Fellow blogger Julie from Me my Best andI invited me to describe what I eat on a typical day as part of her My Day on a Plate series. I thought it was a great idea because in any kind of conversation around food and all the things I don’t eat, people always ask me, “so what do you eat?!” So here is a snapshot.
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“…you are my Candy girl, and you got me wanting you!” This 60s song by the Archies while intended to be about a person is actually eerily appropriate to describe my relationship with the sweet stuff. Total obsession.
Many years ago I knew something was up when anything with sugar in it would make me hoover the whole packet, box, bar, block, whatever. I would think about, plan, plot and scheme how I could get more and have another ‘hit.’ It would plague me, like a broken record in my head, over and over. Must have, must have.
I would even look at the dessert menus first in restaurants and while in the thick of it all, I slowly ate more and more sugary food in place of any other food. Total addiction.
I don’t know about the southern states but here in Queensland summer has hit with a vengeance. We’re having 30°C (86°F) days most days even though it’s only mid Spring. So hot weather calls for nothing better than a nice ice-cream and it’s even more perfect when the dessert in question doesn’t derail your health and weight loss ambitions. I like it!
I worked out long ago the foods that work best with my body, mainly through trial and error and seeing how everything feels. The best feeling foods then resulted in easy weight loss, easy maintenance of my optimal weight, feeling amazingly healthy and no out of control cravings or binge eating because I was eating exactly what my body needed. Total bliss.
So to stay in this blissful state, I leave a whole lot of stuff out of my diet like sugar, grains, and most meat and stay as low carb as I can. As a result, I mostly cook at home; however sometimes you don’t feel like cooking (well for me that’s quite often – I have to be in the mood to cook) so at these times, take-away food is such a relief and a blessing. And you would think that with all the things I don’t eat, finding take-away food that keeps me on track would be difficult, but in fact the opposite is true.
More people have asked me about savoury snack ideas as I do make a lot of sweet stuff - my personal preference. I seem to enjoy the sweeter stuff more in terms of feeling satisfied more quickly, I guess because my version of sweet is less sweet than commercial products and higher in good fats, which is maybe why it hits the spot for me better. Who knows?
All I do know is what my body likes and I can tell when I may have had too much sweet, it clearly gives the signal – time for some savoury/salty stuff now. So it’s good to have some options up your sleeve.
Something so simple to make yet hits the sweet, savoury, satisfying rich taste that only peanut butter can do, all at once. And it’s low carb too, a healthy weight loss miracle!
And if it doesn’t have enough going for it already, I have found this base recipe to be so versatile, it can morph into other things such as a base for a slice, add dried fruit and nuts and they become bliss balls, cover in healthy chocolate and it turns into heaven… with many more adaptations to discover I’m sure, so let’s get mixing…
What amazes me about my whole health and weight loss journey is that while I have come along way from the overweight days and have learned so much, the universe never ceases to amaze me further with new discoveries all the time.
Usually these revelations don’t come out of the blue but they build up over time and if I don’t get the message in the early stages where the discomfort is minor, it gets to a major discomfort stage to get my attention. Think pain, hardship, embarrassment, whatever – it just gets worse until you do something about it.