August 4, 2011

30 days of iftars: #3

A'salaamu alaikum ya'll. Last night we had iftar at the masjid; no cooking for mama! We had a spicy veggie beef stew of sorts with some really nice jeera rice and super thin pita bread with salad. After we came home the kiddies had some hot fries (you know those nasty fried spicy potato sticks? Yeah those.) and a couple of cookies plus milk to cut the burn of the spicy chip sticks.

For suhoor this morning the kids had a mixture of granola cereal with nuts and dates with milk and a cheese stick. Plus lots of water! A, who is not eating loads of carbs, opted for leftover roast chicken, cucumbers and plain yogurt. He is a very healthy eater, masha'Allah and has dropped, can you believe, 30 lbs????

Yes that's right. He's been watching his eating habits for a little over 2 months and lost 30 lbs. Whatev. LOL Just kidding I am very proud of him but geeze, for men it seems weight loss is a breeze! They say, oh I think I'll lose weight and poof! it's gone. I guess there might be some advantages to being a man. lol

Anyway he did it by totally cutting out all bread, rice, pasta, really any carbs from grains. I am hoping he'll be ready to reintroduce some but he is so happy with his weight loss plus he discovered he had been, at least, gluten intolerant. He had some very severe intestinal issues for the past 15 years but you know men, sometimes they just ignore these things. Once he cut out all wheat his issues totally resolved themselves. Totally.

It was amazing really; he feels so good now he doesn't even miss the bread anymore! Really that was his downfall; bread is his favorite food. The few times he tried to reintroduce bread, even a small portion, he was in pain again for a few days. Nice to be able to pinpoint the source of his discomfort.

Anyway he does eat some carbs now; he'll eat a small portion of, say, rice, maybe half a cup. But the builk of his diet is lean protein (chicken, tuna, low-fat cheese, eggs) with lots of low-carb veggies. Cucumbers, celery, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, romaine lettuce, onions, mushrooms.. really he has a bit selection to choose from, all healthy and low-carb. He gets some carbs in the form of dairy, mainly yogurt and the cheese, but still pretty low in general. He consumes well under 50 grams per day while the typical person's diet is composed of at least 150 grams daily, many with carb addiction topping 300!!!

I know this was supposed to be a post about iftars but since I didn't cook I thought I would go ahead and share his success. I am tempted to do it also; I would love to get some of this weight off plus who wants to outclass their husband? lol He is under the 200 mark for the first time in years whilst I, dearest readers, am still hanging out comfortably above that level. :-( lol

Insha'Allah this finds you all in the best of health and iman; please share your iftar/suhoor ideas! Love you all fi sabilillah!!!!


Bonnie said...

I used to work at Weight Watchers and the men who came just would drop loads and loads of weight while their wives lost just a teeny fraction, even when they were both eating the exact same thing. I have shared with you before how I lost over 100 pounds but I certainly didn't do it by cutting out the carbs (as a vegetarian that would be nigh on impossible) but I did cut out most of the wheat and that made a huge difference.

Aishah said...

I was right around 200 after my son was born. I stayed pretty up there for a while,I started to lose it slowly when we were in UAE with the inlaws.

The majority though, was when we came to Pakistan. Smaller portions, more exercise(three story house,soo.many.stairs.ugg), and a nice big chunk of weight due to being so sick from the water. I do not suggest this method, it is really hard on the body.

I just pray I can keep it off when we get back home!

Umm Hamza said...

Masha'Allah! Congratulations on your hub's success! That is quite an accomplishment. May Allah preserve his and yours (and your family's health). We women have it rough, *sigh* we have complicated fat and hormone issues. Our rolls seem to have separation anxiety when we want to lose weight LOL. They refuse to let go. I'm trying to cut back on the food addiction this Ramadan, insha'Allah. Take Care, Salams!

Rene´s Bare Essentials said...

Thanks for sharing! There are gluten free flours you could try when baking (chickpea flour etc) that way your husband and yourself can enjoy bread, pasta, etc but without the gluten =) I downloaded a book recently on 1000 recipes without gluten and cant wait to try it out! Ive been trying to lose 25 pounds that I have yet to lose from pregnancy and finally lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks when I stopped eating bread and pasta! It was hard but once you get past the first 2 weeks it gets easier =) I do miss pizza and bread so im going to try substituting with gluten free flour and see how it turns out!
Here´s a link for wheat free, gluten free flours