Saturday, December 26, 2009
Not too long ago, Dr. Oz made a comment to someone on his show about eating so much fat and sugar...he said if you don't stop consuming so much of those things, your taste buds can never mature (my paraphrase). Hmmm. Never thought of that. Mature tastes?
Then today, I received the Hauser Diet (Bear) newsletter which opened, in part, with:
"Retrain your brain away from sugar needs and Hypereating
Recent studies have shown that a diet high in processed sugar and fat can stimulate the brain's dopamine pathway – the pleasure-sensing area of the brain and that over time, the brain will want more of this stimuli to light up this pathway. Therefore, overeating occurs as a result of the learned behavior of consuming high sugar and fat items that are so common in the American diet. This behavior is now being coined as “hypereating”. "
Both of these items seem to me to inter-relate. I DO need to retrain my brain AND taste buds. I like all the stuff I should be eating, but always lean towards stuff I should NOT eat. My head knows all the reasons for better choices..so what part of me is leading me astray? My brain? My tongue? Seems like both working together. Worse yet, I can eat small amts of the good stuff..and usually be satisfied, but never seem to get enough of the NOT good-for-me stuff.
Retraining the brain pathways and my wayward taste buds sounds like a GOOD challenge for me to tackle. I wish DOing it was as easy as KNOWing it.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend. We went to Panera Bread. We split a soup and sandwich meal. So far, so good. Then my friend wanted to buy some bread and we stood there by all those pastries. I counted 23 kinds of pastry...all beautifully displayed. Oh..so tempting!!! I made it out without one bite (or purchase for later either!)
THEN, I had to frost and decorate a cake for a bridal shower. It smells wonderful while you work on it! This evening was the shower. The cake went over wonderfully well...and I didn't eat but one piece (I had to at least try it!!!) The guests ate about half the cake ...a 12 X 18 sheet cake. I was able to walk away and LEAVE it....I don't even know who took it home. I LOVE that cake. One small serving...I am really pleased!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Well, my life has been on a different track for the last few weeks. After my daughter's difficult childbirth experience, she needed help after DH went back to work. I went willingly to help my daughter care for the baby and to assist her as needed.
I've been driving more than usual...45-50 min each way. I am getting home much later than usual...I am usually home by 3:30 and am not leaving DD's till her DH gets home. Since MY DH started a new job two weeks ago...WE are up much earlier in the mornings.
The results of all this has been my getting behinder and behinder in MY usual home care, shopping, cooking etc .
This weekend, DH is fighting a cold and the weather was rather raw yesterday...so we mostly stayed home and in. I got SO much done!
Today, crisp and clear weather lent itself well to my floor cleaning project. I do a MAJOR floor cleaning of my "dining" room before I haul in plants for the winter season. It is the only room with enough light. Most of the plants love it. It looks like a jungle in there when we finally bring in everything we can fit.
Doing the floor is a multi-step process...move furniture/plants/etc, scrub/wash section of floor; wait for it to dry. Repeat process. Anyway, I got the floor done, some windows washed as well and began moving plants...just a few since after tonight's frosty temps...the rest of the week is supposed to be more normal...warmer and nice.
There is still plenty to turn my hand to...but it will have to wait till I get to it.
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