Can I fill up on carbs all day and lose weight? Yes, yes I can!

When it comes to weight loss there are all kinds of options.  The trick is finding one that suits you and that you can stick to.

A few years a go I tried eating high protein and low carb.  Seemed easy enough – but I lasted less than 2 hours.  What can I say, I love carbs and if I don’t eat them I feel hungry and deprived.  Not a good recipe for long lasting weight loss and maintenance.

So, although I wanted so badly to fit into my Summer pants, I just couldn’t figure out a way to make that happen.  Enter the Starch Solution.  I found a few Facebook groups talking about it and supporting each other.  I joined them, read a lot, asked questions and I gave it a go – eating baked fries until my belly was soooo full.

And the first week I lost over 4 pounds!!  And I was never hungry lol!!  How crazy is that?!  No pills, no supplements, no prepackaged meals or shakes.  Just real food.  Yah buddy!

So here’s the thing: we’ve been lied to.  Plant based, real food carbs are not in fact bad for us.  You go look it up, buy some potatoes and fill your belly hun.  Because maybe your Summer pants miss you as much as you miss them.

So now I’m continuing along as a very happy camper – baking fries, microwaving potatoes, cooking rice and gobbling up lots of veggies.

Summer pants, I’m coming for you!

Never would have guessed I have room for strawberry plants!!

There is something akin to a miracle that happens when I’m in the garden.  Any bit of sadness or anxiety fades away; it’s just me and the plants.  I used to wonder why but then one day it dawned on me that I like nurturing and somehow that nurturing feeds back and I feel better when I’m done.  I’ve also recently learned about Grounding.  Who knows, maybe that’s the reason I feel better!  Either way, I love gardening and it seems to love me too.

Last year, despite me only have a small bit of yard, I dug up a bit of it and planted a lot of tomato plants.  Too many tomato plants actually.  I also added zucchini plants and some herbs and pepper plants – and late in the year I tried planting a tomatillo plant (there wasn’t enough time for it to fruit though).

I also built a raised bed that’s about 33″ x 95″ so I could plant peas, cucumbers, beans, carrots and beets without the bunnies eating them 🙂

This year I’m skipping the pepper plants – the space they take vs the one or two peppers I’ll get isn’t worth it – and drastically reducing the tomato plants.  I’ll still put peas in the raised bed and maybe cucumbers and I”ll skip the others – the harvest isn’t worth the space they take up.

The most exciting thing of all though is that I’m adding in Albion strawberry plants in the main garden!!!

I just happened to be on Facebook at the right time and an organic farm that I follow posted that they were thinning out their strawberry patch and selling the plants they don’t need – hello little miracle!!  Luckily I was able to post that I wanted some so I could get on the list – and now I’m the proud owner of 25 plants!!

So thankful for the gorgeous blue skies this weekend – the plants will be going in.  But first I have a LOT of cleaning up from last year that I need to do 😉