Chloe turned 1 last weekend. I had some anxiety about meeting up with extended family because after I had Chloe I lost some of the weight, then came to a stand still, then turned some sort of curve and started gaining weight again. With birthdays I always think morbid thoughts, like how many more will there be and how many will I be here to see? When my husband and I got married, our gift to each other was quitting smoking (we also do not drink). For Chloe’s birthday I wanted to give her something similar. I want her to have a healthy mommy who is a good role model and knows a lot about nutrition. I want to know how to cook meals that are good for you but taste good as well. I never want her to be embarrassed that I’m her mommy either. I need to lose the gut.
The day after Chloe’s birthday, I went and looked at several “diet” books. I hate using the word “diet” because to me the word diet makes me think of something you do to temporarily lose weight. I want this to be more than a temporary thing. I want it to be our way of life. I’ve always been envious of people who actually appeared to enjoy their health food. I knew there had to be a book out there for me and luckily I found one! What I found was Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook.
At first it looked a little gimmicky and the last thing I wanted was a gimmick diet, but when I looked at the recipes everything looked SO GOOD! Basically, it’s the Mediterranean diet. You eat what is called a MUFA at every meal. A MUFA is a monounsaturated fat. On the first day of the diet, I was allowed to have dark chocolate with strawberries and vanilla yogurt as a snack. Believe me, I do not feel deprived at all eating the recipes in this book and that’s what I need to stay on track. Take away my chocolate and I fail. But here, they allow dark chocolate because dark chocolate is a MUFA and eaten with certain other foods it can actually be beneficial. Of course you are not allowed to eat ounce after ounce of dark chocolate on a daily basis, but you get enough to feel satisfied and then your body eventually becomes trained to a new standard. Eventually, what you once considered a small amount of “junk” will feel like a large reward.
The only drawback I can see right now for someone who is wanting to follow this diet is having enough time. Luckily I am at home a lot so I have time to bake muffins, pitas, etc. but for someone who works full-time, preparing most of the recipes in this book could become a challenge.
Now, here is why I am excited about this “diet” . . . On Tuesday I weighed 149 lbs and now I weigh 145! It’s not a fluke either. I’ve been weighing myself everyday for over a month and everyday it has read 149. This week it finally budged. My goal is 135. I think that’s a healthy weight for me. I’ve been drinking my 8 glasses of water a day and that’s really been helping. The book suggests drinking what they call “Sassy Water”. It’s delicious! Cucumber, lemon and zest of ginger all add perfect flavor to something that can become monotonous after a while. I definitely look forward to drinking this water everyday and mix up a big batch every night for the next day.
One of the greatest discoveries that just sort of came about out of happenstance was the discovery that I can make amazing whole wheat pita pockets! I used to HATE these things (I grew up with them and always dreaded having to eat them as a kid) but the secret to yummy ones is freshness. Like, the sooner out of the oven the better. I used this recipe and here they are right out of the oven:
So I had those yesterday with tuna and balsamic vinegar, olive oil and fresh lettuce right out of the garden. Then today I had these:
Olive and Tomato mozzarella Pizzas on sprouted grain English muffins. . . I’d eat’em everyday, they were that good! For breakfast I had lemon blueberry muffins.
Here’s the reason I started doing this (see picture below!) But now that I am actually enjoying it, I’m doing it just as much for myself now. It’s not a diet but a new way of life!
And who wouldn’t want to be the most in-shape best mommy for that little blue-eyed cutie!