This was last night’s dinner: a home-made chili from scratch. The only things that did not come in my produce box this week were an onion from my veggie drawer, spices, the beans, the ground sirloin, and a wee little bit of starch to thicken the juices slightly.
When I say ‘my produce box’, I mean that we’ve been experimenting with the whole “local foods” idea instead of buying our produce at the big-name grocery. So far, so good. I have produce that lasts for about two weeks before going bad, unlike most of the stuff from the local grocery store. That stuff sometimes starts going off before I’ve left the store, something that seems to happen with alarming frequency.
We’re trying to clean up our diet around here after the disaster that has been the past 2 months. We both wound up with a pretty yucky cold for awhile there, and I will admit that I’ve been giving in to a lot of unhealthy cravings. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that, but I definitely take accountability for the ice cream and pizza I’ve been consuming. Nobody forced it on me. Luckily, I only put on about 10 pounds. Half of that has already gone away by eating sensibly.
Has anyone ever noticed that common wisdom is to “eat sensibly”, but they never really spell out what, exactly, that is? Think on that sometime. It’s an interesting meditation. Oh, sure, different diets will demonize different things, but there’s always a hook in there somewhere.
I will admit that my body works best on an Atkins/South Beach style diet. When I can wake up in the morning feeling like a million dollars, and my joints and back don’t ache…then I’m a happy camper indeed. Some would say that this is just because weight is coming off, and that counting calories would work just as well, but I’ve tried this…and it doesn’t seem to work as well as I’d wish. Sure, I could lose weight doing so, but I generally wind up feeling like crap – and then I wind up with a loaf of bread in my house and I go on a grilled cheese bender. Don’t believe me? I have proof!
Yep. This is evidence. Grilled cheese. Photo taken sometime in September, I think. This was my lunch for about three days straight. No, I’m not kidding.
So, all-in-all, I’m trying very hard to avoid the things that make me feel like my digestive tract is working against me. Pasta, I’m looking at you, here. That goes for you other starchy foods too.
This was tonight’s dinner. “Breaded” chicken*, steamed broccoli, and a caesar salad. A little closer to our “normal” eating, and a whole lot less worry to my system. I’m trying to find the perfect balance of foods so that I don’t feel too deprived of “fun” stuff, but don’t wind up on a craving kick. Right now, I’m trying to stick to a mainly whole-foods diet, with limited processed food. When I can stick to it, it seems to work well. It’s a naturally lower-carbohydrate plan with moderate meat and lots of veggies. That being said, I’m not going to kick myself if I have the occasional taco shell with my taco salad.
Be warned…I may just start posting more pictures of tasty meals if this keeps up…