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Today, we ask, "What food are you grateful for?"
Oh, great and glorious cheese!
Yeah, I'm a cheesehead. Not a Cheesehead kind of cheesehead (sorry, Greenbay fans!). But I adore cheese.
And on the Ketogenic diet, I can enjoy it for a change. With some of my health issues, I've had periods in my life when I couldn't have cheese or anything with milk in it. It sucked. Food lost all interest for me.
At my worst, getting pizza was a great excuse to order cheese bread, which was really just an excuse to have lots and lots of cheese.
I made a promise to myself, back when I started my journey with chronic pain, that I'd never let myself hit three hundred pounds. Losing my mobility this past year, not being able to walk or work in the garden - my depression took a hit, my yoga practice took a hit, my body took a hit. While planning my RWA trip, I had to make extra reservations for my airline flights, because I wasn't sure I'd be able to fit in a standard seat. I had to buy all new clothes because yoga pants and leggings weren't going to cut it for a professional conference. The final blow came the week before I left. I weighed in at 299.8 pounds.
I had some serious doubts about the Keto diet, but after everything else failed, it's what my doctor suggested to help me lose weight and manage some of the pain I've been struggling with. She sent me to a blog, suggested that I read some books while I was traveling for the RWA 2018 national conference, and come home prepared to make some significant changes.
I'm loving it. (as of writing this, I'm down almost thirty pounds, and it's only been 6 weeks)
I keep a variety of cheese stocked now, both for cooking and for snacking as part of my overall meal plan. I have recipes that call for cheese. Family favorite? Cheesy cauliflower casserole.
Few things hit me with a dose of warmth and comfort like creamy, melty, hot cheese.
How about you? What's your favorite food, and what food are you grateful for?