This week I am happy to say that I have stuck to my planned Menu for the week. Even on busy nights that have included late night meetings and soccer practice, I have always food ready to go. I always love Week 1 on a new food journey. Everything is so fresh and new! I just need to remember this feeling 12 weeks from now when things might not seem so good.
One of my favorite things that I made this week was my low carb version of Drizzle Me Skinny’s Taco Fiesta Bubble Up Casserole. When I was on the Weight Watcher plan and not worried about eating gluten or dairy, this was one of my favorite go-to quick dish recipes. The delicious combination of a buttery biscuit and cheese meat topping made me feel like I was eating real comfort food and not another “diet” dish. With my current health journey, I am really focusing on what fuels my body and makes me feel my best. Instead of find ways to “cheat”, I am finding new ways to recreate dishes I love with foods that work for me.
While interacting with fellow bloggers this week I stumbled across a great healthy living blogger, Ray Ruzzo at Superpowers Sold Separately. Her recent post, Use the Force (to destroy Diet Culture), really made me examine the journey I am currently on. There was one section in particular that spoke to me:
“So, what’s the difference? “A Diet” taken as a temporary measure is never going to produce lasting results. Why? Because our bodies are reflections of our lifestyles.
“If you have every intention of going back to your old habits, you will go back to your old body. That’s why you need to focus on “your diet.” What are you eating every week? Every month? People who make these kinds of slow-but-steady, long-term changes are proven to keep the weight off. (The National Weight Control Registry has shown 87% of people maintained a 10% reduction for 10 years.)”- Ray Ruzzo
I struggle some days wondering if I am doing “enough” to be at a healthier weight. I “only” lost 30ish pounds last year. But then I realize what else I have done for my body. I completed an exercise series, was more active with my kids, and feel like a new person. Then I look at pictures like this of myself. This is a yearly comparison of just my face. Do you see a difference? Yes-Slow and Steady will win this race and create lasting results.
So as I renovated this dish I just kept thinking I am doing this because I am creating new recipes that I thoroughly enjoy and know will get me a little step closer to a true lifestyle of change and well being. This is not about restricting my life to salad and kale, it’s making things that will be my new go-to recipe Rolodex. With a few quick substitutions, I was able to create a dish packed with vegetables and flavor that the whole family enjoyed. I did not feel deprived and was quite proud of what I was able to create.