Saturday, July 21, 2012
I shopped for groceries yesterday at Ward's grocery store. It is a small family-owned store with plenty of good produce. I buy most of my fruits, vegetables and meats there. I like Ward's because it has a friendly atmosphere, and the cashiers are friendly. I have been shopping at Ward's for several years.
I usually don't buy cherries because they are expensive, but Ward's had some for just $1.97 a pound, so I got two pounds. I also bought a cantaloupe, a papaya, a mango and a 4-pound bag of Valencia oranges. I now have a lot of fruit at home! I love to eat fruits. They are so sweet and delicious! I would rather have a nice serving of papaya than a chocolate bar or an ice cream.
To my disappointment, the cherries I got were a little old. Some of them have spots with mold starting. I picked out the bad ones and am eating the good ones. I was tempted to just throw out the whole bunch, but some of the cherries are still good. It requires a discriminating eye to distinguish the good from the bad cherries. If a cherry has even a little mold or the skin is broken, it goes in the garbage. Also, the ones that are a little too soft are overripe and don't taste good, so they go in the garbage too. I discovered that I really don't like cherries that much compared to other fruits.
One of my most favorite fruits is fresh strawberries. Here are some photos I took a while back of some very photogenic strawberries.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I am trying to maintain my goal weight without tracking my food. I tried several times before to stop tracking and gained weight by overeating. I returned to tracking again. This time I am determined to make the transition to a less obsessive way of eating!
It has been eight days since I stopped tracking. I am weighing myself only once a week instead of every day. I weighed myself this morning and was happy to find that my weight was 139.2 pounds, which is up a pound from eight days ago, but not significantly different. I am very pleased!
I am eating more fresh fruits, which I love--strawberries, cherries, papayas, honeydew melons and oranges. The fruit satisfies my desire for sweets in a healthy way and makes my meals a pleasure.
I have given up nuts. I don't digest them well. Nuts are a trigger food that causes me to binge. I don't miss nuts because of the delicious fruits I am eating!
I started taking magnesium citrate supplements (800 mg; the DRI is 400 mg). I believe that I was deficient in magnesium. As soon as I started taking the magnesium, a mental fog lifted. I am thinking more clearly and handling stress better. If you take only one supplement, it should probably be magnesium.
Magnesium oxide is not absorbed well. It has only a 4% bioavailability. The bioavailablity of magnesium citrate is 90%. If you are taking a magnesium supplement that is magnesium oxide, you aren't getting the magnesium you need. Magnesium also helps with constipation, since it is a laxative. If you decide to take magnesium, start with 400 mg. If you begin to have loose stools, then decrease dosage until they are normal. Here is a link to a short article about magnesium:
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