How are you feeling about your weight?? Are you at your goal weight? There are 8 of us in our weight loss support group—trying to lose as little as 4 or as much as 75 pounds. We’re trying to encourage each other (and some of us are praying for everyone as well). Each of us has adopted our own plan, and they vary, which is great. So far, very good! Most of us have lost at least a pound in the last couple of weeks, and some have lost 2-3!
Anybody else want to join? All you need to do is figure out what you think will work for you and try to stick to it, making adjustments as needed. I’m doing a low-carb, low-sugar diet, which works by the KISS principle (“Keep It Simple, Stupid”). Saves me time! I don’t have to think about anything except…”Is this high in starch or refined sugar?” But, some have good phone apps that help them figure out nutritive value and calories, some have special dietary needs, and some are just avoiding snacks or cutting back. My theory is that much of successful dieting has to do with figuring out what makes you overeat and then solving/avoiding that problem. I have 2 major problems: I’m a social eater, and I love sugar. By refusing to allow myself sugary or starchy foods, I’m protecting myself from myself, and my family and friends are getting used to the fact that “I can’t” eat about 98% of what is served for snacks. So, it’s working for me. In fact, I lost 2.5 pounds during our trip to Disney…doubtless the combination of lots of exercise AND avoiding sugar and starch, but if I can usually lose even 0.5 pounds, I’m going to be very happy! Alan and I went out for a lunch date on our vacation, and we were served the most wonderful grouper on spinach. Last night I tried to concoct my own version with salmon. It was a hit with Alan and (my son) Stephen, so I thought I’d pass it along as one possibility for a no sugar or starch, low-cal/high nutrition specialty:Spinach: fry 2 slices of bacon until crispy. Crumble and add one small onion. Fry until the onions are tender. Turn up the heat and add cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts (drained), and garlic. Sear until they brown (at the restaurant, they were somewhat blackened). Add 1/2 pound spinach, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil to taste (or whatever your family likes). Cover, stir everything together, and turn the heat off, allowing the spinach to wilt without losing its color. Just before you’re ready to serve it, turn on the heat again for 1-2 minutes until it’s very hot.
Salmon: wash and place skin-side down on an aluminum-foil-lined cookie sheet. Season with lemon juice, Italian dressing, Lawry Seasoning salt, salt, and pepper. Broil in your oven until a rich brown color on top…about 15 minutes (depending on how thick it is). (I think they grilled theirs, but we have a foot of snow on our BBQ grill right now.)
Guacamole: blend one avocado (I find that cutting it in half around the middle and scooping out with a spoon is easiest) with a little lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and onion salt to taste. (They had some watercress for a garnish on the very top, but I didn’t feel like paying the extra $ to get some.)
Is that enough info? I’m guessing most of you are seasoned cooks by now and have your own tastes and preferences anyway, but if you want more detail in future, let me know and I will try to be more careful about judging how much of whatever I’m actually using.
I noticed that last week Jane mentioned Outshine popsicles (made out of real fruit and only 40 calories a pop). The comments are helpful, so I hope you enjoy sharing ideas and reading the comments. Got any favorite recipes to share?