I am not shy about my weight. I love my body. All 285 pounds. I’m extremely into the body positive movement. With that said, when I found out I have a gallbladder full of gigantic stones, I knew I had to change my eating habits. Not because I want to be thin. Not because I ever want to fit into anything but a size 2x or 3x. But because my health is important to me, and I want to have a long future with my family. Brandon and I talked about eating healthier for a few days. I had already cut soda out of my daily routine, and basically cut out fast food. He, on the other hand, loves mountain dew and french fries. But he, too, agreed that our health is important to our future and even our well-being now. So he let me do a “healthy” grocery shop. Granted, I still bought us frozen pizza (nobody wants to cook a meal at midnight when we get off work), I have a week full of meals that are good for us. So watch out for some good posts!
We had turkey burgers for the first time this week, which was a great experience. We basically made the decision after the first bite to never get ground beef again and stick with turkey. Both of us were very pleasantly surprised. We are both terribly picky eaters. But golly- they were good. I spent a good hour or two planning meals that both of us would eat. The first one I wanted to try out were “Skinny” Fajitas.
I didn’t really follow the recipe because fajitas aren’t that hard. I just wanted a basis of the calorie, protein, carb, etc. count of the meal. So we just basically went with the flow. Here’s how I did it:
What you’ll need:
• 2 chicken breasts
• 1 red pepper
• 1 green pepper
• 1 lemon, cut in half
• 1 medium onion, diced
• Chili pepper
• Onion powder
• Garlic powder
• Low carb tortillas
• Sour cream (optional)
• Cheese (optional)
How you do it:
• Boil the chicken
• While the chicken is boiling, cut up your veggies and mix them together. Slice half of the lemon to put in the pan later on.
• When the chicken is cooked, dice it or cut it in strips, whichever you prefer.
• Place the chicken in a skillet with a little bit of butter, along with the spices.
• Immediately add the mix of peppers, lemon, and onion & mix it in.
• Cover the pan and let everything simmer together on medium-high heat for about 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
• Remove the lemons that are in the pan and let the mixture simmer another 5 minutes, or until the peppers are tender.
• Squeeze the other half of the lemon over the mix before serving.
Brandon added spices as everything cooked together because he’s crazy for spices and kept saying, “We should have gotten fajita spices, this isn’t going to be spicy enough!” He’s so stinkin’ cute, I can’t stand it. I told him that stuff is bad for you and to just do what I told him to. Ha! That’s how it should be ;P
Without the sour cream and cheese, these bad boys are relatively good for you. A serving size of 2 fajitas totals in at about 299 calories. Other stats are 10.5 g of fat, 29 g protein, 27 g carbs, 15 g fiber, 420 mg sodium, and 7.5 mg cholesterol.
I served this meal with cornbread. Always a staple in our household! Must be the southern in our blood. It’s such a hearty meal. Our main concern with this “healthy eating”, and I’m putting it in quotation marks because I don’t like to think of it as a diet or really a lifestyle change, just a minor alteration to our food- something we enjoy quite a lot- is that we wouldn’t get full. We both are big people with big appetites. Moderation is fine and dandy, but we like to feel full. With this meal, we definitely felt it!
So far, I’ve been doing good with altering my diet. We both don’t want to change our entire lives for something as trivial as food, but we understand a little change is definitely needed so we are happy and healthy and live to be 150. We love eating out, and today we tried out Charley’s, which serves philly steaks and whatnot. We both got chicken meals, and mine clocked in at only 400 calories, high in protein, low in carbs. I know people deprive themselves of eating out, but that’s not something either of us want to do. Part of our relationship and who we both are individually is so on the go, being out and doing things, and we are going to try to keep it that way as long as possible.
I get my gallbladder out in a week- AH! It’s the first surgery I’ve ever had, and honestly I’m more worried about the catheter and being able to keep my stones. Also dying. I’m worried about dying. But that’s totally uncalled for since it’s just a routine procedure. I’m sure I’ll be more nervous as the days tick by.
Until next time, internet!