Writing four books in four years put me in a chair more than my body appreciated. A friend began a plant based eating journey, and I’ve done the same. The result is a slow and steady loss of excess weight without my normal yo-yoing. I’m a fill your plate kind of gal, and eating fresh, roasted, or stir-fried veggies keeps me satisfied. The idea is to stick with foods low in calorie density, so I cook with miniscule or no oil and butter. Once you try the method, you won’t miss those fats. Popcorn is my go-to snack. Check with your doctor first, of course!
But what about PROTEIN, friends keep asking? Well, there are plenty of healthy alternatives. Whole grains like quinoa, teff, oatmeal, wild rice, and coucous can get you to the recommended 50 grams of protein per day. I love chick peas (garbanzo beans), soybeans (tofu), lentils, black beans, and split peas. All are other great sources of protein. I don’t eat a lot of nuts due to their calorie density. I eat an egg, seafood, or sprinkle of cheese occasionally.
We began getting Imperfect Produce delivered during the pandemic. Soon I’ll have more edibles growing in my garden. Farmers markets have begun to open in our area, and I know I’m blessed with the means to get organic produce. I didn’t include fruit, but I keep mandarins and apples in a bowl for snacks. I hope if you’ve been contemplating healthier eating, I’ve given you ideas to try. I was the only kid in the fourth grade weighing in at over 100 pounds. One-O-Four, stated loudly by the nurse to whomever was recording the data – in front of the other students in line is a sound I’ll never forget. I’m hoping after 50+ years (and multiple dieting methods) later, that I’ve found an eating formula that’s healthy for my body, the planet, and is animal friendly. Oh, and baked Yukon Gold or sweet potatoes without butter are delightful. My taste buds are now tuned in to subtle flavors, another plus. Happy trails!
Look over your shoulder, he’s watching…