If you have cable or satellite, and you are a foodie, then you have probably seen the show Fat Chef. This show chronicles chefs that are overweight and in trouble with their health because of habits blamed largely on stress and working around food all day. I am still in college, just a culinary student and many many years away from being a chef. I am not even sure I am going to work on the line somewhere until my 3 year old is, well, older because I would NEVER be home and he is still so little. At any rate these chefs all had one thing in common, consuming way too many calories, and not working out. They are grazing on food all day at their job. Recipe for disaster, no pun intended
I don’t ever consume too many calories I am more guilty of not enough calories and the ones I eat don’t stimulate my metabolism. I would drink Cola and eat sweets. I am not massively overweight but I am not at a healthy weight. Before I become a “real” chef I want to make sure I start good habits. I don’t eat much meat anyway so cutting that down wouldn’t be hard. Its eating a lot more vegetables and fruit that I need to do. I have given up soda, its been 5 days, and I am doing ok! So much so that my bloating and double chin have gone away. I do feel better eating a bit cleaner. I am pretty close to a vegetarian diet but since I don’t care for cheese or nuts or TOFU my protein replacements needs some research. I have been taking an iron supplement daily for weeks and I think it helped the transition.
I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I am going to be the perfect eater. I am a chef, not certified and not working on the line just yet but the principle is the same and I will HAVE to taste my dishes. Tasting is fine. My beloved Italian class, though fattening, exposed me to some really delicious flavors. Eating the food we made in that class along with the food I make at my internship was the main cause of my slug. WAY too much gluten and starch! I won’t deprive myself especially when faced with a cheesecake. But I WILL be working our every single day even if it is just 30 minutes. My torture of choice is Yoga and I want to try Pilates for toning. In the meantime I will be adding low cal recipes here ad there to help anyone out who might be struggling.
I may start with complete protein shakes or meals and supplements like spirulina tablets when I am not so good about eating enough.
I won’t ever give up making my delicious food and desserts and enjoying food. But I will be making a valiant effort to live in moderation and not land on the show Fat Chef!