Monday, April 11, 2011

A Waning Resolve + Newest Recipe!

Well, as usual, despite my best efforts I was less than well-behaved this weekend.  Thursday (the beginning of my weekend) went over flawlessly as did Friday...but then Saturday came and my two new friends came over with an entire catered party in tow.  (You think I'm kidding, these fellas do it up right.  Brought everything to make mixed drinks, had a crock pot with a dip concoction they'd made, some simmered meatballs, and a delightful fruit salad).  So yes, common courtesy gave me the perfect excuse to indulge, and as usually happens, that indulgence snowballed into the next day.  So I wake up today retaining water, feeling guilty, and just plain frustrated.  How do I allow myself to lapse into these silly behaviors that make me have to work twice as hard?  It's completely psychological.  Some release occurs when I eat things that are considered "bad."  The things don't even have to taste that great; it's just the idea that they're taboo and I want them.  So how am I going to counter this?  Well I'm going to be creative.  I'm going to come up with new ideas for Dukan friendly food that is appealing to me.  So much of my dilemma is that I've been on the diet for so long that I'm growing bored with my original go-to recipes.  So tonight for example I made a lovely Chicken Stir Fry.  Here's the thing, in the early days I would've been a Dukan stickler and said well you know carrots are no nos and snap peas are a bit starchy, but in mixed veggies there's so few of them, and the rest is perfect.  So, a few extra carbs are totally worth it if I've made something I can actually enjoy and will choose to eat as opposed to sitting about pining over the thought of fast food.  I think this will work.  Let's hope so.

Chicken Stir Fry
1 bag mixed stir fry veggies (Squash, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, peppers, cauliflower, and snap peas)
5 chicken breasts seasoned with pepper, garlic, chili powder, and a pinch of mongolian seasoning
1 bell pepper
1 clove garlic
chopped chives

Pan cook the chicken breasts with garlic and chives
Cut into pieces
Use same pan to put chicken back in + veggies
Season to taste

The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable.  I am not alone and unacknowledged.  They nod to me and I to them.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. I think it is very hard to say no when guests arrive bearing food that you're not supposed to eat. However, did you talk to them in advance about your dietary limitations? If no, why don't you try that next time? If they are truly your friends, they'll be more than happy to bring only acceptable foods (unless they have their own limitations they have to cater to). If you did talk this over with them and they brought the forbidden foods anyway, then shame on them. Some people don't want us to succeed in changing our lives/bodies, and feel threatened or jealous. Don't beat yourself up too much. Planning ahead can help you next time.

  2. It is not fair that they brought forbidden food into your does sound like sabatoge or just not understanding....If you were an alcoholic, would they have brought a bottle of rum? Tell them that....this is no different, you are on a battle for life, a better life... Yes you could have said NO but that is hard to do if they are new friends.
    I am amazed at you eating the stir fry with out the stir fry sauce. I know soya sauce has a lot of salt and I should probably not have it with my stir fry but so used to the sweet taste that it gives it.... Keep going and keep fighting...

  3. I told them about my diet. They just don't have a firm grasp of the situation. Plus, I believe for them it is more about their love of eating. They know they want to eat so instead of imposing upon us they choose to bring their own to share. It's courteous on one hand and difficult on the other. Fortunately, I've been doing well in spite of this. :)