A moment away from the clothes and the lipsticks today, my friends. As many of you know, Josh and I have been on a pre-wedding diet for the past three months and it’s been tough but we are getting there. I’ve lost 12 of the 15 I had hoped for, and I might throw a couple more in just for fun. This weight-loss is due in part to five days a week of working out, but also a lifestyle change in terms of what we put in our mouths.
One easy tip if you are trying to lose weight, or at least be more conscious, is to chill with the oil. It sounds so simple and obvious, but I think a lot of us, in an attempt at being “healthy,” use olive oil way more copiously than we should. Are you making a turkey meat sauce? Good on you! Don’t cook the ground meat in a pan that you line in olive oil, though. A spritz or two of Pam will save you up to 200 useless calories there.
Are you making a salad dressing from scratch? Even better. The “fat-free” and other dietetic choices at the supermarket are loaded with sodium and chemicals. You can make a much tastier version in three minutes flat with red wine vinegar, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, a spoonful of good mustard and garlic. Pour in a drop of oil at the end instead of using it as your base. There’s a very low-cal and yummy dressing that can be used not only on salad but with a bun-less, lean burger in lieu of traditional condiments, and beyond.
Whipping up a sautee of vegetables? Yum! Consider steaming them first, to retain all the flavor and get them thoroughly cooked. Flash them in the pan for a mere moment to get that browning effect you desire, but without allowing them to sit in the oil, soaking it up and devoiding their nutritional value.
I will continue to post ideas and tips on how we’re making it happen in this newly skinny household. And please be advised, I have absolutely no nutritious training nor do I recommend you start any kind of a diet without the supervision of your physician. I am just a blogger with a wedding on the horizon and a closet full of dresses that missed me for the past six months.