I grew up the only child of a divorced family. I spent a lot of time at my Grandmother’s farm where I learned to love (and hate) cooking. I remember countless summers of slaving over a hot stove while my cousins (boys, of course) were out in the field with my Dad and Uncle. But since I was a girl, and because my Grandmother was traditional, I had to help cook. At the time, it was a nuisance, but now I think of it as a blessing. The time I spent with her then means so much to me now.
One marriage and one child later, I found myself almost 45 pounds overweight. I decided to count calories and incorporate a daily exercise routine. I lost roughly 40 pounds in about 6 months, but with a 1200 calorie diet, I felt as though I starved myself throughout the weight loss.Just when I thought my journey was ending – surprise! Here comes baby number two. Even though I didn’t crave boxes cases of donut holes this time around, I still had excess weight after the pregnancy. When my youngest son turned two, I was still 40 pounds overweight, and climbing. I decided it was time for a change, but this time would be different.
I began reading weight loss books, not for their exercise techniques (in fact, I skipped those sections), but rather for the nutrition information. I learned a lot about what to eat, when to eat, and why breakfast is important.
Did you know that when your stomach growls, you’ve waited too long to eat? I was one of those people who thought it was better to hear your stomach growl. I thought it meant my body was burning calories because there was no food in my stomach. I was wrong. What really happens is that your insulin has scraped up every last bit of glucose in your bloodstream and now your body needs more glucose to keep on chugging. This is when most of us reach for some Twinkies, but just remember.. the first thing you eat after a rumbling tummy will be stored as fat (after all, your body is freaking out!) so why not pick something a little healthier?
Becoming a Better Cook
So after all the reading, I began cooking more often and much healthier. I started taking old family favorite recipes – you know, the ones loaded with butter, sugar – the good stuff – and making “healthified” versions. And do you know what I found out? These “healthified” versions taste just as good! And I’ve lost 35 pounds in the process.
So I’ve kept cooking. And thinking, I’m always thinking. How can I share this with others? I know people want to lose weight without feeling like they’re on a diet.
You found me. So now you know what I decided to do. I’m glad you’re here and I hope we can enjoy some delicious food together!
The Healthified Mom