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Re: Badger's Sett

Postby CronicBadger » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:42 am

The weight-loss continues unabated.

I've been choosing foods with low energy density and high fibre. As a result, processed foods are an occasional treat rather than a daily meal. Vegetables and fruit have taken on a greater dietary role.

I recently casseroled a rabbit in a homemade curry sauce accompanied by chopped tomato and several onions. The rabbit cost $1, the tomato about 20 cents and the three onions totalled about 30 cents. The casserole has been doled out with various extras, such as boiled eggs and vegetables - in season and quite cheap. Obviously I buy heavily discounted goods, and often in bulk - for example, a sack of onions may last up to a month. A lot of money is saved by astute purchases of basic, unprocessed food items.

The final major change is that I've gone back to a comprehensive food diary. This not only stops me from cheating, or "forgetting" that I'd already eaten something, but helps me maintain a healthy diet while ensuring a steady reduction in weight.

So all's good, and I'm on track to get back to my "starting" weight of 75kg by the middle of next year.
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Re: Badger's Sett

Postby CronicBadger » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:56 am

The weight-loss continues. From August I've kept a food diary and ensured I was creating an energy deficit (5200-6500Kj) most days - allowing one day a week for being slack and having more than required. I've lost about 4 kilogrammes, pants and shirts are significantly looser, and feeling better than when I was eating rubbish foods.

I've continued my prohibition on biscuits and bread. For me, biscuits fall into two categories - "sweet", the type used with tea and coffee such as scotch, arrowroot, etc, and water crackers, which get loaded with cheese, meat or dip.

Water crackers are fine on their own, in moderation, but present too much of an excuse to load them with cheese and deli meats. I cut them out, and my purchases of cheese, especially soft ones like Brie and Camembert, have plummeted, no doubt sending the Australian cheese industry into a spiralling death dive (sorry guys!).

I consider bread the same as water crackers: a delivery system for topping: cheese, butter, meat, etc. The obligatory leaf of lettuce accompanying such fare just doesn't cut it. I'll have wholemeal pita occasionally - as a healthy low-kilojoule base for a homemade pizza, but that's it.

I recently had lunch made by a vegan colleague, and was surprised at the quality of the food available for such people. It made for an interesting variety of material on the plate due to the need to maintain a good level of nutrients. Although I doubt I'd ever go vegan, it does seem a viable way to go when one considers the ethics and healthfulness driving the practice.

Statistics show that between 85 and 95 percent of people who lose a lot of weight (50 kilos in my case) will regain much of it within five years due to various reasons. In the previous two years I regained nearly half the weight I'd originally lost. However, I don't want to be part of those statistics, and I'm well on my way to get back to my ideal weight.
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Re: Badger's Sett

Postby CronicBadger » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:22 pm

Ah, chocolate, my bane. Still, I'm minimising the Christmas season damage by eating less of other things when the chocolate flows - or crumbles. :-)
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Re: Badger's Sett

Postby CronicBadger » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:07 am

Christmas, my bane.

However, the damage was minimised to Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Two days of "free" eating. Now it's back to being careful.
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Re: Badger's Sett

Postby CronicBadger » Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:06 pm

And the carefulness continues.

Junk food, including biscuits and bread, is a rare treat. Mostly it's vegetables, fruit and a little meat and cheese. Slowly but surely I'm gaining loss. :-)

It's all in the mind, but it has taken me months of effort to regain the mindset I had used to lose 50 kilos.
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Re: Badger's Sett

Postby CronicBadger » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:42 pm

I've made a little rule for myself:
"No bread unless I bake it myself!"

Baking bread is time consuming, which prevents me from duplicating that biblical passage regarding loaves multiplying like rabbits. Instead, I make it using wholemeal flour, oat bran and rolled oats. Half goes in the freezer. When I get a "bread craving" I take some out, cut a chunk off, defrost it, then stick it in the fridge because by then the craving has ended.

Vegetables are cheap, so they are now a mainstay of my meals. Costs are kept to less than $2 per kilo of any fruit and vegetable by careful shopping and taking advantage of in-season vegetables and special promotions (and not being too fussy about use-by dates).

Stir-fry dominates my cooking because of the random nature of the purchases, and the predominance of onion, cabbage and lettuce. To the vegetables are added spices, eggs, meat and cheese in small amounts. Enough is cooked to be able to freeze ready-to-heat meals stored in zip-lock bags.

I avoid processed foods where possible. Even such things as yogurt - I make this treat myself, using (processed) skim milk powder, (processed) yogurt culture and water. A litre of natural yogurt can be made for less than one dollar worth of ingredients.

I substitute softdrink with cheap carbonated mineral water with a few squirts of bottled lime or lemon juice (or both on days I want to feel really decadent).

Unsweetened almond milk is very low in kilojoules, so I use that instead of milk or the other more popular substitutes. It tastes odd at first, but, as with everything, one gets used to it.

I've dedicated myself to lose 20 kilos by the end of this year. So far, I'm on track.
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