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Mourning Pasta

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Robyn

    I totally get what you mean about mourning food, there are some things I don’t eat anymore that I sometimes miss terribly, then I think it is silly to miss a food…but I do. I went vegan for half a year and for a while I really really missed eating cheese, it was strange, but then the longer I went without it the easier it was to not eat it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Glad I’m not alone in this! There are definitely things I “miss” eating…But like you said…it gets easier as time goes by.

  2. Roz@weightingfor50

    You’re definitely not alone on this. Hope things get easier day by day. Have a great day Lisa.

  3. Brian @ New Me and You

    It’s tough. I think food is always a big part of the relationship experience. It’s one of the simple ways in which we bond. When two romantically involved people have very different diets it can be a drag. It’s much more difficult when one half begins to adhere to a new dietary lifestyle after the relationship has begun. Diets can become almost like a religion if we let them. Not that it’s our faults, some people require rigidly specific diets.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      For sure! I was mostly single while I was losing my 100 pounds. I dated a few guys but nothing long term. I was close to goal weight when I met my boyfriend. We’ve been together almost 5 years now. And I went into the relationship with better food habits and a healthy lifestyle.

  4. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Bob and I are lucky in that neither one of us has any dietary restrictions. I can’t imagine though if there was a restriction that impacted something I really enjoy . . . that would be tough!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s good. It makes it so much easier.

  5. Beth

    I’ve just started doing a Paleo-like thing — meaning no dairy or wheat or artificial stuff. I’ve really been working on cutting down my consumption of Equal – I used to have 3-4 cups of coffee a day with 2 Equals in each cup — plus whatever Equal I would add to oatmeal or anything else. The past few days I’ve had NO EQUAL at all – it was a gradual thing but I’m hoping to stick to it. I’m still using fat free half and half which I know is totally artificial – I’ve tried almond milk but it doesn’t give me that same creaminess. Anyway – that wasn’t your question! I think it’s easy to conform to what your sig other is doing most of the time – I find it hard at restaurants. And the subject of pizza hasn’t come up since I’ve started doing this – chances are I would just order a salad and sulk.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      The transition in any new dietary change is always hard. It was REALLY hard to give up dairy for a month but by the second week, I didn’t really think about it much.

      LOL sorry about the pizza/salad sulking. Great image though. 🙂

  6. Lori

    I sometimes mourn the old days of just eating with abandon. Those were fun days 😀

    John is moving to a more vegetarian/pescetarian diet and that is a hard change for us to eat meals together. I have no desire to give up meat (and I struggle with fish)- although I try to only buy local or ethically raised meat. He will eat seafood and poultry, but no beef or pork any more.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I UNDERSTAND. I feel the same way. It was much “easier” and FUN not being aware of calories or portions. Not healthy, but it sure was satisfying….

  7. Eddie

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing your story. I need to inform my friend about this because he has a major sinus issue and I think by adopting this diet plan, he may be able to overcome it. 🙂


    1. Lisa Eirene

      Let me know if it works for you.

  8. Joanne

    That does sound rough but I’m sure as with all things you’ll get used to it! The.Boy and I met after I became a vegetarian otherwise I don’t know how he would have dealt with it! At least as it is, he knew what he was getting himself into.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      True! If you meet someone, it’s easy to make the concession because it’s how you know them. It’s the changing later that is the hard part. LOL

  9. Esther

    Due to various reasons, hubby and I are adopting gluten free. That being said, I know exactly how you feel. However, I rarely ate bread, and pasta was occasional. I did find an AMAZING fresh pasta that you would never know is GF. It’s called RP’s Pasta Company. We tried the spinach fettuccine, and it was delicious. You should see if you can’t get it anywhere near you. They have lots of different varieties 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll look for it. What store did you buy it at?

  10. Logan @ Mountains and Miles

    We don’t have any dietary alergies or sensitivities, but we do end up eating a lot of naturaly gluten free food unintentionally. We are big quinoa fans, so we use that as a grain for a lot of meals and we use brown rice in most of the others. We don’t eat a ton of pasta, so that helps, too…and sometimes we use spaghetti squash instead of regular noodles, too.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      LOVE quinoa! I’ve been eating for years. Had some this week in fact.

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