, but we didn’t venture out until Friday. As for healthy eating…I count the number of splurges I have during the week and then add that number of workouts to my regular routine (I am for 4-5). It helps me stop and think about whether the splurge is truly worth it. I think it helps a good bit with balance.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Neat idea!!

  23. Alison

    I guess for me, eating healthy means eating more healthy than junkie. If I’m mostly eating junk then, that’s not exactly moderation. Having a treat here and there (a couple times a week) doesn’t hurt, but beyond that it’s then a way of life, which isn’t as great.

    • notsodomesticated

      Great point, Alison!

  24. amy @ fearless homemaker

    i’m with you on the bipolar eating! i’m an everything in moderation type of girl. i try to eat as healthy/local as possible most of the time, but if i want ice cream or ‘junk’ i don’t deprive myself of it. i eat it, i reeeeeeally enjoy it, + then i move on to healthier stuff with my next snack or meal. =)
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  25. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I had truffle oil fries at a restaurant near me and you’re so right – they’re addictive!!! They didn’t need ketchup or anything either.

    As for the moderation thing, I’m always contemplating this. I, too, love treats and unhealthy foods – but I try to make certain that I’m enjoying the healthy things 80% of the time. When I see that that percentage is shrinking and more junk is sneaking into my diet, then I reevaluate and scale it back. It’s definitely an ongoing process that takes thought and (in my case) discipline.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks for sharing, Stefanie! I really admire your healthy eating on your blog, and I’ve been enjoying looking through your meatless recipes! :)

  26. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    It’s incredibly tough to eat healthy ALL the time. Once I started my public health program, I swore that I would only eat healthy but you know, there’s just times when you want burgers and fries and in the end, you can’t just give those up! Life would be too depressing without that stuff.
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  27. Pamela

    Your food out looked great! For me eating in moderation is similar to what Samantha above said- about 80% clean eating and 20% on the here and there’s where I don’t control everything that goes into it. It’s not so much about organic for me, even though it’s great to try. It’s more about not eating processed foods, knowing what is in what I’m eating, and making conscious decisions, like you-more for health reasons, not always for weight loss. My motto is “if i make it at home I know what’s going into it”. This lead to a lot of “batch” cooking in order to be able to freeze big portions away for lazy days ahead, so I’m not caught with nothing on hand and end up making bad decisions. When we do go out we research the places, but don’t obsess. I’m trying to stay away from the really bad stuff then (trans fats, high fructose, shortening, etc) For me splurging is not splurging on the terrible bad stuff, it’s more about not watching the calories and eating something that is at the very least made with whole ingredients and fresh food- just higher in calories. So.. say a scoop of ice cream with real melted chocolate- not the hot fudge fake chocolate that comes in can. I think you’d enjoy doing a little research on the Mediterranean Diet. Not actually a diet, but a way of life. Studies show they have the healthiest lifestyle and I love how they eat and live. Slow dinners (not rushed), a glass of wine, fruit for dessert, a drizzle of olive oil on your whole grain bread..etc. And they definitely eat less meat- but they don’t eliminate it. Definitely no To-furkey! LOL. I am on board with you there!! Give me the real stuff, even if it’s once every 6 months, but no fake stuff here! Sorry about the long comment.. you happen to be talking about something I’m very passionate about!

    • notsodomesticated

      No, I like the long comments … shows you care! I definitely struggle with the “not rushing” thing. I seem to always eat so fast! I have no idea why … it’s not like I had to share my food with a bunch of siblings as a child haha! ;) But definitely some great thoughts. I bought a cheap toaster oven today, so that I can hopefully be a little more creative with our meals. I made roasted sweet potatoes and pears tonight … so yummy! But Brandon was left wondering where the brown sugar and marshmallows (that “usually” go on his sweet potatoes) were at! ;)

  28. Pamela

    Good for you getting yourself a toaster oven just to make hotel living better! I love those and would totally get one if we had the counter space. Roasted sweet potatoes and pears sound divine… and if you have left overs that would totally blend up beautifully into a soup! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      I don’t have a blender or food processor right now … but good idea for the future haha! ;)

  29. Jenny

    This post was like deja-vu for me…Sunday night my sister & her husband were in town visiting for the night on their way to FL from OH and we took them to Marlow’s Tavern (on other side of town) for dinner. We all shared the truffle fries to start, I had the fish tacos, and she & my fiance both had the buffalo chicken wrap – so crazy to read this post!

    I have not seen either of those movies, but do feel like you in that I try to eat healthy most of the time but don’t like to limit myself from trying new things (or enjoying in small indulgences of favorite treats).

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha that is so funny! We obviously both have great taste in food! ;)

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