It's the start of a new year, and I am going to try blogging again! AND...I am really making an effort to start a "new me." Previous efforts to get fit (lose weight) and get healthy (eat right) involved me jumping in 100%, with both feet, and usually ended up with me backsliding and then failing altogether.
However, I'm scared now. I recently watched two movies - "Food, Inc." and "Forks Over Knives." And this time, I'm going to start changing what I put into my body. For real.
This is NOT going to be easy. I love cheese. And cheeseburgers. And ice cream. And cheese. And cheesecake. And cheeseburgers. And fries. This is no one-sided love - these things love my thighs, my butt, and my gut. Unfortunately, they have made their way into my heart that is decidedly unhealthy. Wait...did I mention that I love cheeseburgers? Sigh.
I purchased "The Engine 2 Diet" by Rip Esselstyn. It's a primer for change, and I am still reading and learning and scaring myself. Day One involved going to my local grocery store, and being dismayed at what I COULDN'T find. But there was success - I discovered I like the taste of vanilla almond milk. Eliminating cow's milk will be an easy change.
Day Two? I made my own hummus! I am not a fan of plain hummus, but it's healthier than cheese dip or ranch dressing. I want to wean myself off these things, and store-bought hummus contains olive oil or other fat....so I did an experiment with hummus, adapting a recipe from the book.
(That is not my actual hummus pictured. Mine had no garnish, and was in a Tupperware bowl!)
Here is what I used:
1 can chickpeas - rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic
4 Tablespoons of lemon juice
3 Tablespoons of water
5 sun dried tomatoes
1 jalapeno, seeded and drained
I tossed it all in the food processor, until it made a creamy paste. It was fabulous!!! It also tasted a lot better than store-bought hummus.
Baby steps. I think I will do better that way. Week one - I will eliminate all soda, cow's milk and beef, and do my best to avoid foods that are not whole grain or plant-based. "DO MY BEST" being the key phrase. I have to change my mindset, retrain my taste buds, and realize this is a LIFESTYLE change...not a diet.
And breaking up with cheese? Oh, the agony. You have no idea. Wish me luck.