Monday, February 28, 2011

Healthy Cooking

Feeling a little blue today. Let's just say that it is pouring down rain and the weather reflects how I feel. Today would be the perfect day to be at home, on the couch covered in blankets with movies and a good book. But I do enjoy being able to pay my rent, so I guess I have to work. And I saw I had a couple of comments from people I didn't know and that helped to cheer me up a bit.

But I digress.

After I got engaged, I really started trying to lose some weight to prepare for the wedding. Plus, I needed to lose some weight anyway. I feel like I looked swollen (but it was just chubbiness). So after LOTS of running and little change, my doctor gave me this advice:

"It's all about diet, not exercise. It takes an hour to burn off what you eat in minutes."

Man... those words are true. I think a lot of people overestimate the number of calories they burn working out. Not to mention, I think eating bad food does more than just add calories. I think it messes with the whole balance of your system.

When I lived in England, Karla used to have me over for dinner. I may have mentioned this, but Karla is a health nut and just happens to be an AWESOME chef. Seriously. She just whips up super nutritous and healthy stuff without much effort. Watching her cook has shown me how easy it is to make some healthy swaps when cooking.

Between Karla and some healthy cooking blogs, mainly THIS one, I have made some pretty good and healthy dishes. Of course, cooking things from scratch takes longer than making pre-made processed foods. And it is hard to keep things balanced between work, the house, the husbands Ph. D stuff, and exercising. So I decided that this week I was going to make pretty much all of our meals for the week on Sunday. So that is what I did.

I made a turkey breast, zucchini casserole, and steamed vegetables for dinner last night. And then I made a healthy Shepard's Pie and Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole for dinners this week. I also made a fruit salad with strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries.

That may not seem like a ton of food, but with just 2 of us eating at home, I think this will be enough for lunches and leftovers this week! So other than cutting up some more veggies to steam, I am pretty much done cooking and all of our meals were made from scratch with little to no processed food.

I haven't been able to really exercise much lately, I have been able to eat as much as I want and my weight has managed to go down a little. :)

I think I am going to start sharing some of my cooking stuff on here a little more. Now, I am fully aware that not that many people read this (other than my husband). But who knows. For clarification, I am not really good at creating recipes myself. Mostly, I follow recipes and make some changes to them. For the most part, things I put on here will be someone else's creation and I will give them the credit.

P.S. - The zucchini casserole is SO GOOD!! Phil and I couldnt' figure out why it was so amazing, but it really was. It is going to become a staple for my house I think.

Love, Mrs. Janney

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