Sorry to be a posting-hog, but I posted this on another thread, and I felt like it really belonged here:
I've found something interesting about my journey here as regards cooking...I've been trying to eat all "real foods" (rather than like low-cal stuff) to see if I could actually lose weight like that, and you know, it's kind of working! I mean, I still use some "diet-y" things; I have a reduced-fat cheese I love (Trader Joe's reduced-fat Celtic Cheddar -- it actually MELTS!), reduced-fat mayo (that stuff made with olive oil -- it's really good), and cooking spray, but mostly real foods -- meats, veggies, whole-grain breads, other whole grains, olive oil and even a little butter!
It's like, I've been dieting for so long (let's call a spade a spade, what I've been doing was dieting, not following a healthy lifestyle) where I was always looking for the lowest-point, lowest-calorie foods and eating "diet" this and "reduced-fat" that...it's like I'm a baby learning how to eat real foods in reasonable portions. But it's kind of cool, and I'm already seeing how I'll reap the benefits long-term. Like, I've been getting this fantastic bread from the farmer's market. Now, if I used Oroweat Sandwich Thins for my lunch with my Spinach Hummus I make, I could make a sandwich. But if I use the Farmer's Market bread, two slices of it is almost three ounces; three times as many calories! So, I bring a slice and a half, toast it, and spread the hummus on it open-face. What's huge about that for me is that I can see to the future where, once I've lost the weight I want to lose, I can just have the two pieces of bread. Like, maintaining my weight will be the same as losing my weight, I just get a bit more of the food I already eat!
I don't know, this feels like a revelation to me!
Moderation in all things...including moderation!
| current weight: 213.2