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Loosing "Half of Myself," without loosing my mind!

160 pounds lost...how I "spring-boarded" from carbs to grains. 
 
Mar. 23, 2013 2:51 pm 
Updated: Mar. 24, 2013 5:06 am
First...success...I made a banana bread that is only about 100 calories per slice...yeah!!  Banana Bread is one of my son's favorite things, especially for breakfast...so with many attempts and alot of research, on this site and others; I finally was able to bake a tea bread that has come out consistently with the favors that make everyone happy(including me)!  Thank you to everyone's ideas and input.

I started this "healthy cooking" phase about 6 years ago...I was over 300 pounds...leaning on all the "comfort foods" for happiness and support through some very hard times.  At that time, I was having GI pain, and a tons of issues with cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc..  Now, with almost 160 pounds lost...and a desire to be active and experience the world; I am working to find foods and recipes that will help me keep healthy.

Yup, some say I have "gone off the deep end"...eating shirataki noodles, and massive amounts of fiber and vegetables...but really; what I have gravitated to is Mediterranean cooking.  So love the lighter foods that are abundant in flavor.  And yes, I do eat meat; just not fast food fried chicken and grilled fatty steak every night with tons of starch.  

I know that I am a carbohydrate addict...pasta, rice, bread.  How could I not be with grandparents from Italy and Poland.   Now it's whole grain starches: whole wheat, brown and wild rice, quinoa, shirataki noodles, etc.  That small change, in my starch diet...was the springboard to weight loss.  The grains increased the fiber in my diet...this began my weight loss, due "the feelings" of being full came faster and lasted longer.

I started on Weight Watchers to begin with...the online journaling helped with the first hurdles.  I became much more aware of cravings/fullness/hunger...and I did increase my water intake with this...the water helped with the increased fiber to increase the weight drop; and put my body through a "cleanse."  It was that little change, that supported my transition from processed foods, to a healthier lifestyle.

I am not a great cook...I love baking...but I am trying to continue to adapt and "keep on" keeping off the weight.  
 
Comments
Mar. 23, 2013 2:58 pm
I use: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ This is how I can quickly calculate calories, carbs and nutritional values for a recipe...and it's FREE!!!
 
grannysue 
Mar. 23, 2013 4:15 pm
Love your story. Easy to follow and inspiring.
 
Mar. 23, 2013 4:18 pm
Congrats. on your weight loss. I gained a few extra pounds which iam trying to lose,and you have been very helpful.Thank you.
 
Mar. 23, 2013 7:35 pm
good for you! I eat more baked chicken now days.
 
Mar. 23, 2013 9:52 pm
Just started Myfitnesspal again because of your blog. I hate needing to lose weight. I hate needing to get more exercise. If I do it, I'll want to die, and if I don't do it, it'll probably kill me. >:-(
 
Mar. 24, 2013 4:53 am
I so understand...the idea of "giving up" all those things that create almost instantaneous "happiness"...I honestly can't give up EVERYTHING. There are those comfort flavors that just make the hardest of days, ease away.
 
Nadine 
Mar. 24, 2013 5:06 am
Hi Congrats on the weight loss. Right now I am in need of about a 10 lb weight loss will be checking out your site and check more into the Mediterranean diet as will. Thanks
 
 
 
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Terra-Matris

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Jul. 2010

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert

Hobbies
Walking, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
Baking is so therapeutic...with 2 science degrees and 2 education degrees...my favorite place is baking (and tasting) in my kitchen. Just created a blog on this site: Loosing "Half of Myself"...without loosing my mind.
My favorite things to cook
If I have to cook...it's with a slow cooker...so far, (knocking on wood) it hasn't failed me yet! I am now working to get healthy...I have lost 150 pounds so far...and this is encouraging me to cook, and cook healthy. I have been recently very successful with Shirataki Noodles, Artichokes Hearts and oven roasted veggies...low in calories and very healthy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve...a seafood extravaganza
My cooking triumphs
Creating the "carrot cake" from my youth...and figuring out my Polish Grandmother's Christmas cookie recipe that uses her irons...and they older than dirt
My cooking tragedies
I try to cook healthy...so to keep loosing weight. I found this recipe for a "healthy" eggplant parmesan...it took me all day to prepare...and was so not worth the time and effort...and it tasted worse than dirt. There are just some things that should not be changed.
 
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