Up to Now

I just began implementing, ever so sloooowly, my new lifestyle change. So not much to report.

Up to this point, I have found that shopping for the items that I need for my recipes has been the most frustrating. The closest health food store is a minimum of 20 minutes away. And lets not even talk about my crazy looking butt once I get to one. Shopping for all of these things I’ve never heard of is so hard at first. I am beginning to navigate though. =D I’m certainly not trying to discourage, but let’s face it this is a far cry from driving through McDonald’s, ordering a pizza pie or grabbing a bag of chips and dip and making that dinner.

Here are a few recipes that I’ve tried up to this point with my critiques:

http://www.mynaturalfamily.com/recipes/paleo-recipes/paleo-crock-pot-lasagna/

This has been one of my favorite recipes so far! I couldn’t believe that stuff in the “cheese sauce” was actually like cheese after it cooked. I also never thought that last step…making the juice from crock pot into something thicker was EVER going to work, but it did. It took a while so be patient. I will definitely be making this one again!

http://paleopot.com/2012/10/paleo-sausage-stuffed-peppers/

I liked this one BUT, I used the wrong type of Thyme. I used ground when I should’ve used leaf. It was strong on the Thyme flavor and this isn’t a spice I’m super fond of in the first place. Good thing I decided to half the quantity from to 1 tsp…especially given my mistake in using ground Thyme!

http://ourfullplate.com/recipes/paleo-crock-pot-beef-fajitas/

http://www.paleocupboard.com/mexican-cauliflower-rice.html

This was the first meal that I prepared and I very much enjoyed this one too. I did fail a bit and used a regular taco sized soft flour tortilla, but in my defense I did try to find a better option. Next time I make it, I would make coconut flour tortillas. To me the guacamole was essential to make me not miss the cheese or sour cream I usually put on my fajitas. The rice was very flavorful and again, I was surprised by how much it felt like I was eating rice.

http://marianutrition.blogspot.com/2010/08/italian-meatballs.html

We opted for ground lamb and probably weren’t super big fans of it in meatballs. We did eat it and it grew on us, but probably would still with all ground turkey going forward. I served this with Spaghetti Squash halved lengthwise, seeded, placed face down on a piece of foil with olive oil on it, and baked at 375 for 40 mins. I added salt and pepper to taste. I LOVED the Spaghetti Squash as I always have, but had never prepared it myself until this meal.
Try one of these recipes and let me know what you think or what changes you made, if any.

Happy healthy cooking!

~Fatty Chic

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My Fatty Motivations

Well…everyone thinks that fat people always want to lose weight because they hate how they look. That’s often part of it, but that’s definitely not our only motivation.

For me, I was primarily moved to lose weight for health reasons. I’ve always hated being overweight, but never realized how terrible I felt until I lost a large amount of weight and then gained it back. I feel so inhibited by my weight in everything I do: tying my shoes, being in the heat, going up the stairs, how far I can walk without my feet, knees and hips hurting, breathing, sleeping, mental health, acid reflux, and the list goes on and on.

I also wanted to have a child with my husband and while there are other factors in our struggle to conceive, I never really wanted to carry a child in such an unhealthy body.

I have a young nieces and nephews and I get way to exhausted way too quickly while playing with them. I love them babies too much to be a couch Aunt!

There they are people…My Fatty Motivations.

~Fatty Chic

Me the Fatty

This pic was me almost at my heaviest weight.

This pic was me almost at my heaviest weight.

So I have been struggling with my weight all my life. I’ve never really dieted like most. Not because I didn’t want to lose weight, but because I knew that they were all just fads.

I did try portion control and it was successful for a time. I portioned my whole house into 1/2 cup containers. I allowed myself whatever I wanted, but only in that portion. I ate 2 containers for breakfast, 3 containers for lunch and 5 for dinner. I ate every two hours with 21 ounces of water each hour between. I also allowed for two snacks = 1 container. Needless to say this was very inhibiting in terms of prep and convenience for eating out. It didn’t help me learn what was good for me and how to make good choices when my containers weren’t an option.

At the age of 31 I had bariatric surgery. It was never really successful, even though I lost over 100 pounds, because my body didn’t really like the band and a lot of my weight loss was due to vomiting. After two slips and two surgeries, one to repair and one to remove, I began gaining the weight back rapidly.

Now I am the heaviest I have ever been and have been searching for a sustainable lifestyle change. I think I finally found it!

In this blog I will share my journey, ups and downs. I will share recipes, emotions, pictures, my successes and failures. Here’s to sharing. I hope I can inspire.

~Fatty Chic