I am so thrilled with my recent weight loss. I know the first few weeks and the first few pounds are the easiest to lose, though. My original plan was to try the McDougall program for a month to see how it goes. That was my original plan with a few different plans. 🙂 I like to give them a shot! This time is different, though. I am on a lot more medication than usual and I am sitting at a desk a lot more than usual. In the past I took very few medications regularly besides an allergy pill or ibuprofen for pain management. Now I am taking an insulin sensitizer, a hormone to help with my imbalance, an anti-depressant many of which cause weight gain, and the allergy pill. I am a little overwhelmed by the medication! I finally had to get an organizer so I knew if I took my pills everyday or not! Sitting at the desk is a direct result of my promotion back in March. I love my company and the new job! But I do miss having a higher workspace that I could spend time standing at. With all of these changes I must say that I am absolutely blown away that I have lost so much so easily since switching to this program.
So the next question is what am I actually eating everyday that is causing such easy weight loss? Well, let me tell you! I like to steam or roast whole potatoes to bring with me everywhere. I put them in a gallon sized bag and eat them plain or add a little garlic powder and salt and dip in ketchup. If I have larger potatoes I cut them into a bowl and top with salt and ketchup or make another topping. Last night I bought some beautiful mushrooms that I sliced and cooked with an onion, some garlic, a splash of red wine, a spoonful of tomato paste, chili powder, smoked paprika, and a splash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. I cooked it down into a delicious reduction and spooned it onto some leftover potatoes. It was so good! I eat a lot of potatoes. I also love sweet potatoes. I sometimes chop them and roast the pieces. Other times I bake them whole and eat them with my hands. Sometimes I add a little cinnamon and salt. I know it sounds like an odd combination, but the sweetness of the potato mixed with the spiciness of the cinnamon really pops against the salt. It is such a tasty combo! I also season winter squashes that way. I eat a lot of sweet potatoes, too, but definitely more regular potatoes. I love the purple ones but Yukon Gold is my favorite variety.
I also am a big fan of snacks. I love salty, crunchy foods that satisfy a munchiness inside. I love pickles for this but try not to eat too many since that is a lot of salt. I also recently found a variety of rice cakes that use brown rice and salt only. They actually taste great to me! They are very messy to eat. But they make noshing while commuting home much more pleasant than having a rumbly in my tumbly. I hate being so hungry when I get home that my tummy hurts, which is easy to have happen since I don’t get home until around 8 pm most days.
I eat a lot of rice, too. My local grocery store has a selection of portioned, microwavable whole grain rices. I have had the regular brown, brown Jasmine, and Forbidden Black. All three were delicious! I don’t even add anything to them. I just eat them and they taste great! Sometimes I cook my own, but lately I have been eating potatoes as my starch of choice. I do thoroughly enjoy barley, as well. If it’s for breakfast I mix in some cinnamon and maple syrup for a warm and hearty start to my day. I also enjoy beans quite a bit. The other day I made a mash out of garbanzo beans with some garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, liquid aminos, lemon juice, and a touch of salt. I was very tasty. I topped it with broccoli slaw and mixed it all up. I also love to make my own pinto beans and then refried beans. I used to use a little oil for the refry, but now I just use enough cooking liquid or water to heat everything up then cook it down to the consistency I love – thick! I have made some white bean dishes as well with some liquid smoke added to the mix for a distinctly bacony aroma. They turn out so tasty!
Occasionally I eat a banana or other fruit, though I have a lot of issues with fresh fruit so I never eat too much. Sometimes we order pizza for dinner. I get some veggies with no cheese. I also make my own pizzas by filling the cornmeal crusts I love with whatever sounds good at the time. Yesterday I decided to get a loaf of bread and some hummus. I ate all the bread including some sweet potato sandwiches. I don’t eat bread everyday, though. But I am still tweaking my diet to get the most out of my digestion. Sometimes it feels like everything is going through too fast and I’m not getting any nutrients. So I decided to eat some bread to let some extra nutrition get absorbed. We also eat pasta occasionally. It’s something my husband M will eat also without a fuss. He always says he doesn’t like cooked tomatoes but the last batch of sauce I made he raved about it, so he can’t be that picky! Mushroom, spinach, onion sauce!
Basically, for now, I am eating whatever sounds good. I am actively working to limit the amounts of fats that I eat. Very few nuts or seeds, hardly any oils, no fats as condiments. I like how I feel when I get most of my nutrition from potatoes or sweet potatoes, both of which will fully support humans! M recently joked about buying a potato farm in Washington state. Sounds good to me!
I would like to add some polenta to my meals. I made it a few times in the past and it is simply amazing when made at home. I want to make a big batch and let it cool then cut into squares or strips and bake for a lovely crunch. That could be dipped into red sauce or topped with refried beans and salsa. Yum! I also started a sourdough starter last night. I am not eating that much bread these days but starters last a long time and it’s a great thing to do myself. I am also interested in trying millet. I have never had that grain on it’s own before. I’m not sure, though. 🙂 Sometimes it’s better to stick with what I’m comfortable with.
So that’s what I eat. If I’m feeling up for the bulk I add some veggies in also. But not too many. I’m not eating anywhere near my daily recommended calorie goal right now so I’m comfortable with more starches. As my weight loss slows I’ll be ready to add more veggies into the mix. I love broccoli, green beans, carrots, parsnips, salads, kale, and many more. It will be easy to add those in. But I’m going to listen to my body and how I feel.
A huge part of what I’m doing is working on healing my relationship with food. If I am hungry, I eat. If I am craving something, I eat it – as long as it fits my health goals. I am not restricting anything that is not actively contributing to my ill-health. This is so freeing! Especially after so many years of following one Diet after another. I am feeling great physically. I have so much energy every day and my mood has dramatically improved! My skin is getting way better, too. I have eczema on my hands that causes them to get rough like sand paper before splitting open and bleeding from dryness. The past few days I have noticed that they are smooth even without applying lotion several times per day. The rough spot near where my wedding ring hits (when my hands are okay enough to actually wear it) is getting better, too. The insane redness and itching have gone way down. I also feel like my face is clearing up. That is trickier, though, since my hormones are so out of whack that I have to take a medicine to help balance them. So that could be causing some of the clearing. In any case, I feel better with a clearer complexion. I feel better with this program. I love coming home and having the energy to walk the dog or do a workout! I feel so good!