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Couscous

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Last week I tried pomegranate as my new whole food, and I have to say that as delicious as it was, it was just not worth the effort of spitting out all those little seeds. I thought they'd be great in my salad, and I ended up spitting little bits out throughout my lunch, which was really gross since my lunch at work is held in a fairly public manner. So, maybe I'll just stick with pomegranate juice if I have a taste for it in the future.

This week I'll be trying couscous. I haven't had it since I was a kids, so this should be fun. I'm thinking maybe with some currants and pine nuts for dinner later this week. Hopefully it's as good as I remember, because I bought a bunch of it. Hurray for the bulk bins at Whole Foods!

I think my favorite "whole food" yet though is the polenta/grits. I've made it so many different ways for breakfast, and it's so easy. Quick cooking is the way I'm going from now on. If it takes more than twenty minutes, I'm not interested unless I'm cooking it for later. I've also enjoyed my quinoa. Cooking it in chicken broth makes it simply yum!

  
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ARLENE99835 11/10/2009 7:06PM

  Thank you for sharing. I'm not a big lover of couscous but you gave me the idea of trying grits.

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Hit my goal!

Monday, November 09, 2009

OK, this is a great week! I hit my goal, and rather unexpectedly!. I lost four pounds in ten days, what a shocker! Proof that if you stick with it, you will triumph! I think back on all those days when I pathetically entered all 4,000 calories that I ate in one day and then picked myself up the next and started over again and am in awe that I stuck with it.

Anyone who reads this, PLEASE never give up! Keep starting over. I can't even count the number of "bad weekends" or emotional eating frenzies over final exams that I've had, but because I never gave up, in the end I did it and here I am! And I am NEVER going back!

Last bit of advice - find your support group/partner and cling to him/her/them. I am fortunate that my significant other has been extremely supportive. He has eaten every whole food filled dinner plate I've handed him and never said a negative word about my obsession with the calories in that cookie/cake/burger/etc. And of course, the wonderful community here at Sparkpeople can always be counted on. A complete stranger giving me a sparkgoodie when I have a bad day means the world even if I never hear from them again. It gives me the lift I need to keep going!

I'm here for life, and NEVER leaving! My healthy lifestyle has only just begun!! emoticon

  
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PENNYROYALTY 11/9/2009 6:35PM

    woot! woot! Great job and great advice! Congrats to you!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 11/9/2009 6:12PM

    emoticon That's awesome!!! Keep up the great work!
Cathy emoticon

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JILLSMYTH 11/9/2009 4:51PM

  Way to go!! That's fantastic!


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Pomegranate

Monday, November 02, 2009

Last weeks whole food was pumpkin seed. I roasted them the normal way, with salt, and they are delicious! I'm munching on them right now. I also tried roasting a pork loin, and that came out really well too.

This week I plan on trying pomegranate, since they seem to be in season. I can't think of any other reason they seem to be so cheep (relatively speaking, of course - $1 a piece is still kinda pricy.) I'm thinking of tossing them into a salad or something. Maybe with the quinoa that I haven't tried since I got it a couple of weeks ago. Who knows. As always, suggestions are welcome!

  


Pumpkin seeds

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Well, I was really having a hard time thinking what my new "whole food of the week" would be. I've been terribly busy moving in with my boyfriend and a bunch of other stuff that's been going on. However, I enjoyed last the polenta last week so much, I didn't want to miss trying another whole food this week, especially now that I HAVE moved in with my boyfriend and have an actual kitchen to play in!

That's when it hit me - pumpkin seeds! I'll be roasting pumpkin seeds from my carved pumpkin. If anyone has a suggestion on how to season them, let me know because I'd like to avoid the salt and pepper routine. Not a huge leap into the unknown, but hey - it's Halloween and I've never roasted pumpkin seeds. (At least not since I was a kid and Mom help!)

On a side note, I am completely addicted to the polenta, which I guess is the same as grits. I've been mixing pumpkin butter and pumpkin pie spices in it to get my pumpkin pie fix without hitting the Baker's Square down the road for free pie night! Dee-lish!

  
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SAVINIJ 10/27/2009 10:04PM

    I wet mine with salt water and then bake them until they are golden brown. I know you said you were trying to avoid the salt, but this just gives a hint of flavor and doesn't take away from the taste of the actual seed. Good Luck!

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Polenta

Monday, October 19, 2009

OK, after the worst weekend eating fiasco since my trip to Vegas months ago, I'm ready to start the week off with a new food. This week I will be trying polenta. I'm convinced it will be delicious and hopefully very versatile. I see it for breakfast, lunch and dinner in recipes everywhere.

And truly, no more crazy eating-fest weekends! I've been trying to eat up the last of my food before I move, and that has meant a lot of old, processed food which I am no longer used to eating supplemented with whatever my mom cooks up or orders. Too much temptation, not enough willpower. The sooner I move and can get back to my muesli breakfasts, soup and salad lunches, and organic dinners the better!

  
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ALPHAPREP 11/5/2009 5:38PM

    How did the polenta experiment go? I always have some in my fridge and forget that I enjoy it - my favorite is actually sauteing an onion, adding the polenta, and cooking it with low sodium chicken broth instead of water - dump in some fresh herbs, or top with a hearty tomato sauce that I've added some mushrooms to.

Or, you know, with a lot of cream and parmesan and cracked pepper (but only on a special occasion!).

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GEORGANNE39 10/19/2009 9:21PM

    Sounds like you hit a bump in the road, that's all. Haven't we all? And we probably will again from time to time. I think it's the big picture that matters and you will get back on track! emoticon

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