May 28, 2018
Enduring Weight Maintenance and How to avoid nibbling when stressed.
By patricia byers
Enduring Weight Maintenance is about maintaining your weight after the diet is done. There are many ways to go about it. One of them is to plan your meals ahead, and plan when you'll have them. It will help resist the temptation to nibble between times.
Life After a Successful Diet
How to avoid nibbling when you are stressed.
The theory is that our bodies are programmed to be at a set weight point. If we want to go below it we have to fight against it. Most popular diets work. If you stick to them, you will lose weight. But keeping the weight down takes mindful eating, cooking and planning.
Plan how often you want to eat every day and the time of each meal. And no nibbling between!
I like to eat something four times a day.
11:00 AM Late morning
4:00 PM Afternoon
8:00 PM Evening
12:00 Midnight, before I go to bed.
Plan what you want to eat for the day. At least, have an idea. In the morning I usually have two large eggs fried or scrambled in a little butter. My midnight snack is often fruit. Afternoon and Evening are up for grabs so I have to plan the specifics. I want foods that feed me, not empty calories.
When I go grocery shopping I'm mindful of what I'd like to eat and how I'll prepare it, keeping the calories and carbohydrates as low as possible, and still enjoy my meals.
Here is one of my recipes from Enduring Weight Maintenance.
Broccoli Crowns Saute'ed & Soy Honey Dip
1 lb. broccoli crowns
2 yellow onions, 1/2 lb. each
4 cloves garlic
3 Tablespoons best olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/16 teaspoon crushed chili pepper
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons water
Dip: 2 Tablespoons soy sauce (I prefer Kikkoman) and 1 teaspoon honey
Trim leaves and stems of broccoli. Cut tops bite size. Rinse in a colander. Peel and chop onions and garlic. Preheat your largest skillet. Add olive oil. When it starts to ripple in the pan, add the chopped onions. Stir as needed to keep from sticking. Grab the handle and shake the pan to redistribute. When onions start to brown, add salt, black pepper and onion powder. Stir vigorously.
Add chopped garlic, chili pepper, butter and broccoli. Stir to coat the broccoli and then add water. Turn heat to medium low and cover pan. Stir every 2 minutes. After 10 minutes, taste broccoli to test if it is cooked through, but still firm, turn off the heat. Remove the lid.
Dip: Mix soy sauce and honey in a bowl. Micro 20 seconds. Serve warm.
Patricia E. Byers is an artist, photographer, writer, cook and author of Enduring Weight Maintenance, Vegetarian Cookbook, "Ideas and recipes on how to maintain your weight after the diet is done."