Thursday, January 31, 2013
It's the end of January, and I already lost my holiday weight. I gained about 5ish pounds over the holidays. Eating pies, cookies, and bread has that effect - it's not rocket science! So to lose the weight, all I did was stop eating pies, cookies and bread. I know it works for me because I can do it over and over again.
I've been busy with my college classes, so I don't have a ton of time to monitor what I'm eating. I simply avoid the things I know will make me gain weight - grains and sugar. I eat some starches in moderation. I started eating quinoa as I discovered that it isn't a grain in the family of wheat or rye, and thus I can eat it without the side effects of grains. I eat a sweet potato, 1/2 cup of quinoa or rice a couple of times a week.
Even though I have a busy schedule, I still prepare food myself. When writing papers and studying for exams, I don't have time to make elaborate meals. Fortunately, I've built up a recipe repertoire of fast cooking foods over the years. I prepare meals when I have time, so I'm not scrambling or skipping meals when I don't.
I have to be out the door by 7:15am every morning, so I can't make a breakfast in the morning. However, I can make it the night before. My favorite breakfast lately is a pastry-less quiche. It sounds fancy, but it's super quick - 5 minutes to pulse ingredients in a food processor; 30 minutes to bake. In the morning, I just cut a piece and microwave for 30 seconds. Eat standing up with a fork, grab coffee in a thermos, and I'm out the door. My other favorite "fast food" breakfast is plain yogurt and blueberries. I'm full until lunch, and I never have a mid morning energy crash with these breakfasts.
Same with my lunches and dinners. I prepare everything the night before. For lunch, it's throw lettuce in a bowl, top with chopped ham and egg, and eat. Dinner is slightly different. I've either prepared dinner to slow cook all day, or I've chopped all ingredients, ready to cook. Just throw chicken in a pan, add veggies and a sauce - voila! I have stir-fry dinner ready faster than it would take Chinese delivery to arrive.
The results of planning ahead are this:
- Nutritious meals and a breakfast in the morning improves concentration. More time to study, so I'm not scrambling. I currently have A's in my classes.
- Even though I'm busy with school work, I have a few hours to spend quality time with husband and cats.
- More time to prepare for other events going on in our life (more on this later).
- I'm relaxed, not stressed.
- I'm not heading for fast food because I don't have anything to eat.
And I already achieved New Year's goal of losing holiday weight. It doesn't have to take all year.