I went a little off the rails there. I'm not too proud to admit it. The online food tracking of my meal plan was well-intentioned but I became obsessive. I lost what I love most about food and cooking: experimentation and creativity. And, though I may have been eating healthier, I didn't loose what I wanted to loose: weight. The system is a good one but it's not for me. I missed eating good food, experimenting with cooking, and blogging about it.
So, it's time for a new plan. I'm going back to basics and back to my cooking. No more tracking everything I eat and trying to figure out if I have had enough protein or too much fat. Instead, I'm going to try to eat a variety of food, be smart about my meals, and cut down (or cut out wherever possible) processed food by eating real food.
Most importantly, I'm going to use my cooking to help me eat healthier because it will allow me to eat real food and prepare it in a healthy way. It makes it a lot easier to know what's in my food when I'm the one who put it there. My interest in cooking has always been in trying new things and substituting ingredients for ones that make more sense for me. Combining that with an honest workout and exercise program should do the trick. Being healthy doesn't have to be complicated.
Here we go again...