Friday, February 24, 2006

Whine Whine Whine

Oh this is going to be different. I got tired of reading and not knowing what to eat on South Beach so I fast forwarded my way to the Phase 1 recipe section of the book. Now first, let me say I love to cook. I have a seriously stocked kitchen (thank you three years as a PC Consultant) but the worst part is the EXPENSE of ingredients to eat healthy. But I guess I have to make this decision that the money spent to buy shoes and scrapbook supplies eat healthy is money WELL spent and just borrow extra cash from my husband's wallet get over it.

So when looking through the recipes, I came across the cauliflower "mashed potatoes" that I have heard people rave about and I thought, I just MIGHT be able to do this. And I love fish, and there are SOOO many fish recipes, but I would usually pair it with Pasta or Rice. And Usually vegetables. But not having that pasta and rice, just makes me feel like I am "missing" something. Ugh. How hard will this be!

And I love crabmeat. And I love tuna fish like it is going out of style. But it's like... I can't put it on bread? Or a cracker? or in a Pita? Am I just supposed to eat it by the spoonful? What? On a SALAD you say? I don't think I can eat more greenies. It might kill me.

I was thrilled to run across Hummus (mmmm) and I can't wait to make it, but I am like, how will I eat it without the pita bread? I don't get it. I am so stumped. I guess I could dip veggies in it. But I swear I am feeling veggie overload coming on. The only veggie I can eat that much of is either spinach, mushrooms, olives, or tomatoes. And the occasional onions and green peppers. But how can I eat JUST that? I know I know, cheese and meat. Whatever. I will just have to deal. Is it bizarre that I want to throw a hissy fit over CARBS?!~

Oh and I do love Artichokes. But the key is how the hell am I going to make a MEAL out of these things? they all sound like COMPONENTS of a meal. I was pleased to see pistachios but I could vividly see myself counting them into snack baggies of 30 pistachios each. And is that 30 per day? 30 per snack? 30 per week? 30 per two weeks of phase 1? Ugh. This is why I don't diet make a lifestyle change more often.

Mmmmm.... I can eat sugar free fudgesicles? Well why wasn't that on page ONE?! If you want to beat me down sell me on this diet, you have got to put the goods up front! Mmmm and sugar free popsicles? Yum. Sugar free Jello? Yum. Except there can't be any rum fruit in the Jello, and that's the only reason I eat Jello!

The hardest part.... no cereal? What? No Chicken? No Honey Baked Ham? No Carrots (I could give a crap about carrots anyway, but they are on all those salads) no FRUIT? Ugh. And only plain fat free yogurt. None of that fruity goodness. No ICE CREAM? Oh wait, sugarless Fudgecicles, right.

This will be tough. Okay, enough whining. I need to go now and count my nuts.


Laurie said...

That's why I didn't last a week on that diet. Yuk.

Mom101 said...

You can SO do this! I never dieted in my life and managed to lose 12 lbs on SB. Make that ricotta thingie with the vanilla extract for breakfast when you get sick of eggs. And use good ricotta from a cheese shop, not the polly-o crap.

Have lots of laughing cow cheese or bonbel to snack on. Plus almonds and pistachios. And just roll up slices of turkey, dunk it in some mustard and eat. Hummus plus crisp, crunchie veggies also saved me.

In a few months, you will be so glad you lost the weight. On the other hand, if you don't stick with the diet you won't look back and think, "gee, I'm so glad I ate that bowl of Cinnamon Life instead of losing weight."

You can do it! Go Meagan!

Tina said...

The cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' are delicious, I can tell you that. Pair them with a grilled chicken breast and some olive-oil drizzled and parsley-sprinkled sliced ripe tomatoes and you've got yourself a dinner fit for a queen.

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