Louisianans Kickin it with Food or Excuses?
Monday, April 22, 2013
I have to say being from Louisiana and moving away and returning has been my greatest weight loss challenge. When I moved away, I missed the food soooo much and now that I am back and 80 lbs heavier, I feel like I am making up for lost time with some of the greatest loves of all. Gumbo, redbeans & rice, Jambalaya, How bout Pastalya. (which wasn't around when I left but boy do I love it), where was I Fried Catfish, and ooooh fried catfish with Crawfish stew on top. ( Y U M M Y). Oh and I have to mention daiquiri's and hurricanes for those of us who have a spiked beverage or a beer at a Saints watchparty, crawfish boil, graduation celebration, mardi gras ball, birthday bash, French Quater Festival, Essence Fess, Jazz Fess, LSU or Southern tailgate, a wedding reception or bridalshower, a wedding anniversary, bourbon street, backyard barbeque and when friends visit from out of state, etc. The list is long yall. I'm just being real right now.
The thing is I have been back long enuff now to be over it, but I'm not, never can I walk away from Crawfish etouffee, or shrimp stew, a wonderful homemade and hot praline or peanut butter fudge or a crawfish boil with turkey necks and potatoes and potato salad and mac and cheese and even fried chicken. My point is food is around us 24 7, not just holidays and even are sold in the local convenience store, where some of the best food resides in many many cases around here.(Brothers Fried Chicken and Chef's with homemade sweet potato pies made fresh daily)....Yummy
"Come on people? How do you do it? No ands ifs or BUTTS about it. (actually plenty of butt in my case) I'm just saying. It is my humble opinion that Louisianaians have it tougher than others do in other regions. Yall come through for a weekend and you are out. I'm wondering how are we suppose to cope with all the Louisiana goodies which are constantly in our face? Saints season is upon us and I'm wondering or is it just me? I'm just asking you to take a walk a mile in my shoe? :)
Member Comments About This Blog Post
You are right about the food in Louisiana, it is wonderful. What works for me is the tracking on Spark People, no matter what I eat, I track. When I think about overeating, I think about the wonderful labs that I have now and How great I feel. Today, I am on a journey and it feels great.
1398 days ago
Oh yeah, I NEED those saints shoes!!!
1399 days ago
RicharJ we are SO in tune right now! I always joke that the healthiest cities have the crappiest food! While there is no hard evidence or cross sectional epidemiological studies to support this, I'm maintaining this hypothesis until it's disproven.
Another factor you mentioned is the fact that all of our celebrations and gatherings are centered around food, it's just how we celebrate, show our love & appreciation, and have a good time. This tradition has been ingrained in us since birth and so we have an emotional tie to food, it just reminds us of good times, celebrations and just makes us feel good.
I totally agree that we are at a particularly unique disadvantage, but I also believe that our spirit and resolve is also stronger so we can do anything we really put our minds to.
My solution is to have a plan before going into situations with an abundance of irresistibly delicious Louisiana delectables. Plan to get most of your fiber, fruits, veggies and other essentials at breakfast or before the gathering. Let these be low fat/low carb (because we know rice, gravy & butter are staples in LA). Then also plan for a meal afterward, so if you do go over on anything at the gathering you can just modify your last meal of the day or forego your evening snack. That's just how I try to plan. Of course it doesn't ALWAYS work, but there are 7 days in the week so you can balance out what you did one day by cutting back a little for the rest of the week.
This is just how I do it & i'm sure there are a million different ways people choose to resolve this problem that work well for them. I just hope that I offered something useful. I know it's difficult, but it's doable!!!
1399 days ago
It's hard to walk away from the things we enjoy - but we have to learn to eat to live not live to eat! A guy that I work with just came back from a week in Asia - brought back all these delicious looking treats and I walked up to them - debated calculating the WW points for a serving and decided that even though I WANT a cookie/chocolate covered macadamia nut - I don't really NEED any of it. It's making that distinction that's going to get us places.
You can do it!!
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