13 Mar Eat Better Forever: Volume 1
If you’ll recall, I’ve been looking to drop a bit of poundage. Nothing radical. I’m just trying to skim about ten to fifteen pounds off my frame.
Thing is, I want it off permanently.
I’ve been losing (and gaining back) the same 15 pounds since I was a senior in college.
At 35, I want to set a goal weight and then actually maintain it. I want to Eat Better Forever.
I know that as I get older, a pound or two might stick around from year to year. Considering that, I’d like to march into middle age at a comfortable weight, leaving a little wiggle room for the inevitable.
It’s been a week or so. I haven’t had ice cream in bed while watching Will and Grace. I haven’t had ice cream at all.
I’ve made it my business to make my lunch in the morning: a turkey sandwich and plenty of snacks to get through the day. And I’m trying to do better about drinking plenty of water.
Sidebar: I hate the taste of water. I always have. We have a Poland Spring dispenser in the kitchen. So I have no excuse for not drinking plenty of water. A few days ago, I bought a box of these joints…
I threw a few packets in my desk at the office, put some in my glove compartment and put the rest in my kitchen. Instantly, I doubled my water intake. The lemonade satisfies my sweet tooth with like, five calories. Yum!
Two days after I started my Crystal Light project, (keeping in mind that I only had one packet a day), I had a horrible, dull headache that would not go away. I’d take three Tylenol. And it would lessen but not disappear. A few hours later, the headache was back with a vengeance.
I Googled “crystal light” and “headache” and got 20,000 hits. The aspartame in the drink seems to cause massive headaches for many people. I shudder to think what this poison is doing to me if it affects me this way.
I’m now squeezing lemon and a drop of agave nectar in my water bottle. Damn that Crystal Light mess. Stay away!
Here’s what I do recommend if you’ve got a taste for junk food but don’t want to junk up your body…
This joint right here is the truth. It’s got eight grams of protein and 20% of the fiber you need for the day. Essentially, that means it fills you up. I have one of these during my Danger Zone, between lunch and dinner. The best part is that it’s got a layer of chocolate on the bottom. Not enough to really hurt. But just enough to feel like a treat.
I’ve read that energy bars should be handled with care. You feel like you’re eating healthy so you eat ten of ’em. Not good. So be conscious of that. But I’m telling you, pick these up, you won’t regret it. I cop mine at Whole Foods and they’re a little over a dollar a pop. I’ve seen ’em at Target too.
Heaven. For real. And it is FAT FREE. Zero fat! I didn’t think anything could replace the creamy deliciousness of my beloved ice cream. But this actually does the trick. It’s delightfully creamy and the intensity of the fruit is insane. And for some reason, I eat less sorbet than I do ice cream. I’m not sure why because I know it’s less filling. But sorbet sticks around our freezer a lot longer than a pint of ice cream. Maybe there’s a Greed Decreaser ingredient inside sorbet. It comes in a mango flavor too. But that’s a little too sweet for me. Can’t wait to try the lemon flavor though!
Okay. I know this is going to sound crazy. But work with me. Tog, like most two year olds, isn’t crazy about vegetables. She’ll eat the occasional carrot. Maybe a spoonful of peas. But it’s tough. I read a kid’s cookbook and found a recipe for chips made out of kale, the super leafy green veggie that’s similar to spinach.
Well, my kid would starve before she’d eat some wilted icky cooked kale. And she’s not yet ready to eat raw veggies.
But if you take some kale, cut it from the stem, rinse out the leaves and simply lay them out on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees, something wondrous happens. It gets crispy. Super crispy. Like a potato chip! And you can’t tell Tog she’s not eating a bag of Doritos when I throw some kale chips in a brown paper bag.
If you drizzle the kale with a tiny bit of olive oil, salt and pepper or a few tablespoons of your favorite oil-based salad dressing, YUM. The “chips” are salty and flavorful.
Try the recipe. You will not be disappointed. I know it sounds crazy. But it really is good.
It’s only been a week in the Eat Better Forever campaign. And I haven’t been perfect. (There was an unfortunate detour to White Castle on Wednesday. There were jalapenos involved. It didn’t end well.)
But Eat Better Forever is a marathon, not a sprint. So I refuse to beat myself up over missteps. Each day, each meal, I get a new chance to do right by my body. And you do too!
dear readers: What can you recommend for me and my Eat Better Forever campaign? Have any healthy recipes that are super tasty? If you checked in on my last post about eating better, I’d love to get an update on your progress. Hanif, are you still dipping out for fast food before going home after work? Jovie, are you still hitting that Wii? Kimberly, you commented that you were joining Bally’s in the next two weeks. Did you do it? Yolanda, Tanisha, Lashonda? How’s it going? Kimmie, your comment in my post about losing weight resonated with a lot of people. How are things going? Fellas? Kenny, Jay? What’s going on?
I’d love to hear from all of you…