Marco and I are on a slow transition toward a healthy lifestyle. My parents always told me how hard it would be to lose weight as an adult, and now I realize how correct they were. I was a cheerleader in high school, and I worried about my weight, but I had toned arms, toned legs, and an abundance of energy. College taught me to give in to my cravings and to appreciate beer. After college, I developed a love for things like brie sandwiches, white cheddar popcorn, and Heath bar ice cream. Here are some pictures of me after college, with three of my dearest friends. You can see the progression; not a terrible change, but I definitely became top-heavy by my 23rd birthday:
In the past few years, Marco has begun battling diabetes. His mother is diabetic, so it was not a surprise to him. We have had to give up some of our favorite recipes, like chile relleno casserole and tater tot casserole. One recipe we have both enjoyed is strawberry salad. I bought a book about reversing diabetes, which had a recipe for Indian lentil soup. I love it, but Marco is not a fan.
After a few days of lentil soup, we both lost about five pounds. I will keep you posted on new recipes and exercise ideas.
Chile Relleno Casserole: slice up poblano or pasilla chiles and put them in the bottom of a casserole dish. Brown 1 pound of ground beef and spread half of it over the chile slices. Pour half a bottle of Herdez salsa over all of it, and top it off with shredded cheese. Repeat with another layer of the same. Cook until golden and bubbly in the oven at 350 degrees. Serve with sour cream and avocados.
Strawberry salad: salad greens with sliced strawberries, radishes, celery, red onion, pears or apples, and anything else you like that’s crunchy (carrots, watercress, etc.). I use raspberry vinaigrette on this, and it’s like dessert before the meal!
Indian lentil soup: this is from a book called The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle