Back on track!

After my surgery on July 29th I haven’t had the inspiration to write about being healthy, hence the radio silence. Honestly, I didn’t feel that healthy at all. The pain actually wasn’t that bad and I was on my feet again quite quickly. But I wasn’t prepared for a diet of only liquid nutrition of 10 days. Ten loooooong days.

After my gastric banding in 2009 I could only eat liquid foods for a whole month, but that was different. I had been preparing for that for months and months and I was totally motivated to keep to all prescribed rules to lose the weight. When I was allowed to start eating normal foods again, I didn’t even like fatty foods for quite a while. Hallelujah! But my taste for that returned, unfortunately. Or fortunaly? Not sure… well; yes, fortunately. Because it is part of my healthy habits now to enjoy these foods as well once in a while and in moderation. And I deserve to enjoy them just as much as anyone. Ha!

Anyway, let’s return to the here and now. First I ate liquid foods for 10 days and during the weekend I celebrated the fact that I could eat as a normal person again. Yay, Chinese food (and board games) with the whole family at my parents house!

And today I decided that, even though I can’t go to the gym yet, I can step outside and take a long walk. So that’s what I did. Burned some calories and afterwards I prepared a nice and healthy evening meal for my boyfriend and myself.

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A salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pasta, tuna, feta cheese, olives and oregano, flavoured with a dressing of red wine vinegar, olive oil, sweetener, pepper, salt and lemon juice.

And tomorrow, my three week holiday is over and I start working again. Time to get back to my healthy habits. Have a nice week everyone!

Delicious salad containing only 107 calories!

Tonight I prepared this salad for the second time and it’s so delicious ánd low-calorie that I wanted to share it with you!

It’s perfect as a side dish or a very light lunch, but since it’s so low on calories you can also eat it as a snack.

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Ingredients

  • Lettuce
  • 1/4 of a medium sized red onion
  • 1/6 of a medium sized cucumber
  • Artichoke hearts (approx. 20 g.)
  • Feta cheese or white cheese (approx. 20 g.)
  • Premium tzaziki sauce (approx. 20 g.)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt

Preparation

The preparation is simple. Just make a bed of lettuce in a deep round plate and garnish with the slices of cucumber and red onion and with the pieces of artichoke hearts and cheese. In the middle, place a teaspoon of the tzaziki sauce, and add some freshly ground black pepper and sea salt to finish it off. As you can see it looks delicious and hopefully you’ll find out it tastes even better.

Enjoy!

Courgetti or Spaghetti?

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Pasta – one of the ultimate comfort foods. But not so comforting to me anymore once I realized that I can’t eat it without suffering the consequences on that dreaded scale. And let me tell you I was very skeptical when I read about “courgetti”, the zucchini version of spaghetti. But it’s absolutely delicious and leaves you even more satisfied than the real deal.

For me it’s perfect, because usually I always eat seconds when it comes to pasta. One plate is not enough, I’m never satisfied, I keep wanting more. Not sure why. And then when I’m done, I feel both guilty and stuffed.

The zucchini version satisfies me after one plate, not because it doesn’t taste good, in the contrary! I’m simply not hungry anymore and my mind is telling me I had a healthy meal and it makes me feel good. Mentally and physically.

So if you were having doubts about this courgetti and if you were wondering if it’s worth the effort; it certainly is!

And don’t worry… it’s easily prepared and you really don’t need a special appliance for it or anything; just use a big knife (and please make sure you don’t confuse the zucchini with your fingers).

Get started by making your favorite pasta sauce, replace the spaghetti with zucchini strings and you’re ready to go. Enjoy!