Thursday, May 21, 2015

What the Heck is Up with this Blog and . . .

. . . Why Do I Keep Talking about Ultimate Weight Loss?

Okay, okay, I realize that I am going on and on and on about this Ultimate Weight Loss thing. And I worry that I might be boring a lot of my readers that have been with me and Healthy Girl's Kitchen for a long time (5 years!). So I thought that I might take a few minutes today to explain myself, my personal evolution, and what I feel compelled to blog about right now.

This doesn't mean that I will be blogging about it forever, but since it seems this is pretty much all that I blog about these days, I do want to be honest with how I'm feeling and where I'm at. Especially since this used to be a very recipe heavy blog and I know that many of you have come to love and respect my mad plant based kitchen skills (or at least I hope!).

Wait for it . . .

I'm just not into creating new recipes right now.

Or cooking at all to be completely honest.

Now that doesn't mean that I'm not in my kitchen for many hours a day, oftentimes "cooking." It's just that food, finding and testing recipes, reading cookbooks, reading food blogs, etc. etc. has lost it's magic this past 12 months. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Tonight's dinner: Brown rice, steamed broccoli and a Cheezy Red Pepper sauce I whipped up (2 12 ounce jars of roasted red peppers, drained, 1.5 Tbsp white chia seed, 1/2 cup unsweetened alternative milk (I used soy), 1 Tbsp dried onion, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 cup nutritional yeast-blended in a blender).

UWL did that to me. It's not a bad thing and I think I'm mostly okay with it. It's just that when you don't put salt, sugar or oil in your food, and you stop eating flour, suddenly you are left with what real food actually tastes like, not some suped-up, hyper-palatable, calorie dense, manufactured version of food. In general, I just feel far less "obsessed" with food, which for someone who is a self-diagnosed food/recipe/eating compulsive, that's a really, really good thing. Perhaps it has to do with my far more stable brain chemistry and blood sugar level? But what the heck do I know, I'm not a doctor.

Don't get me wrong, food is still really important to me. I get hungry A LOT and I need to feed my hunger. It's just much simpler now, and it doesn't require the kind of thought and energy that I once put into it. I rarely ever need to crack open a cookbook or recipe file.

I am, however, doing a lot of batch cooking and freezing. Beans, quinoa and rice are the three that I have started so far, and it's working like magic in my life. I'm cooking these things from scratch and freezing them into smaller units. I grab what I need when I need it and I believe that I will end up saving a lot of money in the end.

I am also doing a lot of shopping at Costco,  That's new for me and I resisted it for a really long time. It takes a few hours out of my week to get there and deal with the whole experience, but it's worth it. The sheer volume of convenience vegetables, whole fruit, uncooked grains, frozen fruit, and frozen vegetables has worked really beautifully into my Ultimate Weight Loss lifestyle.

I still spend a ton of time on the Internet talking about a whole food plant based diet. I put up a photograph each morning of my VFB on Instagram (veggies for breakfast; see #354daysofveggiesforbreakfast). I check in a few times a day with the members of UWL in the private Facebook group, both giving and receiving tremendous support and love. We've even started a subgroup of people that want to declutter their homes using the techniques in the book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I'm going to need A LOT of time for that, which means less time in the kitchen.

Anyway, I just thought you might want to know if I've gone off some kind of deep end. I hope I haven't scared you!


P.s. I'd love to hear about your personal evolution. How have you changed in the past year?

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