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.