(01-06-2011 08:01 AM)Jade Wrote: Hi Katie and welcome
That's an impressive list - I particularly like the fact you put dark chocolate in there - I never knew that was healthy - I better go get some
I'm wondering what quinoa is as I keep seeing that on people's lists but i never heard of it before - I guess I should go google it
@Jade, Quinoa is a grain, but it's a super food, it has a ton of protein and I many times use it as a substitute for blugar wheat in tabouli, cous cous rice, and sometimes even pasta. I've also noticed in soups that you can use it instead of flour to thicken a soup up.
It's very simple and fast to cook. try it out and tell me how you like it!
(01-07-2011 12:22 PM)Kootenay Deb Wrote: Hi Katie,
Katie - I love your food list - sounds so yummy and has lots of variety. Do you eat out a lot and if so, are you able to get these kinds of food most of the time?
I do eat out frequently. However, in Austin I am very fortunate that I live in a city that there are a lot healthy options of places to eat out. That being said, it is still very challenging. I try to live by this rule:
Unless it's a special occasion I try not to cheat at all
IF there is nothing that I can eat without cheating I look for the best option
for example: I try to avoid wheat, corn (unless organic) soy and processed foods such as sugar, hydrogenated oils etc.
When I look at the menu I try to find something that is as close to nature as possible. For example, I would much rather have a salad with beef or chicken even if it is not grass fed or organic, vs. pasta with marinara, because pasta is not natural. I try to usually have them substitute things as well, if it's served with bread, I usually ask for a different side, like veggies, or I say "no bread"
I eat a lot of salads, soups, protein, things I can tell what they were and how they were prepared. I try to stay away from casseroles, and things like that. Hope this helps.
I've been traveling quite a bit the last few days, so my access to internet has been limited. But I have been reading the post and journaling on pen and paper.
One thing I was very happy with is that I have already lost 2 lbs despite the holidays and the traveling. Eating out wasn't so difficult. I only had two meals where I had bread. One was a Philly Cheesesteak in Philly and another was a piece of bread with steamed mussles. Other than that, I have stuck firmly to my new lifestyle change and I feel great. I've been working out pretty hard to and if feels amazing!
One of the post talked about smoothies. I have a great green drink/smoothie to try. It sounds horrible, but just try it, you'll be pleasantly surprised:
1 handful of raw spinach
1 handful of ice
any combination of OJ, apple juice, orange, apple or lemon
(I usually try to use fruits instead of juices, because you know that nothing is added, but in a pinch you can substitute for juices instead)