Sandwiches with Portabello Mushroom Caps

I love sandwiches. They have always been one of my favorite things. When I used to do Weight Watchers, I lived off of Subway sandwiches. So for as long as I have been doing low-carb diets, I have seriously been missing my sandwich fix.

Enter the portabello mushroom caps. I had heard of these being used for sandwiches, but I had never had the guts to try it. After all, they are mushrooms, and I tend to make some pretty heavy duty sandwiches. How in the world will they hold up?

Turns out, they hold up very well.

This sandwich has slow-cooked chicken in it, with bacon, red onion, and avocado. With the New Year here and the promise of spring around the corner, I am envisioning hamburgers with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, and anything else I can cram on there Рall on mushroom caps as buns. I just made a sandwich this morning that had some of my pork green chili on it with bacon and avocado. Think about how yummy a steak sandwich would be on mushroom caps! The possibilities are endless!

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Carb Addiction

So if ANYONE has been reading this blog, they know that I’ve been having my ups and downs with Weight Watchers. Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to the beach, and for some reason it inspired me to try to get back up on the wagon. So when we went grocery shopping I bought all of my usual weight-loss inspired products: high fiber granola bars, low fat cereal, low fat yogurt, and other things that I figured would make the journey to weight loss simple and easy.

Boy, did I think wrong. It seems like nothing about weight loss for me is easy. First of all, every time I start weight watchers on my own, I seem to get incredibly sick with a cold or something else within a few weeks to a month. I’m so tired in the afternoons and evenings that I can’t think straight and have no patience for anything – and I have to have patience at my job; I work in a daycare! So for a whole week I was tired and irritable and didn’t have much to do with my own kids. I headed for bed early every night. And I thought, “This is the kind of thing that has had my boyfriend telling me to see a doctor.” And then I remembered that the one time that I was on Weight Watchers and it worked for me, I HAD to have a nap every single afternoon. It worked out for me then, though, because I got off of work at two in the afternoon. Not so now.

I started doing some online research about what could possibly be making me so tired all the time. A lot of sites said that this tired feeling was normal – which I absolutely refuse to believe. I can believe being a little tired, maybe, but not this overwhelming, OMG I have GOT to have a nap RIGHT NOW kind of tired that I have been feeling for the past week.

Then I came across a site that said something about insulin resistance. Now this is something that I’m familiar with, being that my boyfriend is diabetic. And after I cataloged the enormous amount of carbs that I was eating every day from the time I got out of bed in the morning to the time I got back into bed (exhausted) in the evening, I realized that I was stuffing myself so full of carbs that the insulin in my system is probably not working any more.

Now I am starting a big experiment, and it will actually be the second time I am trying it. I am cutting carbs. Specifically, I am cutting anything that has wheat or other cereal grains, bread, pasta, and stuff like that. I actually haven’t had any of that for two days. And the way I am feeling now has prompted me to research carb withdrawals.

Let me be clear now, lest I be misunderstood: THIS experiment is more about health for me than weight loss. Anyone who has been tired all the time knows how much it SUCKS! I have plenty of books that have plenty of information about carbs and their affect on the body to reference, thanks to my boyfriend. I am trying to read them and gain as much information as I can from them, as well as looking for other sources online. And from what I have gathered from this information so far, this is probably going to be the healthiest decision that I have made since I decided to be more conscious about my health OR my weight. And since this is now about health more than about weight, I am going to change the focus of this blog to reflect that. I am going to use this blog to vent any frustrations, hopefully talk out any cravings I have, and keep up this amazing willpower that I have been exhibiting to myself the past couple of days (remembering how tired I am after I eat that crap doesn’t hurt – I was so tired Friday night after I ate pizza that I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I went to bed at 8:30).

Trying to Re-group

I’ve been on weight watchers for a week and a half now, and I feel like I haven’t accomplished much. I haven’t weighed myself at all, but I haven’t been keeping track of my points very well either. After the first week I have kind of let things slide, not writing anything down and thinking “Oh, well, I can get away with eating this, it isn’t that many points…” But all of those points add up, and I’m worried that on Wednesday when I weigh in, it won’t be all that great. I also haven’t been exercising, something that I hope to correct starting this week. I know that in order to change my shape and get my body looking the way I want it to, I HAVE to work out. There really isn’t any other way to do it. I can diet all day long, but if I don’t exercise, I’m not going to end up with the body that I want. So this week is a re-grouping for me, a time to get myself back in gear and keep track of things better. I am also going to look into joining weight watchers online and see if I can afford it, and if it will help me as far as keeping track of things. I know that it will, but the question is whether or not I can afford to do it. It may be one of those things that I am just going to have to make a priority, because the status quo of this past week is not going to get anything accomplished. Something has to happen.