Monday, August 20, 2012
Have I mentioned I found Fly Lady in an effort to fullfill the week I task for the Health Eating Challenge? I had no idea how to even start to organize my kitchen. Here is my clean, organized kitchen
And my pantry/cupboards.
Well, thanks to the "Shine your Sink" command from the Fly Lady, I have begun to purge other areas of my home. Today was trash pick up, so I put in extra time trying to get as much as I could out to curbside before scheduled pick up time.
Last Thursday, I felt ten pounds lighter after trash pick up. I was really flying. So I decided to document the process today. If it was anything like last week, I was ready to float up into the air.
Here is my trash pile.
Here is my trash flying into the truck.
Looks like a snowstorm in August. The sanitation engineer was not pleased. I wasn't so happy either as I started to pick up packing popcorn that blew all the way to the end of the block on both sides of the street. I wonder if there is a place in the fitness tracker to enter, Picking up Packing Popcorn at Midday in the Hot, August Sun in Florida, 30 minutes?
I lost 2 pounds sweating, and yes, I did put it back on drinking the replacement water!!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
So, I got up this morning, made cupcakes for Mom's birthday, and shined my sink. She recently discovered she was a type 2 diabetic and we have both been learning what that meant, and how to handle food. Portion control, counting carbs, and no carbs after supper has worked to control her blood sugar to under 105 each morning. So I planned to do portion control for her birthday by making cupcakes as opposed to a layer cake where it's so easy to just slice off a huge hunk with an unknown number of carbs shooting directly into the bloodstream.
Everything was fine until I frosted one for everyone, added the 1/2 cup of ice cream, and smelled the chocolate frosting on mine.
I am not one to throw anything away, especially food. It has been a weight-lifting experience to deal with throwing out things from my kitchen. And I suppose the leftover cupcakes which I made for Mom's 88th birthday SHOULD GO RIGHT IN THE TRASH. But it's not like they were from 2007 like the frozen stew I found in the back of the freezer.
I haven't frosted all of them, just the 3 we ate, but I find their presence in the container on the counter to be like the sirens calling to the sailors. Their whispers are more demanding than the desire for cigarettes when I was quitting smoking 35 years ago. I did that with nicorette gum. Somehow, I don't think sugar gum will help here.
So, what would be a good plan? I had one cupcake figured in to the supper menu plan, But I could easily decide to eat 5 more.
I tried to send them home with Mom, but she was smart. She said NO.
So, here's the plan. I'm going to frost one more and package it up for Mom, and then flush the rest of the cupcakes and frosting.
I can't believe the desire to go eat more of those cupcakes is so strong that my goal of having a piece of fruit when I want a bakery sweet is NOT helping. Of course, I haven't eaten the piece of fruit.
So, I'll eat a peach AFTER I brush my teeth, then frost Mom's cupcake, flush the rest along with the frosting, and then eat a piece of watermelon if I still am having a problem. I like the sound of this plan much better than eating all of the cupcakes tonight.
Friday, August 17, 2012
I've gone along day to day working on the sleep challenge and also the healthy eating challenge, practicing habits to get a good night's sleep, and to live a more healthy lifestyle. Since I needed help organizing my kitchen for my week 1 activity, I came across Fly Lady on the web. Thanks to her and her strategies for making habits that seem to take root and spread, I had set out my clothes Wednesday night, cleaned my sink, had the menus planned for Thursday, checked my calendar and saw I had invited Mom for dinner, and put the roast to defrost, ready to start in the slow cooker before leaving for a 9:30 appointment to help a patient who had just gotten out of the hospital after colostomy surgery. I took my sister's Yorkie out for a needed walk, which turned out to be a walk to explore the front yard. Even with all that, I got to be 15 minutes prior to my set bed time. Through the night, the Guest Yorkie managed to bark insistently, just as I got to sleep. When 6:00 rolled around on the clock, I felt like I had gotten no sleep.
After making the bed and getting dressed to the lace-up shoes, I walked the dogs officially, and returned the Guest Yorkie to Mom. When I returned home, the phone rang as I realized I had not turned on the coffeepot. It was the patient's daughter explaining the problems they were having, and asking if I couldn't come any earlier.
I couldn't think of any reason, since I was already dressed and my Yorkie had already been for her walk, AND everything I needed to take with me was already packed and on my launch pad.
So I left without breakfast or putting dinner in the crockpot. I was there from 8:30 - 1:30. The family offered food, an I finally supplemented the bottled water (2) with a request for fresh fruit.
When I returned home, I forced myself to put together a wholesome lunch, and to get the roast and veggies into a roaster and then into the oven at 300 degrees. 2 hours later, after my nap, the veggies were marvelous, but the roast was so tough, I couldn't get a fork in it. So the roast went into the pressure cooker and the veggies went back into the oven on low to keep warm.
The habits which were already in place served me well to get through the unexpected. And I learned that even though I'm retired, I need to pack my breakfast and lunch because you never know when an emergency or some other activity might come up.
So this morning, I woke up to find the ingredients for my breakfast laid out on the counter. Didn't need to find the menu or recipe. If I had had to leave, I could have swept everything into a bag to be eaten later.
And lunch was a sandwich with last night's left over roast and warmed up veggies (carrots, celery, and onions) That container of leftovers could also have gone into a carry bag if I were called away, or wanted to do some plein air painting, and I would have stuck to my good intentions and passed the fast food establishments on my way.
AND another habit I've developed came out of breakfast this morning. I absolutely hate soggy cereal. I had already poured the milk when I was interrupted. When I returned to eat my cereal, no one would have recognized it as cereal. I started again, but this time, I put my sliced banana on the bottom, then cereal, then poured on the milk. Very little cereal touches the milk and gets soggy this way. The milk stays down in the spaces around the fruit. You get some milk with every bite of fruit and crispy crunch cereal!! Seems this might be helpful for parents in the morning trying to get the kids out to the bus.
It's all those little benefits that add up and make a big impact on meeting your goals.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Well, first of all, I couldn't do it on an empty stomach, so I used up Greek Yogurt and the picture shows it all: Nutty Cherry Pita Pizza. It was so delicious I entered the recipe in the SP system so I could access it for healthy breakfasts in my future plans. I'm now thinking of this as my all-time favorite replacement for jelly donuts!!
Then, after throwing out the bits and pieces that were beyond recognition, I had a counter full of containers with small amounts of already-chopped veggies. Those items went into making lunch: Anti-Angiogenesis Pita Pizza. Again, it made the fridge clean-out worth it. That recipe now lives in SP shared recipes.
If you haven't figured it out yet, I am trying to include as many anti-angiogenesis foods as I can in my meals. I have even listed the full list of AA foods in my favorites in the nutrition tracker. When I start to plan breakfast and lunch for the day, I first look at the dinner planned and start marking items in favorites for breakfast and lunch.
Once in a while, I eat foods which are not on the AA list. The idea isn't to do away with food that isn't on the AA list, but rather to increase the AA foods in your diet. The Eat to Defeat site suggests you try for one AA meal a day.
Oh, why am I so interested in anti-angiogenesis foods?
While I was preparing for a nutrition program I'm going to present in September, I ran across a video on Ted Talks by Dr. William Li titled, "Can we Eat to Starve Cancer?"
As a two time cancer survivor, 2 surgeries, radiation, and 4 years of chemotherapy, I would like to be proactive to keep it from returning. So I had to hear what Dr. Li had to say. Over and over again. I found it the most interesting thing I've ever heard. And when his research appeared to not only apply to fighting cancer but also obesity and other medical issues I am worried about, I went to the anti-angiogenesis site, found the full list of anti-antiogeneic foods on eattodefeat.org, and I've been working at trying to include those foods in my menus ever since.
Dr. Li video
Full Food List at Eat to Defeat
Esilbo reports this link at eattodefeat.org doesn't work. You might need to register (free) at www.eattodefeat.org first. I just tried the link and it works for me, but I registered to become a member my first trip there.
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