Hi guys, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Ours was filled with lots of chocolate and other yummy things. Of course, I put back on the 4 lbs that I lost, but now that things are back to normal, I have really started to get serious about losing weight while staying healthy. I don’t just want a diet because, to me, once you are done with the diet, it’s hard to keep off the weight while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So what I”m looking for is a permanent change in the way we eat. With this in mind, last weekend, I sat down and did a complete assessment of what I’m doing (or not doing) that’s keeping me from losing weight. I really need to lose 40 lbs.
The Problem Areas
I discovered that my 3 main meals – breakfast, lunch and supper – were not the problem (see my menu plans in previous posts in My (Almost) Vegetarian Life). It was all the other stuff in between that I hadn’t accounted for. The cups of coffee complete with milk/cream and sugar, the cups of tea – again, milk and sugar. and the snacks. I don’t have a lot of snacks – just one in the afternoon and then something after supper – but they are usually something sweet and it’s usually chocolate. I luuurve chocolate with every fibre of my being. But unfortunately, I can’t just have one or two squares – I have to eat the whole bar! It’s one of the things I have to cut down on if I want to lose weight. I also realized that I’ve been treating myself to a glass of red or white wine every evening. Wine has sugar in it 😦
So, armed with my newfound knowledge, we spent that weekend and the following week changing how we think about our snacks and how we can still have them, but make them less fattening. The first thing I did was switch from wine to vodka and club soda, and then I decided to limit that to one or two on a Friday and Saturday evening. Since I can’t do without my coffee in the morning, I switched from regular milk to almond milk, and reduced my sugar from 2 teaspoons to 1. It took a little bit of getting used to, but I can now taste more of the coffee and less of the sugar! Imagine that!
Then we looked for more healthy and less fattening ways to eat our savoury snacks. I came up with pita chips and a couple of dips we found in our Weight Watcher’s Cookbook. I cut the pita bread into bite-sized pieces, placed them in a single layer on a sheet pan, drizzled about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over them and then added some spices I thought I might like. I sprinkled on paprika and Italian seasoning, but you can experiment with your own. They turned out very crispy and delicious. We made a delicious red pepper dip to go with it. I also have a recipe for hummus which I’ll make after we’re done with the red pepper dip.
Another brilliant idea I came up with ( 🙂 ) was to make my own flavoured yoghurt. Store bought, I discovered, is not as slimming as I thought it was. To my blender I added 1/2 a cup of Plain Greek Yoghurt, 1 teaspoon of honey, a handful of frozen strawberries and a handful of frozen blueberries. Gave it a bit of a whizz – the result was a very delicious snack that was not full of added sugar or other things that I can’t pronounce. A small container of this every evening after supper curbed my craving for chocolate!
This morning I weighed myself. I am down 4 lbs!! Woo hoo!
Here’s this week’s menu:
Tuesday: Tofu Stirfry – from my Weightwatchers Cookbook
Thursday: Mediterranean Fish Fish, Shakshuka Style, Crusty Bread – The Mediterranean Dish
Friday: Vegetable and Herb Frittata with Feta Cheese – The Looney Spoons Collection
Saturday: Sheet Pan Paprika Chicken & Vegetables – The Mediterranean Dish (can you see a pattern here?)
Sunday: Vege Bowls on a bed of brown rice – from Tasty Vegetarian (FaceBook)