Last night we had a delicious meal. Roasted vegetables, meatloaf and cole slaw. It made me think of two more weight loss tips that might help if that is your goal. As you can see, it was two vegetables and a meat. There is some starch, there were two potatoes in the veggies and some stuffing in the meatloaf, but no bread, an extra potato, or pasta. That can be an effective and painless way to cut calories. Don’t serve any form of starch in addition to the meal. Don’t put crackers with the soup, bread on the side, bread sticks or any other form of bread. Most of the time, these sorts of additions are adding calories to an already complete meal. Starches also raise your blood sugar quickly.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a bread hater. I won’t ever go “paleo”. If you don’t know what that means, “paleo” is the diet philosophy that we shouldn’t eat anything our paleolithic ancesters wouldn’t eat. Read- pre-agriculture. In any case, eat bread and starch if it is intrinsic to the meal, as a sandwich, noodle soup, spaghetti and meatballs. Just don’t add it to an already complete meal.
The other idea contained in that meal is two veggies, less of everything else. It is very hard to gain weight, eating mostly vegetables. I even added veggies to the meatloaf, onions and green pepper.
I hope this helps. I also hope that picture makes everyone want to go out and roast some veggies- 400+ degree oven, enough olive oil to coat, salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic. Roast until they look delicious-20-45 minutes, depending on your oven, how much veggies, how big the pieces, etc.