One of the exercises I did as I was losing 200 pounds, was to write what I would eat in a typical day BEFORE I started working on my weight management lifestyle, and calculate how many calories I was eating.
The findings were mind-blowing.
I thought I was eating healthy, but, for example, a salad loaded with dried cranberries, bacon bits, blue cheese, candied walnuts, and a giant dollop of creamy dressing ...can’t be considered diet food by any means.
Once I knew that the things I’d been eating before; weren’t going to work in the future, I had to figure out how to satisfy my stomach with healthier options.
I learned that I am a "volume eater" – somebody who needs to eat a lot of food to feel satisfied.
There’s really only one good option for such a person: Lots and lots of fruits and vegetables.
I didn’t really even have a relationship with fruits and veggies before – I’d buy a bunch of bananas and let them go brown every other week, but that was about it.
So I developed a new attitude to trying fruits and veggies:
• I bought vegetarian cookbooks
• I purchased weird vegetables I’d never seen before then ran home to look them up online, along with recipes and cooking tips
• I discovered that summer was my favorite season for fruits, but that winter vegetables can’t be beat
• I even found a way to cook okra with a little spray oil and corn starch – delicious!
• I started shopping at ethnic grocery stores to hunt down new and interesting specimens
What it comes down to is that I learned to love fruits and veggies, because they have what is called a "low-calorie density".
That means they have a lot of water and fiber and not a lot of calories – exactly what I need.
So now when I see a new or weird vegetable or fruit, I take it home and give it a whirl!!
What was the last new vegetable you tried?
Did you add it to your regular rotation or was it simply a "worthwhile experiment?"