Food and cooking has become a major topic amongst people these days. My mother was, and is, a wonderful cook. Always cooking from scratch even when food started a movement towards 'packaged and easily prepared' sometime in the 80's. Sure, we all found things that were so cool, but she kept my brother and I on the straight and narrow, always encouraging us to cook. She had a vegetable garden in our first house that I didn't fully appreciate.
I have always loved to cook, so proud of some of the cool things I produce! And as we move into gardening season, you will see this massive undertaking I bring upon myself every year in the form of a 1,000 sq ft vegetable garden. For the last 2 years things have been scaled back. Two years ago, I had surgery in the spring. Last year my favorite little human took precedence. Along with both of these things has been a weight gain I am really struggling to get off. I couldn't swim for a while - really the only exercise that is good for me. With Rosie being a foster baby, I couldn't just leave her anywhere or with anyone. So now as the clock is moving quickly towards my 45 th birthday, I'm working hard to get to one goal, with another goal for year end.
I started to swim in February and love being back in the pool. It's truly a place that you can bury your head and tune out everything else! The best part is Rosie gets to go into the YMCA daycare and play while I enjoy laps and a nice sauna, shower and dressing without being interrupted! A month ago I joined my dear friend, Belinda, in her semi-annual cleanse. It was a great experience for me. I cooked a lot, something that has been going to the wayside more than I care to admit, and learned how to prepare myself to get through a day. For me, I have a tendency to not stop and eat, which isn't good. Eating throughout the day and plenty of calories is a better way to lose weight than starving yourself. Your body reacts negatively if you don't eat enough. Now I am preparing more healthy snacks, always making sure I have stuff around for me. I did well in the 2.5 weeks that I participated, not perfect! Most importantly I picked up some good habits. I am also not weighing in daily! I weighed in weekly during the cleanse, now I am giving myself a couple of weeks.
Here is a chicken pot pie that I made the first week. I don't love coconut, which puts me at somewhat of a disadvantage! This was very good, but I think I would probably leave out some of the coconut.
One of the other items that I made, and make a lot in the summer, is a frittata. You can cook up so many vegetables, pour an egg mixture over and bake. I didn't add dairy during the cleanse, but I will otherwise because it fills me up more.
As I mentioned above, what came out of this was making better choices. I still start most days with a filling shake that gives me lots of nutrients and energy through the morning. I love food, and I don't want to give up those things I love most - cheese, wine, hamburgers, pizza, jelly beans - and I shouldn't have to. People are obsessed with what's good for us and what isn't. Life is short, enjoy it in moderation with no regrets!