4.14.2010

SKINNY COW

Something life changing happened last month. I discovered The Pioneer Woman's cooking section on her site and made several of the most amazing sauces using heavy cream and cooking wine (yes, wine, I'm not drinking it, don't you judge me). Consequently, I also gained 7 pounds and my tactful sister, Kaci, told me that I look pregnant. I don't think it helped either that I was eating ice cream almost every afternoon. (Hey, it was on sale!)

Fortunately, I've never really had to struggle with my weight and as a result I have grown up loving whole milk and chugging heavy cream straight out of the container. (I salivate just thinking about it.) I even remember my Dad (who today probably doesn't weigh more than 150 lbs) buying my sisters and I our own individual half-gallons of ice cream to eat whenever we wanted. I often wonder how my "cream and butter" years have affected my body. Skinny doesn't always mean healthy.

Yuck.

So, this has led me to make some drastic changes in my life, namely, going "low-fat." This was my first low-fat week and... it was disgusting. I made strawberries and cream with 2% milk. I ate the yogurt that doesn't have the cream at the top. I even bought "light" sour cream and it's texture seems strange. I can't even think about transitioning to skim milk at this point.

How do people live like this?

16 comments:

  1. I grew up drinking skim milk, therefore 2% tastes like cream to me. Believe it or not, life will still go on, and be joyous, even if you're drinking skim milk and eating fat free cottage cheese. And skim milk is usually cheaper, so that's a bonus.

    Good luck!

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  2. First of all Cristin, I can't believe you've stayed so skinny all these years drinking whole milk/cream and non-"diet" foods! I'm sure you can't even tell that you've gained 7 lbs! Second of all, this post makes me laugh because I grew up on (and still buy) all the low cal/non fat/low carb foods, and when I married Cody his family ate completely opposite- I wondered how people could live eating like THAT! It's such a matter of what you're used to, and I'm sure you'll adjust- I've had to (reluctantly) learn that happy medium is best Ü Good luck!

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  3. Downgrading is a lot harder than upgrading.

    Never, never, though, go non-fat with dairy. Ick.

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  4. Please, please, please don't be so drastic to switch to skim milk. I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about people drinking it. I drink 1%. Sometimes when we are out of 1% I like to enjoy a bowl of Reece's Puffs with kids' whole milk and it is divine. I try to buy the lowfat or nonfat stuff when it's going in a recipe, so the taste will be hidden by all the other flavors.

    And that the 7 lbs. was probably well needed.

    And how did it to take you so long to discover the cooking page on Pioneer Woman? That's all I check anymore. Have you discovered her Tasty Kitchen page??

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  5. Yeah, don't ever go back there. Especially, don't look up her fancy mac and cheese with crumbled bacon, sauteed onions and 4 different cheeses. You will NEVER go back. Trust me.

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  6. I love your "tactful" sister Kaci! You girls are too much. (Could you perhaps be pregnant?)

    How lucky that you inherited your father's skinny gene. Amazing that you spent all those years chugging heavy cream and yet stayed so lean! Your testimonial about what happens when you discover an amazing cooking section/feature is exactly why I stopped tuning in to the Food Network. I learned a lot of great cooking skills, but always got hungry watching the segments. Stopped watching. Out of sight=out of mind.

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  7. I've moved past non-fat milk to soy milk. If you want a drink that helps make sure you're only drinking milk when your life depends upon it, try soy milk.

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  8. I freakin LOVE the Pioneer Woman. Her recipes are AMAZING!

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  9. What happened to the pictures of you eating whipping cream at Emma's blessing?? I LOOOVE CREAM. Do you remember when I was little, every time we ate out I would drink the little cups of cream for peoples coffee?? The other day I made pudding, and I knew it would taste SOO Much better if I replaced the milk with heavy cream... I WAS SOOOO SICK. No wonder I'm not loosing any weight. I better stop or Kaci is going to be asking me if I'm pregnant.

    P.S. I Hear those dress suits don't come with elastic.. ;)

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  10. You get used to it, you really do. And you will probably feel better than you have in a long time. (At least that's what I always tell myself!)

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  11. I think I hate people like you. There is something wonderful about "regular" sour cream, but I buy the low fat stuff anyways (never non fat sour cream, it is just nasty). However, anything above non fat milk creeps me out. I even make ice cream with non fat milk...still use the heavy cream, but I can barely tell the difference when I use the non fat milk. Good luck with the switch!

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  12. I love whole milk, but I usually buy 2%. If you want to start drinking skim, just mix about 2 TBLS of whole milk and 3 cups of water. That's skim right there and think about all the money you will save. Also you might try Almond milk. I like it tons better then soy.

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  13. SORY SORRy I know this is where you were supposed to have that great pic of you shoving whip cream in your mouth courtesy of me. Sometimes its better to be blunt, it saves a lot of time.

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  14. I'm sure this post wasn't meant to inspire me to try all of the fattening food PW makes... but between this post, and a contest on another blog where everyone named their favorite PW recipe, I find myself trying to make them all. I made her Fancy Macaroni tonight... YUM! If I get fat, I'm blaming you and PW.

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