I’m one of those people who nags others to go to the doctor as soon as possible, but rarely go myself. It’s a bad habit that I really need to work on. It’s why it took me a long while to finally visit an allergist for a few persistent issues I’ve been dealing with. They ended up drawing some blood to see if I have any major food allergies.
The test results won’t be back for a bit, but this got me thinking about recipes and resources for people who do have to avoid certain kinds of foods. Here are some of the more excellent food blogs I came across during my research:
An excellent selection of dairy and gluten-free recipes.
An extremely thorough selection of recipes that are free from gluten, dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, AND shell fish.
Delicious recipes from a mom dealing with eosinophilic esophagitis.
Thoughtful recipes that focus on balancing flavor with dietary restrictions.
Great recommendations and awesome recipes.
Do you have any favorite allergen-free recipe blogs? Please share them in the comments!
I can’t say that I’m a fan of dieting. Mostly because diets are not really proven to help with weight loss in a substantial way long term for the majority of people — something like 5% of diets result in a net loss of anything at all over a period of five years (go ahead and Google it). Yikes. All that strife with little payoff.
I make exceptions of course for personal doctor-recommended approaches for specific problems, but that’s not what this post is about. 🙂
Instead of dieting, I like to look at approaching what I eat as something that needs to be recalibrated now and again. I adjust how and what I’m eating depending on how I’m feeling and how my body is seemingly reacting (in terms of aches & pains, strength, endurance, sleep quality — not weight).
Lately, I’ve been feeling sluggish — and I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that there will always be a certain persistent level of stress my career choices bring. SO, it’s time to assess my current patterns and see what I can adjust to make me feel healthy and strong again.
My self-prescribed change this time around is higher-volume, lower calorie eating with a major emphasis on fruits, veggies, and water. Allowing, of course, for occasional treats — the recipes for which you usually end up seeing here!
Part of this approach is respecting the fact that I LOVE to eat. Satiety, for me, involves variety, volume, and intense flavors. With that in mind, I’ve been playing around with some recipe and snack choices that seem to have helped me both feel better and fuller throughout the day.
For under 400 calories total, I throw a whole, large chopped onion with a tablespoon of olive oil and some pre-minced garlic into a pan and cook over medium heat until softened. Next comes a whole chopped or sometimes shredded zucchini, which gets tossed with everything in the pan to coat with any remaining oil and salted generously. If I’m famished, it’s two zucchinis. Cover with a lid and stir occasionally, then slide it out of the pan into a big bowl. Then I either cook up two whole eggs or a single regular egg and a half cup to a whole cup of egg whites (depending again on hunger). That’s usually it, but for variety I sometimes throw in mushrooms or Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce or a tablespoon of sour cream or sriracha.
Some people seem to think this is strange, but a whole plain tomato, sliced thin, and salted is really wonderful to me (no need for oil). That alone (after the big breakfast listed above), can usually get me through to dinner. If not, I snack on an orange or two (or bananas, apples, watermelon, etc). Worst case scenario, I’ll drain a whole can of tuna, throw in some celery salt, allspice (a tiny, tiny bit for sweetness), and eat it dry.
Alternately, this recipe from Budgetbytes works wonders. Sliced red onion, cucumber, sliced tomato, and a simple homemade vinaigrette. Easy, low-cal, and as filling as you need it to be.
At this point, I usually have 1000 calories or so to play with. That can be a very hearty dinner, or a moderate dinner with a few bites of a yummy dessert. I try to balance it all with more veggies and some fruit before bed, but this is the part of the day where I try to let myself have some heavier foods if I’m craving them. Spaghetti squash works beauuutifully for keeping things low-cal. You can go wild with the sauce and cheese, if you’d like — or keep it light. Either way works. Steamed broccoli is great (I like it with a little soy sauce).
I’m always looking for more ideas — what do you like to eat? What keeps you full or helps you feel satisfied?
This Sunday I got the most excellent call from my brother-in-law to let me know that he had a few summer squash from his garden for me.
They were big and beautiful and ready for eating. I grated up one to put in a zucchini raisin bread, and the rest I diced up with some sauteed chicken and a 40 clove garlic sauce from Trader Joe’s to pour over some multicolored bow-tie pasta.
The flavor was so light and fresh and just screamed “summer”.
It’s no secret that the majority of our recipes here count as “treat” food. The dishes are mostly meant to be served to a crowd for special occasions or diet “cheat” days. That being said, some of the things that are fresh and delicious also happen to be surprisingly healthy.
Kale, however, still has to catch me in just the right mood to enjoy it. I keep trying it, despite that. This quiche was better than I expected, but I still had to be up for the kale portion. I figured that perhaps making it simpler would help. Maybe. Possibly.
That’s where sauteing it came into the picture. Frankly, this recipe tasted great, but was still kale. I enjoyed it, but still have to be in the right mood. If you’re a reluctant kale eater and are up for some of the lovely green stuff, this version is quick, easy, and relatively tasty.
If you’re in the same boat, let us know what kale recipes have worked well for you in the comments! I’m always looking for suggestions. 🙂
She sent one to me because we had just started talking about our mutual fitness goals and ways to help each-other achieve them.
Recent I had been posting about my daily yoga challenge routines that I’ve been following from Yoga with Adriene.
Doing the daily routines has been feeling great and helped to keep me motivated and grounded in my fitness goals.
I’ve also been dedicated in using the MyFitnessPal app on my phone to track my calorie intake and exercises.
I’m not back on a rigid diet just yet, because I have a very difficult time keeping them up, but I have been managing to stay under my calorie goals for the last week without doing anything special.
I think once I get to a place where I’m able to maintain a regular workout routine, I’ll then be better equipped to be more strict with my food.
I’m very excited about the incorporation of the Fitbit as I’ll be able to actually see how much I walk when I’m at school, and I’ll have great motivation for taking a walk or jog around the blog to finish my steps once I get home.
I want to get healthier and to feel better, and I know that if I believe that I wont be able to do it while I’m in school, then it’ll never happen. I’m taking a stand to make this the year of my health regardless of how stressed or busy or tired I am.
So, I’ll be checking in with you guys once a month to let you know how it’s going, and hopefully I’ll have some tips and recipes to share along the way!
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