Lose weight with this handy cookbook

2010-03-25 00:00

I’VE been off the ciggies for 18 months now, and while that’s a major personal victory, the extra kilograms I gained were most unwelcome. The kilograms can also be attributed to my addiction to sweet things and my decision to ditch meat (uber-bad karma), and the large amounts of kilojoule-loaded cheddar cheese that I at first substituted for dead flesh.

So, having said some unprintable bad words (sorry gran … ) to the scale yet again, I recently consulted a dietician for a healthy eating plan, and she came up with a low-Glycemic Index (GI), low- fat menu, and recommended I get hold of the Eating for Sustained Energy cook books.

While low GI is a much bandied about term, I had not really understood what it actually meant and how low GI foods work to promote weightloss and steady blood sugar. The book provides an easy to understand explanation of both GI and a newer concept, Glycemic Load (GL).

The recent long weekend afforded an opportunity to try out some of the salad recipes and both the curried peach and barley salad, and the marinated cabbage salad, were delish.

Each user-friendly recipe comes with a useful dietary analysis of nutrients per designated serving, which reveals the GI and GL value, kilojoules, carbs, protein, fat and fibre rating. It also tells you how to factor the portion into your meal plan of starches, fats and proteins, etc.

Each recipe has dieticians’ notes, which provide extra interesting bits of info about the recipe and how to adapt it in different ways. All ingredients are easily available locally and the easy recipes produce proper food, as opposed to fiddly haute cuisine.

Dedicated to diabetics by the authors, the book will be invaluable to those who are the uncomplaining heroes who watch their diet and blood sugar constantly­.

I also liked the fact that many of the meat recipes can be easily converted to vegetarian options. And guess what? There are even some decadent desserts, cakes and biscuits — all absolutely legal for both diabetics and those following­ a low-GI eating plan. Salad this weekend maybe, but I think I deserve­ a treat so it’s a small slice of low-GI, low-fat, but damn delicious- looking chocolate cake next weekend. I can’t wait.

P.S. This morning I gave the long suffering scale some words of encouragement. A week in, and it’s being kinder already.

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