My other job is in information technology, in front of a computer for 8-9 hours a day. This adds up to 12-14 hours a day in front of a computer with my butt in a chair.
My butt is getting big. No lie.
I’m the type of person who must do everything 100%. No one can do this. I set myself up for failure every single time.
I’m breaking it up into segments: Diet (which sucks) and a slow entry into exercise (which I hate).
Yeah I know I should focus on exercise. Girl please, let me get through this deadline first. Excuse, I know but my editor wants his book and he’ll get his book. No. Matter. What.
Part One: Diet
I think I have read every diet book on the library shelves. I no long buy them but check them out, read them and then buy if the recipes are good. There have been a few where the food was really good: the Sonoma diet is delicious, just a lot of work and I don’t cook any more. My husband does. (Yes, be jealous, because he’s really good.)
My Doctor recommends the Dash diet. It’s good, but heavy on dairy and whole grains. I can’t eat dairy and whole grains: lactose and gluten intolerance. But the concept is good: fresh vegetables and fruit, lean proteins, dairy and whole grains. I can substitute for the dairy and wheat, and I’ve tried.
I do not lose weight when I eat a lot of starch. Why? I wish I knew. I’m measuring it, counting the calories. Keeping it under control, but, nada. Weight comes off in 1/2 ounces per week.
Take the starch away? Yep, 2 lbs per week, just like normal people. So I’m limiting starch to two days a week. Honestly, I want my oatmeal, and a piece of toast. Not to mention potatoes. I love potatoes. Pasta? I can give up pasta most days, but potatoes? My Irish roots forbid it.
Last Sunday, I wanted to roast a chicken. It was cold, damp, rainy, icky weather. I needed comfort food and nothing smells better than a chicken roasted in the oven. Add mashed potatoes and gravy and you have Sunday dinner nirvana. But no potatoes and I wasn’t going out in the ick to buy them.
I came up with this recipe based on a recipe for cauliflower mash. Yes, I know what you’re thinking — ew. But cauliflower doesn’t taste bad, if you cook it right. Ever had it roasted Indian style. O.M.G I could eat it like popcorn. I started with this recipe for Better than Potatoes Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower from IBreathImHungry.
I can’t have the cream, butter or cheese. I only frozen broccoli and cauliflower mix, not fresh. I also had to make it for just me. No one else was going to eat it. Here’s what I came up with. I was surprised how “creamy” it tasted. Full fat coconut milk gives it the same rich consistency as heavy cream.
Broccoli-Cauliflower Dairy-Free Mash
1/2 bag of broccoli cauliflower blend (organic)
1 Tablespoon full fat coconut milk (Thai Kitchen)
1/2 Tablespoon margarine or non-dairy buttery spread (see note)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2-3 Tablespoons plain kefir or lactose free sour cream (see note
1/4 cup grated romano (sheep’s milk) cheese (see note)
Microwave first four ingredients for about three minutes or
until the veggies are nice and mushy. Put into a blender container.
I use a magic bullet. Add the kefir or sour cream starting with 1
tablespoon. Blend until very smooth adding more kefir or sour cream
until the desired consistency. Blend in the cheese. Serves 2.
NOTE: Ghee could be used instead of margarine. I don’t react to Kefir or
lactose free sour cream. Lactose sour cream is tough to find. I get mine
at Earth Fare or Whole Foods. For the cheese, you can substitute really
aged cheddar or non-dairy cheddar here as well. I had romano on hand.
So what’s your favorite comfort food? Have you come up with substitutes for