Guess What I’ve Been Eating?
This past weekend in New York, at my doctor’s suggestion, to avoid carrying around a cooler of shakes , I ate a small amount of real food for both lunch and dinner. I actually had no difficulty finding healthy food in Manhattan, as there seem to be places serving fresh, organic fare at every turn. From our last trip to the Museum of Modern Art, I knew that the Terrace Café on the 5th floor had some great healthy choices. For lunch, I had the Miso Salad, sans dressing, with thinly sliced, grilled beef medallions, cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, and radishes topping a bed of fresh arugula. We also ordered an appetizer of Lemon Hummus served with a thin, crispy flatbread.
Of course, with a shrunken stomach, after four months of nothing but Optifast shakes, I certainly wasn’t able to chow down on the entire salad, but I did manage two pieces of beef and avocado, as well as about a cup of the other veggies. I also had a teaspoon of the delicious lemon hummus.
After lunch, I had a refreshing cup of Mighty Leaf Tea’s, Marrakesh Mint for dessert. This tea isn’t available in my area, and I’d never tried it. The funny thing is, when I ghost blogged for the organic restaurant, I had to do an entire post on this brand. (This is why I’m always wary of the blogs of businesses! :))
My husband chose our dinner spot based on our pickup location. Harrington’s Bar and Grill on 31st Street. My choices here were a bit more limited, but it was pouring rain and really chilly, so I was very content to be inside. After much consideration, I chose the grilled herbed salmon salad. It feature grilled, sliced salmon on a bed of romaine, with tomatoes, cucumbers and red and green peppers. I ate one of the small pieces of salmon and about a cup of vegetables. My salmon loving husband and daughter gladly polished of the rest of the salad for me.
Weight Loss News
I lost a whopping 2.8 pounds at Wednesday’s weigh-in! After a quick high-five celebration from my doctor and nurse, my doctor said she’s ready for me to start making the transition back to food. This week I’ll be having 4 oz. of lean protein with 1-2 cups of non-starchy vegetables for one of my meals. I ‘ll still be drinking my shakes, but I’ll have four instead of five. Instead of doing another 9 weeks of Optifast, after this 9 weeks ends in June, I’ll be switching to a program called Weight Wise. I’ll have 2 balanced meals and 1 snack of regular food with 2 Optifast shakes per day. I’ll stay on this plan for two months, seeing my doctor bi-weekly, and the behavior modification specialist the other two weeks of the month. Then, if I still have more weight to lose, I’ll do another 9 week round of Optifast. At this point, I have 33 more pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight. By switching up my program, my body won’t become complacent with Optifast.
It’s funny how my relationship with food had changed. Being back on it, isn’t as thrilling as I’d imagined it would be months ago. I think it has a lot to do with having so many more things in my life to look forward to other than just a meal. My weight loss has caused me to become more involved with activities and people and those are the things I’m enjoying more. Food is lovely, but it’s just the fuel that gives me the energy I need to embrace life.