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

My next step: I have got to cook, so... 
Apr. 7, 2013 4:05 pm 
Updated: Apr. 8, 2013 6:48 pm
Now that I am almost to my goal weight...I still have about 10ish pounds to 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 next?

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 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 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 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 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:  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!!!
Apr. 7, 2013 4:14 pm
I am amazed that you can do an 800 calorie per day diet. A small handful of peanuts (about 35) is 100 calories. A medium apple is around 95 calories. My hat is off to you. You must be incredibly motivated. Continued success to you!
Apr. 7, 2013 5:24 pm
Doc one time I did a diet of about 160 calories for lunch, Campbell's chicken soup, and 500 calories for dinner Chef Boyardee ravioli. for about 3 months when I was in the army.
Apr. 7, 2013 7:00 pm
I won't even comment on your restrictive caloric intake other than to say I can't see you doing it forever and I believe you will regain when you go back to a healthy 1200-1500 cal. per day, but that is for you and your nutritionist to work out. In my experience (and over the years I have shed the equivalent of a whole other person) I do best avoiding processed foods and condiments. So I make my own. It makes me really think about whether I want those particular calories. Low or zero fat Greek yogurt is another huge help to me. It replaces sour cream, becomes a parfait with the addition of fruit or the basis of a fruit smoothie. The protein is filling and the texture satisfying. But be aware, not all Greek yogurt are the same. Chobani or Fage are my brands of choice since they are thickened by draining the whey, not with added gelatin and the plain comes in at 100 calories per 6 oz cup and a whopping 18 grams of protein. No, I have no connection to the company, just know a good thing when I find it. Best wishes as you continue your quest for healthy tasty food.
Apr. 7, 2013 9:54 pm
Amazing, stay motivated! I need to shed about 20 lbs! I had a severe case of my Thyroid does not work during a long recovery, with many med's/steroids gained unwanted lbs. I was too sick to exercise. Just starting my weight loss plan with my physician who followed me through my illness. Thanks for sharing...
Apr. 8, 2013 4:02 am
Wishing you all the luck.
Apr. 8, 2013 1:14 pm
Thank to all who have been so is this added piece to anyone's health plan that helps keep you motivated! Thanks again.
Apr. 8, 2013 6:48 pm
You go girl!!! I am so motivated by your motivations! I too am a comfort food queen working on being de throned! Keep up your hard work, you should be proud of your accomplishments!
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Baking is so therapeutic...with 2 science degrees and 2 education 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's with a slow 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 to keep loosing weight. I found this recipe for a "healthy" eggplant 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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