Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stuff


As of this morning, I have not lost ANY weight in February.

My blood pressure has been higher and my doctor increased the dose of my blood pressure medication.

Just eating what I want, in smaller portions, and choosing lower carb foods IS a good way for me to eat, but it keeps me over 250 pounds.

I have been fairly sedentary due to illness, weather, and just plain not being motivated to exercise.

And so the hamster wheel continues. The only thing improved, and it IS a big one, is that I am not experiencing any eating disorders anymore: no binges, no food obsessions, no compulsive eating. There's peace, but is peace enough?

I am quickly approaching that 10 year anniversary of blogging. In less than 6 months I will hit that milestone. I said if I was not at goal or making serious progress towards a healthy weight, I'd do weight loss surgery... and/or quit blogging.

I don't know what I am doing right now. I won't whine on about family medical issues and things that make it "hard," because all those reasons are not going to help me be the healthy, non-obese mom I need to be.

This week may turn back to restriction. I just have to do it without triggering ED. I also have to exercise whether I like it or not, because my age and health are big factors in... in everything. Everything.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Been Sick...

This week I caught a virus from a person I sat next to at church last week. She was blowing her nose a lot, and when she started coughing during the service I knew I was in trouble. I could hear the congestion as I was thinking, "ugh, you should have stayed home!" I tried not to breathe but alas, the germs got to me anyway. So I've spent the week going from what felt like a mild tickle in my throat and sneezing, to full blown miserable cold symptoms. Today I think I am past the worst of it but am still blowing my nose and coughing a bit. Should feel better soon, I think!

Now that the weather is getting a little better, I'm going to start walking every day outside. Lately I've only walked once in awhile when it's not cold and yucky out. I've had my son and daughter walking the dogs more than I have walked them myself, but I am ready to get back out there and move. My diet continues to be the same: lower carb, not counting, smaller portions. Nothing new and exciting here, not even a weigh in. Just wanted to give a short update and say hello. Sorry so boring!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Low Carb Loaded Cauliflower Nachos


The other day when my son and his girlfriend were making a huge plate of nachos, I thought, now there is a food I miss eating! I've always loved nachos, but while I am eating lower carb, corn chips just aren't a good choice. So I searched online for a healthier, lower carb option and found these: Cauliflower Nachos!

You just cut up some raw cauliflower into thick slices and toss them with a drizzle of olive or avocado oil and a sprinkle of salt, paprika, chili powder, and cumin.

cauliflower nacho chips low carb recipe


Then roast them in a 425 degree oven for 35 minutes, top with cheese and cook another 5 minutes. You can add any nacho toppings you like: black olives, tomatoes, green onions, salsa, avocado, jalapenos, sour cream, and any kind of meat like shredded chicken, pork or beef. I used reduced fat shredded colby jack, lean cooked taco meat, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.

low carb cauliflower nachos recipe


Mine were not as gooey as the ones in the recipe video, but they were really tasty! I think to get that overly-cheesy, gooey effect you'd need to use full fat cheese... and a lot of it! Go for it if calories are no object :)

These were very satisfying and delicious. Using cauliflower instead of corn chips saves about 13 grams of carbs and 120 calories per serving, plus adds plenty of nutrition to your plate of nachos. I'm always looking for new ways to fit in healthy vegetables while lowering carbs. Do you have any ideas you'd like to share?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Eat Your Veggies: Romanesco


This week at the grocery store my daughter and I came across a most unusual-looking, new-to-us vegetable that looks like a pointy, geometric cross between a cauliflower and broccoli. It was so beautiful that we both stopped to check it out! The sticker on the vegetable said "Romanesco;" The label on the stand said "Romanesco Broccoli" and then, when checking out, the same veggie rang up as "Romanesco Cauliflower." So what is it??

Romanesco broccoli cauliflower

Well, it's all of the above! It's a cross between cauliflower and broccoli that grows in a gorgeous fractal pattern and has many of the nutritional benefits of both vegetables. It's really good for you and you can prepare it the same way you would either vegetable: raw in salads, steamed, roasted, baked, or in casseroles.

Romanesco pointy broccoli cauliflower

I decided to steam mine. I washed, trimmed, and quartered the Romanesco and then cut out the thick core and stem. I gently broke apart the pretty pieces and steamed them for about 10 minutes, until fork tender. They tasted so good! It's more of a firm cauliflower texture, with a nuttier, more interesting taste (more like cauliflower but not exactly. Better, and sweeter, but not as strong as broccoli!)

steamed Romanesco

I ate some of the Romanesco warm with salt. The rest, I immediately rinsed with very cold water until they were cold (to stop them from cooking further and getting mushy) and saved them in the fridge. They have a perfect texture and taste to go into a salad, cold! They remind me of the texture of those little tiny corn cobs you find in salads sometimes. Plus they are so pretty, they would be stunning in any simple dish.

One cup of Romanesco contains approximately 4 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein, and provides 94% of the RDA of Vitamin C, all for just 20 calories. Are you ready to try this new vegetable? I think you'll like it!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Weigh In and Plan


Hello to all who continue to check in to see how I am doing! I really enjoy all of the comments and emails sent my way and appreciate the longstanding support. Since hitting my new recent high of 260 pounds in January after all of the Christmas indulgence, I've started back on track with the lower carb way of eating I know is best for me. It's been pretty easy so far to just get back to cooking things like squash instead of noodles, cauliflower in place of potatoes, and eating fruit instead of candy. It's not really fresh fruit season right now anyway, so I am only eating an average of one fruit per day... mostly pears, Clementines, apples, and bananas. I eat plenty of protein and vegetables and am avoiding grains, sugars, and junk food as a general rule. I did have a piece of birthday cake in January and a few other indulgences, but I'd say I am on track with the 90/10 rule of eating healthy/low carb 90% of the time. As a result I am back down to 253 pounds, for a 7 pound loss in January *without* calorie or carb counting, tracking, weighing, or measuring my food. I hope to continue the trend of stress-free weight loss all the way to goal! I have not felt triggered, deprived, or unhappy with my eating plan so far and am *not* white knuckling anything. I do want to start walking again as soon as the weather is a little better... hopefully this month... and I plan to start using my FitBit again to help increase my activity level. I've been fairly sedentary lately and we all know that's not healthy.

Would you like to know more about what I've been eating to lose that 7 pounds last month? Well, the other day at a potluck I made a plate that included salad, taco meat, cheese, sour cream, salsa, green onions, plus a small spoon of beans and a spoon of fruit salad (apples, bananas, oranges). Another day at a restaurant my daughter and I ordered a hummus plate as an appetizer; she ate the pita and hummus while I ate the celery, cucumber, carrots, and red peppers with feta cheese (and a taste of hummus!) My main course was a mixed green salad with barbecued chicken breast, Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled bacon, hard boiled egg, and dressing on the side. At home, I'm eating plenty of good foods like roasted chicken and vegetables, beanless chili, soups, and stews. I sometimes have eggs and sausage for breakfast, or a veggie omelet, or bacon and avocado. I have yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit for snacks, or sometimes just nuts or peanut butter and apple slices.

Here are a few of the meals I have made in the last week or two:

Smoked salmon, dill, and cream cheese omelet

low carb smoked salmon dill cream cheese omelet


Hamburger vegetable soup (2 bowls! so good)

low carb hamburger soup


Turkey sausage, mushrooms, and mozzarella with marinara sauce over spaghetti squash

low carb meal spaghetti squash and sausage


Sauteed smoked bratwurst and buttered poppy seed cabbage

low carb buttered poppy seed cabbage noodles and brats


Baked chicken wings with Parmesan spaghetti squash

low carb meal chicken wings and spaghetti squash


Smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, olives, cucumbers, and light Ranch

low carb meal smoked salmon


All very enjoyable, lower carb meals.

I hope to get back to blogging more frequently in February as I make my way back down the scale to better health. Thanks for sticking with me... it'll be ten years in August and I still aim to make it back to a healthy weight THIS year!