Broccoli stalks are very tasty - My tastes are changing for the better! Yayyy!

United States
December 13, 2012 8:53pm CST
I love broccoli. I used to just eat the flowerettes, if that us what they are called. The outside of the stalks are tough, so I cut off the outer part and eat the stalk. There is no waste that way. I don't even count the calories of the veggies. I figure the calories are mostly negative anyway, since my body burns calories to digest them. I am thinking if phasing meat out if my diet. I get my protein from a couple slices of American cheese at breakfast and supper. I don't eat bread anymore. My daughter and I are losing 2 to 3 pounds a day because our calories are so low that the body burns body fat for energy. We don't get hungry like before. I like drinking skin milk twice a day also. My daughter didn't eat her grapefruit smiles I cut up for her today so I will eat them tomorrow. My daughter said her back doesn't hurt anymore like it used to. I am looking forward to when mine doesn't hurt. I mopped my kitchen and breakfast room floor by hand today. I worked up a sweat. I sure do enjoy the smell of a freshly mopped floor. It helps me to burn calories too. I'm so thankful for my daughter to be my center. She has helped to change my thinking. My body image and my health is more imoortant to me than a taste if my used to be favorite foods. I'm not depressed anymore either. I'm feeling good on the inside as well as on the outside. My 1X jeans fit me and just 2 weeks ago I couldn't pull them over my hips. Don't get me wrong, I'm still heavier than most of you. But I've come a long way. I went from 412 to 289. I want to get to 170. I will wear a size 12 to 14 at that weight. I told my daughter that when we lose all our eight I want us to go to Glamor Shots to get some portraits made of us. I want us to get something really nice to wear and really treat ourselves with these photos. Your thoughts?
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@celticeagle (121039)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Dec 12
I like brocolli. I think they are called 'flowerettes'. Most vegetables and fruit have a certain amount of fiber in them and this helps to digest and get them through the intestine and the bowell. I congratulate you on have a taste now for the vegetables and the weight you are losing. THis is great! Losing weight does aliminate the strain on body parts. I know my hip wouldn't hurt as bad in the Winter months if I could get about 150 pounds off this poor body of mine. I do try to eat healthy some of the time. And my depression would probably be lessened too. Portraits of yourself would be such fun and before and afters would be cool too. I hope you will share these with us at some point. How exciting. I spent three months exercising every day and eating a pretty strict diet and only lost 35 pounds. Wasn't too bad. I am so proud of you and happy that you are able to do this. Looks like you have about 119 left to go. By mid Summer you should be about at your goal. Yayy is right.
• United States
15 Dec 12
I have a discussion up where I put a link to the before photo and a pic of me today. I also took a picture if that photo with my phone and added it to my first comment on the first response. Hope you see it.
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@celticeagle (121039)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Dec 12
I would like to see it. I will go check and see if I can find it.
@celticeagle (121039)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Dec 12
I found it. Gosh girl! You've lost a lot. I think I am just at 300 now days. Haven't weighed myself in a while. I go in for my yearly in april or march. We'll see ten.
• China
14 Dec 12
i think you live your life in a richful and happy way, so glad that your daughter helped you to change your ideas. cocktail is really good.
• United States
14 Dec 12
Yes I have changed my lifestle and my daughter has kept me focused. She has set the example that I need.
• Indonesia
14 Dec 12
it always great when you have a motivator.. in return you can also be a motivator to you daughter, maybe by setting goals together.. aiming certain goals keep us motivated in a long run :D
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• United States
14 Dec 12
This works but its not a 'diet' for me. It's a lifestyle change that I will live with instead if eating the way I was. I had a gastric bypass and I couldn't eat a lot either, but I managed to gain back 70 pounds of the 150 I lost. I have just 19 pounds left to lose and I will be at square one. Now the weight is shedding at 2 to 3 pounds each day. It will eventually slow down, but my daughter has lost 58 pounds now and tomorrow she will report another 2 or 3 pound loss. The great thing is that I don't get hungry anymore. I don't crave anything u used to want. I'm not depressed anymore. I feel in control of my life for the first time in years because what I put into my mouth matters to me.
• Japan
14 Dec 12
Broccoli - Delicious broccoli
Oh that's great! Broccoli is one of my favorite and I don't eat veggie since I was little but my hubby made me ate them. I started with broccoli and one of my favorite cooking for broccoli are steamed broccoli and beef mushroom broccoli they are good and delicious.
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• United States
15 Dec 12
I love it cooked and raw. Your soup sounds good. The only broccoli soup I have made is creamy and that is too fattening for me now. I mainly eat raw now. I like the way I feel when eating a raw diet. I still do eat a small amount if cooked foods but I plan to phase them out for the most part.
• Japan
15 Dec 12
Oh that's good. Good diet is kind of really hard to start with specially if you're grown up eating junk haha I was but since I started liking veggies I've been always trying to eat like salads and trying not to use salt and any msg too
@Cetz912 (65)
• Indonesia
14 Dec 12
from what i read, you have changed your eating habit to a healthier choice. that's great!! keep maintain it until you get your ideal weight. i'm used to be obese few years back (roughly around 98 kg) until a body checkup test make up my mind to change my life style 180 degree.. it always good to have an ideal weight and switching unhealthy food to a healthier ones he he.. now i'm 72 kg, I hit gym three times a week, it really really great to have lighter body. as long you watch your calorie intake daily.. it should be fine cheers!
• United States
14 Dec 12
I wish I could go to a gym. My son in law spoke about making our sun room into an exercise gym. I hope they do.
• Indonesia
14 Dec 12
hopefully :) but gym is not the only option you have. you can simply walk /jog outside to your housing area.. make it from 10 - 15 mins.. slowly increase the interval :D that's what i did previously.. before my friend bring me to nearby gymnastic.
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
15 Dec 12
if you are going vegan make sure you get a proper vegan diet or else you will not be getting the vitamins you need to stay healthy.
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• United States
15 Dec 12
I don't think I will actually go vegan. I won't vow never to eat meat because i do enjoy it. If I feel like eating meat, I will some days and if I don't want to I won't. I won't go vegan because I like my cheese too much. I like eating two slices of white Borden's 60 calorie cheese. I like the store brand egg beaters better than regular eggs. I had 8 ounces if turkey soup that I made and froze a couple of weeks ago. I nuked a small potato and then pored my soup over the potatoe and ate it that way. I have quit eating butter or margarine. I quit eating sour cream, but I will continue to have my Greek yogurt. I get the low fat variety.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
15 Dec 12
Yes I remember when I had lost alot of weight I was in less pain that before, so it does work. My back hurts alot on and off nowadays especially if I'm on here. I like eating broccoli, I have cooked it perfectly medium soft the last few times I have cooked the frozen but home grown broccoli we have had in the freezer here and I love it! I do want to cut out alot of the sugar again and have been taking coconut oil this time to help with the weight but mostly my immune system and thyroid. I have used it as a moisturizer on my face and neck last night and might have already noticed a difference. My feet also but they were still quite dry in the a.m. I say you did a great job on the weightloss, I'm proud of you too! I hope you can get to your goals and that rewarding yourselves with glamour shots will be a wonderful incentive to doing so. I just love some of the people on this site, being so normal and happy with goals, so unlike the people I call "family" that I live with at times, they are a total different story and not a very good one either.
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• United States
15 Dec 12
That's awesome about the oil. I've never tried that. I think I love the stalks on the broccoli better than the rest if it. I don't use sugar or eat processed carbs anymore. I feel much better for it.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
15 Dec 12
Here in mexico.. which is poor. many use stalks to make a caldo or soup. Kinda like a bullion. Its really cook. You boil it very a long time and it breaks up.
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• United States
15 Dec 12
I bet it is good too! I love those stalks raw. I peel them and chew them up. To me they are better than the flowerettes.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
14 Dec 12
your progress has ben amazing and im sure n inspiration to others that are trying to get in shape and find healthier lifestyles. I hope you are keping before and after pics! Great job!! 1 !
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• United States
15 Dec 12
I have a discussion up that has my pic today and a link to a photo of me in 2000 at my daughter's wedding. I also added the pic at my comment to the first response. You will see my before and now pic that way. I would be interested in your thoughts. I am about half the woman I was.
• United States
14 Dec 12
It is great that you are losing the weight. In terms of protein, tempeh is a good source. Cooking it in olive oil with some vegetables and seasonings makes for a good, quick and healthy meal. It is also great baked, in stew or used in chili. It is better for you than American cheese--no artificial colors and far less processed. We love veggies here, and broccoli is no exception. We actually just had some as part of the dinner I prepared earlier.
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• United States
14 Dec 12
I don't know what that tempeh is that you mentioned. I don't sauté anything in any kind if oil. I just mainly eat raw instead if cooked by my own choice. I eat less and get satisfied on just a little bit. I might get to where u try cooking, I just don't want to go over 700 calories a day. I don't really count them, but I mentally assess what I've eaten in a day.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Dec 12
Go for it, nothing like a reward at the end! But take it a little at the time, and don't get so focused on the goal at the end that you get frustrated if you plateau.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
19 Dec 12
It's great that you're both so enthusiastic and noticing some real benefits with the changes occurring. It's a huge goal but it sounds like you're on the right track so good luck.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 12
A few days ago my boyfriend advised me to eat raw broccoli. I love vegetables, but not too fond of raw vegetables. I have not tried it until now, but I have to because some days ago I feel not fit, apparently because of the food I have eaten. Do you eat raw broccoli? how it taste?
@savak03 (6676)
• United States
14 Dec 12
That sounds like a diet I need. I truly wish I could lose some weight. I don't really eat that much any more but I still can't seem to lose.