We’ve gotten to know each other pretty well over the past 3 years and I hope you’ll agree that FOODalogue has always tried to present tasty, colorful and relatively healthy food choices for readers. And, what I suggest to you is what I eat myself.
Over the same period we’re talking about, I put on some unwanted weight. Yeah, I’ve also put on 3 years and been somewhat lax in my exercise routine spending more sedentary time on my laptop writing to you all. But, still…NOT FAIR! I got ticked off.
Even though you’ve seen 100s of pasta dishes here, according to the current guidelines, they were all healthy since most were vegetable-based and many featured whole grain pasta. A good case-in-point was the ‘free form, low fat vegetable lasagne’ recently posted. All the flavor and none of the fat.
I’ve been all about whole grains, vegetables, and unprocessed foods. You’ll find no duck-fat-potatoes, sugar-laden desserts, creamy soups, butter or Alfredo sauces in my recipes. And, there’s no Kung Pao style in my Asian-inspired dishes, just clean ingredients and unmuddled flavors.
A Blogging Aside. I’ve found that my style of eating and blogging, while appreciated by a small cadre of readers with discerning taste is not widely popular online. The world of food blogging seems to be heavily-weighted toward baking and desserts or following the recipes of established chefs, which I have to say “I just don’t get.” If someone wants a recipe by Giada DeLaurentis, for example, why wouldn’t they just go to Giada? So, “being good” and “being original” has somewhat curtailed my online activities. But, that’s a whole other story best reserved for another day.
Back to me (and maybe you). According to the common wisdom, I could not improve upon my food choices and I had already cut back on portions.
The only thing left was to SHAKE IT UP and go NO/LOW CARB. Start eating more of what I was avoiding and less of what I was embracing. I wasn’t happy but I was curious. Adios pasta, bread, wine and fruit.
Breakfast is hard. YAY…fried eggs. BOO, no toast to dip.
Lunch and dinner are easier.
A breadless Muffaletta.
Short Ribs and Spaghetti Squash
Good News/Bad News. My last few posts have been low carb and based on the comments received, a lot of people are doing the same thing. So I’m happy to report…the SHAKE UP works. After several weeks, I’m down 10 lbs. No-carb diet plans have had peaks of popularity (Atkins, South Beach, etc.) interspersed with the balanced-plate-club of protein, carb, fat, etc. And maybe, just maybe, that is the answer…SHAKE IT UP every now and then. That’s the good news.
The bad news is next week is Easter (another excuse for a big family dinner), followed closely by a trip to New York and an 8-day cruise the beginning of June.
What’s a Gal to Do? I’m resolving to stick with ‘the plan’ a little longer to offset the inevitable. I figure a holiday, trip to NY, and a cruise is good for +5 lbs. (even skipping desserts and the midnight buffet).
Maybe I’ll start a new series called “Low Carb Cruising”. That’s just a ‘maybe’ folks.