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Observations on my cold days.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

As I am working at getting my tongue to be happy with less sweet taste in things I eat or drink, I am also trying to retrain my thinking about when I eat, what I eat and how I exercise.

With the deep cold we are having right now...and the difficulty in warming our old old house, it is hard to get out to walk. My poor dog spent too long outside last evening and came in shivering!!! BUT..when you are doing hauling firewood, for are exercising...just not in the timed, workout (as in a gym or class) manner. trying to concentrate on that kind of exercise.

It is also good to remember that moving generates when you are cold sitting there on the couch...if you MOVE, you will warm up.

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/7/2010 2:43PM

    Hope Napoleon wont "waterloo" before you get the new stove! Great talking to ya. See ya at teatime! Hugs.

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MARIE4950 1/7/2010 12:25AM

    I remember having to haul in wood to heat the house. Keeping it going all night long. Never really getting warm and toasty.
Do the best you can, we have the caold here in Michigan too.
Big Hugs!

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ReTrain...brain and tongue

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 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.

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SHEILA1505 1/4/2010 11:12AM

    As I have matured, so have my tastes in wine. When I was in my 20s I preferred sweet white wines, then progressed to semi-sweet and now prefer Dry Red provided that is has little or no sulphides.
I have also progressed / matured into 70 -85% dark chocolate and stopped having sugar in my black coffee about 25 years ago.
Now I "sweeten" plain yogurt with cinnamon.
The only thing that really required a concerted effort to change was drinking coffee without sugar; otherwise it was a question of changing/maturing taste

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CELEST 1/4/2010 9:47AM

    emoticonyou sound like the Apostle Paul who had a war going on within himself. The good he wanted to do, he couldn't and the bad he didn't want to do, was prevalent all the time. But just like Paul, you can fight this fight and WIN.
Have fun achieving this goal.
I can guarantee that the retraining works. I don't touch sweets or even want them. But, I do eat fruit, jelly and low cal yogurt which has take the place of. Its less cals, healthier for me and has cut the sugar craving and I was a bad case. I would hire a dvd, stop at the shop for junk to eat while watching. I would not be able to decide between chocolate or strawberry flavored steri milks and buy both and the same went for choosing between a packet of jelly beans or caramel squares. I would buy all four and eat and drink then during the entire movie.

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RETRACMJ 12/29/2009 12:06PM

    WOW - I've got to work on this!

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LADYIRIS313 12/29/2009 12:55AM

    I think there really IS something to this retraining the taste buds, and also changing the cravings in the process. As we just finished with Christmas, and I've let my guard down on the sweets, I am craving more and more. Now, that happens with things like cookies or pumpkin pie, but NOT when I eat an ounce of dark chocolate, like Dr. Oz recommends. If I eat simple carbs for breakfast, I find myself super hungry for the rest of the day. On the other hand, when I've been very thoughtful with my food, I find myself craving 'real' foods - tasty greens, eggs, nuts, salmon ... and so forth, and really, truly enjoying my food instead of mindlessly cramming in the urge of the moment.

Thanks for sharing this ... food for thought.

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F8CONE8 12/28/2009 7:51PM

    Good information emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/26/2009 4:51PM

    I was just telling someone today how I had to "retrain" my taste buds. When you "chow down" on "goodies" pretty soon they all taste alike. BUT when you slow down and "analyze" if you will what your eating, You can taste a difference. For instance Chocolate. Did you knwo there are three tastes to chocolate. White chocolate is reeeeally sweet. I didnt notice that however when I was chomping the wc/macadamia cookie at subway!. Milk chocolate is sweet but you can want more without getting a headache. HENCE the birth of the toll house cookie! Dark chocolate is somewhat bitter but it welll, I call it "sweet with a bite to it". This is the one most sugarsensitve people that Ive talked to, can tolerate. Id like a copy of that article or show, if you could send it my way! Hugs Laurie

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Glad I didn't land on my face!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Made it through a very busy week last my daughter's in-laws. Up late and up early...was REALLY tired at the end of the week. Then there was a KH work day and service...and Sunday, a dinner invitation! Go, go,go! I have been going to my daughter's each day to help with the baby while my daughter is recovering from a difficult delivery (andchronic lack of sleep!)

We have invited a young pioneer couple to move in with us temporarily...they are struggling with finances and are considering moving back to our area if they can get enough work. They were married in this house five yrs ago! They arrived last night right about the time we got home from dinner. He started a new job today..but doesn't know yet if it is temporary of permanent. Anyway..more excitement and adjustments.

Then top off everything, I drove out to my daughter's town (50 min) and stopped at the grocery before my chiropractor's app't. I was returning the cart when my ankle turned and down I went. I hung onto the cart handle so I didn't land on my face..but I pulled things all over the place...mostly in my back! Immediately took aspirin..and then made it to my chiro app't right on time (ten min after the fall). This evening, only my ankle is hurting..and I took two capsules each of Turmeric and ginger..both anti-inflamatories...and I am amazed that my ankle feels better! I expect to be sore tomorrow..but going immediately to chiro really helped avoid what could have been a lot of damage. We shall see how things feel tomorrow. I am ready to SLEEP tonight (hope I can!)

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HONEYDRIPPER 11/12/2009 9:34AM

    Hi there,
How's your ankle? Healing nicely I hope. You're too busy to have to nurse an ankle emoticon.

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/10/2009 5:30PM

    I have actually done one of those "timing couldnt have been better" stunts as well! And the outcome was the same. Thanks for the tips on the antiinflammatories. I need as many natural things as pos. as i am allergic to the synthetic ones like benedryl and prednesone and stuff.. TC of your ankle let it rest while you get some! Hugs

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JCHOATEX2 11/10/2009 10:44AM

    Hugs dear sister! Take care of that ankle!

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THREADMASTER 11/9/2009 10:02PM

    Golly, I hope you feel better in the morning. I'll be thinking about you.

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Anyone tried Gardein?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I heard about Gardein for the first time when Oprah hosted Tal Ronnen this week. I had never heard of him either...or of his new cookbook, The Conscious Cook.

I was intrigued with cashew cream...which he Ronnen used to prepare a Celery root soup. I have a daughter who cannot have dairy...this sounded really good.

For years, we have been what is now called flexatarian. Ronnen talked about his recipes and how he has applied french cooking techniques...with Asian achieve flavor without all the bad for you stuff. Well, THAT sounds good to me, too.

Then he made a recipe using Gardein...never heard of that either!!!but it sounds like a great Idea also. Now to find the stuff to try it.

For that matter, I want to round up the supplies to try the recipes as well as the Gardein.

I would love to succeed with more vegetarian and/or vegan recipes. I don't cook much anymore compared to when I had four teens home plus my DH who eats like a teen.

Ah well, adventure ahead...will try the recipes...will try Gardein if I can find it...and would like to look at that cookbook. Guess I will report back when I have taste tested!

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BOOKWERME 11/9/2009 9:42PM

    Decided to try the gardein before I got the cookbook...and I didn't do any thing fancy with it. I eat chicken so prob. won't need to use this stuff, but it does taste very much like chicken..texture is slightly different. In some recipes, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I am glad I tried it and can recommend it. VERY handy if you are entertaining vegans or vegitarians!

The cookbook arrived shortly thereafter. It is a lovely book with what looks to be good ideas. I am looking forward to trying some of the things there.

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BOOKWERME 10/29/2009 7:22PM

    Well, I have ordered the cookbook (it hasn't come yet) and found the Gardein at the Whole Foods Store in the fresh foods section. The Gardein website says it is also available at Kroger but I havean't looked there yet. I have not had a chance yet to try it. Will report!

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HONEYDRIPPER 10/29/2009 5:05PM

    Gardein (combination of the words "garden" and "protein") is a line of plant-based foods with a meaty texture. It is made from a blend of soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and grains. Gardein is healthy; it is high in protein and easy to digest.

Gardein is free of cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fat; the majority of Gardein foods are low fat, too. Gardein products are vegan-friendly.

Gardein is available in a variety of forms and flavors, both 'fresh' and 'frozen' styles.
I'd never heard of it before reading your blog so had to google it to even find out what it is. Sounds interesting and a lot better than all the fake meats made mostly with soy that are available in the supermarket.

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FRENCHTOSD 10/25/2009 2:11AM

    I'll be interested to hear how this goes. We are almost totally vegetarian here now. I eat some fish once in awhile and dairy and eggs. I've had meat in restaurants, but I don't seem to like it anymore now that I've gotten away from it.

My son will barely eat things that have animal products at all. I tried TVP, but I don't like it too much.

Good Luck!

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BOOKWERME 10/24/2009 10:45PM

    Did you find that info at the Gardein website...there is a link there to locate where you can buy Gardein locally to you. You can also watch a clip of Tal Ronnen cooking with it.Thanks for your comment.

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SHARISHORTCAKE 10/24/2009 10:22PM

    I'd never heard of it, but looked it up and found this:

Gardein (combination of the words "garden" and "protein") is a line of plant-based foods with a meaty texture. It is made from a blend of soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and grains. Gardein is healthy; it is high in protein and easy to digest.

Gardein is free of cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fat; the majority of Gardein foods are low fat, too. Gardein products are vegan-friendly.

Gardein is available in a variety of forms and flavors, both 'fresh' and 'frozen'

Also found that there's a company planning on introducing mainstream grocery stores to a line of frozen Gardein foods soon. Sounds interesting. I wish I would have caught that episode of Oprah, I'm sure I would have been intrigued too.

Have fun exploring the new and exciting! emoticon

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Goodies and cake!

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. 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!

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FRENCHTOSD 10/24/2009 6:59PM

    Good for you! It's so hard when you see all that "good" stuff. I know you felt great after getting through that minefield!

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MARIE4950 10/24/2009 6:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Miss you. Love Marie

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WIIGAL 10/23/2009 11:06PM

    Great job dealing with temptation. You did great!

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