The Response to the Freshman 15

Well, it’s a new year. And 2012 hit the BF and I like a ton of bricks. Quite literally.

I miss high school. I was a competitive volleyball player, I could eat any amount of anything I wanted and still look pretty good in Homecoming photos.

I was never the skinniest girl on the planet, and my sister… well was. So I thought I was just different. After 2 and 1/2 stressful years in college, the attitude that I’m just always a little bigger than everyone else is not working for me anymore.

I am in a very good place in my life. I’m doing well in school, I have an amazingly supportive BF, and life seems to be going exactly where I want it to go. So why should I accept the extra pounds? Why can’t I be in control of that too?

This is no New Year’s resolution. It is just a written plan of action that I will try to adhere to until I try on a pair of jeans and don’t feel self conscious about the size. No weigh ins, just a plan to be more mindful about how I am eating.

Alton Brown of the Food Network’s Good Eats is a giant in my universe. I’ve loved watching him for many years and still draw a lot of my culinary knowledge and inspiration from his shows.

In his episode Live and Let Diet, he changes his diet in the Greek definition: a way of life.
He created 4 lists and stuck to them, with much success.

I think that this “diet plan” is the most compatible with a college lifestyle, due to its ability to be done cheaply, and how it cuts down on the panic that sets in when you are in the market and have no plans on what to make for dinners.
So, here is my Response to the Freshman 15

  • Foods to Eat Everyday 
    • Fruits
    • Whole Grains
    • Leafy Greens
    • Nuts
    • Coffee
    • Some kind of veggies
  •  Foods to Eat AT LEAST 3 Times Week
    • Oily Fish or Chicken (Fish gets expensive)
    • Yogurt
    • Broccoli
    • Sweet Potatos
    • Carrots
  • Foods to Eat NO MORE THAN Once a Week
    • Red Meat
    • Dessert
    • Pasta 
    • Fried Foods
  • Foods Never to Eat
    • Fast Food
    • Soda
    • Processed Meals
    • Canned Soups (High Sodium)
    • “Diet” Anything 

I don’t know if any of this is going to work for me, or if I’ll be able to stick to it. But at least for a little while I’ll be trying to post recipe ideas inside of my lists. 

Happy New Year everyone.

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