I adore carbs. A lot. I love them as noodles, bread, cupcakes, bagels – it doesn’t matter. As of right this second, I can’t think of a carb I DON’T like! So you can imagine my dismay when I stumbled upon an article a couple of weeks ago that talked about carbs and how THEY MAKE YOU RETAIN WATER!
moment of silence for my uncontrollable sobs
Maybe I am a complete idiot or simply had my head in the sand but this is the first I had heard of this. As I have mentioned about a billion times, I take on water at alarming rates/amounts and I’ve worked to decrease my sodium levels all the while cooking up some tasty carbs. I feel like carbs have completely cheated on me – I defended you, carbohydrates! And this is how you repay me?!
Yes, I know they won’t answer but I feel like I deserve some kind of explanation!
I read this a few weeks before the marathon so I wasn’t about to completely change my diet. I wanted to work on getting through the race before taking a closer look at my menu and finding ways to restock my fridge and pantry. (Btw, we never called it a “pantry” when I was little. In fact, I originally typed “cupboards” but decided to go all exotic on you and type pantry. I know I’m impressed!)
First and foremost, I refuse to completely take carbs out of my diet. I can’t do it – plain and simple. Whenever I try to void a total food group and making it the enemy, I end up going in the opposite direction and pounding said food group like some kind fiend. But I can make some better choices by actually planning a food menu. I’ve never done this and even though it feels a bit constricting, lately my dinner choices have ended up being a bowl of Frosted Blueberry Mini Wheats and a bowl of tomato soup. I love both but it’s not a meal that satisfies for very long.
Second, one of my “secrets of success” to my original weight loss was eating breakfast EVERYDAY. I haven’t stopped doing this but since August, I’ve been eating some kind of bread with peanut butter in the morning. I’ve read before that if you have protein for breakfast you eat approximately 400 calories LESS than if you have a carb-y (i.e. bagel) one. CRAZY! Lately, I’ve operated under the theory that something is better than nothing, which while true, isn’t smart. I need to smarten up. Welcome back eggs!
Third, I’m trying out some different recipes courtesy of pinterest. Here are a couple I’ve pinned and that are on the menu for this week:
While there are carb elements in the two above dishes, they aren’t the MAIN ingredient. I’m also going to add as many veggies as I can to a) make it more filling and b) jazz it up! (click on the pics for the blogs and corresponding recipes!)
Finally, I’m attempting to branch out in my meal selection. Chickpea patties? Sure! Those above squash? Why not? I read a little tip to sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on the green gourd and roast it for some sweetness – sounds yummy! Experimenting will be good and maybe add some enjoyment back to cooking.
There you go – it’s a mini plan! Water weight isn’t harmless – it’s bad for your kidneys and your circulation. Not to mention, it’s very uncomfortable and makes me feel bad about myself. These are immediate changes I can make and should be interesting to say the least! I’ll let you know how it goes!