I went on the internet and looked for menu plans. I knew that I wasn't any good at following a normal plan because if I didn't have a particular food, I fell off the plan and lost interest. So I thought that if I looked at a few different menu's I would pick and choose the items that I had or would keep around and make my own.
I found that the Chatelaine Website provided a number of different diets and I printed them all off and had a look at what I could take from each one and make my own plan. I noticed one consistent theme across all of the various plans. I WAS GOING TO BE HUNGRY!!! It really didn't seem to matter what I was going to eat, I just could not eat very much of it.
I started for a couple of days living on an egg for breakfast, a tuna sandwich for lunch and 1/2 of a chicken breast for dinner with veggies. I started to loose weight. I cut out all sugar which was the hardest part and when I would feel hungry, I would tell myself, "learn to love hungry and you will loose the weight", "you don't need to eat a lot of food to fuel your body." It was working. Inside of a week I had lost nearly 5lbs. I was tracking my progress on the Free Lose It app for my iTouch. Great Little app.
Then I had tea with my good friend and a massage therapist here in Milton, Martina Gyokery
and she was concerned that I was eating too much tuna and not enough good stuff so she took me shopping and introduced me to Quinoa (kēnwä|). It cooked up like rice, 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water and it was easy to eat so I picked some up. Her recipe was simple and easy to make but I decided to try mixing things up with items that I liked.
While shopping I also picked up some beans. I like beans so I thought they would work well with the quinoa. I noticed that the Blu Menu Soy Beans had more than double the protein than the other beans so I tried them. They have nearly no taste so they go with anything. I now even grind them up with some water and put them in my pasta sauce! So, I came home and started mixing them together. I began eating this each day for lunch, controlling my portions to about a cup to a cup and a half. I would even have some as a side to my dinner. Smaller plates also seemed to make a difference. No more large plates.
Well, I felt great and people were starting to notice and I keep getting asked for the recipe so here it is. I do feel that the real weight came off because I cut out sugar and ate less, but I do feel much better since I have been eating this regularly. It is always in my fridge and I just warm some up with I am hungry.
In the mean time the Quinoa is cooking up in another pot. I only had 1/2 a cup left so that is what I used. Normally I put in 1 1/2 cups.
Next I put some Chicken stock in. These are the other items I used today.Rinse the black beans (I used different beans each time but I particularly like these)
Rinse and drain the soy beans and throw them in the pot with the onions and kale.Give them a stir and maybe put a bit more chicken stock in. I usually add a package of Knor Vegetable soup mix too but I didn't have any today.
I like cherry tomatoes in it too so I cut them in half and throw them in and toss in the can of corn because I like the crunch of the corn.
Then I toss in the diced tomoates. Initially I opened up whole tomatoes but I was too lazy to chop them up so I opened up a can of diced and I will used the other can for dinner with something.
I then toss in about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of Essence - Emerils Creole Seasoning. I use this a lot but I got it from a salmon recipe he makes.
The recipe for this is:
2 1/2 tbls paprika
2 tbls salt
2 tbls garlic powder
1 tbls black pepper
1 tbls onion powder
1 tbls cayenne pepper
1 tbls dried oregano leaf
1 tbls dried thyme
I then stir it all together.
Oh yeah, forgot the broccoli I had sitting on the counter to add so in that goes. If I had any other vegetables around I cut them up small too and add them in. I like zucchini and I have also added in a can of peas. Depends on what you like. Celery, carrots or anything would likely work well.
I almost forgot the garlic. I get lazy and use the stuff in the jar. It is not as powerful as the fresh garlic but I put a couple of these heaping tablespoons in and that is good. I may add some more chicken stock and I let it sit for a while. Have some and put the rest in the fridge for the rest of the week.
Well, for those of you that have been asking for it, here it is. I hope you personalize it and enjoy as much as I do.