Confessions of a Foodie: Eating Fat and Losing Weight
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Not long ago I watched "Christina Cooks" (PBS). She cooks only vegetarian and on one particular show she talked about losing weight and guess what, she was frying food. Yep. And she frankly said that too many people are starving themselves to obesity by cutting out all fat from their diets. She talked about how we need fat in our diet and that frying food and adding fat helps in breaking down nutrients inour food. Nothing was saturated in oil or greasy.
She said a lot more so if you're skeptical, I highly suggest investigating how much and why we need fat. To clarify one point, she was talking about fat and frying foods in a plant-based diet.
Another point she made was about keeping our food interesting in taste and texture. She said cook food but not so long that it becomes wilted or too soft. She said most of us find crunchy more satisfying and it is healthier. She talked about herbs and spices. Spices aid in digestion and they make food interesting.
We eat a lot of ethnic inspired dishes so we love spicy, aromatic foods. And we use olive oil. We don't drown our food in it but it is a staple ingredient in many dishes (ironically, we often don't use any oil on salads).
Food that looks good and tastes good is satisfying and when I eat a balanced, tasty dish, I don't overeat. I'm motivated to eat sensible portions and I find it easier to stay on plan.
How interesting is your diet? Do you enjoy your meals or are you simply eating and hoping you'll lose weight? Have you found ways to enjoy food while staying on plan?
I'm losing slowly but since I began my journey I have had no major slips or gains.
Starting weight: 171 lbs.
Current weight: 154.6 lbs.
Current week: -2.0 lbs.
Total weight loss: -16.4 lbs