Thursday, July 07, 2011
I'm positive I'm starting over again today for the umpteenth millioneth time. That's what it is all about isn't it? One day at a time? Yesterday I had a good eating day, sticking to a healthy plan until I got to the klondike bar last night. Oh, well, oh, well. At least I'm admitting it. But my plate is full of veggies and healthy fruits so I can't complain too much.
I'm positive I will get on with a healthy plan and include lots of veggies. It is easy to do in the summer with nature's abundant bounty of green and yellow and red at the grocery store!
I restarted the Sonoma Diet this week. They have such good recipes and such a good progrm but their message boards really lack. I try to participate but can't seem to get others motivated. That is what is so wonderful about Spark, so many friends.
What I really need to do is get some sort of exercise in but I'm such an exercise slug. I hate it. Toying with the idea of attending a yoga class this morning but I have to get some ordering in for my clients before hand.
Business is good. Last year, the BP oil spill nearly put everyone on the Gulf Coast of Florida out of business. It was reallly stagnant around here but now, visitors are back and the traffic is bumper to bumper. The locals here used to complain about the traffic but after last years demise when no one visited because they feared oily beaches, this year the naysayers are quiet! I love all the visitors and hope they keep coming. That means the condos are full and the locals are enjoying profits.
My poor lady who makes draperies for me was really in bad shape last year with no work. Now I've got lots of drapery work for her and I'm so happy about it! I love doing draperies as they add so much to a home! Keep positive and keep on! Later
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I got a new doc recently who changed my meds for depression and today he wanted to know how I was doing on Pristiq and had my appetitite changed. NOOOOOO. Well maybe when I think about it I am not as hungry and the last med I was on caused weight gain, Lovely. Anyway, I realize I have to change my habits and eat less so I am striving to do that but I know it will be slow. The other thing we talked about was my snoring as hubby complains and so he is sending me for a sleep study. I didn't think I had a problem sleeping but maybe I do, thus taking naps in the afternoon nearly every day, etc. He said that depression and anxiety and being tired were indications of sleep apnea. Who knows.
I'm progressing along trying to make healthy choices and eating more fruits and veggies. There aren't any parties or holidays coming up that I know of so nothing to create havoc with a healthy diet. So here goes. Later.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I was asked about the guidelines of the Sonoma Diet so I thought I would share a few and maybe it would help me remember what they are. I lost 18 lbs on this diet/lifestyle a few years back and then gave up as I lose so slowly I got frustrated and Christmas was coming and then I thought I could do it myself, etc etc. But their message boards are really lacking and you don't get much help. I did rejoin the online program but won't be on the boards much.
The premise is to follow a mediterranean style diet eating only whole grains like brown rice, whole Wheat pasta and bread, etc. No white stuff. You can have a sweet potato also. Olive oil is the way of life here and lots of veggies and lean protein. Making sense? You can have 2 fruits a day and 2 snacks including peanut butter on whole wheat toast. There is no counting points or calories, etc.
Your food portions are based on plate size, 9" for dinner and lunch. Half the plate would be veggies, 1/4 protein and 1/4 whole grain. Breakfast is cereal and milk or egg and toast. So when you look at this, it is a completely healthy eating plan and if you fill up on the foods you can eat, you are not going to be hungry.
I restarted the plan in the beginning of June but have not been earnest or diligent. However, I am coming around and have lost about 3 lbs and I feel better not having all that sugar and junk food. You can also have a glass of wine.
There are 3 waves, Wave 1 lasting 10 days which is the strictest and meant to get sugar and junk out of your system. Then wave 2 is learning to make the best food choices within the guidelines. Never got to Wave 3 which is maintainance. I know this works. The first time around, I lost 10 pounds in the first 10 days. Then it took me about 6 months to lose 8 lbs. Just when I was getting the hang of it, I quit. I am going back and sticking to it.
Sonoma is not so much of a diet as a lifestyle. I have the first Sonoma book and cookbook. I have just ordered the newest version with updates and the new cookbook. The recipes are great in that they use herbs and spices for flavor. Here is a sample of a recipe.
Turkey Sausage-Garbanzo Bean Soup with Pasta
1 lb uncooked italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
2/3 c chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tsps chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 tsp dried sage, crushed
4 tsps chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
2 14-oz cans chicken broth
1 c canned garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
1/2 c water
1/4 c tomato paste ( I used tomato sauce and added a can of diced tomatoes)
1 c elbow whole wheat pasta (barilla Plus
ground back pepper to taste
(I always add a bit of chopped jalapeno to dishes like this to spice it up)
Cook sausage, onion and garlic over med heat until browned. (In olive oil to keep from sticking if needed). Stir in sage and rosemary and cook over low heat for 1 min. Stir in broth, beans, water and tomato paste or sauce and stir until boiling. Add pasta and simmer for 9 to 11 min until pasta is tender. Season with pepper.
Enjoy, very filling and you know you are getting enough veggies and protein in this dish.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I'm hunkering down and concentrating on eating right and following the Sonoma Diet plan today. I say today because one day at a time. I've done fairly well getting back into eating more veggies but I do need to do better. I have found that eating more veggies definitely fills you up. This morning I had 2 scrambled eggs and 1 slice of health nut toast. Tasted good and I know it will hold me over for quite a while. We've got company coming this weekend so I know we will be eating out and I need to plan for that. I've got a lot to do around the house to get ready. Finally decided to go ahead and hire someone to take down the wallpaper in my bathroom, patch the holes, scrape the ceiling and paint. Not looking forward to the mess but it is something that needs to be done. I also need to attend to work. I'd rather be quilting than cleaning and working. Oh, well, has to be done. Later.
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