I need NEW FOOD!

Bored with SaladIt should start being a pretty good clue that my “healthy eating plan” (a.k.a. DIET) isn’t going well when I haven’t posted here in several weeks. It’s always exciting to come home from WW and post about a loss. It’s embarrassing to have to come back and post a gain. And that’s what I’ve been doing over the last several weeks—gaining weight instead of losing. But I’ve gotten to a point where I’m tired of the whole thing. I’m tired of “healthy” eating. I’m tired of thinking about how I’m going to fix tonight’s portion of lean meat and two veggies with perhaps a piece of fruit for dessert. Oh yay. I’m tired of salads with low-fat or fat-free dressings. I’m tired of the feelings of guilt I get just for watching a commercial about fried chicken on TV and craving it. I’m tired, in short, of not being able to eat anything I want and still have a smokin’ hot body (which I’ve never had, nor probably ever will).

Yes, I’m starting to cycle down into a depression cycle.

Part of this is because I stressed myself out so much in the month of June with trying to get the third contemporary romance novel finished before deadline. I gave myself the excuse of exhaustion to pretty much forget to try to make healthy choices in eating and eat whatever I wanted to. Which reawakened all of my food addictions—especially those to high fat and sugar. And now that I’m trying to get back on the wagon and I’m faced with breaking those addictions again, it isn’t coming easy—because I know the boredom that faces me in the food choices that I have when I’m following program.

Bored with VegetablesI’m not the kind of person who gets excited over spring and summer because of all the fruits and vegetables that are in season. If I were, I wouldn’t be in this predicament to begin with. I have to FORCE myself to usually get at least two or three servings of fruits/veggies every day, much less the five I’m supposed to be eating.

Doing the core program on WW—eating basically a low-carb, low-fat, whole-foods/grains diet—is much easier for me than counting points. I have the list of foods that are “free” to be eaten on the plan, and if I stick to those (in moderate portions, naturally) I know I’ll lose weight. My problem is that I’ve gotten into such a pattern with food—either eggs or cereal for breakfast, soup or sandwich and salad for lunch, and a piece of meat with a couple of veggies for supper—that I’m totally bored with it, and that’s what’s making me fall off the plan with increasing frequency and slowly regaining the weight I’ve lost. Right now, I’m almost right back up to where I was when I went to Minnesota for the ACFW conference LAST SEPTEMBER. That’s right, ten months later and I haven’t netted any weight loss, because even though I’ve been down to 256 as a low at one point, I’ve yoyo’ed myself back up almost fifteen pounds from there.

So I’ve decided to start a new project. And if you read this in addition to being my friend on Facebook, I’m sorry that you’re getting this twice. I want to start a recipe repository here on the blog where I’ll post the healthy-living recipes you love that have helped you in your weight-loss (or just healthy living) journey. I need to add some pizazz to my diet so that I can make it a life-long change instead of just a diet. And I’m sure that’s something we all need help with.

So if you have some healthy recipes you’d be willing to share, send them to me at fabulousby40 (at) kayedacus.com and let’s get this cooking party started!

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About Kaye Dacus

Kaye Dacus Academic Editor (at NCU). Published Author (11 novels, dozens of articles, essays, poems). Prolific Procrastinator. www.kayedacus.com
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4 Responses to I need NEW FOOD!

  1. Karen Eve says:

    Hey Kaye, I hear ya. I’m one of those people who gets excited about all the spring and summer veggies and it’s still work. I’m changing over to SFT on Monday, just to try it out so I’ll know which one is best for me. I’m on an online thread for SFT that does recipes, encouragement, etc. If you want to know which one, just let me know and I’ll get you the info. (Or I’ll give it to you Saturday)

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  2. Hope says:

    Hello, Kaye!
    Thank you for another inspiring post. It may not seem inspirational to you, as you’re sharing “bad” news, but it really is helpful to me to read. Your strength and humor come through even when you’re not happy with yourself, and I know you can do what you’ve set out to do. I’m pretty sure I can, too 😉 and it’s just great to have company on the way. You’re an example of how I need to react when I hit a slump, which I inevitably will: with creativity and gumption.
    Some good news to brighten your day – I’ve lost 15 pounds since March, when I committed to being fit and fabulous, myself. I’ve been on a plateau for a few weeks now, though, so I’m looking forward to your recipes.
    So, recipes…I’m a fruit and veggies lover; a lot of what I’m eating these days may not be that helpful to you. For me, it’s pretty tough to beat good steamed vegetables. Steamed broccoli/beans/carrots alongside some grilled chicken or beef and a small helping of pasta is pretty much my idea of heaven. That’s what I eat most nights. But for lunch a regular favorite – and really easy option – is the tortilla in lieu of bread. Whether a hot quesadilla or a cold roll-up, they’re easy, healthy and filling – what’s not to like? We keep a drawer of the ‘fridge stocked with:

    Either whole wheat or white flour tortillas…tortillas also come spinach- or tomato-flavored
    Any kind of shredded cheese – I really like the 4-flavored Mexican blend
    Any kind of lunch meat or small chopped meat – I like ham slices or chopped chicken
    You can get fancy by adding chopped pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, or onion – I usually don’t, since simple tastes just as good : )
    Cream cheese
    Avocado

    These ingredients can be mixed or matched depending on what I feel like at the time.
    My all-time favorite quesadilla is tomato-flavored whole wheat tortilla, chopped chicken, and spicy Mexican cheese – with pickles, cottage cheese and fruit on the side.
    My favorite rollup is cream cheese spread on a whole wheat tortilla, sprinkled with Monterey Jack shredded cheese, rolled and speared with an olive and a toothpick. The runner-up is avocado spread on a white flour tortilla, lunch meat ham layered over, rolled and speared – preferably with a couple of olives : )
    I don’t do this as often, because I like salads fairly plain, but larger tortillas are great for lettuce/ranch dressing/cubed ham or chicken wraps.

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  3. PatriciaW says:

    Are you in my skin, Kaye? I’ve been stuck since March, in part because of waning interest in exercise and boredom with food choices. I’m not doing WW, but I pretty much know what I can and can’t have. (After 25+ years of dieting, one would hope, right?) The one thing that I’ve found helpful is http://www.fitday.com, where I log all my food and it gives me useful information like calorie counts and fat/protein/carb proportions. Still, I’m looking to see what recipes are forwarded to you. I could use a few.

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  4. Jess says:

    One thing that has helped me is joining a CSA. That’s where you sign up to get fruits and vegetables from a local farmer. I don’t know if you can sign up this late in the summer, but if there’s a fall one in your area, you might want to look into it. It’s not perfect (tons of spring onions and squash) but if the food’s in my fridge, I can’t let it spoil. I’m compelled to eat it. I’m eating more vegetables, even if it’s only because I’m adding beets to my chili (hey, it tasted fine, and made it a prettier shade of red!)

    Here is a recipe I love. Partly because it’s healthy, partly because it’s cheap, and mostly because it tastes good.
    1 bag blackeye peas
    2 onions, sliced
    5 cloves garlic
    1-2 cups chicken or beef broth
    1 beef bullion
    2 cups (approx.) fresh green beans
    1 14.5 oz can chickpeas (I buy the huge can from Costco and freeze it, so this is approximate too)
    A 1-2 inch slice of pre-cooked “hot” sausage. I forget the brand, but you get it at Wal-Mart and it’s about the size you’d use to make (shudder) sausage biscuits.
    Whatever else you have sitting in your fridge: celery, leftover tomato paste from another recipe, etc.

    Cook the blackeye peas in the broth, water, and bullion. Add the onions. If you add the garlic early, do not cut it too small or the flavor will diminish. I usually quarter it and throw it in when the soup’s halfway done, but I love garlic. When the peas have softened, add the green beans. Add the chickpeas and sausage last, breaking up the sausage with the spatula, then cook for 15-20 more minutes. I like this recipe because the beans really soak up the flavor of the sausage, so a little goes a long way.

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