I’m approaching two years since my weight loss surgery. So far, I’m holding my 145 pound weight loss and in general, I feel pretty good. The past few months, however, I have felt tired and run down. I made a doctor’s appointment and had blood drawn and was diagnosed with iron deficient anemia. It was a huge relief that it is something simple that I can combat with some dietary changes and a simple vitamin. Less than two weeks later, I’m already feeling a lot better.
When you are exhausted all the time, it is hard to bring yourself to cook. I had a hard time getting out of bed. Inevitably, that leads to eating out – which perpetuates the problem because bad nutrition will always bring on more health problems and fatigue. This has been the trap that I’ve fallen into. The lure of fast food has long been a siren call that has left me broken on the rocky shore. My oldest son has gained a lot of weight lately and though I’m not gaining weight, my health has suffered. No more!
A Time of Rebirth
I love Spring and especially the Easter season. I’m a very religious person and this time has a message of rebirth for me, a time to celebrate the breaking of the bonds of death. It is when all things that were dead are renewed and come back with new life. This can be a symbolic season for us to re-evaluate our lives and renew those New Years Resolutions that have been forgotten or that we faltered on.
The best part of all, there is no judgement, just love and we can all renew our efforts to be better. That’s what I’m doing – I’m re-evaluating my methods and moving forward. And in doing so I will be healthier, my children will be happier and we will move forward.
An Easy Easter Menu: Mediterranean Rack of Lamb with Panzanella Salad
I think it is evident from my blog posts that I love planning holiday meals. I love sharing food with family and friends. With my sous vide, the stress melts away and I know that the result will be spectacular. While at Costco – I was perusing their (plentiful) meat selection. Their amazing Frenched Rack of Lamb caught my eye – and I popped 2 racks into my cart knowing that this would be a spectacular meal.
Easter tradition in my family has always been a ham and pineapple dinner, Sunshine carrots, and au gratin potatoes. Often there would be green beans almondine. In the past I’ve made cakes, pies, and chocolate treats. But this year, I wanted something a little different. And what better way to celebrate the sacrifice and resurrection of the Lamb of God? Yeah, it might be a stretch, but it made sense to me. Rack of lamb is a wonderful alternative for your family meal.
What I didn’t realize – rack of lamb in the sous vide is tender, delicious and one of the best meals I’ve ever had.