What I’ll Be Eating This Week To Lose Weight…

July 1, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

…is lots and lots of plants. After plateauing for a couple of frustrating weeks on the weight front, I dropped a couple in the past few days and I’m now 8 pounds off! No deviations from the plan during that time, but at some point I was persisting only on faith that sooner or later the laws of physics have to prevail over the body’s tendency to conserve fat and energy when it faces a calorie cut. Sooner or later, the physics says this: fewer calories in, more calories expended = inevitable weight loss.

farmers-market-haulMeanwhile, it’s the season of glorious plants. It sure helps to have the farmers’ market in full bloom in Birmingham. The attached photo (yes, those are my shoes) shows the haul over the weekend—juicy Chilton county peaches; super-peppery baby arugula; little fingerling potatoes; Chinese long beans; a whole bunch of tomatoes; perfect broad beans; best-ever blackberries (I made a great mojito with them); Brussels sprouts (tonight I’m going to make a salad of wilted leaves with a mint-lemon dressing and toasted almonds, as an experiment); butter beans; and plums.

It’s so easy to cook when the food’s this good! Last night I put a succotash of butter beans, fresh corn and tomatoes, enriched with a bit of farmers’ market bacon but no cream, over quinoa, and served it with an arugula-and-red-bell-pepper salad with a dressing of avocado oil, mustard, and rice-wine vinegar.

Good luck to everyone following along on the #SocialDiet. We’ve had great response!

How do you keep motivated when you start to plateau? Share your advice—comment here, email Scott_Mowbray@timeinc.com, and tweet @ScottMowb or @Cooking_Light using #SocialDiet.


  1. Tony Nguyen

    HI! Thank you for your share above. It is not hard to lose weight.The most important thing you have to understand is that you need a specific diet plan. Many people read free information on the Internet. Most of these tips are not healthy or they are not exactly. However I see that all of the knowledge that you shared is very useful for me and for people who want to lose weight. Thanks again!

    December 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  2. Polly

    I’m in!! I want to lose 20 pounds’ how do I join??

    October 14, 2013 at 10:29 am
  3. Terry Hagan (@Tapohagan)

    Ok, here’s my question… if you eat all this plant food next week, where will you get your protein… I always get the response, “don’t worry about it, you get plenty of protein!” maybe that’s true on average, but I don’t think it works out that way for me or other folks who already read Cooking Light regularly and eat a pretty low sat. fat diet and stay away from junk food. I get my protein from dairy and small quantities of meat pretty much daily. I do eat nuts and whole grains but I’ll have a 4-5 ounce chunk of meat or fish pretty much every day.

    Terry (male, 5’8″, 163 pounds)

    July 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm
  4. Kathie Swanson

    I try to purchase a new type of produce every time I go to Farmer’s Market. Although, last weeks Opo (kinda wrinkly now) is still sitting on the counter waiting to be discovered.

    Thank you for the inspirational posts, I am heading over to one of my local Farmer’s Market’s this afternoon….

    I am sure your goal will be achieved and your healthy lifestyle just seems to be getting healthier! You rock!

    July 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

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