An email from a reader: Part 2

by Andie Mitchell on December 5, 2011

“Hi Andie!

First and foremost I must tell you congratulations on your journey! I discovered your blog tonight and I have read every page of it. You are such an amazingly well rounded person and I plan on continuing to follow you! I just recently started trying to live a healthier lifestyle and would just like to hear your view on a few things. I’m 20 years young, 130lbs and from the the deep south! I’ve grown up on less than healthy foods and practically zero vegetables! I’m currently experimenting with vegetables and trying to learn how to cook better, for one lol, but healthier as well. My typical diet consisted of rice, potatoes, pizza, fried foods, pasta, lots and lots of cheese and desserts! I’m currently doing Crossfit and have cleaned up my diet 90%. My main worry though is once I’ve obtained my goal weight, how do I incorporate those foods I love back into my life? Because like you, I have a true love for food. I want to eat for nutrition as well as for enjoyment. I see that you seem to do that well! Do you just cut back your proportions or have your substituted a lot of ingredients? Do you eat less healthy foods (dessert, pasta, bread) as much as your do healthy foods? Thank you so much for your time, and your response is very appreciated!”

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Dearest,

Thanks very much for writing! As soon as I read your email, my mind went to New Orleans and how badly I wanted a fried oyster po’boy. Then, I collected myself and thought of this post I wrote a while back, on my love for vegetables and how I let those sprawl spread eagle across my plate. It’s the backbone of the way I ate then, to lose, and now, to stay still. Here it is: http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2011/08/09/how-to-roast-broccoli/

Hope you enjoy it: Wishing you the very, very best and congrats on changing your life for the better!!!
:)
Andie

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Alex December 5, 2011 at 7:06 am

you just made my favorite veg on the planet even more lovely….perhaps a tad sexier too. :) totally doing this tonight. Thanks!

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Candice December 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

Thanks so much for linking to that post! I’ve read it before, but re-reading makes me think some more about vegetables and how to include them in my diet.

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Katie December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

So funny that you included a link to your roasted broccoli … I tried it three days ago, and I cannot stop thinking about it!! It was so incredible. I never dreamed in a million years that it could have been that good! I love broccoli just fine … but this was outstanding! THANK YOU!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 6, 2011 at 6:29 am

Veggies rule! I still need to try brussels sprouts dang it!

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Kate December 6, 2011 at 11:39 am

A great reminder to bulk up a meal with vegetables. I forget how much I love them ’til I let them take center stage again. So, as a tribute to this post, I WALKED to the grocery store and bought broccoli. Exercise AND vegetables?! 2 for 1! Thanks again, Lady!

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Tracy December 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

This falls in line with what a friend of mine did. He made sure to eat vegetables with nearly all meals, and as much as he could incorporate then into his diet. He dropped 30 pounds, along with a semi-regular exercise routine. Veggies seem key, especially as an appetite suppressant and key filler, though still super yummy!

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