Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Saboteur vs. Self

I haven't had three perfect days in 3 years.  For anyone who struggles with sticking to a plan, I know you can relate.  This is the danger zone though.  When I start to feel above temptation...and then the weekend comes and I'll justify, "Just ONE bite..."  It's not the bite.  Heck, it's not even the small amount of some "off program" nibble, but it's what I have done to my brain over these years that says, "Well you might as well eat those cookies now that you had one bite of chicken parmesan"  LET'S POP EVERY TIRE ON THE CAR EVEN THOUGH ONLY ONE IS FLAT!  I am really trying to rid myself of this harmful behavior.  But for right now, I can't.  I know my weaknesses.  Right now, it's all or nothing.  I tried every other way in the last 3 years and I've come back to the only thing that works for me.

What self sabotaging behaviors do you struggle with?


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quinoa Lime Salad

2 perfect days on MWL.  Didn't think I could do it so hurray for me!  I made this quinoa salad that has saved my life and given me something to eat that is quick and filling and quite tasty too.  I got this recipe from a vlog by the Shaytards called Shayloss.  The dressing called for the addition of 1/4 cup olive oil, but I just left it out.

Quinoa Lime Salad

7-8 cups quinoa (red or yellow)
2 tomatoes
1 onion
5 cloves garlic
1 bunch cilantro
3 Persian cukes
4 orange baby bells
1 jalapeno
1 can black beans, rinsed
3 ears of fresh corn cut off cob

Dressing:
3 limes
1 tsp. salt
1 TBS. cumin

I found this at Costco, makes it alot quicker to prepare, 
but in no way is necessary to the success of the recipe.



Monday, June 23, 2014

One more time...

I was a strict McDougaller for 3 years and I never felt better physically or mentally...then something happened.  A friend of mine made me chocolate chip cookies (my favorite) and because of wanting to not be rude I ate them and I am not kidding, that was my downfall.  I kept eating for social reasons (because one of the drawbacks to McDougalling IS the fact that going out ceases to be enjoyable - I mean, I can make rice and veggies at home and not ask 50 questions about how it's prepared) haha!

SO! One thing led to another and life continued to go on and I continued to slowly turn my diet back into a SAD diet and watched my weight and my happiness go down the tubes!  It's been about 3 years now and I can't say I am any happier eating a  SAD diet!  In fact, it's made me just that...(sad)

This blog might take a slight turn here...I don't know how many recipes I will be posting, but I do want to be accountable to someone (or something...the world wide web if I must). I am hoping that if anyone is still looking at this blog and might be struggling to try to and incorporate McDougalling into their lives that they can glean some encouragement from others and I can glean encouragement from you! (I am so needy right now! haha!)

Maybe I'll just be talking to myself? That's fine too!

I will try to post my daily progress...we'll see how it goes! I am going for MWL this week with no cheating!

I made some homemade hummus and really like this for breakfast on Ezekiel bread with tomatoes.

1 can garbanzo beans
2 TBS. Tahini (I know...but I did this LTIWOMWL (Last Time I Was On Maximum Weight Loss) and the little bit of nut butter did not make a difference.
1 package of Good Season's Italian Seasoning

I wish I was one of those people who could eat healthy food in moderation, but I just can't. I have tried for 3 years and I just can't eat healthy food mixed with crappy food.  I just crave more crap.  It stinks!!! Oh well, that's just how I am.  I was born this way and I'll have to accept it and enjoy a life of MWL food.  I know that after a few weeks I will not even crave the other...but does anyone agree that the first 2 weeks are the HARDEST??!!! It's probably true of ANY lifestyle change.

Just some stats for the record.  I am 5'3'' and I weighed 118 at my lowest after McDougalling for 4 months (3 years ago I probably weighed about 140 when I began, I can't remember)
I now weigh 157.  So....yea.  We'll just leave it at that.

OK...Here...I...go! :P






Monday, May 23, 2011

No Recipe Required Veggie Stew


Give me a baked potato any day of the week. I know of no healthier way to fill up than with starches - and potatoes are my fave.  Most people are scared to death of them - and for good reason I guess!  The diet industry has manipulated the public into believing that anything WHITE is automatically bad! I even read recently that if you are on welfare, you can't purchase russet potatoes with your food stamps!! That is so ridiculous to me.  IT'S THE CRAP YOU PUT ON THE POTATOES THAT IS MAKING YOU FAT PEOPLE!  Don't blame the poor potato!

There. I feel better.

Having said that, your probably wondering - well if I don't put CRAP on my potato how the heck can I eat the dry thing?

So glad you asked!!

I cook a bunch at the beginning of the week and keep them in the fridge.

If I have 5 minutes prep time available and it's a snack, I just heat in the micro (cut in half and cover with a paper towel) and top with salsa, bbq sauce, or ketchup.

If I have 10 - 15 minutes prep time - and it's for lunch, I will open a can of healthy soup and pour over my baked potato and nuke.

Or if I have 20+ minutes, I might make a stew with veggies and top my potato with that.

No Recipe Required Veggie Stew
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 -3 cups frozen or fresh veggies 
Italian, Mexican, or Cajun spice blends 
salt & pepper

Above, is a pic of a stew I made with cabbage, shredded carrots and a can of diced tomatoes.  I left it plain and added a different spice each time I ate it.  Serve over baked potatoes or reheated ones cut into bite sized pieces.

Adapting for children/hubby/non-McDougall lovers: I would serve plain baked potatoes (with assorted toppings), garlic bread and/or grilled cheese sandwiches for the kiddos.  But they would have to have a small bowl of the veggie stew first! (And maybe some carrot sticks too!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pass the...Buck?

I know... I've dropped off the face.  I'm sorry, if there is anyone out there who actually reads this blog!! Actually, I got a comment this week that is prompting this post, asking "Where I've been?"  Truth be told, I am just busy working 2 very part time jobs and being a mother, wife, friend, and churchy worker.  Most of the time the thought of "one more thing" just overwhelms me - even though this blog IS a fun thing for me.

So thanks for reading in the past...I don't know what the future holds for this blog - it might have served it's purpose when I needed it, and now I am not so needy.  (ha ha) Still feeding my kids lots of vegan/vegetarian meals, but keeping around some of their favorite meals so I can still be loved and adored for my culinary skills ; )

Happy Eats!

Jen

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall Lunches for the Ridiculously Lazy (that's me!)



The hardest time of day for me is what to eat for lunch. If I happen to have a left over soup then it's easy - I put it over brown rice or potatoes - but even that takes time. You have to cook your rice, or pre-cook it, the same goes with your potatoes. And for some people, taking that extra 30 minutes at lunch time for yourself just doesn't happen! Hence fast food lines at lunch time - people just won't/can't/don't want to do it!! That's what led me to this...

I saw these bags of precooked frozen brown rice at Costco and thought, "How lazy can you get?"... apparently pretty dang lazy because I bought some last week (after my Auntie swore she did the math and it worked out to $1.40 per lb. - and I pay $1.29 per lb. for my short grain brown rice) I figured it was worth .10 cents a pound to give it a try.

Oh my! They are the BEST!! The rice combined with a bag of your favorite frozen veggies (I like the Stir-fry mix at Costco - it has baby corn cobs, water chestnuts, broccolli and carrots cut in fun sticks along with other yummy veggies - hate the mushrooms in the mix though (too slimy, and I AM a fan of mushrooms) - I just pick them out.


So here's how it goes around 11:30am at my house.

Open freezer and pull out ginormous bag of Stir-Fry Veggies and a packet of brown rice.

Nuke the rice for 3 minutes - put on counter

Nuke some veggies for 3-4 minutes - and pour on top of 1/2 the bag of rice.

Choose a sauce or topping.

Sometimes it's a orangey spicy asian bottled sauce.

Sometimes my homemade teriyaki. (Made ahead in fridge - weeks ago)

Sometimes it's nutritional yeast (I LOVE this stuff - reminds me of "cheesey" comfort food.) I think you might need to develop a taste for it - but once you do - watch out!! Well you don't need to really watch out - it's very good for you! And no fat or oil - so....

Once in a while plain soy sauce and crushed red pepper.

You get the idea.

So for most of us who don't have time to slave in the kitchen at lunch time and the leftovers aren't looking too good, try a SUPER EASY veggie & rice dish - hits the spot everytime - especially in the fall/winter when warm comforting lunches are where it's at!

Got an easy lunch idea? Please share!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Potatoes O'Brien with "Summer's Last Hurrah" Tomatoes



Ok, so it's been a while since my last post...ummm...(almost 4 months) - but let's not hold that against me - I mean 4 children, 1 husband and 2 jobs doesn't exactly leave a person with lots of time for "fluffy" things.

Like this blog.

It's a luxury.

If I have time (energy) to blog then I do. If I don't, then I (obviously) don't. But I KNOW there are so many amazing food blogs out there that I'm sure all of you are fairing just fine. In fact, you're thinking....Pass the Who??

So mostly this blog is for me - as I don't even know who reads it anymore. And because it's for me (and my posterity) I feel the need to document how and why I eat the way I do - just incase it might help someone in the future or now, who is struggling with health issues.

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I have realized something over these past few months (ok, and pounds) that creeped up on me. That I can not "do" moderation when it comes to rich food. When I taste it, I just want more.

And more.

Some people can.
I can not.

Therefore, I must stick to the program at all costs. Or the one day "cheat" turns into one meal - turns into one day, turns into one week, month etc. etc. You get my drift?
Unless it's a feast day (holidays/birthday) where I can allow my self to slightly stray. (And I'm talking 10 days out of a year!)

SO if you are eating a diet of grains, veggies and very little oil (less than 10% of calories from fat) - after about 3 days, do you find that all of the food starts to taste MORE delicious than if you were eating "rich" foods along side?

I find I am MORE excited to eat, and I don't feel deprived or hungry for those "rich" foods anymore. But the key (for me) is not to stick my toe in the pool. For first the toe and then the foot and then a back dive into the deep end.

This is just my experience. What's yours?

I would love to hear your comments...


On to the recipe now. If you can call it that.
I was recently at Albertson's (a regular grocery store out here in CA) and found these hash brown potatoes. They contain no added oil. I "fry" them up in a non-stick skillet - don't add oil, they will brown without it! Then I sliced some tomatoes (sweet darlings - on their way out...) from the garden added salt & pepper and there you go, that's been my breakfast for the past 4 days. Mmmm... really delicious.



The reason I'm even mentioning this SUPER simple recipe is because if you're like me, sometimes you make things harder than they need to be. I shop at all kinds of "non-mainstream" markets - but have never seen this product! And if there was something comparable I'm sure it would've been very expensive - because those places usually are for "convenience" type foods.

Though I won't be giving up my Trader Joe's or Henry's anytime soon - I just thought that I would share with you that sometimes good ideas are right under your noses.

Have a great week!

p.s.
Here's a great article on moderation by Dr. John McDougall - is it an wonder I love this guy??





 

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