the fatkins diet
It is going well. I have already dropped 12 lbs this week. I know there is a skinny person in there somewhere trying to get out.
Losing weight is like trying to quit smoking. You have terrible cravings for the bad things that you were eating that taste so good. I gave up Coke (the drink, not the snortable kind. I mean I never did that kind anyway) and fastfood and starchy, comfort foods like potatoes and bread and pasta and red meat (which I am only going to eat in small quantities) and have replaced those tasty things with obscene amounts of fresh veggies and fruits, hummus, boca burgers, chicken (I dislike chicken) and lots of other not-as-fun-as-doritos things.
So for those of you fellow dieters (who are now also impossible to go out to eat with--"does that place have good salads?"), I thought I would share my dieting triumphs; the things that I am eating which are pretty good.
- I have replaced coffee with cream and sugar for breakfast with Fiber One yogurt with 2 tbsp. of wheat germ or a bowl of oatmeal with fresh blueberries on top (I dump in about a 1/2 to 3/4 cup) and a small 6-8 oz glass of V8 and one of OJ.
- Snacks: Veggies! Veggies! Veggies!(with/without hummus--the chive and garlic kind is GOOD!), slice or two of turkey or ham with mustard.
- Lunches have become lots of salads full of tasty fresh spinach and tons of veggies, topped with tons of protein (chicken, shrimp). I made my own salad dressing with oil and vinegar and mustard. (A tiny bit of maple syrup for sweetening).
- Snacks again.
- Dinners have been hodge-podges of salads with grilled chicken or sauted (in olive oil) shrimp, steamed veggies, Boca bean-burgers with deli mustard and fresh veggies on top.
It has been interesting to pay more attention to what goes into "processed" foods and I did a lot of label reading when I went shopping. I used to pay a lot more attention to things like that when I lived out East and worked as a cook on a farm. It is nice to slide back (somewhat) into some of my past good habits.
I went groccery shopping and was proud of how much "healthy stuff" I came home with the other day. Though, I believe in a reward system, so when the day is going good as far as eating really well, I let myself have some Chocolate Silk Milk. It is all soy and tasty. Don't get me wrong it is not better than steak. I am craving steak and bacon and french fries like nobody's business, but I keep reminding myself that I will look good in my new dress that I bought for a friends' wedding which is in two weeks.