Krissie: improvements

Photo on 8-26-14 at 10.54 AM So I noticed at the end of my run as the evil Mrs. Mullin that the skirt to my 9 lb. 14 oz. costume was suddenly fitting (tightly) 4 inches in on the secondary hooks. Got on the scale and weighed in … well, don’t remember, but today it’s 232.3. Which is down about 15 pounds from the last time I looked (I was getting perilously close to 250). Don’t know why. Well, I can think of a number of reasons.
Giving up the Diet Sodas. That makes the need for crispy, crunchy stuff less necessary.
Sweets are upsetting my stomach so grabbing a muffin or a cookie isn’t a smart thing.
My digestion has been in an uproar (I’m buying probiotics today since I can’t figure out what’s doing it).
I haven’t been hungry. I don’t finish what’s on my plate, which is weird.

Of course I flirt with the idea that there’s something wrong with me and I’m dying, but I ignore that since I’m doing my best to ignore depression and anxiety. But I don’t want to do anything to change things, so I’ll just keep on and try to avoid temptation.

It was probably good being so busy this summer too — it kept me away from easy access to food.

Now it’s time to see what exercise I can do. I’ve got the hand weights, and I need to go back to the pool. Walking’s not an option right now, but maybe some sitting exercises. Since I’ve made progress I’d like to continue it. I was toying with surgery, and I might go for an informational thing on it, but I do seem able to lose weight on my own so if I concentrate on being in the zone and pushing veggies that will help.

I might get a vegetarian cookbook, so I can center my recipes on veggies more. Any suggestions out there? I’d still eat chicken and fish – it’s just good to change focus.

Turkey chili tonight (I’ve been eating lots of avocados through all this). Yum. Someone recommended The Vegetarian Epicure. Others?

38 thoughts on “Krissie: improvements

  1. Anne V says:

    Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone & Vegetable Literacy

    Mark Bittman – How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

    It’s possible that the digestive uproar and not-hunger are stress linked. I’ve always been a stress eater, but have noticed that tapering off with age and decreasing stress tolerance.

    Keep taking care of yourself, please.

  2. S says:

    The VB6 Cookbook by Mark Bittman. He’s a vegan before 6pm and after that he eats meat. He adds lots of vegetables to his dinner entrees too.
    Congratulations on your weight-loss!!!

  3. Office Wench Cherry says:

    There’s nothing wrong with you, you’ve been running around under hot lights wearing a costume that weighs nearly 10 pounds. That’s enough to make anyone lose weight.

    Glad to see you feeling better.

  4. I have The Ultimate Vegetarian Cookbook, by Roz Denny. Some mouth watering recipes in that one.

    Good for you on the weight loss. I guess you were so busy, and moving constantly, and the weight just dropped off. I did fine pre and post Nationals, but I’d have liked to do better. Stress is my ugly companion. I’ve started to reread Deepak Chopra’s book, What Are You Hungry For? BTW there are some lovely recipes in the back taken from The Chopra Center nutritionist. Some have an Indian flavor, which I like, and heck I could use a little more spice in my life. The soups are wonderful.

  5. Lynda says:

    Impressive news on the weight loss! Not at all surprising, considering how busy you’ve been lately. I’m working to get myself back on track, because I’ve gotten very sloppy about my eating this summer. One thing that’s helping is that I’m having great fun with my Spiralizer, and it’s making eating veggies even easier. For some reason one zucchini turned into spaghetti–and it makes a lot of spaghetti!–seems more filling than one zucchini cut into chunks or whatever. There is a great website and blog called “Inspiralized” that features really tasty new recipes every day, and most of them are vegan or easily can be prepared vegan. You might take a look at it.

  6. Jill says:

    I admire all of you who have lost weight or stayed on healthy diets. My problem is no will power when it comes to food. The other day I bought chocolate filled Twinkees.

  7. Rouan says:

    A friend made some meals for me from a cookbook called Jump up and Kiss Me by Jennifer Trainer Thompson. I liked the food so much I bought a copy for myself. She is a vegetarian; I am not but the recipes I’ve tried from this book are so delicious that I never felt a lack of meat or seafood.

  8. I can help with the vegetarian cookbooks. Have lots. I favour ones with simple recipes & ones that use maple syrup or honey rather than sugar for sweeteners.

    For down-home, familiar, comfort cooking, I highly recommend “American Wholefoods Cuisine” by Nikki and David Goldbeck. All your traditional faves made healthier. And you really get your money’s worth with this book too (over 1300 recipes for a book that’s about $15). This would be my pick if you were only getting one book–my copy has been so used it’s taped to keep it together & it’s a great intro to vegetarian meals.

    Another good one is “Recipes from an Ecological Kitchen: Healthy Meals for You and the Planet” by Lorna J. Sass.–more wholefoods type & recipes come with both stove-top & pressure cooker instructions.

    And if you want to dip into some vegan fare, “The Angelica Home Kitchen, recipes and rabble rousings from an organic vegan restaurant” is a practical & fun book from a restaurant in New York. Fab apple pie recipe that uses olive oil for the crust & maple syrup/sugar for sweetener. Very healthy for when you want to splurge just a little.

    Wishing you luck with finding meals that please your tummy & your waistline:)

  9. Terrie says:

    My experience with the Vegetarian Epicure was that the food was delicious but it wasn’t exactly low fat or low calorie. While she isn’t strictly vegetarian, we love Martha Rose Shulman. She does the Recipes for Health at the New York Times. Healthy recipes and really delicious. I haven’t seen her vegetarian cookbook (it’s on my list now) but we use a lot of recipes out of The Very Best of Recipes for Health.

  10. Jane Doe says:

    I like to listen to Faith Middleton and her “Food Schmooze” show Wednesdays at 3. (i’m usually in the car around then, so it works out well, but they repeat it at night, and you can also download the podcast.) Fun, funny and although they have an unhealthy obsession with bacon, in general she also gives lots of healthful options too.

    On her site right now: “oyster mushroom” po’ boys, easy thai summer rolls, Foil Packet Velvet Steamed Salmon with Razzle Dazzle Sauce, and Gale Gand’s watermelon gazpacho

  11. I think I fourth the Bittman. I just staryted using “How to cook everything” and I like it. Or a Madhur Jaffrey vegetarian book. Whichever works for you.

    And the blog “A girl called Jack” GREAT, cheap stuff. Because she was in debt and needed to feed herself and her son.

  12. I’ve really been enjoying “Meatless: from the kitchens of Martha Stewart”

    I thought the recipes would be fiddly and hard, but most of them are simple and easy and delicious. I haven’t had a single one that didn’t taste good, although I will say that the Spinach Gnudi I made looked NOTHING like the lovely photo in the cookbook. Instead it looked like a pile of cooked goose droppings. But it was tasty. Plus, good for a nice laugh at the dinner table. : )

  13. German Chocolate Betty says:

    There are chocolate filled Twinkies???!! Where have *I* been???

    Oh, right — the Twinkie-less continent…

    Well, this goes on my “next time I am in the States” list!

  14. C.G, Morrison says:

    I’m working my way through Crescent Dragonwagon’s Passionate Vegetarian. She used to run a restaurant, event though she and her husband were vegetarian, and apparently the food won raves (sometimes they cooked vegetarian, sometimes not). I haven’t tried many of the recipes yet, but they sound enticing, and I’m a good enough cook that I can tell from the recipe what it will be like. Lots of fresh food.

    Also, the book is about two inches thick and weighs several pounds, so browsing it could count for your weight lifting as well. LOL

  15. I spend 8 years as a vegggie πŸ™‚ I love all the Moosewood cookbooks. (Moosewood Celebrates is especially nice, and has recipes for celebratory occasions from many different countries.)

    Also, wow–your hair is getting long!

  16. Clancy says:

    If you want to check some recipes before buying the book. I flipped through, very positive, great photos and the recipes have nutritional info at the bottom, very helpful. I’m definitely going to try out some.
    No new books until after the semester ends.

    thank you kelli, I doubt I’d have found this on my own.

  17. Congrats, Krissie!!! I want to check out the cookbooks mentioned here. I’ve discovered KIND bars are great for times when you don’t want a meal but want something to eat. They’re mainly nuts & dried fruits and don’t have a lot of sugar.

  18. I’m in the states and I didn’t know we had them either. But Twinkies started making me ill a few years ago, so I’m safe from this temptation. Whew!

    Now, those chocolate chip brownies at Starbucks are another story.

  19. Micki says:

    I’ve never made a bad thing from my Moosewood Cookbook (although, it certainly isn’t a timesaver).

    This summer, I’ve been obsessing slightly about Ratatouille, the Alice Waters’ Simple Food version. It’s vegetarian, unless you add some bacon to it for a little more flavor. Again, not a time saver, but I can make a big pot and eat it for two days.

    A lot of times, veggies are just good when they are simply tossed in some olive oil or butter, salted, and then roasted. A little balsamic vinegar if you like, and . . . yum.

    My MIL grows our veggies, and we’ve been enjoying corn on the cob (just boiled in salt water) and watermelon. In fact, my in-laws will sometimes just eat corn on the cob and some melon or watermelon. Maybe with some miso soup on the side, but they skip the rice when they are eating corn.

  20. Andrea Klein says:

    Another vote for VB6(Vegan Before 6) by Mark Bittman. If you follow his ideas you lose weight without feeling like you are dieting. And the recipes are great.

  21. S says:

    I second the Appetite for Reduction cookbook – regularly make a yummy smokey red bean and mango recipe out of it. It has some lovely ideas for ‘vegan bowls’ that I still want to try (a grain, a veg, a protein and an interesting sauce). BTW, I’m an omnivore with a herbivore husband so all the recipes I like are as good as, or better than a meaty meal.

  22. Sue says:

    Full disclosure–I’m a fat vegetarian. I am not a vegan so eggs, cheese, sour cream etc and I are still friends (really good friends).
    My two favorite vegetarian cookbooks are: Moosewood Cookbook (I have the original 1977 edition)and Welcome to Claire’s: 35 years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant. One of the things I like about these two books is that their ingredient lists have things you can find without going to multiple grocery stores and the total number of ingredients for their recipes is reasonable.
    I’d also like to include a link for a blog post I just read today for a recipe that is just quirky enough so that I’ll try it and hope that it delivers.

  23. aunt snack says:

    I have lots of vegetarian cookbooks that I like (Deborah Madison is a favorite of mine), but the most well used of all of them is the “Sunset Complete Vegetarian” cookbook. It is easy, flavorful and full of recipes that meat lovers adore, too. The Asian Guacamole with Pot Sticker Crisps is the most popular appetizer I’ve ever served.

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I got down below 200lbs for the first time in years this week and it is the most empowering feeling I’ve had in ages. Pat yourself on the back on what you’ve lost so far and use that feeling of accomplishment to give yourself confidence while coping with the rest of your life.You are, as all of us who follow this blog can attest, a truly amazing woman!

  24. mitchiewitch says:

    My sister loves Cooking Light and gave me their recipe for Sweet & Sour Eggplant with Ricotta Salada. It is crazy good! We like it better cold in multigrain pita (a choice to bring to the beach) but also serve it warm with rice.

  25. I was a vegetarian for 25 years before I gave up dairy. I tend to look for vegan recipes now because many vegetarian dishes rely on dairy products as the protein source. Not always a low-far option. I like Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favourites. In terms of vegan cookbooks, I have a couple of books by Isa Chandra Moskowitz which are pretty good. I recently borrowed Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan from the library (a good way to test out a cookbook) – it’s a bit cutesy but it’s well-laid out and the recipes are easy to follow. I’m addicted to the zucchini bread made with barley and rice flour (pg. 214).

  26. I like the Mooseood cookbook, too.

    And Krissie, I just don’t understand how your knees can hurt so much that you can’t walk, but you are not a candidate for replacement. Now that I’m well into the process, I can tell you it really isn’t that bad.

    A second opinion, maybe?

  27. I love tempeh bacon. Slice it thinly and marinate in 2 cups soy sauce, 1/3 cup real maple syrup, a tablespoon brown sugar. Cook on low heat on a griddle until both sides are crispy brown.

    I also cut it into riblet size and marinate in spicy BBQ sauce, then grill or bake.

  28. If you don’t mind complicated and somewhat advanced, The Moosewood Cookbook and their Sunday brunch cookbook are fabulous, everything is to die for even if you’re not a vegetarian.

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