Really Resenting Counting Everything
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Last night I had a mini-meltdown about having to count and calculate everything. I was making something called Kona chicken out of the gluten free cookbook. One thing I have found in most GF recipes is that while they are gluten free, they are definitely not low calorie. This one, for example, called for pouring melted butter over the chicken before baking. Hhhmmm…
I had to make a lot of substitutions, so I couldn’t rely on the calorie count in the recipe. It was 6 servings, and called for one egg to hold the coconut on at the end. I used an egg white instead. And frozen OJ concentrate. I measured what I used but then ended up with much more than I needed. How to count that?!?
Skipping the melted butter and spraying it all with Pam before popping it in the oven, I then turned to my computer to attempt to count it all properly while it baked. Brown rice and a stir-fry of onions and broccoli and spices accompanied the meal. That all was relatively easy to count, but breaking the chicken down into its component parts was a pain.
After dinner, I was trying to read and instead ended up stewing on how must I resent having to try to count every little thing. It’s getting pretty exhausting. After doing this for over a year and seeing so little results, I resenting the effort I have to put into this. And after having the doctor review my food printouts for a couple of weeks, I’m next planning to go to a registered dietitian for any additional advice she can provide.
But really, this morning, I’m not sure how much longer I can do this without making myself crazy. You can’t NOT count it all, because those microscopic bits of this and that which most good cooks throw in add up, and I’ve found they can mean the difference of a couple of hundred calories a day.
This morning my plan is to search out some articles or inspiration on Spark to get me over the resentment, because this chef is really not a happy camper today!