Saturday, July 02, 2011
Wow, I got on the scale this morning and gained 14 pounds in the last 3 weeks.....that's just insane....the old me has creeped back in. I'm going to change my weight tracker and my trophy so I won't stay in denial and do something about this disaster!
Tracking my food is hard for me but it's also the only thing that works for me....so I'm going to have to suck up and just do it.
3 weeks ago I was put on abilify so I guess that's not helping but I'm doing the calorie loading so it's time to take some responsibility.
All help and encouragement is most welcome.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I've been thinking a lot about the term Winter Fat. I can feel it starting to creep into my life. It's different then Holiday Fat.
For me, especially since I've lost a lot of fat this year, my body has been cold now that summer is gone. Also, the desire for cold salads is no longer with me. I've been craving stews and soups (thick of course).
There are a number of reasons why winter weight happens – one of the largest factors is genetic. We have a tendency to begin storing fat as winter draws near; this is something common to most animals and is meant to help us survive the winter. Unfortunately this was okay for our physically laborious ancestors, but the computer generations have a problem. Our bodies are programmed to crave more food as the temperatures drop. We also tend to crave heavier foods as the winter comes.
Hormonal fluctuations are also a factor in winter weight gain. Hormones and other neurotransmitters have an effect on our appetites. In fact, overweight people often have a deficiency of certain neurotransmitters and hormonal imbalances. Depression brought about by seasonal affective disorder can also influence eating. I've always self medicated against this condition with food, especially high carbohydrate choices. This seasonal depression can lead to overeating, which leads to a self-sustaining cycle of overeating and winter weight gain which can be difficult to overcome.
There are physiological and cultural reasons why we tend to consume higher quantities of high carb, high fat foods in the winter. These foods are a big part of winter weight gain. The best way to counteract this winter weight gain is to eat the high carb foods we crave, but being careful to choose low fat ones, such as fresh fruit, brown rice and wholegrain bread.
And not to minimize Holiday fat.....In a short 12 week period we have at least 3 huge eating Holidays and parties and the sugar and white flour are are in a race as to who can outsell the other...oh and don't forget the butter! Yikes
So, I am going to commit today to take control and make healthy choices and go back to tracking what I eat on Spark. I want this to be the second year in a row that I don't have a winter weight gain...Anyone care to join me?
Love to all,
Monday, August 23, 2010
By cruising around the internet this morning, I found this great site by The Harvard School of Public Health:
They also have recipes and I thought the one below sounded really good.
Spicy Chicken Kebabs
This chicken kebab recipe mixes common pantry spices with citrus to develop a zesty marinade. Skewering grapes with the chicken is another way to build flavor without adding salt. One kebab makes a great appetizer, or serve two kebabs on a green salad for a delicious, healthful meal.
* 2 garlic cloves, sliced
* Pinch of salt
* Black pepper, to taste
* 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
* ¾ teaspoon paprika
* ¾ teaspoon cumin seed
* ½ teaspoon dried thyme
* ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 1 teaspoon curry powder
* 3 tablespoons canola oil
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
* ¾ teaspoon salt
* 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
* 30 flame seedless grapes
In a mortar, pound the garlic with a pinch of salt to make a paste.
In a dry skillet, heat the coriander seeds, paprika, cumin seeds, thyme, crushed red pepper, and curry powder until hot and aromatic, 30 seconds. Remove from pan and put the mixture into a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind to make a fine powder.
In a bowl, combine the garlic, spices, canola oil, lemon juice, parsley, ¾ teaspoon salt, pepper, and chicken cubes. Toss well to coat completely and let marinate several hours, mixing occasionally.
Skewer the chicken and grapes and grill until chicken is cooked through.
Nutrition analysis for 1 skewer:
Calories: 90⁄ Protein: 9 g ⁄ Carbohydrate: 3 g ⁄ Fiber: 0 g ⁄ Sodium: 180 mg
Saturated fat: 1 g ⁄ Polyunsaturated fat: 1 g ⁄ Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
Trans fat: 0 g ⁄ Cholesterol: 25 mg
I hope everyone has a happy healthy eating week!
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Sorry I haven't been Sparking, but I was back in the Hospital....My back surgery was only somewhat successful...Aw well, I know I have to learn to live with the pain. However, today is 100 pounds lost. I'm so happy and realistically my ankles and knees are now pain free, so that's great.
I wish everyone the best!
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