So. I'm putting my toe back into the water with a quick post. A lot has happened since I went on hiatus, and over the next week or two I'll try to get caught up on here.
But first. A question.
Suppose you were on a new lifestyle and eating plan. Not a 'diet' as such. But a complete overhaul of the way you view food, the way you eat, the amount you eat, and what you eat. But some habits are hard to break.
Case in point. I'm not a salad girl. I don't imagine that comes as a surprise to anyone. A morbidly obese 36 year old woman with an insulin dependant diabetes and severe chronic, debilitating pain. Not usually someone living on lettuce leaves.
So there's so many habits I've changed in the last 6 weeks. But making myself learn to love salad has been difficult. And, to be honest, I love a salad with a little chicken breast and a little Ranch dressing (or Caesar).
I like Cos (Romaine) lettuce. LOVE it. I love chicken Breast. I don't like eggs, croutons, cheese or even really bacon. So it's easy for me to take them out and replace them. I add cherry tomatoes, beetroot (I'm so 1980, aren't I?), avocado, green beans (steamed) and cashew nuts or something similar. But I can't seem to like French or Italian Dressings. The truth is that ANY acidity (lemon juice, vinegars etc) immediately (no exaggeration) cause mouth ulcers. I can't drink wine, sangria etc for the same reason. I never have been able to.
So. Is it better to eat a salad with a Ranch or Caesar dressing, than not? I order the dressing on the side if I'm out (because they seem to give you a LOT). Is is still better to be eating salad like that, than ordering pizza or fish and chips or eating toasted sandwhiches? Because to me, it seems like it's still a whole lot better than most other foods (I have no problem eating veges. I LOVE to steam heaps of vegetables and eat them often. This is just about making myself eat salad). Especially when we're out and about.
And portion sizes. In everything I'm eating, I have reduced portion sizes by a staggering amount. How much would you restrict yourself on the vegetable portion of this meal? (Obviously you'd limit the chicken, bacon if you used it etc). If you ate a full plate of salad, would that still be too much food for someone trying to lose weight?
What would you do? And is it ok if I ask these inane questions semi-regularly for a while? Right now, a lot of focus for me is on trying to shift this weight. More on that (the why, the method and the how-it's-going next post).