Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

Savvy & Chic Smart Food Choices – Panera’s New Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad Review

It’s Day 177 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and seeing as I spent Day 176 in the ER again, today I had to make some savvy & chic food choices. As many of you know, I’ve been going through it with my health for going on a month now. After several misdiagnoses, I was in such excruciating abdominal pain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning that my labor contractions paled in comparison. I’ve never cried during childbirth but this pain had me bawling like a baby! After receiving morphine and undergoing more tests, I have a few more answers about what’s going on with me, but am in for more early next week. Hopefully I’ll receive a conclusive diagnosis and treatment plan so I can get back to living my life. In the meantime, though I tend to eat a balanced diet – equal parts healthy and junk – I’m trying to be smarter about my food choices to avoid more pain.

After I got home from the hospital yesterday afternoon, I slept until 8pm, hence no blog post last night. I was only up a few hours, then thanks to the right medications, got the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages. Today, I dosed on and off while watching HGTV. This evening, after having a good catch up phone chat with my friend Kibby (I haven’t done our Saturday Zumba in a month!), I felt energized enough to actually shower (yay!) and to run some errands. While out picking up a new novel to tide me over until I’m back to full functioning, I decided I’d treat myself to dinner since I haven’t had real food in days.

As I pulled out of Barnes and Noble and saw the neon sign for Red Robin, I heard a burger calling my name. I seldom eat them but sometimes feel as if my body is craving a little red meat. Tuckered out from being out and about, I pulled around the lot to the non-existent drive thru. Shucks! Foiled again! So I pulled back out and turned right into the drive thru Panera where I made a smarter selection: the new Ancient Grain, Arugula & Chicken Salad. The grains, which include barely, quinoa, faro, and freekah, provided the fiber my body needs and they are supposed to make you feel fuller longer. The salad delivered on that as I could only eat half. And boy did it hit the spot! All the pleasure. None of the guilt or pain from a burger. I guess it was actually the grains the were calling my name!

Woman Choosing Between Salad and Burger

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who needs to be more intentional about what I put into my body, I’m thankful that my illness is a wake up call to take better care of myself. Because I do eat a lot of fruits and veggies and exercise several times a week, I felt like eating sweets (mostly Gummy Bears, a weakness since childhood when I attended a German bilingual school), was justified. A month of being out of commission has reminded me that I need to apply my holistic coaching approach to myself. All that to say, I hope I can blog about my journey toward holistic health and have some accountability with you. Diet is a new D (challenge)! Who knows, maybe you’ll join me as I try to make more savvy & chic smart food choices.

If you want to be more savvy & chic about your food choices, I’d love to hear from you. We can be holistically healthy together!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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