It’s barely been six weeks since I stopped smoking, but I’ve already gained 12 pounds.
That’s 12 pounds more than the 30 pounds I had gained while trying to stop smoking before I actually managed to do so. I know that being a non-smoker is more important, health-wise, than being overweight, but geez, I’m starting to feel like my skin is about to burst from all the fat.
I can manage to get more exercise, but not as much as I should be getting, because of work and other responsibilities, but I think the real problem is that I’m simply a hog. I am utterly ravenous and especially so when I cannot smoke.
I’m particularly craving carbs and fats, of course — bread, cheese, pudding, cake, ooooooohhhh…… mmmmmmmm……
Oh. Sorry. Um, where was I? Right. So I’m thinking I need to focus more on veggies. Hence, my visit to the Dope.
On the weekend, I visited the grocery store and grabbed every leafy green in sight. Then, using some lean chicken, I cooked up some stir-fry and have been eating very large bowls of it for lunch. It’s filling, healthy, and seems to quell the appetite for a while.
But it’s not enough. I’ve added plastic containers full of sliced cucumbers and celery sticks (Too much like rabbit-food!); hard-boiled egg whites (low-fat, high-protein and almost like chewing real food); low-fat high-fiber snack bars (a bit of carb — getting there!). It’s still not enough. I find that, the moment there’s a carb within my line of vision, I lose all control. And my weight is creeping up, bit by bit.
(I did buy some radishes, having read somewhere that, if you saute them with a few onions, they taste almost like a potato. Haven’t tried that yet.)
What I’m hoping for here are some recipes or ideas for make-ahead dishes — low carb, low fat and yet filling. Something I can shovel in my mouth recklessly without adding more pounds. Any ideas? I’d really appreciate some help.