Friday, October 16, 2009
I was cooking dinner tonight, it’s spaghetti, which my husband loves. As I was cooking it, I noticed the copious amounts of fat coming off it. Now I drain the fat off and rinse it etc... But as I was cooking it I realised I don’t like this dish enough to want to consume that fat. Lok at it! It's gross! (yeah, I couldn't be bothered draining it tonight and I don't buy extra lean usually coz, I have found there is no difference.)
I have been trying to lose weight, and have been going well in the last few weeks, but I know if I cut out things like this, I would be so much better off.
So instead of spaghetti I made myself a salad. At first I had no idea what to put it in, but as I looked around, I realised there was plenty.
I had lettuce, carrot, corn, spinach, snow peas, almonds, walnuts, onion and celery. I had a little bit of each, yet feel fuller and better than if I ate spaghetti. I seem to find that heavy mince, pasta or meat meals sit like a ball in my stomach and I feel more tired after eating them.
It’s not that I want to give up meat completely, but I would like to cut back. I prefer a kidney bean bolognaise I do to normal bolognaise. I prefer different salads and wraps, I like lentils and chickpeas. There’s so much food out there, I don’t know why I limit myself to what I know.
My sister in law is doing something with her family. Every week they try a new fruit or vegetable; they talk about it and try it in different dishes. I think it’s a great idea and will be implementing it in my family.
I have got a personal trainer now too, who I have been friends with for some time. We have often discussed various things about nutrition and fitness, and she has given me advice, but now we are serious. I want my pre marriage body back.
I want to know more about food and exercise. I know we are what we eat, but it’s so much more than that. How do different foods affect us and why?
I know my husbands family suffer from gout. We had him tested for it once and were horrified to see how close he was to it. The doctor said with some diet changes, he should be able to get his levels back within normal range. Funny thing is, the big triggers from it, such as alcohol and shellfish, he doesn’t have. We don’t drink and he is allergic to prawns etc... It was red meat, tomatoes and too much junk food. We cut back and watch what we ate more and both felt better.
It is a certain type of acid in the body that can cause gout. Normal levels are 20 – 40, 60+ is gout. My husbands level was 54 and we got it back to 40 within 2 months. This just proves how much diet affects our bodies.
And yet, my husband and I have become complacent. So, I feel, it is my responsibility, as the cook and grocery shopper to monitor our diet and make changes. The more I learn, the more I’ll share on here.