Choices that matter

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I have realised that I LOVE making healthy choices.  It forces you to get creative and I relish being creative.  Lunch today consisted of:

  • 100g turkey breast – cooked without oil or fat
  • Mountain Bread rice wrap
  • Whole Egg lite mayonnaise (1 tbs)
  • A bunch of assorted sprouts (about 2 full handfuls)
  • 1/4 small avocado

All that (including another rice wrap with more sprouts) for 6.5 points.  I am still full and it’s 4.30.  

I have gone without alcohol for 4 days now and I am really craving a drink, but the funny thing is I cannot decide on the poison.  I don’t want wine (too bloating) and I don’t think I want a martini.  Is something going on with me that I’m beginning to change for the better.  Maybe around food, but not around exercise.

More on that to come later…..

Steaming hot

delicious and good for you.

Late last year, my wonderful mother gave me her food steamer.  Mum just loves to buy all the kitchen gadgets she can get her hands on, but rarely uses them.  It has been living in my garage for a good three months.  That was until last night.

I love fresh barramundi (I have never been a fan of fish until recently) and remembered I had some in the freezer.  Then it dawned on me.  Why not use the steamer.

Much to my delight, after cleaning off the layer of accumulated dust, it looked brand spanking new.

So what was I to do with the fish?

I read Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site GOOP.  In her December 08 newsletter, she discussed the benefits of detoxing after the holidays.  Whilst I believe in detoxing, I find I’ve a hard enough time sticking to the 20 points a day allocated by Weight Watchers.  That was out of the question for me, though I haven’t ruled detoxing out in the future.

GOOP also contained some very simple, low point recipes that you can follow and not fall off the wagon.  Again.  (see my last entry).

I modified the Steamed Salmon and Greens, swapping out the salmon for barramundi, and the kale, chard and dandelion with simple bok choy and spinach leaves.  I also added ¾ cup of rice to make it a little more substantial.  It was just delicious.

Tonight I am going to try some root vegetables and see how they turn out.  I highly recommend a steamer for low point meals with a lot of nutrients.

**UPDATE** they turned our really, really well.  Now, what to cook next?

Week Three – weight chart

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I think the chart says it all – I didn’t keep a strict enough food diary and I drank way too much over the week (as well as my mum’s chocolate cherry slice).  I know that some of it’s water, but I don’t want the feeling I had this morning of beating myself up.  I am back on the wagon again today.

Disappointing, but it can be corrected – I like this new attitude.

In defense of food

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I love listening to Radio National.  During the summer series this morning, they featured an American author called Michael Pollen.  He was talking about his new book “In defence of food:  An eater’s manifesto”.

Given I am watching everything that goes into my mouth at the moment, I was interested to hear his thoughts on our [western cultures] dietary habits.

Basically he says that real food – the kind your great-grandmother would recognise as good – is being undermined by science on the one side and the food industry on the other.  He believes that these two groups want us to focus on nutrients, good and bad, rather than actual plants, animals and fungi.  He calls this the rise of nutritionism.

Nutritionism arose to deal with a genuine problem – the fact that the modern diet is responsible for an epidemic of chronic diseases, from obesity to heart disease and many cancers.

What he has realised though, is that a real solution to this problem involves putting the focus back on organic foods and food chains.  You cannot isolate various nutrients (in particular the meteoric rise of Omega 3) from the rest of the food source.  They require the context of all other nutrients in the food to do their work.

His best piece of advice is “If your great grandmother wouldn’t know what food it is, you probably shouldn’t be eating it”.

If, like me, you find this subject fascinating, I would urge you to order his book.  You can buy it here on Amazon.

You can also get more information and hear him talk at his web site michaelpollan.com.

Being beautiful and sexy and human

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One of my favourite sites to visit is post secret. If you have never been, I would encourage you to do so.  Most people struggling with their weight  would understand this site more than others (although I do believe that everyone has “something” that they fight with all their lives).  Given my first post, I think that maybe, some day in the near future, I will honestly be able to say these words.