Pointastification (say it slow, and learn it)

July 16, 2008

At a time in my life where I know more about food and nutrition than I ever did before, I find myself battling with my genes and years. Despite a conscious diet of whole and honest food I, like so many women around me, have gained weight… enough of it to have noticed a pattern.

Happily, society is obsessed with this, so the options for combating the gain are PLENTIFUL. After some research, I chose the online Weight Watchers Point System. With this system, I can look closely at how my diet “adds up” through the lenses of a weight loss program. As you can imagine, it has been a bit scary.

But, there have been pleasant surprises as well. For example, crab cakes can be a godsend and cream cheese is completely acceptable.

I have been happy with the Weight Watchers diet plan, which really does allow me to eat whatever I want as long as I accept what it means to my total diet. I have found Weight Watchers possible to maintain, and consistently satisfying.

However, I have one main gripe. As I spend time on the Weight Watchers site, reading their blogs and recipes, I find that there is a serious difference in our values.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Simple and sound advice from Michael Pollan.

I’m not trying to say that Weight Watchers wouldn’t agree with this advice, but it seems to me that their program is set up to encourage food-like substances instead of real food. I guess the advantage of these food-like substances is that we are allowed to eat more of them… even too much. As for the plants… well, we all think plants are a good idea. But they want me to flavor my plants with low-fat dressing… and I’m not sure what that means.

My hope is that I can use this blog to keep track of my own creative “Pointastic” recipes and ideas. Hopefully, you will find them useful as I have. I also plan to look at the pros and cons of some foods that look like they’d be good but maybe aren’t, and visa versa. Last, as much as I’d like to focus only on the positive, it would be cheating to not occasionally examine a “pointhoriffic” food choice or two. especially because I make plenty of them.

Please write to me if you have ideas of your own, or stories of your struggle to eat real food (but not too much). I look forward to meeting a new community of eaters.



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