Mar 01 2014
Those who know me well know that when it comes to food, I’ve always put taste above anything else. I mean, forget counting calories and finding alternatives for carbs. Potatoes taste great with cheese all over them! And who doesn’t love pasta in all its many delectable forms? I sure do, and that’s why I’ve never bothered to worry about any of it while I’ve been eating or cooking. But then something happened. This past Christmas, I gorged myself like I typically do, eating everything from turkey to my usual two helpings of stuffing (at least!) and filling up on lots of mashed potatoes. And because I live quite a distance from my family, when I was finished hosting Christmas dinner at my house, I got to go to my mom’s and do it all over again. I was in Christmas dinner bliss. But my gut was not.
To be clear, no health problems came up that I was aware of. And if I gained weight (which I’m sure I did,) you couldn’t tell just by looking at me, and my clothes still fit. But I felt….bad. I felt heavy, and I lost nearly all of my energy. And despite the fact that I didn’t need to run out and get a new wardrobe, I still felt bigger. Bloated. Really not like myself. And I didn’t like the feeling. So, I decided to do something about it. I didn’t start right away in January, because I knew that what I was thinking of was going to take some real commitment and to be honest, as much as I wanted things to change and my gut to feel better, I had to really sit on it and really take the time to commit myself. In February, I made another big commitment to better my health, to quit smoking. I’m glad to say that I haven’t had a cigarette since February 3, and that’s one habit I’ve seemed to have kicked for good. Now, it’s time to do something about that waistline that has seemingly been haunting me since Christmas.
So now, in the month of March, I’m committing to a low-carb, low-sugar diet. Notice that I didn’t say “no carb” or “no sugar.” I don’t feel as though I need to cut these items out of my diet altogether. I’m not doing a fast, and I don’t have a ton of weight that I need to lose. I just need to feel better. So I’ll still be taking cream and sugar in my coffee in the morning, and I’m not going to stress about the minute number of carbs in a piece of fruit. What I am going to do is cut out all the major carb and sugar items. That means no pasta for dinner, no bread to go with it, and definitely no chocolate bars (oh how I’ll miss my chocolate!)
Even without the chocolate or the pasta, there does come some good news out of this. With my March resolution, I’ll only be posting low-carb and low-sugar recipes here on the site. And because I’ve known for a couple of months that I would be doing this, I’ve kept my eyes open for new and innovative recipes and can’t wait to try them out. Things like chicken fried cauliflower and quinoa risotto are just two of the recipes that I’ve come across and been intrigued by, and I can’t wait to find even more. It also means that all of the great resources I’ve found to help, such as an online carb counter, I’ll also be sharing here, in case there’s anyone else out there that just needs to give their gut a break for a short time. And I do mean short. While I might be a little more conscious about my carbs and sugar once April hits, it’s only for this month that I’ll be fairly strict with myself and not even have a helping of rice with dinner.
Now, I can’t embark on this new challenge without giving a shout-out to my mom. She’s been doing this for quite awhile, although she’s way more hardcore than I will be, eating almost next to no carbs every day and pretty much steering clear of any type of sugar. She’s also the one that’s given me a lot of the resources, such as the carb counter I was just talking about. So thanks, mom, for once again inspiring me to do better.
So now the only question is…who’s with us?!