One of my favorite meals is Lasagna. Love it. During my many diets, there were times when I wouldn't make it or eat it because it didn't follow whatever diet rules were going on that day, week, month. I made my regular Lasagna recipe tonight, which I love, and no worries of diet rules. My recipe makes 2 large trays so now have lots leftover and already in the freezer :) One tray I made regular for myself and the other tray I made with less cheese and more spinach for Hubby.
Tried a new recipe and all I have to say is OMG! Well, actually have a little more to say or this post would be very short :) lol
A friend of mine shared this recipe recently and after he tried it I decided I would give it a try. I love Mac & Cheese but it has be super creamy and yummy. Everyone is different so this may not be for you but I loved it. I made a couple of small changes, of course. I used a different noodle and it was a gluten-free one. I added some extra milk because I cooked the pasta a little longer than the recipe suggested. I omit the cayenne and nutmeg and added some pepper at the end.
It was sooooo creamy and sooooo good. It is very rich though so I couldn't eat too much of it in a sitting. I made half the recipe and got 3 good sized servings. This is definitely a keeper! Great comfort food :)
Update: Much better fresh, not as good leftover. The sauce gets very thick, you need to add some hot water when re-heating but still not the same as when first made.
Most of you know, fish is not a favorite food of mine but Hubby loves it so I try to eat it sometimes. I am willing to try it different ways, in hopes I will find something editable. Tonight we made Spicy Fish Taco Bowls. Funny, we made these before as they were in my recipe list but I really couldn't remember them. I did find the post where we made them and seemed to like them so I figured they were a safe bet :) They are really good. The first time we made them we layered the ingredients with fish fillets on top. Today, we mixed everything together and the fish was flaked in as well. Both ways are mentioned in the recipe; I liked everything mixed together. The only changes we made to the recipe today was to omit the cumin and we halved the cayenne. Also, we used cod fish instead of tilapia (personal preference). I added salsa and avocado and it was a great meal :)
A few months ago I gave up all dieting. Yup, no diets what so ever. It is very freeing but also very scary. I still have hard days and question what I am doing and wonder if I should look into another diet program, but I stop myself and remember that 20+ years of dieting didn't work so why start that again.
No-diet does not mean I am going nuts and eating everything in sight. It doesn't mean all or even most of my choices are unhealthy. It just means I eat what I want when I want and try not to feel any guilt or shame in what I eat.
For example, today I stopped at Mary Brown's for lunch. I was out running errands and was thinking about what I wanted for lunch. I really wasn't in the mood to go home and make something and didn't have any leftovers in the fridge. I thought about several fast-food choices and as I thought about each one I thought I don't really want that so I'm not getting it. Then I thought taters from Mary Brown's, that sounded good. I stopped and got a small taters and small gravy; I don't see the point of eating taters without gravy :)
Now, how this differs from what I would have done in the past; dieting mentality vs no-diet:
1. I doubt any fast food choice would have been decided against to start with. I would have eaten pretty much anything from anywhere if I was allowing myself take-out.
2. I would have felt extreme guilt and shame after eating it because I had failed to eat healthy or just didn't have the will power.
3. Since I had eaten something "bad", the day was blown, so just as well to eat everything now and start fresh tomorrow. I wouldn't have just gotten taters and gravy. I would have included chicken or a sandwich, a soft drink, and maybe a dessert and then planned what other "bad" foods I could eat for dinner and snacks.
4. I would have likely continued to eat unhealthy choices that day until I was physically ill.
5. I may have hid the fact I ate take-out from my significant other; even though he doesn't really care what I eat.
6. Feeling guilt and shame from over-eating that day I would start my diet regime, strictly, again the following day.
Made a very simple Shepherd's Pie tonight for dinner. Didn't follow any recipe and didn't worry about any food or diet rules. It was delicious :)
I have not been following any diets or food rules for the last few months. At first, I will admit, I thought of it as another excuse to eat what I wanted and a reason not to diet and figured that after awhile I would be back on another diet plan.
Now I am starting to fully see the problematic relationship I have with food and the distorted view I have of myself. Yes, I'm overweight but there's more to me than that. Also, years and years of dieting has not changed the fact that I am overweight, so why continue down the road that is clearly not working?
I was looking back at some old photos of myself, about 15 years ago. A time in my life, as most, where I thought I was fat and needed to diet. I didn't look big in any of them and I remember feeling so huge and couldn't wait to get the weight off. I have missed too many things in my life due to negative feelings about my weight. I have not enjoyed my life as much as I should because my weight and negativity were always in the back of my mind. No more. I am living for today, whatever weight that is.
My name is Michelle and I am tired of struggling with my weight. I am stopping the struggle.