I give a lot of thought as to what the subject matter will be in my weekly blogs, and I had something in mind for this week until I received an email on the above topic that I felt should be addressed.
The email was sent to me by a woman from Europe. She said:
I am sick and tired of saying, “I cannot eat that because I am on a diet.”
I am sick and tired of my baggy clothes!
I am sick and tired that I am not motivated enough!
I am sick and tired of not going to a club/out with my friends because I am fat!
I am sick and tired of looking in the mirror!
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!
I am sure some of you are all “sick and tired.” I used to feel the same until I stopped going on a “diet.” Saying that you are going on a diet implies that you are going to eat certain types of food that are outlined in your particular “diet,” and that after you lose the amount of weight that you want, the diet will be over. Afterwards, you can then go back to your former eating habits and gain the weight back and possibly even gain a little more weight. Diets with impossible restrictions just don’t work. These types of diets are quick fixes and never teach you how to eat the foods that you should in order for us to be healthy.
I started my journey to wellness on February 10, 2010 and have begun to change my lifestyle to a healthier one. I eat lots of veggies and eat at least 6 times a day. I make sure I eat breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner and an evening snack. I make sure that my meals are filled with whole grains, no sugar, no white flour and only good fats. The good fats I use are olive oil and small amounts of avocado. I also eat walnuts and almonds. A handful of nuts really helps me to feel full and is also a great snack.
For dinner, I always start with a cup of soup, a salad with lots of raw veggies, and then my entree, which is either baked or broiled chicken, fish or turkey. I am not depriving myself but feeding my body good healthy foods, thus I feel full and satiated. I am also experimenting with spices and you will be surprised at the taste they give to veggies and your entrees. So stop dieting and make healthy food choices. Your body will love you for it and you will feel fabulous.
Join me in my journey to wellness and keep me posted as to how you are doing at Riare43a@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from everyone every week.
Here is my week’s food menu:
Sunday and Tuesday: whole wheat pizza topped with veggies
Monday and Thursday: baked chicken with white beans
Wednesday and Friday: turkey meatballs with whole grain pastas
Saturday: grilled tuna (the recipe below)
Remember keep your menu simple and quick and post it on your refrigerator so that there is no time to question what you are going to eat for the week.
Tuna Steak (Bistecca di tonno)
Serving size: 1 (4-5oz.) serving
2 lbs fresh tuna, sliced thick
2 tbsp olive oil
2 oz capers, drained
2 tbsp tapenade
1 sliced onion
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
Place the tuna filets into a 13x9 glass or ceramic pan and drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. Sauté in 1 tbsp olive oil, the capers, tapenade onion and garlic until wilted. Pour this mixture over the tuna and place in a 400 degree oven until fish is cooked. Check after 30 minutes.