Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Two more days and counting and I have lost the total ability to stay focused... My spirits are so high, similar to children just before winter break begins, I just can't seem to get work done. Since my husband and I have the same birthday, we tend to have a pleasant time just together! We take off work and spend the whole day together, which is the best present in the world. I simply can not wait!
Anyways... to keep on talking about my motivation for keeping to my plan: Today I am going to try a new hummus that is offered by Trader Joes. I am truly sorry if I keep mentioning Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Markets if you do not have one close-by, they are wonderful! We used to live in a part of Chicago that didn't have either, so it was hard to travel to one for normal groceries. Now it is just a simple 20 minute drive to get there - thank goodness! So, today I am thrilled to try out black olive hummus which is about 50 calories per 2 tbsp. Yum! I'm going to place it on a low-cal tortilla with lettuce and other veggies to make a splendid little wrap. To side it off I'm going to make a Romaine Lettuce Salad with New Bean Salad mix on it.
To make New Bean Salad Mix at home like me: (from Chatelaine Magazine Online)
19 oz Chickpeas
2 chopped firm tomatoes
1/3 cup black pitted olives
4 thinly sliced green onions
1/4 c. italian or other vinaigrette dressing (we have 80 calorie Trader Joe's Tuscan Italian Dressing - I was lazy and didn't want to make my own this week)
Mix it all together and eat. Stores for a few days but the tomatoes start to get a little soggy after that... (hehe Sorry, it's just about lunchtime so it's on my mind)
Friday, December 04, 2009
Eating like a pig has never tasted so good! The last two weeks I have been working hard on getting enough calories in my diet. I am what you call a "subtract-or dieter", which is basically a person that has the tendency to stop eating when on a diet to lose weight. In the past years I lost weight by simply reducing how much I eat daily and then exercise like crazy. Yes, I know the health problems that can arise with this issue but seeing that my metabolism is very slow, it has been the only thing that has worked out for me. Finally I am eating more healthy options and eating more throughout the day. I have found some wonderful recipes that allow me to eat an entire meal well under 300 calories (and it doesn't just include broth). For instance the other day for lunch I had:
*1.5 cups of spinach with 1 tbsp dried sweetened cranberries
*2 flatbread wheat thin crackers (60 calories total!!)
*1 entire can tuna (only 100 Calories unlike what sp site states) w/ .5 tbsp Japanese mayo
This entire meal was well under 300 calories and filled me up! I did eat a snack in a few hours but not out of need but for boosting my metabolism. I have to eat even when I am not hungry because my body doesn't feel hungry ever when I eat healthy natural, organic foods. Strange, I know...
So, to anyone that is looking for a subtraction diet, I highly suggest eating more! Yes more is better when it comes to healthy foods for a healthy body! I am losing about a pound a week now that I am eating more - a great accomplishment. Now I just have to work on meeting my daily calorie count of 1200 (I have a problem of being under lately, even though I'm eating like a pig).
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