Frozen meals… a good thing?

7 07 2011

Obviously preparing fresh, sensible meals is the best way to monitor not only your waistline, but also the foods, chemicals, etc that you are putting into your body. But let’s get real… some days you just need the easy alternative. With work, family, friends, and working out all vying for our time, sometimes cooking falls by the wayside.

I have to admit, when it comes to week day┬álunches I prefer to microwave a frozen meal rather than having to come up with yet another meal solution. Since joining Weight Watchers I’ve been trying to find tasty meal options that don’t blow my points plus budget. WW has a ton of frozen meals, desserts, snacks, etc etc etc. It’s super easy to start stocking up on their products, especially because they list the points plus value right on the packaging! No math involved. ­čÖé

Yesterday I tried their meal in a bag, Cheesy Chicken and Brocolli. It was a nice sized portion and was 9 p+. The cheesy sauce melted nicely, and at first smell and look it seemed like it would be a yummy and filling meal. Unfortunately, this was not the case. I was truly disappointed in the meal! It had a grainy texture, and almost no flavor. I left the lunch room still a little hungry and certain I could have made a delicious chicken & brocolli with brown rice that tasted amazing for either the same amount of p+ or less… I’m hoping that one of the three other options in my freezer will be better.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of the WW products. Their dark chocolate raspberry ice cream bars are to die for! So creamy and delicious, yet only 2 p+. Can’t go wrong with that! But this got me thinking… Just because I’m on the WW program I don’t have to eat only WW products. In fact, that’s the beauty of the program – I can eat anything I want (within reason of course!). So as I was perusing the frozen meal aisle I started reading nutrition info on several other products.

Today, I enjoyed a delicious Kashi┬áLemongrass Coconut Chicken entree. What I like about Kashi in general is that they use whole grains, and minimally process their foods. The products of theirs that I┬álove are FULL of fiber, protein, and natural ingredients. This lunch entree was no exception! It was tasty, aromatic, and very filling. The textures of the grains and rice were very appealing, the combination of coconut and lemongrass flavoring was delicious and a little exotic. ­čÖé And the best part… IT WAS ONLY 7 P+!! Seriously?!?

I write all of this to say, don’t get stuck in a rut! Just because you are following┬áa certain plan, or you are trying to stick to a certain type of diet it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy new foods, brands, products, etc. There is a world of new flavors, foods, varieties, and options. If you do your research and read those labels you may be surprised at just how good for you some of those options can be.

Don’t get me wrong, nothing can replace the control and benefits of cooking your own foods, but at the end of the day, there are some pretty darn good substitutions out there. ­čÖé

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Weight vs Waist

25 05 2011

You may have heard others talk about this subject, and it’s definitely something that’s piqued my interest. Dr. Oz speaks a lot about the importance of “Waist Management” and since reading his book YOU: On a Diet┬áI learned a lot about the importance of banishing the belly fat. In fact, the topic has intrigued me to the point that I’m considering using my waist measurement rather than my weight on the scale to judge my success.

Don’t get me wrong, obviously there is a correlation to losing inches and pounds. But I have found in all my years of dieting that the scale has a huge negative impact on me personally. I dread the scale. I hate it in fact. I do everything in my power to “trick” said scale into cooperating with me and all of my hard work. Obviously, I have some scale issues. ­čÖé

Now measuring my waist, on the other hand, seems a little exciting. The biggest down side to this method is that it’s going to be a lot slower going than seeing pounds drop on the scale. But think of it this way: even losing 1/4, 1/2 or 1″ is still progress. Imagine losing 1/2″ a week for 12 weeks. That’s 6 inches off your waist. And I’m nearly convinced that if┬áthe measurement┬ástays the same for a couple weeks it won’t be nearly as devestating as seeing the same number frozen on the scale week after week. I could be wrong, but for now, this is my logic. ­čÖé

So, tonight, I’ll be measuring my waist with a piece of yarn. It will be a visual reminder of where I’m starting. Each week I’ll either use a new piece of yarn or mark the first one to show the difference. Haven’t decided that yet… But I’m excited to see where this leads.

Also, last night I did an amazing walk on the treadmill. I say amazing because I detest the treadmill, but this time I actually enjoyed it. 1.35 miles in 30.03 minutes with a 2-3 incline burning 286 calories. I then did my arms on 3 separate machines for a total of 9 reps of 12-16 with 25 pounds. I was at muscle failure by the time I was done! Tonight I’ll be on the treadmill or the elliptical and then doing my legs. And for once, I’m actually looking forward to the gym. ­čÖé