I have reached critical mass. That is to say, I am finally too big for my britches. Okay, I’m fat. Is that clear? I eat well and get a moderate amount of exercise. But, at my age, my metabolism has slowed and I clearly eat a little too well and drink a little too well. Time for a shift.
I do not advocate diets. They simply do not work. If you are obese then either you have a medical condition that needs to be treated by a doctor or you have lifestyle issues that need to be addressed. I believe that I fall into the latter category and need to make some adjustments. The challenge is that I don’t actually do anything that bad. I eat very little fatty food and eliminated all processed food a few years ago. I do have the occasional chip and cookie. So what to do, what to do?
Here’s my plan. I am outlining it in front of you all as witnesses. Nearly as crazy as a recipe a day for a year, right? I am going to completely eliminate all alcoholic beverages from my weekday. I’ll limit the drinking to wine on the weekends. I will completely cut out all chips. I usually do not do anything 100% as that is a sure fire way to fail, but chips will not be a problem. I will curtail carbs during the week: no pasta, pizza, potatoes or rice. I don’t eat the bad carbs already. I will eliminate all sugar products. Don’t look for any homemade cookies here for a while.I will continue to pursue the weekday vegetarianism that I started a few months ago. Lastly, I will increase my exercise to everyday and try to up the amount as well.
I will still post carb stuff, especially pizza. I just won’t be eating them during the week. My goal is a lofty one. I want to drop 30 pounds in 3 months. Wish me luck.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash
- 16 oz. Brussels Sprouts, cleaned and halved
- 16 0z. Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (optional)
- Panko Bread Crumbs
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Large Ovenproof Dish
- Chef’s Knife
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Prep the vegetables and intermingle them in a single layer in the dish. You can buy butternut squash already cleaned and cut but make sure that the price isn’t completely out of line with a whole one. Peeling a whole squash requires some skill but is not impossible and can sometimes save you as much as half.
- Sprinkle brown sugar and the bread crumbs over top. Both of these ingredients are optional and I will be leaving them out this week.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Salt and Pepper.
- Roast in the oven for 45 minutes.
There is absolutely nothing complicated about this dish but it is really delicious. This is a staple around our house in the winter. We probably have it once a week. Try the brown sugar version if you are not trying to drop 30 pounds.