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Fun Cooking

Friday, January 15, 2010

I've blogged before that I love cooking. I like being creative and being in the kitchen frees my mind from other things. I read a lot of cooking magazine and Spark People recipes. I have complete files on clipped recipes from the healthy to the unhealthy. I'm always on the lookout for vegan dishes because I love them and one grandson only eats vegan.
I found a recipe for Red Lentil Dal. Dal is a sort of spicy dish made with lentils and water. You use mustard seeds, cloves, fresh ginger and other spices. I made it this morning to send to work for my grandson (family business). Man was it good! I had a few bites and sent it to him with brown rice. I wish I had kept some of it because it was very tasty.
So I'll continue looking for and trying new recipes. Occasionally I need to make my old standbys because sometimes the family wants something traditional. But don't expect me to give up cooking for fun.

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ARMYWIFE4GOD 1/19/2010 11:44AM

    You sound like my dad and my sister... they both LOVE cooking in the kitchen and creating new dishes. My sister will see a recipe on a cooking show, on a calendar, online, in a magazine or in a book and will try to create it, but sometimes she doesn't always follow the recipe exactly and lots of times hers turns out delish!

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HNDMOMMY 1/15/2010 6:53PM

  You're a girl after my own heart. My kids don't realize they are guinea pigs for my kitchen experiments. My DH loves trying new things but the kids ask for something normal once in awhile.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 1/15/2010 2:30PM

    I love the kitchen creativity too

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No Diet for Hubby

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My husband refuses to diet. Yes, he's overweight--a lot--but his blood pressure ad cholesterol are great. Unfair, huh? Anyway, he says he'd rather die than spend the rest of his life eating low fat this and low sugar that. He LOVES the
Atkins diet because he can have steak, lobster, butter, all the high cholesterol he wants. I'm a flexitarian. I prefer vegetarian foods, but I'm flexible. Which is good because yesterday he called and said, "I feel like a big fat (at least 16 oz) juicy steak.
He watches the Foodnetwork occasionally even though he doesn't cook much. He DOES cook breakfast, bacon, sausage, and eggs because I don't eat those and prefer not to cook them. But he only does it on weekends. On weekdays he meets a group of men for a big egg breakfast in a local restaurant.
Anyway, while he watches food network, he'll call me over to see a recipe. He knows I love to cook and love being in the kitchen. So he saw homemade lasagne on one show and a beef stew in a baked potato bowl with mashed potatoes on top. He said he'd like them both for dinner this week, if possible.
So tonight I have a big batch of bubbly, cheesy, lasagne in the oven. Luckily it has lots of meat in it so I'll take a very small piece just to taste it. My dinner will probably be a salad and one piece of garlic bread.
I guess it works out for both of us. I get to play in the kitchen, he supplies the money for the ingredients, and we both get to eat what we want. I just wish he'd eat a little less fat.

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ARMYWIFE4GOD 1/19/2010 11:40AM

    Yeah I agree with the ladies here... BBAHONORS & RURAL3... alter the recipes a little, use healthier ingredients... he'll never know the difference and he'll be eating what he wants, but a bit healthier too. :D GL!

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RURAL3 1/15/2010 2:10PM

    Use the low fat or 2% cheese. He will never know the difference. I do that all the time and my DH loves it.
Cut the butter or margerin in recipes to 1/2. It tastes the same honestly. There are several tricks you can use and he will never know unless he sees you cooking it.

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BBAHONORS 1/15/2010 8:13AM

    When you're doing the cooking, maybe you can alter the recipes a bit to decrease some of the fat in the dish. That way, your DH gets the food he wants, and you get to make him eat a LITTLE healthier without him knowing about it. Hmmm...sounds like a WIN-WIN to me!

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MSMEADOWANN 1/14/2010 9:02PM

    I know how you feel. Only not only is my hubby overweight, but his BP & cholesteral is not good. I eat healthy & have lost weight. I still have BP probleams & also diabetic. So not fair. But I do have to say he has picked up a few good habits since I have lost most of my weight. Good luck with your hubby. Thanks for the post.

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Sit too Much

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I think I sit to much--sit to hold grandbabies, sit to read, sit to babysit, sit to work on the computer, sit to read everything in SPeople. What to do? One thing I could change is to sit on the stability ball. I know that it's suppose to help you with balance and make your inner core stronger. It just takes up too much room.
I do my cardio, my strength training, but other than that, I sit! It's hard to do too much moving around while babysitting toddlers. Yes, I have to follow them around, but when they're in the room with me, I sit!
In the car I sit, in the evening I sit. I have a treadmill but it's upstairs and I only use it when I don't have the grandbabies. And lately I've had them from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. So I do a lot of sitting. They are not too happy if I put on a Leslie Sansome tape or try using the Wii. They want to use it! So I sit!

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HNDMOMMY 1/14/2010 6:36PM

  I heard that we burn more calories standing than sitting. last night my boys wanted to go to a special meet and greet with a Sacramento Kings player. We got there 1 1/2 hours early to stand in line. I brought my mom and daughter too. I had my mom sit but even though I could have, I chose to stand the whole 1 1/2 hours. Result? My feet and legs were a bit sore by the time I got home. But I was hoping a few more standing calories were burned.

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PAULASTRAS 1/13/2010 4:36PM

    Oh Geri How cute,:)

I sit too lol in bed, on the phone, when I eat, riding in a car, sit on my walker, sit in my wheelchair, sit at the sewing machine, I just sit every where. lol

this blog is so precious :)

luv'ya my friend :)
hugs, Paula:)

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ARMYWIFE4GOD 1/13/2010 2:18PM

    I totally agree with the previous posters... do something with them that doesn't involve 'SITTING'. Dance, jump, walk, crawl, chase around the house just for fun. ANYTHING that gets you moving is better than sitting, lol and can be counted as Exercise! It may not be able to be recorded on SP fitness tracker, but still you can consider it as exercising.


BTW, you're not alone I do it too... and I've got to break away from it... been doing a bit better lately about it though. Gotta keep this mind busy otherwise if I sit too long and do nothing, then my mind starts wandering and start thinkin about hubby and missing him, etc.

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VANILLABERRY 1/13/2010 12:17PM

    Romp around in the woods! I absolutely love doing that...

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SPIFFYCAT 1/13/2010 12:01PM

    Take them for a walk, put the non walkers in a stroller...
But most of all enjoy them

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NUTRON3 1/13/2010 11:25AM

    Put on music and dance around with them.

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10 Healthy Idea

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

These 10 ideas come from the Jan./Feb. 2010 issue of Cooking Light
1. Try something new
2. Choose healthy fats
3. Cook more often
4. Eat less red and processed meats
5. Eat more whole foods
6. Start the day off well (breakfast)
7. Indulge adventurously
8. Eat out creativeely
9. Be portion aware
10. Drink well (Make alcohol a part of a healthy social life)

These are all good rules to start our healthy living. Get the new issue if you'd like to learn more.

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PAULASTRAS 1/12/2010 7:15PM

    great message, thank you for blogging this and sharing it.
i must print it and clip it to the frig.

love and hugs, Paula :)

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HNDMOMMY 1/12/2010 6:40PM

  I really appreciated that . Thanks for sharing!

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I Did Something New

Monday, January 11, 2010

About every 6 weeks we go to the coast, especially in the winter's fog so we can see the sun. When we go to Carmel, I have a set thing I do. We go to the beach and the beach is down a sand dune from the parking lot. I usually stay on top of the dune and feed the squirrels. It's something I've done for as long as I can remember. My hubby goes down the dune and walks the dogs on the beach.
I decided to join him, my daughter and grandson. Going down the dune, I knew I would be in trouble coming back. It was steep! We walked a long way down the beach letting the dogs run and play. We were really close to the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Anyway, returning, I knew I wouldn't make it up the dune. I tried and kept sliding back. My daughter said to keep going a little ways and the sand dunes farther down weren't so steep. I got there and saw that there was little difference. I knew I was screwed because I can't climb well.
I called my grandson (12) over and told him I was going to hold onto his jacket and keep pace with him. I told him I was only walking 100 steps and then I was quitting. They could call a helicopter to get me. I walked my 100 steps and when I stopped and saw I was only about 15 steps from the top. I waited there to catch my breath (I didn't see any helicopters coming) and then I finished the climb. Would I do it again next time. You bet! It HAS to get easier, doesn't it?

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GEINAHG0757 1/12/2010 12:14PM

    Way to go, Geri! Especially for not giving up! I love your attitude of, "Would I do it again next time? YOU BET!" You ARE getting stronger... emoticon

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MARLY53 1/11/2010 10:36PM

    Way to go Geri! Wow I am impressed!

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HNDMOMMY 1/11/2010 8:27PM

  Wow, isn't this journey like climbing up a hill? We think we'll give up, need help and support, and then....we make it! Congrats!

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AJDOVER1 1/11/2010 7:58PM

    I'm so glad you made it! Waiting for the helicopter would have taken a long time and then it would have just blown sand in your hair, eyes and mouth. Doing something new is a MUCH better alternative!

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ARMYWIFE4GOD 1/11/2010 6:40PM

    That's AWESOME! emoticon emoticonI'm sure the more you do it + the more exercise you get between each time you do... it WILL get easier with time.

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HARMONYBLUE 1/11/2010 2:28PM

    How wonderful to be able to join your family by the beach! Yes, it WILL get easier:) Let us know how much in six weeks!

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CTENBRINK 1/11/2010 12:27PM

    Nice job!

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TRIGFROST 1/11/2010 12:18PM

    "Wonderful Stroy" inspiring...Keep it up, Just for yourself....
"Great Motivation Story.... Good for You you-didn't quit and did't give up... Wonderful-You broke into new territory and covered new ground.....

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TINK33 1/11/2010 12:15PM

    I actually teared up when I read your blog! CONGRATULATIONS! You have to be so proud of yourself! I'm proud of you. :) Good for you for accomplishing this - now you KNOW you can do it. . .with a little extra effort and time. It will get easier - every time you do it! Good luck on your journey!

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    It gets easier a lot faster than you would think. The 100 steps will give way to 125, 150, 200, 300, 500, and even 1000!

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