Now that I am almost to my goal weight...I still have about 10ish pounds to go...my doctor and nutritionist are pushing me to do more cooking. Now, we all know...I can make the classic comfort foods really well, that's how I got to over 300 pounds. So...what's
I know that I stress eat...that was evident today. After a week full of pressures that made my head feel like it was going to split...I felt "the cravings"(cue music...da, da, duum). Yep, those cravings that say, "...if you eat this...it will come...and
you will be happy"(wait, no, that was from some movie). But everyone knows what I mean. So, to make sure that I avoid those foods that draw me in like a moth to a flame; I stock my house with the healthiest foods I can find, that taste good. The real problem
is not to have so many that you start gorging on a ton of stuff...reasoning that it's low calorie, so I can have more...not!
By the way...I learned the very hard way...all calories are not equal. Using the My Fitness Pal website, I track my daily calories and activity. And I have a set number that I take in every day...I am on a 800 calorie/day program...with weekly doctor
check in's. So, this means that I need to spread my calories out in such a diverse way to incorporate as many of my daily nutrients as possible; and yes, I do also take a multivitamin every day. What this means is a healthy spreading of the caloric intake
over the day...and not eating after 6pm (for me), along with 8 cups of water every day. This does not mean to starve all day...and then gorge on a king cut prime rib, potato with butter and a heaping serving of chocolate cake. It's really not just the total
calories taken in, it's also the type of calories...it can't all be from just sugar and carbs. Seems obvious...but, there were days that I convinced myself that I was "under" in my calorie intake.
Okay, back to "tastes good and healthy;" they are not in every aisle of the local grocery store. It take some searching...sometimes a "search and rescue team." But it can be done, Right now, I am eating Fiber One 80 chocolate cereal with unsweetened
almond milk...filling...and 120 calories. The best thing is that it curbs the "deadly chocolate craving"...and that is one that can take me down the wrong road easily. I now love combing the aisle of stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods for healthy
alternatives! I just found a fruit spread that has no added sugar and has been concentrated by slow cooking for more intense flavor and lower calories per serving.
I also use the search for healthy foods as way of keeping my pedometer adding up steps...and yes I do wear a pedometer...actually a Nike Fuel Band. I try to move 40,000 to 50,000 steps per week as part of the healthy eating plan. And the "fuel band"
helps with that by keeping track daily of my steps, calories burned, "fuel,"...oh yeah, and what time it is. It also give you beautiful graphics, and translate them into data that is stored and compiled to give you great view of your activity. The graphics
are provided daily, weekly, monthly and yearly...and they have built in achievements and extrinsic motivation animations(that's edu-speak for cool cartoons that make you feel good)...kind of fun.
So where do I go from here? I have tried the "strict vegetarian" regime...I just can't...but I have cut a lot of the fatty meats from my diet. I have started eating more Tempeh for protein. I love fish. But I do love flavor now...I never realized how
much flavor there is in food...and the lighter the food, the more the flavor means. Now that means I need to learn how to season...I just haven't gotten the hang of it...spices for baking...no problems...seasoning for entrees...still a work in progress. So,
I think it's time for cookbooks...that's how I started with baking 20+ years ago...so now to move on.
Here is the latest one I am just bought: Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living; by Yarema, Rhoda, and Brannigan. (To reference the Ayurvedic concept, Dr. Oz presents it really well at: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/ayurvedic-diet-how-eat-your-body-type.)
The concepts in the book make sense, and the basis of flavoring, and supportive writing are what I need. It was written by not only a chef, but also a medical doctor and patient...and it crosses many cultures and flavors. So...the research begins...that
means taste testing!!! WooHoo!!!