No Job, New House, New Baby and life is still too short to eat bad food
So it’s been a while. In fact it’s been over a year since I published anything, either online or in print, but I have a really killer excuse, in fact I have three.
Reason number 1, I got fired. Well technically I was “laid off due to the economic downturn” along with several other people I worked with, but here’s the thing, I sucked at my job. After 15 years in a job that I hated, I had become completely complacent and was doing the bare minimum that I needed to get by. When the time came to axe the dead wood, I would have put my name at the top of the list.
Reason number 2, I had a baby. I found out that I was pregnant not that long after I got “laid off” and I am not saying that when you are pregnant you can’t do everything you did while not a dual occupancy, in my case the bed rest factor made it a challenge.
Reason number 3, we bought a new house. What is the smartest thing to do when you are pregnant and have no job….come on, it’s obvious, you buy a new house. So we did and we did it in a big way. We bought a house with a sense of humour and moved so far out of the city that not even the pizza guy will deliver to us.
So there you have it, my research (and yes I often research crazy things like that) shows me that these are three of the top most stressful things that you can have happen in your life, topped only by the death of a family member (which happened as well). So I beg your forgiveness and the plan is to start cooking again to add to the fabulous collection of recipes that I know everyone loves.
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I have made a groundbreaking discovery, I have unlocked the elusive secret as to why I gain weight and am going to share it with the world. The secret is this.....I love food! What a monumental discovery. I love food and when I eat too much of it, or eat too much of a good thing, I gain weight. Yet, there was still a nagging problem that went along with this landmark discovery. Ok now I know why I gained weight (slothful couch time and too much cheese and good wine) but what did I intend to do about it. I knew from several years of experience that if I attempted to lose weight by eating grilled chicken and steamed vegetables, or just soup, or no carbs, or all fruit, or no fruit, or frozen meals or raw foods or diet pills or whatever crazy combination I could find, it didn't?t address the fundamental part of my psyche that loves to eat.
The answer was pretty straightforward. I had been making up my own recipes for years and I started to see where I could bring down the calories in everything in order to stick (within reason you understand) to a lower calorie diet which made sense. Where I fell down was that when I had people to dinner, which I do as often as possible, I felt that no "diet food" had the wow factor that I like to attempt to present at dinner. So I started to see how I could turn my simple everyday recipes into sensational dinner party creations.
The result is this collection. My simple and sensational versions of the same recipe, one for simple weekday meals and one when you want to impress. I am not a chef, nor am I a nutritionist and I do not hold myself out as either. I just love to cook and I got tired of eating bad food when I wanted to lose weight