Since the baby, who we named Elsa Marie (and you can read more about here or just see photos), came Ian and I are eating healthy to lose the baby weight I gained and the sympathetic pounds the put on as well. Mine totaled 55 pounds and his was around 40. I've lost 39 and have around 16 to go. So that means, of course, no yummy eating or cooking the the style that we've grown accustomed to.
Sure, I took being pregnant as a once in a lifetime "free pass" to chow down. Be a hawg, so to speak, and have dessert at every meal, almost. I did not turn down cheesecake. We stopped by Dairy Queen almost every evening for a soft serve cone and an occasional Blizzard.
Queerly enough, my favorite dessert snack was sugar free banana pops from Kroger. Their regular banana pops tasted weird, but the sugar free just hit the spot. So I ate healthy with my nightly/daily indulgences.
And ice cream wasn't my only drive thru indulgence. I was mad for quarter pounder value meals and the every other week original chicken sandwich from Burger King, too. It was this simple: I was so tired. I was so hungry. Those were the facts. What other alternatives were there? But the fetus thrived, nonetheless. Surely, I felt guilty that I didn't feed her (and we didn't know what we were having until she was born) an organic purley wholesome diet, but I don't have the patience for that kind of nonesence, really, truly, honestly. Now that I've confessed...
At this point I'm mostly food averse. Nothing I can have tastes good. I crave butter. Or macaroni and cheese. And the influx of good old southern cookbooks does nothing to help my cravings. Early on I was steaming a lot of food and that helped. I don't know why I stopped. Must return to that.
And to the fish counter. Fish are really low points on Weight Watchers. That's what we do. It works for us. We don't go to meetings. Those don't work. Frankly, the counter folks, who take your money and calculate your weight loss, are incompetent. At least, in our city, they are. We do better doing it at home.
But shrimp, prepared with Old Bay seasoning with salt, vinegar and water is one point, for about seven shrimp. I can eat about a pound of shrimp for about 6 or 7 points, and that ain't bad at all, when you get between 24-20-something points a day depending on your weight.
We also bake a lot of chicken to then slice and eat atop salads. Or we did. Until that grew really boring, too.
Ian has a serious aversion to most vegetables, the ones that are good for you. The ones that are free, points-wise in weight watchers. All the green ones like broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts. I love them, especially steamed, though I dash a bit of salt, or better yet, garlic salt on them. They don't stay with you long, i.e., keep your tummy full, but they are free, which then keeps your points tally high throughout the day.
The worst part is that I cannot have Chinese food. Throughout my pregnancy developed the habit of going for Chinese food at least once a week. My favorite is orange pork, which essentially is orange chicken, but I have 'em make it with pork, since I was raised in the mountain south and pork is just better, y'all.