My weight is a very accurate reflection of my food intake. When I eat Amy's ice-cream three nights a week (plus black bean nachos at the Hobbit and creamy jalapeno sauce from Chuy's and vegetable korma from Madras Pavilion and salsa verde deep dish from Star Pizza), I gain weight.
And why would I eat like that?
- It tastes really good (like, really, really good).
- I am an emotional eater. I eat when I'm stressed or bored or generally seeking to feed some psychological hunger.
But I am not a big fan of diets. Maybe it's because my mom tries diet after diet to deal with her obesity. She sets up really restrictive parameters for herself, does a good job of reigning herself in for a week or so, and then starts to stray.
Instead, I believe in lifestyle changes. I believe we should lose weight gradually by changing our habits, so we have a better chance of keeping off the weight. Losing weight isn't a goal you can work toward, achieve, and be done with. You have to maintain that weight loss on a daily basis.
And I definitely need to change my habits. Don't get me wrong; I'm not being completely self-deprecating. I have plenty of healthy habits (e.g., like drinking primarily water, avoiding heavily processed foods, and generally staying away from fast food, unless I am on a road trip and I am lured in by Burger King's veggie burger).
But I have fallen prey to some bad habits these past few months: eating out too frequently (and eating too much), eating Amy's ice-cream more than once a week, and not exercising consistently.
I've read that one should eat healthily about 85% of the time. If I eat three meals a day, seven days a week, for a total of 21 meals, then three of those meals don't have to be healthy (that's about 14%). Technically, I could eat black bean nachos, quesadillas, and vegetable korma and still be okay as long as I eat well for every other meal (which means no unhealthy leftovers for lunch!). I also need to limit my ice-cream intake to once per week. Plus, I need to commit to consistent exercise.
Of course it's easier said than done. It takes more time and thought for me to be healthy, but it's worth it.
Here's what's on the docket this week:
- Sushi (avocado + cucumber + carrot). It is surprisingly easy to make. I just follow the tutorials on the internet (although I don't even use a bamboo mat).
- Homemade black bean nachos with homemade quacamole and salsa (inspired by Sara's recipe over at Transitory Enchanted Moment). We had these a couple weeks ago and they were divine.
- Pizza (with ready-made dough from the pizza counter at Whole Foods).
- Falafel + hummus (the falafel recipe is from the Student's Vegetarian Cookbook and the hummus recipe is from Alice Water's The Art of Simple Food)