Monday, March 19, 2012

No Flour or Sugar? Say it Ain't So...

First order of events: The Jeni's giveaway winner from last week.
That would be Sara! who said her favorite flavor of ice cream is Jeni's Roxbury Road. (yum). Sara, be sure to contact me within the next couple of days via email and I'll make sure your Jeni's shirt arrives at your doorstep.

Secondly, lets discuss this blog post title. Its week four in my Monday tips about losing baby weight. This week its the dreaded topic of cutting out flour and sugar. Ugh...I know. Hated topic. Stay with me though.
I am a firm believer in everything in moderation. I don't like the idea of cutting anything out entirely and so I am not making a blanket statement that I think all flour and sugar must be eliminated in order to lose those last few pesky pounds.
But I will say, for the first little bit, go ahead and try just cutting it out completely. The first three days are utterly terrible. You will crave only things with flour and sugar during these first three days. Mind over matter, people. You can do it.
I stayed off flour and sugar completely for a little over a month. Now I eat it only on the rarest occasions and honestly I would probably allow myself to eat it more if it wasn't for the fact that I have, for the most part, lost my taste for both.
I really just don't enjoy a big bowl of pasta or a slice of bread like I used to. I do however still LOVE cake. That will never change. When I make pasta for dinner (the family's favorite) I steam a bag of broccoli for me and just top the broccoli with sauce and sprinkle it with cheese like everyone else. I haven't had a sandwich in months...I don't really miss that either although I don't deny myself a sandwich ~ I just haven't had a taste for one.

Lunch time is one of the hardest for me to figure out what to eat. Especially because lunch time usually means eating things like sandwiches. Many times I will have a spinach salad topped with loads of veggies and a splash of balsamic vinegar (not vinaigrette, just vinegar). But salads get a little boring after a while and I am always on the hunt for something easy to whip up with Otto underfoot nearing naptime.

This beautiful plate of goodies has been a delightful lunch companion recently and takes less than 15 minutes to make. Last week I used tilapia but I also love salmon and tuna. Pretty much whatever is on sale, I grab.

If you missed the previous posts on this topic, you can see them here and here and here

15 Minute Fish and Veggies




























1 filet of fish (no...not the kind from McDonalds)
Shredded or thinly sliced vegetables (if you have a food processor, use it for this and the meal comes together even quicker).
     cabbage, carrots, zucchini, eggplant, etc.... I also had some corn on hand so I used that as well.
Spices
     the sky's the limit here, depending on your mood. On this particular day I went with south of the    border flavors like cumin and chili powder.

Here's what to do:
Using a nonstick skillet, spray the bottom with a light coating of cooking oil. Saute the veggies on medium high heat until soft (I like mine with a bit of crunch still...just cook to your liking) about 5 minutes. Add a few seasonings here and there.

Scoop the veggies to a plate and place the fish in the pan. Sometimes I rub the fish with a few spices before, sometimes I don't. I am a mercurial cook.
The fish needent cook long. Especially white fish like tilapia. 3 or so minutes per side should do the trick.

For this lunch, I added a small dollop of avocado (remember those good fats!) and some lime.

Easy peasy and really yummy.


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5 lovely notes:

lina16 said...

Perfect idea, Megan! My husband has dropped 13 of his 25 goal pounds and I'm hard-pressed to find him a healthy lunch alternative to his now boring tuna-n-avocado bowl. This is just the dish I need to keep him motivated, thanks!

Cheryl Arkison said...

I use just vinegar on salads too!
But you'd be hard pressed to get me to give up flour AND sugar. One or the other.

momuvfour76 said...

Well, Lent is the perfect excuse to give up the xtra empty carbs. I gave up drinkin' ('cept for St Patrick's Feast day-I truly am of black Irish descent and I'm Catholic) alcohol and deserts for 40 days. I've been caught in a Lenten slide once or twice, but I get back up on that horse and do it again. As a result of keeping these things out of my system and adding more veggies and fruits, I've slimmed down my waist and hips a bit (it's been a year now since I had # 4 and those pesky 8-10 lbs had been draggin' me down). I've been determined to save my money and not buy clothing to fit my transitional figure...It's payin' off. I should be able to fit in my pre-baby bathin' suit by memorial day. I've always known that avocados are great source of protein and good fats. What else, besides on a cracker???

The Art of Homemaking said...

Great comment momuvfour76!
As for the avocado...I love it topped on omelets and sliced on grilled chicken too. And of course with a few chips although that isn't so healthy ;) I have friends who use it in healthy dessert recipes too like chocolate mousse.
Hope that helps...I really just love scooping avocado out and eating it with a dash of salt for an afternoon snack. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic post! Like most people, one of the most difficult things that I find when working out or trying to be healthy is that it is so boring if you don't know how to make it fun! I always run with my dog around the city or in the hills when I can. I'd rather not lift weights in front of
a mirror for an hour or run around in circles on a track.


Eating food with no taste isn't going to help you to lose weight either. I try to look for fun and delicious food to cook so that my brain associates eating healthy with great tasting food.

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