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A Well Stocked Kitchen is Key to My Weight Maintenance

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This move has been a good illustration of how dependent my weight loss maintenance is on a well organized and stocked kitchen. Before we moved, I cooked down 90% of our fridge/freezer and pantry so we would have less to carry. Kitchen cookware was packed away. Without cookware and a supply of food, I relied more heavily on fast food.

I knew going into it this it would be a short term thing, but I didn't like it. Some people use cheat days to eat fast food or junk food, but I don't. I maybe have a Chick-fil-A a couple of times a month, mostly because I like their Diet Lemonade. I honestly like my lifestyle of fresh produce and meats. Several burgers that were overcooked or sat too long under the heater at the franchises reminded me of how much I prefer my own food. Fortunately, I didn't suffer any bouts of food poisoning this time. Eating weeks of fast food bloated me with water retention because of the extraordinary amount of sodium in processed foods and soda.

I finished organizing my new kitchen yesterday. Pots, pans, plates, glasses, knives, and food were all put away into their new homes. Fridge and pantry haven't been fully restocked with my staples, but I put a few things in to make meals. Last night I baked my signature pastry-less breakfast quiche, which I enjoyed this morning. I made a quick cooking beef and broccoli stir fry for dinner. I packed my lunch for today, which consisted of a roast beef sandwich, soup in a thermos, string cheese, and fruit salad. My fruit salad was fresh grapefruit, pears, and apples.

As I sat on a campus bench eating my lunch, I reflected on how much I prefer having time to eat a home prepared meal in the sunshine over the hurried driving with burger wrappers strewn on the passenger seat.
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  • CYND59
    WOW! Sounds like you are a very organized person. I prefer foods that I have cooked also because I know what is in it. We use to eat out a few times a week but we have cut that back.

    1697 days ago
    Congrats on the new home Glad to hear things are settling down.

    It has been years since I went thru a drive through or into a fast food restaurant.

    Funny, I don't consider Subway fast food for some reason...but I do frequent them sometimes and my kids love them when we travel.

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    1698 days ago
  • BILL60
    Happy that you're able to better manage your nutrition.
    1698 days ago
    Properly prepared food is such a key to health! Nothing is better than whole foods, made from scratch.
    1698 days ago
    Hooray for brown bag lunches!

    I'm real happy with my new routine of taking 2 salads to work. spinach, romaine, some ginger dressing (Makoto brand if you can find it!) some olive oil and 2-3 nice big fat gulf shrimp! Here's to coastal living!

    Congrats again on the house and some new found stability!
    1698 days ago
    Agreed! I was so surprised when I reached the point that fast food no longer tasted good. emoticon

    I try to cook most of the time, but I am so lucky to have two go-to local restaurants for such "emergencies" that are of great quality. One is a Mediterranean place that makes the most amazing braised lamb and grilled veggies. More fat than there needs to be on the veggies, and the amount of basmati rice you get should be bankrupting the place emoticon but I'll take that over dressed-up cardboard any day! And I even verified personally with the owner that his wonderful falafel are not stretched with wheat flour, which is super important to me since I am gluten free. So awesome!
    1699 days ago
    1699 days ago
    Unless I'm eating at a fancy restaurant, I've found that fast food isn't that tasty. I used to be a big fan of KFC, but not anymore. it just doesn't taste the same since I've been doing more cooking of my own.

    Once in a while, I like the Dunkin Donuts breakfast wrap. That's a flour tortilla with a small egg/cheese filling. it's less than 300 calories. From a nutritional standpoint, I consider it mostly harmless even though it's highly processed. Which is the problem with fast food these days, it's too processed.

    I agree, real food tastes better unless it's served by a waiter wearing a tux. LOL !!!


    1699 days ago
    Exactly!!!! So much better! Enjoy!
    1699 days ago
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