June 2, 2021 by Michael Davis No Comments

We Love Food

Why is dieting so hard? Healthy dinner ideas are what you need. It really shouldn’t be so difficult; we love food.  Food is nutritious and delicious and meant to strengthen and nourish our bodies.  I think part of the problem lies in the word diet.  The mere fact that when we use the term diet we associate or summarize our thoughts into actions like sacrifice, failure, and guilt.  We want to get a result that usually consists of losing weight, which is highly desired by all.

We love food so eating healthy shouldn’t be hard, in fact it shouldn’t be a diet.  So, let’s put that word into the files and talk about what we are really trying to achieve here.  The Chef's Diet  is a transformation of taking care of ourselves, for the love of food.  This is important because we need to do that for ourselves and for those who depend on us.  

If you were to take one day, and track on your smart phone, with one of the food tracking apps out there that you track your meal consumption. The app calculates the calories and nutritional value that you have or haven't consumed.  Seeing this information helps you realize that you may have been duped or fooled.  

In fact the very idea of seeing what you are actually consuming is alarming.  We often come to the understanding that can consume 100’s of grams of fat and 1000’s of grams of sodium and tons of carbohydrates daily,and  this isn't healthy. 

We love food yes, but survival on this type of daily consumption or diet, isn’t sustainable.  This is where we should begin.  You need to understand the foods you eat or appreciate are easily marketed because of their satisfying, pleasant, delicious nature and they fuel some of our American capital system.  

Whether you are shopping for convenience foods, processed in nature, or surviving on fast food options the results are similar.  High fat, High sodium and they are typically high in carbohydrates.  The funny thing is that our bodies get addicted to these tastes, textures and satisfaction from them.  The brain releases dopamine which gives you a feel good sensation.  

Web Md article by Mary Elizabeth Dallas Says, "Eating prompts the brain to release " feel good" hormones known as endorphins, which are naturally occurring opioids.  This is where food as a drug comes in, because over consumption to receive these feel good sensations can result in unhealthy weight gain.

For these reasons these rich foods should be treats, not sustainable daily food consumption eaten excessively causing stress on our heart, kidneys and other organs.  The Chef's Diet looks to other areas that will aid us in finding other things that give us a feeling of satisfaction that offers a more balanced healthy result than what food only might do. 

I challenge you to begin here and look at these facts and this will be our starting point.  What should we be aiming for in what we eat?  Depending on our age and an assumption that there is average health in an individual, you should consume about 11 grams of total fat, just over 1 tsp of salt which is 2300 mg, and 1192 calories of carbohydrates.  

These are the ones that affect us the most.  This is your challenge, compare a few days of what you actually eat to this average.  Then we can look at more healthful habits that will set you up for the best results

Healthy Recipes

Well it looks like you have some homework to do.  There is no need to take the extra time to solve what is for dinner.  You have it at your viewing eyes.  Don't stress while you are processing your meal intake add these good wholesome recipes you can take to the dinner table with confidence that they are tasty and nutritious.  

Soppressata Salad
This salad and makes antipasto smile as they feature this delicious, rich, fresh salad made with cured salami or soppressata
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Italian Green Beans with Bermuda Onions
Green beans with Red onion sauteed to a crisp finish
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A bowl of Italian Green Beans with Bermuda Onions
Grilled Artichoke salad
Artichokes, even canned, are a nice compliment to many dishes. Here they are the feature in this salad as they act as a proponent of the ingredients
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A healthy bowl of artichokes for the Grilled Artichoke Salad
Mushroom Barley Pilaf
Mushroom Barley is a great, nutritious satisfying yet tasty dish of barley and vegetables combined yielding a great side dish or vegetarian option
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An elegant plate of Mushroom Barley Pilaf.
Grilled Lemon Rosemary Chicken
This light refreshing chicken feature is actually simple to prepare. This is great grilled, however, it could be sauteed in a pan if the weather isn't permitting outdoor grilling
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Grilled lemon rosemary chicken on a cutting board with fresh chopped rosemary and a juicy lemon wedge.