Saturday Swapit #7

Welcome to another Saturday Swapit where you can moan about diet frustrations and provide suggestions for keeping those unwanted pounds away.
If you’d like to join in, write a post about your experiences and pingback to this one, then leave a link to your post in the comments.

I asked for recipes last week so check out the comments on SS#6 here
Thanks to Paula and Val for their input.
Astrid joined us too and raised some good points. She is on a food plan via a dietician which is working for her.
Diana at Writer Ravenclaw is with SW as I am and wrote this.
Carol Anne is also with SW and shared one of her favourite desserts
Melanie offered us a good recipe this week which holds promise for variations as does this one from JP at Wide Eyed Wonderings.

My recipe is a basic mix which can be used for spaghetti bolognese, lasagna, chili or cottage pie.
I use 5% fat minced beef, garlic and onions for my cottage pie, then for spag bol or lasagna add a tin of chopped tomatoes, and for chili add a tin of red kidney beans as well.
Lasagna has a cheese sauce layered between the pasta and beef mix which can up the calories, but if you are weighing your ingredients, you can take this into account.
Here’s a post I wrote on it

I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician or nutritionist. Anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or GP. This is not a diet programme.My subject this week is what puts you off a diet programme.

Do you start full of enthusiasm then after the first couple of weeks everything stalls?
Do you prefer to count calories, carbs, and fats?
Do you like the idea of everything being done for you and nutritious meals are delivered to your door or you can just open a packet and add milk or water?
Do you prefer set menus or combinations?
Do you get food bored easily?
Do you like a group atmosphere where everyone contributes?
Do you like taster sessions?

I see DIET as just another four letter word for FOOD.
We need it, but as individuals our needs vary as do our tastes.
I love to cook, and used to use a lot of pre-made sauces until they got too expensive for my budget.
Reading labels, I got an idea of ingredients and experimented. My sweet and sour sauce used vinegar but after Hubby suffered a severe bout of indigestion and reflux, we discovered I could omit that and now have ginger and pineapple sauce with our chicken or on its own with rice. I still add soy sauce and a little sugar but by using the natural juice from the tinned pineapple, it gives it that extra kick. Fresh ginger is definitely better than the powdered variety, but that works too.
I try not to have set meals on specific days and ring as many changes as I can with what we know Hubby can now tolerate.
I have tried the ready meals to some extent, but not as a diet programme, though there is a SW range available at Iceland and WW do something similar in the freezer department of most supermarkets as well as on the ‘dry stuffs’ shelves.
Cost has always been a factor for me and some of the ‘managed’ diet programmes are too expensive for my pocket. Spending something like £50 a week on meals for one is extravagant to someone like me who spends £35 a week for the two of us.
I hate counting calories and constantly weighing everything I intend to eat as I find it demoralizing before I start.  SW works for me, even though I have to weigh or measure some items.

There will always be bad days, bad weeks where there is no loss or a small gain, frustrations and despondence, but half the battle is knowing ourselves………. what we like, what triggers cravings and why, our weaknesses, our strengths, and the belief in ourselves that WE CAN DO THIS.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Saturday Swapit #7

  1. Carol anne says:

    I like some of the SW ready meals, they are filling, and tasty!
    Homemade meals are always better though!

    • I cook most of mine from scratch, but have recently discovered Tescos budget range which suit Hubby and I love their tomato pasta dish!

      • Carol anne says:

        Oh that’s wonderful I’ve never tried the Tesco meals I must try them 😀💖

      • They aren’t in the diet cabinet, but the labels are easy to follow. We like the lasagne, sweet and sour chicken, and I like the pasta. At 69p I can’t make it for that. They also do a spaghetti bolognese and chicken curry which we haven’t tried as I make my own.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Di, my kryptonite is certain snack foods – I cannot resist Cheetos. I try not to have Oreo cookies in the house. I use MyFitnessPal app on my phone and it really helps. I make out a 2 week menu that helps with the grocery shopping list and also allows me to rotate in foods….

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  4. Here’s my contribution:

    I apologize that it’s a day late, but yesterday just got totally away from me. Great topic this week, by the way…they’ve all been great! 🙂

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