Monday, March 1, 2010

Big Girl Food

Tomorrow, I start on real food. No more “soft/mushies”. I’m over the pureed baby food and mushy toddler phase and pass into big girl food. You know the stuff that actually looks like a chicken breast or carrot or chunk of cheese, without having to finely chop, purée or shred. I have some restriction and still feel a pressure in my left shoulder when I have eaten enough.

My short trip was wonderful. I picked up some healthy snack food for the big Gold Medal Hockey Game party at my brothers house. Things like salsa, hummus, paté and some soft crackers, so food wise, I didn’t overdo it like normal except for a few glasses of red wine. OK, I have to add what a thrill for Canada to win Gold. Woo Hoo!

My best friend and I talked a lot about food and losing weight. We are working on eating real food instead of the processed crap—you know the Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers and similar lines of products, all those quick packages, bars, drinks and fast food. Camille mentioned the Fiber One bars her nutritionist recommended. You will need to read her post to get her take on this advice. I too have to add that nutritionists should not be recommending these highly processed foods. Yes they are good occasionally when you can’t get any other food, but give me a break, why are we replacing real food with these things. I was getting too dependent on protein bars and snacks over the last couple of years. I didn’t really need them but figured everyone was recommending them so they must be good. I think the food companies are brainwashing us again. Dr. Oz mentioned on one of his shows that the longer the shelf life of a processed food, the poorer it is for you healthwise. Why have I been so stupid? I know better than to be influenced by those commercials showing me the easy way to get healthy.

When my kids were younger, I always cooked simple dinners for them. When my daughter left home and my son was away working most of the time, I got hooked on the convenience of pulling a frozen entré out for work or dinner or picking up the chicken meal at the grocery store (complete with potato wedges and that greasy coleslaw) or making a stop at the fast food drive-thru. I think I knew in the back of my mind that they were oversized, over salted and making me sick. So now that I am going to be able to eat big girl food, I wanted to make food the same as when my kids were little.

On my way home I bought a bunch of stuff to make some prepared lunches for work in Band friendly portions. I also bought some 1 cup containers—Take-Alongs by Rubbermaid. One cup seems so small. The picture shows them beside the 1 cup (250 ml) measure. No wonder I didn’t lose any weight in the past. Most of my containers were 2-3 times that size. Portion estimating is something I will be working on. I’ll be pulling out my scale and measuring cups to double check my food portions for the next little while. I have an appointment for my first fill on March 9th so hope it will help me get over this plateau and I will start losing some weight. I think my mind was convinced that I would wake up from surgery and magically 50 pounds would be gone. Only dreaming. Patience isn’t one of my strong suits.

10 comments:

amandakiska said...

I'm on big girl food too! I also have that shoulder pressure when I've had enough. Weird, huh?

Carmen said...

I'm so jealous!! :-)

Barbara said...

Yeah for Canada winning the gold. they .. I really was happy, Canada was such a gracious host to the Olympics.
Congrats for moving on with your food.. you get to use your teeth again.. :)
You are so right that we need to get back to real food that we need to cook.. microwave is good now and then, but I think we all tend to over indulge in the processed stuff. Good luck with you new foods..

Gilly said...

are you coming here for your fill? i have one on the 9th too!

Band Groupie said...

YAY for big girl food LOL! Yeah, I'm a big believer in real food. I have no diet meals in the house. Great that your first fill is coming up soon...then you'll really be on your way!!!

Jacquie said...

Big girl food...yayyy for you! I'm so jealous, i want to be done with this already and be starting the journey! 23 more days.

Jess said...

My jaw got tired the first couple days of eating big girl food. :) Congrats on getting there.
I have those same Rubbermaids. Believe me, in a short time, you'll at them and think no way can I eat all that. Well, if it was ice cream I suppose I could.

Bianca J said...

Yay to big girl food!

I have the same containers. Love them although the 1 cup size did seem really small when I first bought them. I bought the 2 cup size as well but measure to 1 cup to keep me honest (psychologically I feel better using the 2 cup size for lunches and the 1 cup size for snacks i.e. 1/2 - 3/4 cup of yogurt or cottage cheese.)

Real food is becoming a real passion of mine. I've been doing lots of reading including Michael Pollan's books. I was consuming, to borrow his phrase, way too much "foodlike edible substances"

Sally Hamilton said...

Hello Sandy Lee! Preparing your own foods is definitely better, and like you, I believe simple is better. I make my own "convenience foods" by cooking in large quantities, then portioning out the dish into my 1/2 cup containers and placing them in the freezer - then I have my own grab-n-go foods. Same thing with snacks - nuts, cheese, whatever, go ahead and portion it out. This pre-planning takes some getting used to, but now I wouldn't have it any other way. It helps that I enjoy cooking, too. Sounds like you're doing well with the lapband so far. Congrats on your success to date.

Girl Bandit said...

Going great guns SL....I didn't realise Camille was your friend. I feel so sorry for her paying for nutritionists who tell you to eat that crap. The more natural the packaging the better for you. I stick to things like fruit and yogurt, natural meusli, home made foods like salmon patties, stirfrys, frittata's and the such and I usually have enough left for lunch the next day. I do carry a protein bar or nuts for when I am caught out. I really just try to think of what I nutrionally need each day and go with that.....you are going great

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