Fitness and Nutrition — By Ben on 14 August 2008
13 dishes that made me fat…

OK, probably the title is a little harsh, but I’ll try to explain why I chose it. Last summer I was hit by a very bad depression because of many things that were happening in my life and others that had been accumulating for many years. Anyway, I turned to cooking and blogging as part of the healing process during the fall and winter. However, I wasn’t very smart balancing the different aspects of my life. I was cooking and eating too much, spending too much time in front of the computer and not enough exercising. As a consequence I gained a lot of weight. I am 6’1″ tall and at the beginning of last summer I weighed around 180-183 pounds and by the end of the winter I was almost 210 pounds. Yeah, it was BAD! I am not blaming only the food here. It was the combination of too much delicious food and not enough physical exercise. I will not stop eating these dishes. I will only do it in moderation and when possible try to make them with less fattening ingredients:

1. Pumpkin Cake with cream cheese frosting. The name says it all.

2. Pastel Azteca. I just can’t stop eating this when I make it!

3.Pumpkin enchiladas. Again, only bad when you eat too much of it!

4. Yule Log. I have a love/hate relationship with the Daring Bakers. All you DBs out there know what I’m talking about, right?

5. Impossible cake. One of my favorite cakes. The picture says it all.

6. Molletes. Sometimes comfort food is way too comfortable, especially when it is -10 degrees outside.

7. Gorditas de piloncillo. If only they weren’t fried…

8. Arroz con leche. Another one of those desserts I can’t stop eating.

9. Empanadas. I don’t think I need to say it again…

10. Mexican Chicken Lasagna. So good with all that cheese and pasta…

11. Party cake. The DB’s did it again ;)

12. Stuffed portabella mushrooms. What is wrong with this one, you might ask. I won’t use so much butter next time.

13. Tres leches cake. Another one packed with delicious calories.

There you have it, thirteen foods that made me fat, not because of the foods themselves, but because of the lack of will power. Fortunately, I saw the problem and I am trying to fix it. I have been trying to eat more balanced meals, excercise 6 times a week and I am down to 190 pounds! The battle is not still over, but at least I am feeling really good now :)

Are you fighting a similar battle? You can share your goals, successes and failures with us at the forum. We have a topic dedicated for that. You are not alone :)

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(14) Readers Comments

  1. Willpower is one of those things that I just don’t have. Why should I, when these look just so delicious? ;)

  2. I’ve found that since I started blogging I’ve lost weight… I always try to cook healthily, so my unhealthy meals would be the ones I’ve ordered in, or eaten out. Therefore, for me, cooking more = eating better!

    However, if I could bake it may be a different story… :-S And discovering deep-frying maybe wasn’t my best move this year!

  3. These dishes are amazing, Ben! It’s all in moderation, as you know. You and D have similar tastes – he LOVES Pastel Azteca and he’d love the pumpkin enchiladas and he loves arroz con leche.

    I have to get more active on the forums. And yes, I’m struggling with this, too. Down 20 lbs. – you GO! Congrats!

  4. All of those look so delicious! Yum tres leche, one of my favorites. I just noticed today that my jeans that I wore a few weeks ago were much tighter today. Today I am feeling weighed down, moving very slow. I know that I really have to control my portions and get back to running again. I don’t want to give up my ‘foodie life’. I know I have to find a healthy balance. Thanks for the post.

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