Life is too short for boring recipes.
So instead, let me tell you about the diet I'm following. As I posted in To Do List for 2013, I intend to lose 100 pounds this year. I'm not following a name brand diet. No Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, Atkins, South Beach, etc. - I've tried all of them anyway. Mine is adapted from the many (many) diets I have been on in the past 20 years. It mostly comes down to the regulation of sugar and fat.
Every day I eat:
- 2 servings of protein
- 4 servings of vegetables
- 2 servings of fruit (whole fruit - no juice)
- 1 serving starch
- 1 serving of fat
- 1 serving of dairy
- 1 protein-based snack (usually Atkins bars, but peanuts also work)
I don't count calories. I do measure amounts and I have a cheat sheet listing how much a serving is in my kitchen. Sometimes I go a little over in the fat/dairy categories (I have been known to count cheese as my protein serving) but in general I stick to the diet.
I suppose a more disciplined person would have stopped recipe testing, but to me the recipes are important. I want eating healthfully to be a normal part of my daily life, and I have no intention of eating rice cakes for the next 40-50 years. If I tried to do this eating only skinless chicken breasts and undressed salads, I'd quit out of boredom.
I miss wine, and cookies. Oh do I miss cookies. But on the bright side, this morning the scale said 272.2, which means I have lost a total of 9.4 pounds! Only 90.6 to go.