Confessions of a Foodie: Eating Fat and Losing Weight

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Not long ago I watched "Christina Cooks" (PBS). She cooks only vegetarian and on one particular show she talked about losing weight and guess what, she was frying food. Yep. And she frankly said that too many people are starving themselves to obesity by cutting out all fat from their diets. She talked about how we need fat in our diet and that frying food and adding fat helps in breaking down nutrients inour food. Nothing was saturated in oil or greasy.

She said a lot more so if you're skeptical, I highly suggest investigating how much and why we need fat. To clarify one point, she was talking about fat and frying foods in a plant-based diet.

Another point she made was about keeping our food interesting in taste and texture. She said cook food but not so long that it becomes wilted or too soft. She said most of us find crunchy more satisfying and it is healthier. She talked about herbs and spices. Spices aid in digestion and they make food interesting.

We eat a lot of ethnic inspired dishes so we love spicy, aromatic foods. And we use olive oil. We don't drown our food in it but it is a staple ingredient in many dishes (ironically, we often don't use any oil on salads).

Food that looks good and tastes good is satisfying and when I eat a balanced, tasty dish, I don't overeat. I'm motivated to eat sensible portions and I find it easier to stay on plan.

How interesting is your diet? Do you enjoy your meals or are you simply eating and hoping you'll lose weight? Have you found ways to enjoy food while staying on plan?

I'm losing slowly but since I began my journey I have had no major slips or gains.

Starting weight: 171 lbs.
Current weight: 154.6 lbs.
Current week: -2.0 lbs.
Total weight loss: -16.4 lbs
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    I love keeping our meals interesting....mainly because I hate too much repetition. Our youngest child (15 1/2) is an adventurous eater and will try just about anything I make. I love food and I love to cook and experiment with new/different foods. And like one person commented, moderation is the key.
    2874 days ago
    My diet is incredibly interesting. Food is my favorite thing in the world. I was an overly obsessed calorie counter the first time around with my weight loss and it didn't stick, because I love food and I was afraid of it. Everything I ate had a number attached to it and I found myself eating "fake" food for the sheer novelty of the lack of calories in it.

    Now that we are in full blown farmer's market season I am eating like a vegetarian queen. Fresh, delicious foods all the time. I am a little nervous about the winter here because I really dislike veggies from the grocery and have a hard time making" myself eat them. I am thinking that this winter is going be soup/stew heavy. It will be up to me to start the preserving process early enough in the summer to make it through the winter with tasty veggies.
    2875 days ago
    Hey there...I don't know about...about all the different composition of fats or My motto has always been...a little of everthing in over doing......
    And it has stood me in good stead...all these years....and i love good food....So Stay determined and focused....Spark on to friend emoticon emoticon
    2877 days ago
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