Ravioli Obsession Explained

My obsession with ravioli: Are you sick of it yet?

Ravioli Sandwich

I don’t know what it is that I love so much about those lil’ pasta squares stuffed with all different kinds of goodness.

Today I had a ravioli sandwich, made on a whole wheat Nature’s Own sandwich round with the leftover ravioli from Sunday night’s dinner and a Laughing Cow light original Swiss cheese wedge.

Lunch Time!

On the side I enjoyed steamed broccoli, sprinkled with garlic salt.

Broc

Dessert was a cup of Mott’s natural applesauce.

Applesauce

I love when my lunch includes whole grains, veggies and fruit. The trifecta! 😉

A Deeper Look into My Ravioli Obsession

I know my obsession with ravioli may seem a little strange, but to be honest, it’s something I’m a little proud of because it took me a while to feel comfortable eating certain foods, especially those rich in carbohydrates.

When I first graduated college and entered the “real world,” I had the desire to eat healthy, mainly because I did not want to gain weight. I thought that avoiding carb-heavy foods like pasta and bread was the best way to prevent unwanted gains.

Now, my mindset has changed. I eat healthy for my health (imagine that!), not for my weight.

I eat carbs like there’s no tomorrow and I love every doughy bite. With my new approach, my weight has not increased. Eating foods rich in whole grains, like whole wheat pasta, honey wheat bread, barley, and oatmeal in place of Lean Cuisines and Lean Pockets did not cause me to gain weight.

When I started eating for my health, and began incorporating healthy carbohydrates, more fruits and vegetables and healthy fats into my daily diet, I actually unintentionally dropped a couple of pounds. I must say losing weight was not my goal when I began waving goodbye to packaged so-called “health food” and began welcoming fresh produce and whole grains into my diet. I wanted to fuel my body with real food and feel happy eating all different kinds of foods… carbs, fats, and more!

In my opinion, no food should be completely off limits. Sure, some foods should be reserved for a special treat every now and then, but banished forever? Nah.

So, while my obsession with ravioli may seem a little odd on the surface, know that with each bite of a cheese-filled pasta poof, I’m waving goodbye to my old, misguided mindset.

Question of the Afternoon

Have you ever viewed certain foods or food groups as “off limits?”

Comments

  1. says

    I totally lost weight too when I ditched “diet food”! I now cook with butter and cheese and feel the fittest I ever have! (Plus tons of veggies and protein too!)

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  2. Kim says

    Great post and thanks for bringing up the great question about limiting foods.
    I had been avoiding pasta/carbs for a while, not completely, but trying to not to eat as much as I would have liked, but then..I was diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). After researching what diet is best, it says that soluble fiber (pasta, bread, oatmeal) are good for it. So…I started eating them again and like you, I feel healthier than ever and haven’t gained any weight. I am really focused on healthy, nutrient-dense meals and feel sooo much happier. Besides…I’m spending 3 months in Malta (just south of Italy)…there is no way I am staying away from their awesome pizzas, pasta and homemade bread! Enjoying life 🙂

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  3. mary-kate says

    thanks for the great post! i just started reading your blog recently, but i love it.

    i am so glad i let go of my crazy diet ideas–low fat and low carb and all that. and like you, i haven’t seen any unpleasant changes in my weight by allowing myself to eat avocadoes and peanut butter and using oil and butter instead of always just pam.

    i used to be scared to make my own salad dressings bc i knew i wouldn’t get them as low-calorie as kraft free dressings–until i REALLY read the label on those dressings. eek! now i make my own and love every bite. and i also am enjoying the fact that i can choose what i want at restaurants even if i can’t figure out the calorie count in my head. i used to avoid anything i couldn’t mentally add to my calorie count–and i missed out on a lot of delicious food!

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  4. Angela says

    “Nature” has made some foods completely off limits for me. Boo for gluten and dairy intolerance!! It’s extremely hard to have certain foods be off limits, even when it’s for a medical reason. I try not to get too depressed about it but boy do I miss ravioli 😉 On the plus side, I have discovered a lot of new foods that I would have never eaten otherwise (Quinoa! Polenta!). There is always a bright side to everything 🙂

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