Thursday, January 06, 2011
I was so excited about the new year. Even though I had been splurging on cookies and candy through the holiday season, I felt like I could get back on track pretty easily. But I've missed a few steps, apparently!
This week, I did pretty well...lots of salads and raw veggies, seeds, nuts, and other healthy foods. And then last night, I went through two jars of nacho cheese, a whole bag of tortilla chips, and almost a whole six pack of beer. Don't ask me why I even bought it all! It just seemed like a good idea at the time!
I've never had this problem before. I could usually stop at one small glass of wine, and I never ate more than 2,000 calories in a sitting since I started with SP almost a year ago. For some reason, I lost that moderation ability in the last month. But now, I know that I need to watch myself. I don't have the self-control to stop at one or two chips, so they can't be in my house. I don't have the self-control to stop after one beer, so they can't be in my house.
I've heard that cheese is addictive. It stimulates the same part of your brain as other drugs, and is often a favorite of emotional eaters because it can reduce the symptoms of depression. Maybe that's why I always want nachos? Or maybe over the holidays I so badly OD-ed on sugar and carbs that now I'm partially addicted to the sugar rushes, and I just need to break the addiction?
My parents have a theory...I crave cheesy foods because I'm not getting enough of all my amino acids. I'm a vegetarian, so I guess this is possible. But I'm so careful -- I eat a wide variety of beans, whole grains, vegetables, and cottage cheese/greek yogurt regularly. At my last physical, I didn't come up deficient in proteins or iron or calcium, but I was a little low in B-12. My doctor didn't even prescribe shots for me, though. She just told me to incorporate a supplement into my regiment.
I don't know why I have been craving all of these carbs, but I'm treating it like an addiction at this point. Cold turkey for at least 21 days (that's the length of time it takes to break an addiction, right?) and then slowly incorporate a few things back into my diet. I'm going to make sure I have plenty of yogurt and raw nuts and such on hand, in case it is the protein I'm craving. And I'm going to buy some detoxifying tea, and drink that whenever I've had a bad day at work and want a beer.
If this is a response to stress, which given my 70-hour work weeks and multiple volunteer commitments is entirely possible, then I need to find a healthy way to let it out. I was already resolved to train for a 5K and do yoga more regularly; now I am really committed to making sure I have an exercise plan that will help me release that stress in a positive way.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
After months of nagging after his almost-heart-attack, my dad finally went to his cardiologist for a check-up. Having been diagnosed with COPD and sleep apnea, and having surgery to fix his deviated septum to fix both problems, I think he was expecting to hear that he was cured.
Not so -- it turns out his triglyceride levels were excessively high (yes, not just high, but EXCESSIVELY high) and he is pre-diabetic. His cardiologist told him to visit a dietitian and go on a short-term low-carb diet to get his triglycerides and blood sugar under control. I didn't even have to nag this time, he set the appointment up himself.
Then, the next evening, he got a foot-long tuna salad sub from Subway...and told me the dietitian said he was allowed to eat it. Hmmm....
What does everyone know about triglycerides? I did some basic research, and it seems like he needs to eat lots of raw veggies, some fresh oily fish like tuna and salmon (though not fish salads that are mostly mayo!), and moderate amounts of whole grains. Is that right?
Don't get me wrong, I love my mom to pieces, but her idea of cooking is adding pesto to a jar of marinara sauce and throwing it on top of pasta (with lots of cheese) for an Italian bake. I want to take some recipes over and teach them both how to cook the right foods for his new dietary needs, but I'm afraid that I'll feed him the wrong foods.
Has anyone here gone through this before? I bought him the American Heart Association cookbook for Father's Day, but he 'lost' it...what kinds of foods does he need to eat?
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
In honor of receiving invitations to our 10-year high school reunion, my two best friends and I are compiling a joint "before we turn 30" list. I'm feeling good about this list; every time I feel like I'm in a rut, I'll have to look at it again, just to remind myself that I've come so far!
Let me know what we're missing! Everyone should join in this debate; life is not a solo activity and I won't know what I'm missing until someone tells me!
30 X 30:
1. Learn a foreign language
2. Take a spontaneous road trip
3. Take a martial arts class
4. Play in the rain
5. Play in the mud
6. Kiss in the rain
7. Ask out a stranger
8. Take a midnight walk on the beach
9. Take a kayak/canoe trip
10. Raft the Snake River
11. Visit at least 3 national parks
12. Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
13. Ride a horse
14. Hug a tree
15. Swim with the dolphins
16. Climb a mountain
17. Go scuba diving
18. Go sky diving
19. Visit a foreign country
20. Go backpacking
21. Volunteer for something worthwhile
22. Find a career, not a job
23. Learn to tango
24. Get political
25. Be able to say "I did it!" at least once
26. Brag about yourself
27. Take your parents out to dinner
28. Realize that you're a role model
29. Feel real happiness
30. Look in the mirror and loved who you've become
I learned Japanese. I spontaneously drove up to the Dunes for a day (didn't even have my bathing suit, but it was worth it!) I took Tai Kwon Do and Aikido. I play in the rain every time it rains, and in the mud whenever it rains enough. I kissed in the rain, even if he wasn't Mr. Right. I asked out a very casual aquaintance, I maintain that it counts. I kayak almost every weekend in the summer, and even own my own kayak now. I've ridden a horse. I work for an environmental non-profit, of course I've hugged a tree (now I just need to chain myself to one). Does Canada count as a foreign country? I volunteer as a writer for an alternative newspaper, at the humane society, and at the womens shelter. My job is definitely a career! I'm a commissioner for the city council. I've said "I did it!" at least ten times just looking at this list, and I think admitting that IS bragging. I've not only taken my parents out to dinner, I've taken my grandparents out to dinner. And I like the person I'm becoming, even if I'm not all the way there yet.
So that's more than half my list. I'm going to take a two-week vacation next summer to backpack through Yellowstone and Glacier national parks (and hopefully the Tetons too), and I plan to raft down the Snake while I'm there. I plan to start my masters in 2011, and I am already filling out paperwork for the Masters International program through the Peace Corps, so there's another foreign country and more volunteer work (plus personal growth).
The rest can wait...if I make it all the way through this list before I'm 30, then what will I have to look forward to?
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