About a year ago my boyfriend read “The Four Hour Body” by Tim Ferris. The book contains such gems as “how to sleep 2 hours and feel fully rested” and “how to go from running 5K to 50K in 12 weeks.” But the real take away was what Ferris calls “The Slow Carb Diet.” The basic premise is to limit your diet to protein, legumes and vegetables. No fruit, no dairy and no grains. This of course is a simplification, and if you’re actually interested I recommend you read the book.
Anyway, after he finished reading, he decided to give this diet a try. And since the two of us got into the habit of cooking dinner together, I tried it as well. Both of us lost weight. For me, it was this diet plus exercise that helped me go from a size 4 to a size 0. It was great. I had to replace the majority of my wardrobe, bought and wore shorts for the first time in my entire life, and haven’t felt that healthy since my sophomore year of college when I was competing at dance and was training for 3 hours every day.
But after about 6 months, my dedication wavered. One of the key pieces of Ferris’s diet is eating the same meal over and over again. Pick three or four meals and just repeat them. The plus side to this is that I, a complete novice in the kitchen, could easily prepare meals. After figuring out how to cook chicken on the stove top (not an easy feat) and how to steam vegetables, that was all I needed to do. However by my 200th meal of chicken and broccoli, I couldn’t take it anymore.
I started eating dairy again first. Then started to cheat with sandwiches at lunch. Then the “diet” was over. Which wasn’t a huge deal. I had lost all of the weight I wanted. And the weight wasn’t coming back…or so I thought. It wasn’t until November when I started to notice that my size 0 jeans were getting a little tighter. And then the real surprise came when I saw pictures of myself during the holidays. I most definitely was not a size 0 anymore. I was so upset, I actually deleted all of the photos.
I tried to fix it with exercising and that helped a bit. Then I tried to go back to the slow carb diet, knowing it had worked before, but it just wasn’t the same. I knew I had to do something different. And that I would have to stick to it this time. No matter how sick I got of chicken and broccoli.
That was when I had an idea. The biggest issue I had with the diet before was that I got sick and tired of eating the same boring meals over and over again. And it was hard to stay on the diet during lunch, given the limited number of options I had near the office. If I was going to make it work, I would need to learn how to cook things that kept me excited. And would have to start bringing my lunches to work.
Small problem: I can’t cook. No really. It’s not as bad as another friend of mine who can’t even cook an egg, but it’s bad enough that my friends (and occasionally my boyfriend) will make fun of me. I have no idea what ingredients taste good together, took me months to figure out how to cook chicken, and up until yesterday was slicing and chopping with a pink plastic knife.
Lauren to the rescue. Lauren, a wonderful Pre-K teacher who I taught with a number of years ago in L.A. started a food blog after her wedding – http://laurenbrapp.blogspot.com/ Not only did she introduced me to a number of great resources for recipes but also gave me the courage to try blogging myself.
So there you have it. I have a food blog. Me, the non-cook who buys cookware based on how well it matches the kitchen decor. It’s really more for me. A place where I can keep track of what worked well and what didn’t. But hopefully, just like Lauren helped me, maybe my blog will help someone else.