Welcome to the Low Fat Diva’s Blog
UPDATE: I started this blog about 5 years ago right after I became very ill from a gallbladder attack. Since then I have been revising and creating recipes to stay with the low fat lifestyle I have come to enjoy. People ask me if I have to eat low fat because of my gallbladder issues, the answer is no. I choose to eat the way I do. I feel better, have more energy and have kept off the 15 pounds that I lost (3 pounds found me again :)). Give my recipes and blog a try if you are ready to make a change for the better with your health.
I am a big time “foodie”, love to cook and always have. For years I thought I did a pretty good job with my eating choices, only big indulgence was CHOCOLATE (but what girl doesn’t). However after a near death experience I found I needed to change my eating habits to recover. After I felt better I found I liked the new low fat lifestyle so I decided to stick with it and became a Low Fat Diva and you can too. I want to share with you some great recipes and some cooking tips. To go directly to my Low Fat Diva Blog click here. Or continue to read about my experiences.
Late one fall I had an attack by a body organ that I never really paid any attention to and frankly thought only older people had to deal with it………my gall bladder. Who could have known such a small organ was capable of causing such intense pain! Before the doctors knew for certain what was going on, I was told to go on a low fat diet. I’m sure I looked at the doctor like he was on crack because I explained I ate pretty healthy (not a great deal of red meat, lots of chicken, fish and pork and I didn’t spend my days doing fast food). The only comment I got back was to “lower my fat intake”! By what I asked, how much, give me a number. All I received from the doctor was a blank stare and a shrug…URGGGGGGGG
After doing some research I found the average person takes in about 60 grams of fat if they eat according to the food pyramid (bet it’s been awhile since you heard that term). Well I decided to take the 60 and lower it to 24 (no, I didn’t have any mathematical equation, just chose that number).
As I started really reading food labels, imagine my horror to find the items I thought were good for me were filled with FAT. I know some of you think but if it’s olive oil it’s ok, or this type of fat……Nope – don’t be fooled. FAT is FAT if you are counting. After my initial shock I started to find ways to convert my favorite foods and discover ways to make them lower in fat. It actually was not difficult and the challenge was exciting since I felt so crappy at the time.
After my surgery it was suggested I stick to my new low fat eating for at least 3 months to let everything heal (ended up with pancreatitus from the gall bladder attacks, which I discovered was the reason for the intense pain)! I finally started to feel like eating and wanted to try some of my recipes out so I thought no big deal (plus the 18 pounds I lost was pretty cool too). The three months turned into 6 months and I was enjoying the new eating plan so I decided to share my recipes. Like most women, I thought I was always on a diet, but this is different. I don’t look at it as a diet but I make different choices for my food. I’m never hungry and since I’m a carbo queen I can eat most of the things I love. Sure I’ve had to make some adjustments for cheese, chocolate and a few other items. But I think you will enjoy my recipes and I find they taste really good. Like I said in the beginning, I’m a foodie and if things don’t taste good I’m surely not going to pass it along and tell you to try it! I’ve tested my recipes out on some very tough critics…..family & friends (you know they can be brutal)