posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 04:23 PM
Bless you for making the effort, hun! I wish more people would!
I do understand the junk food cravings, and ti's perfectly correct that you won't lose them overnight...or even in a month, so be prepared. A Lot of
junk food, especially pizza and burgers and desserts are very hight in processed carbohydrates...white flour mainly...it's in EVERYTHING! and is
strangely addictive, and hellishly bad for us, I'm sure it help cause the cravings...in my experience anyway. If you have a problem with gluten
intolerance, as a lot of people have, always go for the wholegrain option with bread...the more natural the better, and don't eat it at every
meal...the basis of your diet should not be processed white flour, ever.
You list so far is a great start, but how about some real raw veg for salads...and before you run a mile, you don't have to go to the extreme of
eating a whole plate of raw veg and nothing else...just a little bit with your meat is all you need, and what makes the difference is how you dress
it. Simple lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil are gorgeous, with a tiny bit of salt and pepper, and maybe some balsamic vinegar...it transforms it
totally...add some fresh mozzarella and suddenly you're in Italy.
What I also noticed you're missing are beans and pulses, and before you skip the rest of my post in complete disgust, remember that a lot of
Caribbean and Indian cookery are based on these kind of ingredients, so they are never bland...lentils are really simple to cook, as are chick peas.
Or try kidney beans, cannelli beans or borlotti beans in a chilli or as refried beans...it's so simple, and you can add loads of veggies to a chilli
like courgette, peppers, onions, cauliflower, okra....easily get to your five a day level.
And peanut butter and banana on wholemeal toast if deee-licious!!! Try it!
Sorry if I harp on a bit, but I'm really passionate about my food, and can send you loads of easy recipes to try when you feel confident
enough....and it really is LOADS cheaper to cook for yourself.
[edit on 15-7-2008 by caitlinfae]