In truth, this blog should be titled, "Say Farewell to the Big Stacked Bowls" because my video, charming as it was, inspired me to get back into healthy eating - a topic I actually know a lot about, though you wouldn't necessarily know it from my butter laden posts of late.
Oh well, into every life a little butter must fall.
In the meantime, I have signed up at Weight Watchers online and have to tell you, so far I am super impressed with the program.
How it works is that you are given a certain amount of daily points and then another bunch of "bonus points."
You use their online food tracker and submit what you plan to eat and the program deducts your points for you. So for example, this morning I had Cinnamon Blueberry Oatmeal (recipe to follow)
The entire meal had a food value of four points. My daily points are 31, so I now have 27 points to go.
Oh!!! And all fruits and most vegetables are FREE - meaning they have 0 points so you can eat them to your hearts content.
This is wonderful for me because I love fruit and most diets restrict it somewhat.
WW, however, feels less like a diet and more like a re-training program toward healthier options, choices, and portion size.
I also have 49 bonus points for the week that I can use if I want to go out to dinner, have a glass of wine here and there, or develop a primal urge for chocolate cake.
You know THAT'S gonna happen.
Meanwhile, you can also earn more points with exercise and activity - if I go and work in the yard today and take the dog for a walk, I would submit those activities and could then indulge in a little something extra.
Talk about the perfect system for a goal oriented Type A such as myself!
So while I've only just begun and am in the "I love this and can do anything!" stage - I promise to keep everyone informed and will let you know how this goes and if it is working for me.
Now, the oatmeal!
At 275 calories per serving and 4 grams of fat, I have to tell you, this was absolutely yummy.
Cook a half cup of oats in 1 cup boiling scantly salted water. Turn heat to a low gentle boil and cook until oats are soft and water is absorbed.
In the meantime, thaw 1/2 cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries in the microwave - about a minute on defrost in a cereal bowl.
Mix together 1 Tbsp brown sugar with 1/8 tsp cinnamon.
When the oatmeal is cooked, spoon it onto the blueberries. Sprinkle 1/2 the Tbsp cinnamon sugar mix (or less according to taste) over top and save the other Tbsp for another day. Top with 3 Tbsp low fat, or soy milk and gently stir.