April 29, 2018
I decided to make this video after seeing the supportive comments in our Rainbow Ladder Support Team video. People have been commenting on my weight loss on instagram and on our videos lately, and I figured I should talk about it a bit so that everyone knows it’s coming from a positive place. Not just from the perspective of how I’m losing it, but why I’m losing it, and also from the perspective of how I gained the weight that I’m now trying to lose. All of this is highly personal, of course, as most of it is pertaining to my having EDS. At the same time, I’m not a licensed dietician, but I have been struggling with weight my entire life, so I’m simply going to share what’s working for me now.
If you’ve watched the video you’ll know I’m focusing on calorie restriction but I’d like to make it clear: severely restricting your calories is a very unhealthy way to lose weight. I’m talking about when people have one bite of an apple for the whole day. That type of restriction will cause you to lose more than fat; you lose muscle, bone density, energy, mental focus…the list goes on. I’m specifically aiming to be just a few hundred calories below my TDDE and I usually combine that day with walking or other light exercise to help me get my heart rate up.
Now, when it comes to low calorie substitutes, I know they’re not going to be perfect. Like vegan substitutes for meat, they’re not like the real thing, but they can be good in their own respect. And, hell, life ain’t fair. The stuff that tastes the best is the worst for us. So we enjoy it in moderation, and try to emulate it healthily otherwise. Ok, now on to other low calorie substitutes!
1. Have you heard of shiratake noodles? They’re made from conjak, which is a yam in Japan, and they’re ultra low calorie. I’ve seen bags of them for 10 calories or so. I add them to my soups and spring rolls to (somewhat) satisfy my noodle urges. I just hate cooking with them, because when you open the bag, they smell like a bag of dirty dicks. I’ve never smelt a bag of dirty dicks before, or a bag of clean ones even, but I imagine that someone who has smelled a bag of them might have had a flashback to that moment when they smelled a bag of shiratake noodles. Just rinse them under cold water and use your hands to really get them rinsed of all remaining dirty smells, and you’re golden. Less dirty dick smell, same low calorie goodness! They don’t need to be cooked, just warmed up or else they’ll get soggy.
I use them to make all Asian stir fries. They match perfectly as a Pad Thai, Basil Pepper Beef, Tofu and Eggplant, stir fried veggies + hot sauce… and I like to add them to udon broth, shabushabu, or inside of cold wrap rolls with lots of basil and carrot slaw.
2. Lettuce wraps are great! We made a Mexican dinner tonight with black beans, ground chicken and seasoning, homemade salsa, and homemade guacamole. Instead of putting that all in a tortilla shell (which has a metric fuckton of calories) we just wrapped small bites in a strong lettuce and loved it. LOVED IT! We did not feel the need for tortillas or chips or anything. I also use lettuce wraps to make Korean Lettuce Wraps, Ban Mi Wraps, Thai Chicken Wraps, Tuna Salad Wraps.
3. When I’m craving pizza, I’ve been making it with cauliflower crust instead of a typical flour crust. You’ve seen my Almost Crust Pizzawq video before yes? Yes? Good! Well that has a lot more calories than cauliflower, but it isn’t always available in Japan (and not at all in Korea). However, when I get the chance I make cauliflower bread and pizza. Just pre-cook your toppings and after the crust is cooked, top it up for a final crisping.
4.Tofu and Eggs I use a lot for quick meals on the go. I’ll pan fry firm tofu and cover it in a scrambled egg, I’ll scrambled eggs and microwave them with some onions or spinach to make them soft and puffy. Scrambled eggs with hot sauce. Egg salad sandwich…the list goes on.
5. I don’t like salad but I do like slaws. Shredded carrot slaw, cucumber salad, beans, cabbage, anything hearty I love. Toss some edamame beans, steamed pumpkin wedges and you’re got yourself a party.
6. Being out of the house: When I see a movie, I bring a container that might be filled with sugar snaps, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers strips, and 1 square dark chocolate. When I go to Starbucks I get a brewed coffee, cold brew, iced americano, iced tea (no sugar) If I haven’t eaten breakfast, I’ll got for a latte with has 190 calories but provides me with some protein as apposed to coffee or americano 8-15 calories.
I’d also like to mention that eating a meal with lots of real veggies and fibre will keep you fuller longer and more energy. So even if something like a cookie has less calories than an apple, the cookie is pretty empty health benefit wise. If you have any more healthy ideas for substitutes, please share in the comment section!