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Friday Foodie: June 29, 2012: Ice Cream Treats

In Friday Foodie on June 29, 2012 at 5:53 am

If you have been reading my more recent entries you know that at night I have been eating ice cream or frozen yogurt.  All day long my eating will be super clean, healthy and reasonably portioned.  Then, at night, I feel stressed or sad or something else and I eat ice cream.  Tonight I ate a very reasonable amount… because my hubby had only left a little bit left in the carton. :)

So, what to do about my lack of will power over the evening treat?

Having a five month old has tested me to my limits (in an amazing way) and frankly, I am just not prepared to let go of that evening sweet indulgence after she goes to bed.  Since I know this about myself, I came up with a great solution: instead of going through the internal battle every night over the freaking ice cream and then feeling bad about myself for having it and then eating too much of it because I feel bad and I’ve already broken my food plan for the day… INSTEAD of all that fun… I am now going to have a measured amount every night and it will be part of my menu.

Tonight at the grocery store I bought these 150 calorie ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cones.  Since I don’t have to scoop out the ice cream I think this may just be the trick to keeping my portion sizes small and reasonable.  They are a bit on the pricey side but the peace of mind of not having to go onto the ice cream mental debate hamster wheel every night (will I or won’t I eat the ice cream, I can’t stop thinking about the ice cream, etc) will seriously give me a lot of mental relief!

Friday Foodie: April 27, 2012: Baked Tofu

In Friday Foodie on April 27, 2012 at 6:20 am

I am a great lover of food.  But I am not a “foodie.”  Foodies are those who love talking and thinking about intricate ingredients, who savor nights at celebrated restaurants serving haute cuisine, who love gourmet cooking shows.

I just love to eat.  And, I hate to cook.  There is so much healthy-living wisdom out there about the importance of cooking your own food to accelerate weight-loss.  If you aren’t controlling the ingredients and portion sizes, who will?  Each Friday I will search out a new SIMPLE recipe or offer a food tip that is also easy on the wallet (I hate it when a new recipe has so many ingredients that you spend a fortune just trying it out.)  Feel free to post your favorite quick, simple and healthy recipe and/or cooking tips!

Here’s to a new kind of foodie – one who appreciates homemade, healthy, tasty, fresh food.

This week’s tip is how to make baked tofu.  I have played around (unusual for me since I really don’t normally enjoy playing around with a food, I’ll just give it up) on how to make tofu.  I love it when you get tofu that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside from Chinese restaurants.  I’ve tried different frying methods and baking methods and haven’t gotten good results until tonight’s discovery: use the broiler!
I sprayed non-stick olive oil spray on the baking sheet and laid out my chopped up squares of organic extra firm tofu.  With the broiler on high I browned each side for about ten minutes.  It worked!  I got the consistency I was looking for.
I then stirred the finished tofu product into the veggies which I had already marinated with some bottled curry sauce.  A very yummy dinner!  I am glad I stuck with trying to figure out how to make an acceptable baked tofu because I am keenly aware of the fact that I eat a lot of meat (maybe too much).   Do you have any tofu tips?  I’d love to hear them!

Saturday Suggestions: Saturday, April 14, 2012

In Saturday Suggestions on April 14, 2012 at 4:50 am

I do not like to cook.  I don’t take any pleasure in whipping up a special sauce, trying a new seasoning, preparing a vegetable five different ways… cooking is just no fun for me.

I think this stems from my mother being an excellent cook.  She was a perfectionist and the kitchen to me was just way too intimidating and a potential spot for failure.  I only started cooking regularly two years ago (March 2010) in the middle of losing the 100lbs.  I do cook and bake more extravagant items for company and to show loved ones I love them on special occasions, but that is only because I like the end game: the sitting around together at our dining table, enjoying yummy food.

I think that not enjoying to cook is actually a blessing.  I don’t mourn no longer being able to relax or be creative through my cooking because my food options are more limited.  I think some cooking enthusiasts must feel this loss when dieting.

If I enjoyed cooking, the simple recipes I use over and over again on this diet would probably drive me crazy.  In fact, because the recipes are so simple and they are the same ingredients each week, I save a lot of time on prep work because I have each recipe down to a science AND I save a lot of money because I use the same ingredients over and over.  If my hubby is bored of our menu, he doesn’t say so (I think he is just grateful I cook now since he still doesn’t!)

Today’s Saturday Suggestion is to keep your recipes simple while dieting and/or in your new healthier lifestyle.  Save the complicated recipes for special occasions and for guests.  If you used to cook for pleasure, relaxation or artistic expression, tell yourself that in time, once the weight is lost, you can go back to cooking more extravagantly more often but that in the meantime it is time to find a new hobby that will replace your fancy daily cooking.  I promise you will be surprised by how much eating simply will free up your time and money.  Plus, it will help you take your focus off of food.  And, of course, those simple ingredients will help you lose weight!

Thursday Outside Thoughts: April 11, 2012: Putting Life on Hold Until the Weight is Lost…

In Thursday: Outside Thoughts on April 12, 2012 at 3:12 am

I met a friend for lunch on Saturday and we started to talk about our long histories of dieting and body image issues.  It was interesting to see how ashamed we both are that we have lived so much of our lives under the weight (haha) of feeling less-than because we weren’t super slim.  We agreed to talk more openly together about our various issues because by the end of the conversation, although it was horrifying to realize how much mental space has been occupied by thoughts of weight loss, we both felt some relief about getting our “crazy” out into the open.

Today I texted this friend and suggested we write out lists of all the things we would have done or feel like we could have been if we hadn’t felt we couldn’t even try because we were overweight.  Again, super embarrassing to admit to this negative thinking, but super healthy to get all that negative, internalized thinking, OUT!

I found this blog post that articulates how I felt for most of my life (I did lose 100 lbs previously but only maintained the weight loss for nine months because I became pregnant and started gaining again.)  The article is very inspiring!  Check it out! http://www.leftoverstogo.com/2012/03/08/americans-have-a-wait-problem/

Thursday Thoughts: April 4, 2012: Arsenic in Rice

In Thursday: Outside Thoughts on April 5, 2012 at 6:48 am

When I lost over a hundred pounds two years ago I followed a very strict diet in which I weighed and measured all of my food and had a basic formula for lunch and dinner: 6oz cooked veggies, 4oz protein, 1 cup RICE.

I consumed a lot of rice!  Most of the time it was brown rice.

In our local newspaper there is an article that not just the organic brown rice syrup contains too much arsenic (I had read about that before), but so does the regular brown rice.

As I have been creating My Program here on the blog and in my daily life, brown rice has been central again.  In the article in our local newspaper, it said to only eat brown rice a few times a month….  UH OH!

I can’t find that particular article online but I did find the following articles you may be interested in reading:

Arsenic in Organic Brown Rice Syrup and Rice. How to Eat Rice Safely | Green Talk®.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/23/147294466/in-rice-how-much-arsenic-is-too-much

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/wenonah-hauter/organic-good-arsenic-contamination-still-threat

Well, what am I going to do?  Here’s the thing: I HATE experimental cooking.  One of the reason I gained so much weight during the preganancy is because I hate to cook in general and when I was pregnant I was just too sick to cook so we ate a lot of pre-packaged foods or take-out.  Cooking is just not fun for me, it never has been.  But I know how important it is to weight loss so I am committed to doing it.  I just don’t like to have to “think” about it too much.

I don’t like trying new recipes.  I don’t like experimenting with new ingredients.  I like to cook the same dishes over and over again and enjoy new foods when other people cook them (I do LOVE new foods, I just don’t like trying to cook them myself.)

The article in the local paper recommended trying all sorts of new grains – buckwheath, amarinth, quinoa and wild rice.  I am going to begrudgingly have to do that I guess.  More time in the grocery store and in the kitchen that I dread but I don’t want the baby to get a lot of arsenic through my breast milk.  I’m just not happy about it.  From these articles it sounds like unsafe arsenic levels in foods have been a known issue for some time.  It makes me very nervous when I think about what little knowlege and minimal control I have over my own food supply.  I have to buy organic and locally grown as much as possible and hope for the best….

Have you heard or read anything about the dangers of eating brown rice?  If you have let me know what you think about it and what you are planning to do about it!

Friday Foodie: March 30, 2012: Laughing Cow Cheese

In Friday Foodie on March 31, 2012 at 6:08 am

I am a great lover of food.  But I am not a “foodie.”  Foodies are those who love talking and thinking about intricate ingredients, who savor nights at celebrated restaurants serving haute cuisine, who love gourmet cooking shows.

I just love to eat.  And, I hate to cook.  There is so much healthy-living wisdom out there about the importance of cooking your own food to accelerate weight-loss.  If you aren’t controlling the ingredients and portion sizes, who will?  Each Friday I will search out a new SIMPLE recipe or offer a food tip that is also easy on the wallet (I hate it when a new recipe has so many ingredients that you spend a fortune just trying it out.)  Feel free to post your favorite quick, simple and healthy recipe and/or cooking tips!

Here’s to a new kind of foodie – one who appreciates homemade, healthy, tasty, fresh food.

This week’s tip is Laughing Cow cheese.  http://www.thelaughingcow.com/products/light-swiss-original/
These wedges have only 35 calories and are perfect for a lower calorie sandwich or burger.  For me they take away the (strong) desire to put mayo on everything. :)  These are reasonably priced and in your local grocery store (in the US).  One wedge goes a long way.
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