I tried to answer the most relevant questions. If you would like me to address any others, please comment to let me know 🙂
How did your blog start?
It started the day my dietician put me on a meal exchange program (see The Plate page to learn more about what this means).
I was stressed, confused, and excited all at once. Excited to have, as I like to call it, a “recipe for success”, confused with the guidelines and restrictions, and stressed because there was way more planning than I expected. I needed someone to provide me with meal ideas I could look up quickly and recipes that already counted my exchanges for me.
What’s the point of your blog?
To provide recipes and meal ideas for those who are following a meal exchange program or counting carbs. I want people to be able to search for recipes based on their dietary needs or to help them fill in the gaps in their meal plans.
Why do people count carbs?
There are many reasons people may be counting carbs. Some do it because they are trying to gain or lose weight. Others, such as diabetics, must count carbs to monitor their blood glucose levels.
Meals vs. Recipes by Group vs. Recipes by Carb Count?
Meals are meant to give inspiration on what a colorful, balanced meal looks like. They are based off of my exchange plan but can be easily edited to fit yours.
Recipes by Group helps you fill in the gaps in your meal plan. For example, if you have all the carbs, vegetables, and fats but need more protein then click the protein tab under recipes by group.
Recipes by Carb Count gives you recipes by the number of grain exchanges it has. I originally created this option for diabetics, but found it is helpful to other readers also.
Can I use the blog if I’m not on a meal exchange program/counting carbs?
Absolutely! If you don’t care about how many exchanges each recipe/meal has, just ignore it!
Filling your plate with color usually means it is has a variety of nutrients. If you feed yourself color, you feed yourself fuel for a healthy and happy lifestyle!
It looks like you eat really healthy, do you ever eat unhealthy foods?
I try to make my meals colorful and balanced. Thankfully, I usually crave things that are good for me because I love feeling energized and satisfied by my meals (not feeling bloated or heavy). That being said, you BET I eat unhealthy foods. I am a strong believer that nothing is bad for you, in moderation. What’s a few grams of trans fat going to do to me in twenty years? Absolutely nothing.
What’s your favorite unhealthy food?
I have a huge sweet tooth, so probably ice cream. I had a black raspberry oreo phase one summer and went out for it two to three times a week. Sorry but I’m definitely NOT sorry (SO good). I do, however, apologize to my bank account for that one.