For somebody who hasn’t had much contact with a kitchen in preparing food, cooking might be a sealed book. However, inexperience, laziness or the wrong idea of how hard it is to prepare a meal for oneself might be the only reasons that hold one back from trying. Giving cooking a chance can be an eye-opener and a first step in the direction of taking control of what we eat. This burger is a delicious alternative to its meat counterpart and everything is self-prepared, even the bun.
Out of controlNowadays the constant availability of food makes it easier to get more for less and less money. Unfortunately, the primary goal of food manufacturers is to sell in vast quantities to increase their profits. The consequence is that they produce what sells the best. Hence, for them to produce healthy products, there has to be a demand for them. Our taste buds get used to what we eat – that’s a fact. If we eat a lot of junk food, our tastes adapt to it, and as a result crave more of the same. The more sugary or salty the foods we eat, the blander they taste over time, which means that we have to eat increasingly more sugar or salt to get the same satisfaction. Weight loss products claim to be healthier because they are low in sugar or fat, but if you think about it, the flavor still has to come from somewhere. If you study the ingredient list thoroughly, you will often find that the overall sugar content is disguised as different kinds of sugar, but in the end, they are still sugar. Eating a sugar-rich diet will make us hungry again very quickly. The reason for that is the spike in blood glucose and the resulting spike in blood insulin, whose role is to let our bodies store the unused glucose as fat. After it is stored, the drop in insulin starts a chemical reaction that makes us crave for more food. [Read more…]
I was curious to see how hard it would be. Now I know. Eating 500 kcal or more in addition to my normal basal metabolic rate was not an easy task. Sometimes I really had to make myself eat. Especially in the mornings, when my stomach was still full from the day before, I found it exceptionally hard to get anything in. But I’d made a decision, so I had to. Normally I’m hungry every meal, but not for the last two months. It was not only hard to get anything in but bigger portions than usual, too. I would, under normal circumstances, call myself an ambitious cook and eater, but eating without an appetite is no fun at all. [Read more…]Over a period of about eight weeks, I gained around about seven kilograms of weight.