Week 6 Gluten Free Weight Loss Diet

I’m disappointed in myself.  I didn’t lose any weight this week- stuck at 203.  My goal was to hit 200lbs this week.

I think I have lost some dedication to the diet.  I’m a firm believer that eating healthy and exercising should be a lifestyle change and not just a “diet” determined by a time period.  Recently, I have stopped counting every calorie and eating my meals at a certain time.  Maybe I was premature to think I could handle my new lifestyle without writing everything down and counting every calorie.

I wouldn’t say I have lost motivation, but I have gotten off track a little.

I also believe that around 200lbs is the end of my “easy” weight loss.  Each pound from here forward will be harder, but it will be real weight.  No more easy water weight losses, only real weight.

I may have to go back to my old routine of counting calories and every nutritional fact.  Once I make it to my goal, then I can try going back to a “lifestyle” instead of a tracked “diet.”

Gluten Free Is Not Hard

Someone made the point today that there is a lot of whining going on about gluten free being so hard and not being able to eat anything.  Come on people, it isn’t that hard!  It is only as hard as you make it.  Sorry, but you can’t eat a ten course meal with everyone else and not tell the dining staff about it, but you can find simple ways to avoid gluten.

I continually preach: Keep it simple! Especially, for those of you who are just starting out.  If you can stick to basic foods, whether you are at home, or out to eat, then it isn’t so bad.

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Think about your usual grocery store layout.  Shop the outside walls of the grocery store. That is a little trick I learned that applies to eating healthy and unprocessed foods.  This also applies for us gluten free folks- just skip the baked goods, obviously.  Pick up some vegetables, fruits, nuts, meat, cheese, milk, and eggs.  Keep it simple.  You know these items are naturally gluten free!  If you want to get crazy, wander to in the inner isles of the store for some condiments or rice… or maybe your store’s gluten free section is also in the middle.  Build your meals around these basics, then start adding in other things you know are gluten free.

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GlutenFreeWhen cooking at home, for me, everything revolves around those simple foods. For example: I was suddenly starving this afternoon, so I quickly defrosted, cut, and cooked some chicken.  Then put tomato sauce on some corn tortillas.  Melted some cheese on them.  Since I was really hungry, I scrambled a couple eggs.  I put them all together, and in 10min. I had a great lunch!  I was so tempted to go to Chipotle and spend $8, but I liked this more and it maybe cost $1.50.  See, it doesn’t have to be hard or expensive.

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GlutenFree (1)GlutenFree (4)A while back, I received some great sauces and dressing from San-J and Wild Thymes.

They both make some great gluten free products.  These have been a life saver when it comes to making it feel like I am eating a new meal every day.

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Does eating the same foods get boring?  NO. Remember Bubba from Forest Gump… “shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried…” (I love that movie)

I have found some easy ways to cook just the same few foods many different ways to keep it interesting.  Add soy sauce and make a stir-fry.  Add hot sauce for buffalo chicken.  Add BBQ sauce.  Add some rice, corn tortillas, and hot salsa to make Mexican.  My favorite: use corn meal to bread your chicken!  I could go on forever… “…pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…”