Salads

Koalamissy
By Koalamissy Latest Reply 2015-02-12 18:39:39 -0600
Started 2015-02-11 12:45:08 -0600

So, I decided that this year I am going to lose weight, even if it kills me. My brother and SIL have both had gastric bypass surgery and keep encouraging me to do so, but I refuse to. Plain and simple - I like to eat!! Since being diagnosed two years ago with Type 2, I really haven't done anything about my condition, so this year is it.

My part-time job is being a cashier at Walmart. Try dieting while scanning all kinds of yummy goodies. Not easy!!! Well, people in personnel decided to have a "Biggest Loser" type contest. We had to pay $5 each (which the total is donated to Children's Miracle Network ($140)) and were put on teams of 4. I wasn't going to join, then a bunch of my friends did, so I bit the bullet on the last day of sign-ups and joined. I am on Team Flab-u-Less - cute, huh? We didn't know who we would be teamed up with, but funny enough, I know all three of the other members of my team and we are on FB together already. We just weighed in on Monday for our first week and I lost 3 lbs. Go me!!! My secret - salads every day for lunch.

Here's what usually goes into them - lettuce (usually romaine, green leaf & red leaf - don't like iceburg), green/red peppers, cucumbers, a protein (home cooked chicken or imitation crab meat), cheddar cheese, sliced almonds, light dressing, a few croutons (trying to slowly cut these out, but I like crunchy things in my salads). Usually by now, I'd be sick of eating salad, but I'm in the middle of my second week. It has become harder and harder to find sliced almonds. I just contacted one company called Wonderful Almond Accents, only to find out they've been discontinued for lack of interest. WHAT - I'm devastated!!!! But then I was using Fresh Gourmet Sliced Almonds and now I can't find them either, except in one supermarket chain in my area. I want to buy them at Walmart for heaven sake - I don't want to go here there and everywhere for my groceries. Grrrr… I will not go traveling from store to store looking for things, so, I've decided to buy the plain sliced almonds, lay them out on a cookie sheet, spray them with a little bit of olive oil and season them myself and then bake them!!! Ok, venting over, thanks for reading this far!!

What else do you guys put in your salads? I'm a VERY VERY picky eater, but I'm going to take that step this year and try some new things so I don't get bored and decide to cheat. Any ideas?

Thanks from the bottom of my stomach, I mean heart :)
Michele


5 replies

Pegsy
Pegsy 2015-02-12 18:39:39 -0600 Report

Flab-u-Less! I love it! You go girl. I'm rooting for your team! I'm glad you use more colorful greens in your salad rather than iceberg lettuce. Much more nutrition in the more colorful lettuces. I like to add nuts and seeds to my salad as well as shredded cheese or Parmesan cheese. I add thinly sliced fajita meat sometimes or cooked shrimp and sometimes beans. It's hard to get bored with salads because there are so many options for variety. I don't care much for salads when the weather is cold so that's when I turn to soups.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-02-12 00:01:43 -0600 Report

Go you ! I love the idea !
Be careful of the imitation crab meat as it tends to run high in carbohydrates, much higher than natural crab meat. I like to put tuna in mine or i make up chicken salad. I put sunflower seeds and some carrot for crunch. Always sprinkle feta cheese. Your doing a great job. Keep at it.

sweetslover
sweetslover 2015-02-11 14:06:17 -0600 Report

Good for you. 3 pounds in a week is great. I like sunflower seeds and hard boiled eggs in my salads. Just an idea.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-02-11 13:28:32 -0600 Report

Flab-U-Less! I LOVE it! and yes, go you! 3 pound down is a great start. 3 weeks makes a habit, so hang in there. Get to 3 weeks of salads and you can move on to another change. Great job.

I used to have the same kind of salad most days, but I have been getting recipes for salads to get me out of my comfort zone and I love it. I have had things like tuna and chick peas, warm beet salad, Loaded spinach salad and more. Many of them come with their own dressing recipes which is great, and cuts the junk from my usual salad dressings that added all the carbs and calories to my salads. I get my recipes from here and Fit2Me.com.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-02-11 13:19:00 -0600 Report

I frequently have salads as a meal. I buy shelled, roasted sunflower seeds that I sprinkle on top of many of my salads. (Publix here in Florida sells them near the produce section.) They adds a nice crunch. Feta cheese is another frequent addition. (The basil/sun-dried tomato version is my favorite.) When I make meat-loaf, I like thin slices of the cold meatloaf with my salad (sort of a poor-man's pate.) I also like to shred raw carrots into my salad. It adds color, texture and flavor. Be careful of the imitation crab or lobster meat. Read the label for the carbohydrate content. I was unpleasantly surprised when I did…the processing adds carbs to the imitation product 13 grams of carb per 3 oz portion) while natural crabmeat has zero carbs. Keep at it and you'll make progress in gaining your control. To keep hunger pangs at bay, I often find that if I drink something warm like thin soup or broth, I seem to feel more full.

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