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Think INSIDE the box!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

When I first joined WW years ago, the Plan was very limited until you reached goal, then you got certain foods back every two weeks for 10 weeks. Then they switched to an exchange plan and the whole universe of legal food opened up. The lists were HUGE! It's an enormous box of possibilities.

I know people who bemoan not being able to eat the Macho Nacho Platter at some restaurant, yet look at the lists. The components are all there if you make them yourself. Or smothered pork chops. Or chicken pot pie. Or macaroni and cheese. With just a little of the creativity we all have, there really isn't much I can't eat, I just need to make it myself.

I learned to cook in Weight Watchers. I learned how little oil or cream it takes for something to be delicious. I learned the order to add ingredients to maximize their flavor. I learned that adding vegetables can vary texture and color in any otherwise ordinary dish. I learned that a little fruit adds a sweet counterpoint to a savory dish. And all those things are in the lists.

Rather than seeing all the stuff I can't have, I look at all the foods I CAN have, a list far longer than I ever thought when I started out. Those lists are the ultimate mix and match, and the results are an endlessly varying sequence of wonderful dinners. The lists do not include doughnuts, or anything from Ruby Tuesday or TGIFriday (I don't think those restaurants even existed when I started out), but when I shift my eyes from the food outside the box to the food inside the box, it is an unending source of delicious possibility.

The only limitation is my own creativity, and creativity is like a muscle: the more you use it, the better it gets.
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