I am back to share a recipe and my progress on this Slow-Carb Journey of mine.
Since I posted last, sadly over two months ago, I have conquered 25 pounds on this journey.
Honestly, along the way these last two months life has gotten a bit complicated and I've learned something about myself, that frankly I have denied in the past.
I AM AN EMOTIONAL EATER!!
Life, like I said, got a bit Topsy-Tervy, and emotions have run amok! In this time I've lost enough weight to have had my blood pressure go too low; an awesome thing. Who knew that 25 pounds could be so profoundly significant.
It certainly gave me new encouragement for this dietary change I've made ... Low and Slow is the name of the game ... now 25 pounds in four months is slower than I had planned to lose ... it could potentially add six more months to my goal loss. However, healthy, consistent and sustained loss is also my goal.
So all is good on the weight loss front.
Part of the reason for the slower pace; Tim Ferriss Blog' book the 4-Hour Body shows many losing weight at 20 pounds per month, is that emotional thing.
I found myself cheating because I needed solace. A bit of bread here, some rice there (these are things strictly forbidden on this diet) with the self-comfort speak that a little won't hurt ...
Hurt, as in harm, no ... but, hurt as in slow the process, yes! Cheating, even a little for me slowed my process by a month by my calculations!
So I am back on the wagon again. Oh! And about the wagon ...
When we diet and are emotional we decide ... or we are taught ... or we think ... WHATEVER!
That we have essentially failed and that we have ruined the process!
When we fall from the routine all we need to do is get back on and be as diligent as we can on any given day! Whether it a be minutes, hours, days or weeks ... even years for some of us ... all we have to do is get back up and move forward to that goal.
No one ever failed by getting back up!
So there is my pep talk for dieting, exercising and this journey to wholeness that we are sharing here!
Now for the recipe I developed!
Delicioso! Black Bean Meatloaf
1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef (if you're not dieting meatloaf mix is acceptable)
2 cups black beans (I cooked my from dried beans with no salt or seasonings)
1 medium red or yellow bell pepper (for sweetness)
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 large egg
1 package Goya Sazon w/o salt
1 tablespoon course black pepper
2 tablespoons cumin powder
1/2 cup salsa (use your favorite; and use more if need be)
** You will notice that this is bread and salt free. The bread free is about the carbs and gluten, I developed this recipe to fit into the slow-carb diet which restricts bread and gluten. The salt free is about my heart and blood pressure, therefore I use the vegetables and spices for flavor enhancement.
It's meatloaf !
Mix all of your ingredients in a large mixing bowl and get your hands in there!
Mix well, incorporating all of your ingredients thoroughly.
Turn meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan and place on a baking sheet to catch the drips.
Put in a 400 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes (ovens may vary).
Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes and serve with your favorite sides.
In the picture above I enjoyed mine with thick slices of lightly seasoned fresh Jersey tomatoes; a seasonal delight here at the Jersey Shore ... you haven't enjoyed a tomato until you've had a Jersey ... nothing like them!
Well there you have it ... things are going well. I'm planning a post next week on the Slow-Carb Diet cheat day ... the one day a week Food Carnival for the Slow-Carb Lifestyle! I'll explain why it is vital to have a cheat day ... and why it's healthy!
I am joining Ann Kroeker for
I am joining Ann Kroeker for