Saturday, March 19, 2011
This morning I woke up craving fat! This doesn't happen to me very often. I exist on a diet of vegetarian protein (soy, beans, nuts,etc), whole grains, and lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I don't eat meat, butter, dairy products, and hardly ever have sweets. But every once in awhile, that fat craving kicks in and I have to have it! I want something rich and creamy and satisfying. When I feel like that I can't ignore it and I won't be happy until I submit to the desire.
Chances are if I actually had these cream puffs in my house, I would have eaten a few with a cup of coffee for breakfast! I never keep food like this at home. If a guest brings fatty foods or a sweet dessert over, I will have a sample and either send them home with it or promptly toss it into the trash the moment they walk out my door.
Do you think that is cruel and insensitive?
I don't think so. I don't need food like this calling out to me from the fridge on days when I actually do have a fat craving. None of us do.
Luckily, I keep other things on hand all the time--A Fat Craving Emergency Stash!
Almond butter spread on nice crisp apple slices usually does the trick. Almond butter is perfect. It's rich and creamy and has that nice, thick "fatty" consistency I need. And, yes, when I do not have the patience to actually get out a knife, cut an apple and spread the butter, I will just stick a spoon right into the jar of this guilty pleasure. It's so good-- until you try it--you have no idea! Unfortunately during one such "fat attack" I dropped the jar and it shattered to pieces. I haven't had time to replenish my supply.
So....this morning I ate the next best thing...........
Avocados: lucious, green and packed with nutrients and good fat. I sliced one up, sprinkled it with sea salt and consumed the whole thing. It was rich, it was satisfying and immediately, the fat craving was gone.
This all might sound totally crazy to you. But honestly, I don't want to have to worry about this:
I am forty-nine years old. I am in menopause. Every fattening, unhealthy, food I do eat has a tendency to go right to the places I don't want it to go- my belly, my hips, my thighs, my butt. Not to mention the fact that when I do eat very fatty foods or sweets--I feel awful! I am bloated, lethargic, and moody.
Here's the thing about fat...........
Fat is stored in your body to burn as fuel later. What this means is you don't do this......
Or some other kind of exercise daily......
You will start packing on the pounds. You must burn more than you actually eat. Use it to lose it! So if you are eating too much fat and not burning it off-- well....this is how you wake up one morning and realize--OMG! I'm FAT!!!
I hate exercise. I force myself to do it. I don't want to do any more than I have to. I wish I was different but I am not. I want to stay thin and healthy and avoid looking like this....
......So I am very careful about the food I eat and make sure it is something my body can actually use!
Today is my day! I am spending it with my favorite guy. We will be shopping in the city for my birthday and end our evening at my favorite restaurant in Little Italy. We will be doing lots of walking....in other words.....exercise!
And because I feel so good about eating my avocado this morning and all the "exercise" I will get today......
I can enjoy a nice piece of birthday cake later!
And this is my Daily Cyn............