Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Diary of a Determined Dieter: What I have Learned So Far and Korean Style Pork Tenderloin

"You look at yourself and you accept yourself for who you are, and once you accept yourself for who you are you become a better person."
— Oprah Winfrey

I truly believe that.

I also believe the road to change - whether it be a change in attitude, perspective, or health has to begin with self - and if that wounded soul deep inside still feels unworthy in any way, change for the better becomes difficult - if not impossible.

If we try to build a new house without first pouring a firm foundation, the house is eventually and inevitably going to crumble.

But if we take the time to do the ground work - working on our inside with the goal of being totally accepting and loving about who we are on the outside - we stand a greater chance for success when we embark on new challenges; when this new light of self acceptance shines from within, it lights the way, and provides a strong footing for change.

If you don't like to see pictures of yourself or come from a place of self loathing about who that person in the picture is, I guarantee weight loss, fitness, giving up an addiction, or even taking a risk is going to be far more difficult.

And why wouldn't it?

If the very foundation you are trying to build on is whispering constantly and in a thousand different ways, "I'm not worthy," how can any kind of lasting change take place?

I believe that to see ourselves and say with reverence, "Oh you sweet, loveable soul, I absolutely adore you," is God's wish for us all.

If each person on this planet was able to say that, there would be no war.

And certainly, none of us would be at war with ourselves.

Instead, of lamenting, "I hate my body," we would think "I love myself enough to make this change."

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While getting healthy is a lot about what goes on inside, the food we choose to feed ourselves is also a big part of that sense of worth. When we take the time to put together meals that are full of flavour it actually becomes easier to eat less because we are being satisfied on more than one level.

Most of us overeat because there's a place inside that feels empty. Especially when life gets stressful - we turn to food to fill the deficit.

Imagine the sense of loss when the very thing we turn to is bland, processed, or not delicious?

If we don't take the time to assure we are feeding - not just our bodies - but our souls and our senses, it will only be a matter of time before that bag of chips or slab of cake convinces us we need it in our lives.

So how about a delicious Korean Style Pork Tenderloin for dinner tonight? This is another fabulous recipe from Cooking Light. At 184 calories, 6.2 grams fat per serving it's an absolute winner and so easy and delicious you won't believe it!

Korean Style Pork Tenderloin
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Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
  • Olive oil cooking spray
Directions
  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large zip lock bag, then add the pork. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 8-24 hours, turning the bag occasionally.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat a large ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray over medium high heat.
  3. Remove pork from bag, reserving marinade. Add pork to pan, cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides.
  4. Place pan in oven, and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 155-160 degrees (medium) or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
  5. Bring reserved marinade to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Cut pork into 1/4 inch thick slices and drizzle with sauce. Enjoy.


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