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Friday, August 5, 2011

food, and a gratuitous Stuart picture!

I have been making a concerted effort, over the last four days, to change the way I eat. I typically eat a diet high in starch and sugar,  and don't really care for fruit and vegetables unless they are wrapped in pastry! However, I have not been feeling well for some time now, and need to lose weight. I have read about a lot of diet plans, from the really cooky to the sane and sensible. However, I have realized that no diet will help me long term unless I change my habits. So,  am cutting out most sugar, not eating after dinner, and eating more fruits and veggies and less starch. I am eating sugar once a day, in the form of a scone for breakfast. My husband likes me to come down to the store and join him each morning for a scone and coffee, and I am happy to oblige him. Yesterday was a hard day. I had a headache (from sugar withdrawal?) and just felt hungry all day. But, I mustered up every ounce of self control and stuck  to my plan. One of my favorite cook books has made this process easier by giving me lots of recipes for truly delicious yet healthy food. Super Natural  Every Day by Heidi Swanson has become my go to lunch source. Pictured above are quinoa  patties (with fresh cilantro and loads of garlic) and black bean salad with roasted tomatoes and feta cheese. So delicious, and I ate a moderate amount and felt satisfied. Wish me luck, as I really want to eat more healthfully and lose those pesky forty pounds I need to lose, but I am such a huge sweet/starch eater. These changes will be hard, but I know I will like the result!
And, finally, just because I am his mother and I think he is the cutest thing ever, here is Stuart at the end of a long day of play. Grubby cheeks and sword made for him by his big brother,  and wearing the new Thomas the Tank Engine outfit his Aunt Sally bought him. I am smitten!


  1. Best of luck with your healthy eating choices - I believe it gets easier over time. I too have noticed too much sugar creeping into our diet - I think it might be time to look at making some healthier choices.

    I haven't tried these but you might be interested

  2. Good luck with changing your eating habits and making better choices. Sounds like you on well on your way from the description of the dinner you prepared. My problem is eating too much homemade bread [with lots of butter]. xx

  3. Thank you both! The brownie recipe looks fabulous, I will definitely be giving those a try. Tracey, I agree about the fresh bread with loads of butter! Love the stuff. I am sure this will all be much harder in the winter, when I am making bread daily!

  4. Good luck! Quinoa is so good! Google recipes for it. Lots of lean meats and fruit and veggies. But mainly everything in moderation. & lots of water! I'm trying to lose as well. 20 pounds gone already. :)

  5. Bethany, I am trying to remember to drink lots of water! I also like the idea of everything in moderation! It is a good principle. Congrats on the 20 pound weight loss!