I am Puerto Rican also and like Filipcast, I also made a few changes. I bake my empanadas/pastelillos as well. I still make rice, beans, and bistec encebollado but eat it in portions with a big salad on the side. It's just a matter of tweeking things a bit. I love other foods, like a cuban sandwich. I make it at home and use carved turkey instead of lechon and its just as good!
I am Puerto Rican as well and have been able to manage my diet by substituting some unhealthy habits from the typical Puerto Rican diet for some healthy ones.
For example, when I do "Empanadillas" I bake them instead of frying them. Baking leads to a similar result in taste without all of the grease, and guilt, that comes from deep fried "Empanadillas."
Rice and Beans, I just try to eat them in moderation. I eat a lot of rice and beans, but I use smaller portions, always add some vegetables, and usually pack my lunches ahead of time to avoid the temptations of eating seconds.
One big change that I have made is logging in my food on "SparkPeople." Knowing that I am going to see the amount of calories that I have consumed, has been enough motivation to moderate my eating.
I can definitely relate to the love of food and cooking. I constantly struggle with balancing my health goals and my love of food. I think that the keys to this balance include making time for physical activity, managing portion sizes, and incorporating more nutrient-rich items into your standard meals. For example, I admit that I have a Kraft macaroni and cheese problem. I could just cut it out all together, but I'm pretty sure I'd end up demolishing a box on my own at some point because of feeling deprived. Instead, I cook some broccoli florets and toss them in with the mac and cheese. That way, I get a veggie with all the good nutrients, I get my mac and cheese, and I eat less of the pasta, cheese, and stuff because I'm filling up on the broccoli.
One of the steps that sparkpeople encourages is measuring your food. Really sticking with this for a few weeks can give you a more realistic idea of portion sizes. Also, only cook what you really need to eat. Having way more than you need can lead to overeating. If you're making some for lunch the next day, box it up before you serve up dinner so that you're not tempted to eat more than your serving.
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Cooking is part of my heritage. I love to cook. My cooking and eating out have made me obese. Any suggestions on how to make my recipes healthier?
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