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Monday, January 09, 2012

This is the first of hopefully more observations on food, life, and getting healthy as E and I work our way through The SparkPeople Cookbook.

Stepfanie's Oatmeal.

E is a big oatmeal fan. Moi, not so much. Not even a little. I love an oatmeal cookie and oats in bread but pour hot liquid on it and call it a meal... I don't think so. I've never like the slimy stuff. And, as this recipe calls for nuts, the meal requires lots of chewing which means the slimy stuff must stay on my tongue even longer. Eeewwwww, yuck.

We used the oatmeal we had which was large oatmeal flakes. At the end of the 5 minute cooking period the flakes did not seem tender enough. E microwaved for one more minute, on high, and this still didn't make the flakes tender, but now it's too hot to eat. Waiting five minutes for oatmeal in the morning doesn't sound like a lot, but when you have to be at work at 7:30am every minute counts.

She says "the nutty flavor and the occasional sweet fruit bites of craisins makes this an ultimately good tasting food." For E, not moi. But next time she would add half raisins for about the same calorie count.

Nuts and dried fruit are high in calories and this would be an above 300 calorie breakfast. In weight loss mode, nuts and dried fruit should be consumed in small quantities. (I fractured a molar biting into an almond just before Christmas and for me. now and likely forever, if I want nuts I should get peanut butter, or cashew butter.) E had more of this oatmeal the next day, without the microwaving and she is getting use to a more al dente slimy bit,er oatmeal. ;) This might be a weekend breakfast, or sometimes a supper/dinner. "It's very filling." For E, not for moi, just so we are a clear on that oatmeal thing. ;)

We made 6 servings instead of the recipe's 12 servings. Another 4 servings are stored in tupperware in the fridge.

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JUZDANCE 1/10/2012 4:46PM

    wait? you are suppose to cook oatmeal? oops,I eat it raw. I wish I didn't love it so much, there's many calories in there,especially since I love raisin on it.

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VK2Z10 1/10/2012 8:23AM

    like moodymollyr, try steel cut oats. you can soak them overnight, then they should only take like 15 minutes to cook. also, what about adding kasha (buckwheat groats). they add a little crunch to the oatmeal (because i am not a fan either) and you could possibly add some banana, or a little honey and raisins. it's worth messing around with the combo to find something you like.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/10/2012 1:44AM

    I agree with you on the oatmeal. Funny thing? My kids learned to love those Instant Quaker Oatmeal packets, especially brown sugar and maple syrup flavored. (I know, I know ... horrible nutrition-wise, but they would cook and eat it for breakfast on their own, which was a bonus with teens.)

Anyway, I ~LOVED~ the smell. Made me so hungry. Tried a bite. Nope, the added flavor cannot cover the texture of semi-mush.

(I will, however, happily eat granola with oats in it - non-slimy oats.)

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LITTLEBO 1/9/2012 10:29PM

    I have an aversion to cream of wheat myself. Childhood indident. I refuse to eat it....ever.

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MOODYMOLLYR 1/9/2012 7:33PM

  Have you tried steel cut oats? I don't really know a lot about them but we had them for dinner recently as my daughter had fixed them in the small slow cooker, with cinnamon in them I believe. We added a touch of cream and a few raisins to our portion and they were fantastic, I went back for seconds.
I for one won't buy or eat instant oatmeal, like you I think it's slimy. I don't even like the quick or old-fashioned oats anymore but those steel cut oats were fantastic. Maybe you could put them in a small slow cooker on low at night and have them the next morning for breakfast. It would be worth a try, especially as oats are supposed to be good at fighting cholesterol.

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Plans for January and Health Update

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The SparkPeople Cookbook was under my tree this holiday! As well as Coach Nicole's most excellent first two videos, and The Spark, the book. I guess you could call us committed. emoticon

We are very A type people in our house. We watch very little tv. There is almost always time for a project in the kitchen.

New project: Creating every recipe in the SparkPeople CookBook.

I think it's going to be like walking across Canada. Instead of the feet feeding the movement, the cooking is feeding the yum, and I would guess Chef Meg is going to be a totally awesome cooking experience.

So here we go: The project for this week:

Stepfanie's Oatmeal Mix - I dislike cooked oatmeal even if the picture in the book makes it look appealing. But you never know how slimy oatmeal can be until it's too late, or unless it's smelling slimy right up front. If I can't eat it, E will and she is a connoisseur of oatmeal. I'll look forward to the oatmeal cookies.

The following week we will share a superior chocolate smoothie recipe.
Then it's on to my favourite comfort food... eggs!
Stay tuned.

In other Christmas Tree News: I got a fitbit! Get to get one now! I hope fitbit and sparkpeople figure out each others APIs and integrate sooner than later. Oh my supernovas, the fitbit is the best thing to monitor steps, calories, activity level, stairs! and sleep! Do check it out. Tell them I sent you. emoticon It's so good, we ordered a second one for E.

In other health news: (And there is always other health news at my age.) ... Just returned from the dentist where I'm in process for an overlay. I chipped a tooth while eating an almond. Oh fun!

Also, I've had frozen shoulder syndrome... it hurt in march, i got to the doctor in july, phsyio every week since october... but the pain and immobility only got worse. I had to wait for an mri guided cortisone shot and by the time that happened on dec 2, I was in a sling and under ice, taking T3s and zopiclone to allow some sleep. Somehow I managed to exercise and eat right during that time because I lost 25lbs! The cortisone shot helped the pain significantly, but not totally, and I put 5 of those pounds back on over the holidays. I'm off the T3s and I've halved the zopiclone dose. It's wonderous how a good night sleep can help you feel. I tried coming off the z-drug cold turkey a couple of nights ago, but I had heart palpitations and didn't feel at all well after a night of much pain and little sleep. I halved the dose last night and got a nice sleep and feel good today. So, will stick with that for awhile.

It's been raining since Christmas. Actually quite blowy too. They promised sunshine today and we've had sun today, but it's raining right through it. Rainbow Land. At least we don't have to shovel it.

Hope that helps. Just keep moving.


I Wear Purple Day! Stop homophobic bullies.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bullying is never nice and the smallest of kids do it and are victims of it. Homophobic bullying does cause death. Remember the movie "The Children's Hour."

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/20/2010 11:21AM

    Purple is my favorite color!! And I don't think anyone owns that color - homo or hetero! ;-) I'm a happily married woman, have a kid, and I like rainbows too!

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I had all my ducks lined up...

Friday, October 01, 2010

I'm off to Vancouver to Drupal's Pacific North West Summit. Drupal is a 'must know' Content Management System. CMS, and it's server configuration, is my speciality.

Trips are exciting. When I'm excited I eat all the wrong stuff.
Well, I'm going to change that routine, somehow.

Vancouver is a half day away. It's a 15 drive up the Pat Bay Highwayto board the ferry in Swartz Bay. It's a beautiful day for a ferry ride to Tsawwassen. I hope to see whales! Then it's off to Burnaby to stay with my sister.

Sometime in the next four hours, while getting ready for my trip I'm going to get in a workout. Coach Nicole has some quickie band exercises perfect for my damaged connective tissues.

Wish me luck!

Better Sleep Challenge
Day 1 - lights out shortly after 9:30pm tv, "the big bang theory". Continue to sleep with my ipod. Enjoying the free audio book "Anne of Green Gables" I woke up twice in the night, no problem falling asleep. Slept through morning rush hour! Out of bed at 7:15. Stella, the havanese, didn't get out of bed until much later.


And then there was my health...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My health has always taken a back seat on the bus of my priorities. I think life was way too interesting to mind anything more than ..... well, nothing. I was always mostly healthy... there wasn't a problem, until there was a problem.

Now, approaching 60, I'm changing my mind about my health. First, I quit smoking. That was huge. From that comes the rest of it, the nutrition and activity that will keep me going for another 60 decades. ;)

What motivates me? Living long enough for science to find life on Mars.

So, here I am, getting my Spark Points. Visit my page, view my pictures and post a comment or two. Thanks for listening.

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LINDEE6 9/30/2010 6:57PM

    Congratlutions on your life-enhancing changes. There's no way anyone can convince me that the 60's can't be the best decade ever!

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LADYMOSTTIMES 9/30/2010 6:44PM

    I'm in my 50's and have never worried about my health much either, til recently. I'm working on excercise, nutrion, and weight loss (lots of weight loss). Good for you that you quit smoking, I wish so much that I could quit. Keep up the good work.

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SHAWFAN 9/30/2010 6:38PM

    Good for you for quitting smoking and starting to take care of the one important asset you have, your body. Good luck to you on reaching your goals! emoticon

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