Fish

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In today’s guest post Kathy discusses her journey to healthy eating and incorporating fish into her diet.

When I was growing up, we rarely ate fish at home.  Once in a while, Mom would give us Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks.  No offense to Mrs. Paul, I don’t really consider that the real thing.  I tried tuna and didn’t like the smell so I already made up my mine about the taste.

As I started my weight loss journey to lose 105 pounds, I made the decision to try new foods.  Fish was one of those things that I wanted to try but to be honest I was a little nervous.  I had no idea how to prepare it to my liking because I didn’t know what I would like.  I hated to buy it at a restaurant because if I didn’t like it, I hated to waste my meal and money on it.

One evening at a local restaurant I decided to try a piece of sole with bread crumbs drizzled with lemon.  It was baked not fried.  I thought, you know it is okay, I can’t say that I loved it but the nutritional information on it was good and I figured that I could eat that as my new food.  Once I got used to eating it and eventually really enjoying it, it was time to venture out into deeper waters and try other varieties.  I reintroduced myself to tuna and I mix it with fat free Miracle Whip and several stocks of celery and would put that on multi grain bread.

Since that I have no problems trying new types and preparations of fish.  One of my favorites was a blackened mahi mahi.  I also love salmon.  One thing that I have learned about salmon is that the wild salmon is best, the farm raised may contain pesticides.  If you have the choice, go with the wild variety.  I understand that canned and pouched salmon is usually wild.

I now try to eat fish 3 times a week.  It cuts down on fatty meals.  It also gives you a little more variety in your meals.  The omega-3 fatty acids has been known to help with metabolism.

Over the last 4 1/2 years, I have tried so many new foods, some good, some not so good.  You never know until your try them.  I work on different recipes with healthier ingredients.  When you cook healthier, not only are you healthier but so is your family!

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