Thursday, July 16, 2009

Healing Hiatus

My healing hiatus has ended and I am back in the full swing of things. One conundrum I experienced was what to do about the direction of this blog. I have been flirting with the idea of making it into a piece about my greatest love (other than the puppies and kitties); food.

I am a walking contradiction since I am a foodie who also is on the quest to lose weight. This is both a blessing and a curse. I love eating healthy and healthful foods. Broccoli, just can’t get enough. Sweet potatoes, bring ‘em on and keep them plain. Seafood, to the gills. Now if this were my diet I would be fine, but then again I adore hamburgers (never fast food ones), Pad Thai (and pretty much anything Thai), Burritos (with lots of cheese and guacamole) and Cocktails.

But I can do it since I have the tools, support and knowledge to make great food that is healthy for me and feeds my body, as well as my soul.

First step, use what I have. I believe being grateful for what I have now will only bring me more to be grateful for in the future. I am truly thankful for my full freezer, fridge and small, but concise pantry. Now I just need to make something.

To keep me from biting more donuts and tater tots, I bit the bullet and went back to Weight Watcher meetings. It was the hardest thing I have done in a while since I am very embarrassed about how bad I got trying to eat away my relationship and then breakup pain. But I did it. And now I am on the road to a healthier life.

I got a bunch of cookbooks from the library yesterday, mainly South Beach books. I don’t completely agree with this entire philosophy, but I don’t agree with WW either. Both are proud sponsors of faux foods and I just can’t do that. No fake sugars or fats or other nefarious things disguised as healthy foods. Yet, they do have some recipes that caught my eye so I am doing the South Beach thing by way of recipes.

So two days down and a quite a few to go, but so far I feel pretty good. One of my favorites … turkey breast with teriyaki and steamed broccoli – so yummy and easy, perfect for an evening after working all day.


Tales from TV said...

Wahoo! It's a never ending road. I'm trying something new tonight... ground turkey breast sauted with garlic and onions & olive oil, tossed in some spinach and a can of garbanzo beans. Looks kinda weird, but a little salt and pepper and we'll see how this goes... think I'll add some chili pepper flakes.

Oh - and sweet potatoes diced and tossed with salt pepper, olive oil, cayenne and cinnamon baked and broiled.

Certainly the strangest concoctions but we'll see! wish us luck.

Tales from TV said...

Okay - a few lessons learned... I forgot the chili peppers. Use chopped spinach next time. And actually it was best with the sweet potatoes mixed after they were broiled.

strange, but not bad!

Praers said...

Sounds pretty good to me. I love spinach and garbanzo beans together, it's a bit of that Indian mystique.