First and foremost I must tell you congratulations on your journey! I discovered your blog tonight and I have read every page of it. You are such an amazingly well rounded person and I plan on continuing to follow you! I just recently started trying to live a healthier lifestyle and would just like to hear your view on a few things. I’m 20 years young, 130lbs and from the the deep south! I’ve grown up on less than healthy foods and practically zero vegetables! I’m currently experimenting with vegetables and trying to learn how to cook better, for one lol, but healthier as well. My typical diet consisted of rice, potatoes, pizza, fried foods, pasta, lots and lots of cheese and desserts! I’m currently doing Crossfit and have cleaned up my diet 90%. My main worry though is once I’ve obtained my goal weight, how do I incorporate those foods I love back into my life? Because like you, I have a true love for food. I want to eat for nutrition as well as for enjoyment. I see that you seem to do that well! Do you just cut back your proportions or have your substituted a lot of ingredients? Do you eat less healthy foods (dessert, pasta, bread) as much as your do healthy foods? Thank you so much for your time, and your response is very appreciated!”
Thanks very much for writing! As soon as I read your email, my mind went to New Orleans and how badly I wanted a fried oyster po’boy. Then, I collected myself and thought of this post I wrote a while back, on my love for vegetables and how I let those sprawl spread eagle across my plate. It’s the backbone of the way I ate then, to lose, and now, to stay still. Here it is: http://www.andiemitchell.com/2011/08/09/how-to-roast-broccoli/
Hope you enjoy it: Wishing you the very, very best and congrats on changing your life for the better!!!