Saturday, November 22, 2008

Let's get cooking

I love to cook. I've always enjoyed helping in the kitchen, and making good meals. Then, in March 2008, I married a wonderful man, and have been able to be a part-time housewife to him. Since then, I've really been breaking out of my cooking comfort zone for meals and other food. I've been baking, grilling, sauteing, chopping and boiling for months now, and I'm REALLY enjoying the process and the product.

However, about six weeks ago, I was given the charge to lose weight by my doctor. I am not morbidly obese, but I could definitely stand to lose 50 or so pounds; and I am facing a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which is best managed by weight loss and maintenance. My doctor gave me a diet plan to follow, which is a low-carb and low-fat way of eating. I began to look online to find various recipes to support my food addiction that fit into the diet. It was incredibly hard! I would find recipes that look good on the surface, but then had some hidden flour or sugar or something that wasn't conducive to my new life style.

Therefore, I began to get more creative. I would take base recipes, and then change them to fit my dietary restrictions. I've now decided to share those. Not only do I plan to share a few recipes (and photos!) a week, but I hope to include posts to encourage anyone else out there looking to make a change in their life. I want to discuss the spiritual and emotional side of food and eating, along with the physical. I am constantly open for discussions and questions, and especially suggestions! If there is a dish or something you'd like for me to de-carb or lessen fat in, please let me know (but also please be reasonable-- there's no chance for a carb-free cake, friends)!

Meet you in the kitchen soon, y'all!


msharae said...

Tara! I love this blog idea. How cool are you?! You definitely need to add the qualifier that you are a Southern Lady, so that everybody understands the deep-seated passion you have for that thing we Southern Ladies know as A Well Prepared Meal. ;)

I will totally be adding you to my Google Reader. hehe

carbfreedivadina said...

HI Thanks for creating this. I live in toga as well and am from Downtate NY. I love to cook and bake as well. I am starting phase 1 on Monday. MY husband loves to cook as well and he is going on the diet with me. Giving up pasta will be hard. Do you go to the y?

Tara said...

Hi Diva Dina,

Glad to meet you! I actually don't go to the Y. It's pretty expensive up here! I do my exercising just by walking around outside. I miss going to the gym, though!

Giving up pasta and bread was rough at first, but you can make it! I'll be posting recipes again starting tomorrow, let me know if there's any particular type of dish you'd like (Italian, chicken, etc) and I'll see what I can do!

Thanks for reading!