Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I know I've posted a bit on here about my diet / calorie tracking.  An update post?  SURE.

1)  I've re-introduced some whole grains into my life - mainly steel cut oats for breakfast (or, rather, any meal).  I lost the majority of my first 30 lbs eating this every morning, it fills me up, and is warm in my belly.  I still shy away from breads & the such unless there's an urgent need for PB&J. :)

2)  I'm continuing to try and make all of my meals using natural, limited ingredient products.  Some call this 'Real Food'.  I don't know what I call it, except 'I Feel Better Eating This Way'.   Yes, this means I spend time in the kitchen, but it makes me feel better & I know exactly what I'm putting in my face.

3)  How did I live before my FoodSaver?  When I make something 'slow cooked' - i.e. crockpot or lots of time simmering on the stove - I make a double batch and freeze half.  I usually Foodsaver in 1-2c portions, so when I defrost I know exactly how many calories I'm defrosting.

This sounds complicated, but it really isn't.  There's a handful of recipes that I crave often - Taco Soup, Minestrone Soup, Stews - that I eat on a pretty regular basis.  I Foodsaver the contents in pre-made bags, then squish them so they lay flat & freeze.  When it's time to defrost, I just throw them in some hot water in the sink, then cut the top off the bag & reheat in the microwave or saucepan.  BAM.  Dinner.  Or lunch!

4)  How am I going to eat on the cruise?  Ecch.  I have been trying to not think about it!  Lots of salad bar, and, well, let's be honest, I plan on having soft-serve for most meals.  (What?  I'm paying for it.  PS Soft Serve is the best thing on earth.  Better than chocolate and peanut butter.  Yeah.  I said it.)


  1. OMG. I just made Taco Soup the other day for the first time and it. was. amazing. New favorite!

    About #4: But not better than chocolate and PB together, right?

  2. I love how Foodsaver is both a noun and a verb. :) And there's pretty much nothing better in the world than PB 'n Chocolate!

  3. Oh I so want a Food Saver. We try to freeze a lot too but the tupperware takes up SO MUCH ROOM!