Since my transformation into a skinny girl, my love of food has increased exponentially. No, you didn’t read wrong, I really do love food even more than ever! My appreciation for a cup of hot chocolate, a slice of perfect avocado, a scoop of ice cream, has increased! Before this life change, I was afraid of food, but addicted to it. I would deprive myself from everything I wanted, be scared to go out with friends, and then, in one moment, I would lose control and go crazy. I finally got a grip.
One big part of my new routine is listening to my body, I mean really paying attention. If I’m hungry, I eat. If I’m not, I don’t. If I’m eating and my body feels satisfied, I stop. It’s so empowering. Something that is really important to me now, is real food. What I mean by real, is food that I understand all the ingredients in it. Food that is minimally processed, organic, if possible, and mostly home-prepared. If I really, really want something, I will have it, but if it’s something I shouldn’t eat much of, I won’t eat much of it. The crazy thing is, the more you start eating whole, real, and pure foods the less appetizing the other foods seem. I’ll tell you one thing, I HATE soda now. I actually detest it. I cannot stand how sweet it is, it makes me want to gag. I don’t like milk chocolate anymore; dark chocolate is just so much richer and much more decadent to me now. I like whole wheat better too. It’s crazy how much better health is! So, to demonstrate how delicious health can be, let me show you some of the delicacies I have whipped up this past week.
EXHIBIT A: A 100% whole wheat waffle topped with flax seed peanut butter, fresh strawberries, fresh whipped cream, and agave nectar; a perfect hot chocolate espresso made with unsweetened dark baking chocolate (not powder), a small amount of raw sugar, espresso, and a tiny bit of organic half-and-half creamer; and to wash it down the drink is a splash of 100% cranberry pomegranate juice with sparkling mineral water.
EXHIBIT B: My first attempt at Indian cuisine: Vegetable Tandoori Masala with zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, bell peppers, garbanzos, and gluten; brown rice made with Indian spices; and homemade 100% whole wheat naan. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
EXHIBIT C: The best German Chocolate Cake I’ve ever had and it’s vegan! I made it with oat flour (100% rolled oats blended into powder) and raw sugar. There is not one tiny bit of white flour or powdered sugar anywhere! I made the frosting with pure whipped honey, caramel agave nectar (awesome product!), soy milk, Smart Balance, and organic shredded coconut. I still can’t believe how perfect and moist this cake was! In my dear hubby’s words “It tastes just as unhealthy.”
This week I also took a stab at Greek food – homemade 100% whole wheat pita, homemade hummus, and a vegetable and gluten medley made with Greek yogurt and other yummy seasonings. It was fantastic and was consumed by me and my hubby before I could snap any pictures. Oh, well, there’s always next time.
~E, a skinnyfat girl