Saturday, July 16, 2011
Usually, when something prevents me from pursuing my routine I begin a string of negative thoughts which feed upon themselves. Here are some of the most common. . I didn't get in my exercise-I will get heavier, my health will be affected and my motivation will disappear. I haven't eaten correcectly. Oh my gosh! I am going to gain ten poounds, I look horrible etc. The pattern continues.
However, today, I had a revelation. I spent the day shopping. What, you may ask , has that to do with anything? For me, it has a great deal. It resulted in thinking outside of the box. I saw a much broader picture than the details I am usually so focused.
Not only did walking through all of the stores burn calories-which having worn a pedometer was not a major discovery, but what really hit me was the thought of how many calories do we burn when we try on and try on and wiggle in and out of umpteen garments, selecting a few, and then retrying them on upon arriving home? Considering you skip all the tempting treats along the way I can't help but believe it is not possible to achieve a total body workout shopping.
Whew! I certainly feel like I have had one today!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Compliments of Everyday Cooking
(Cookbook especially for diabetics)
Per serving: 304 cal
8 g total fat (2 g sat fat)
72 mg chol
422 mg sodium
28 g carb
3 g fiber
31 g protein
(Exchanges: 1 vegetable, .5 fruit, .5 starch, .5 other carb, 4 very lean meat, 1 fat,
Carb choices 2)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
4 teaspoons low-calorie orange marmalade
4 teaspoons salad oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 cups fresh baby spinach
2 11 ounce cans mandarin orange sections, drained
1 cup loose-pack frozen whole kernel corn
12 ounces cooked chicken breast shredded, or two 6-ounce packeages refigerated cooked chicken breast strips.
*If using the refrigerated chicken omit the 1/8 teaspoon salt from dressing.
1. For the dressing, in a screw-top jar, combine vinegar, mustard, oregano, marmalade, oil salt and pepper, cover and shake well.
2. In a large bowl, place th spinach, ornge sections and corn. Add dressing and chicken to spinach mixture. Toss to coat. Makes 4 (2 cup servings).
Friday, July 08, 2011
Compliments of Diabetic Living
Servings 16 (1 slice each)
Carb per serving 19 g or 16g
Prep Time 30 minutes, Bake Time 30 minutes, Cool Time 10 minutes
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs lightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar (substitutes may be used)
1/4 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mashed cooked peeled sweet potatoes
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1. Preheat oven to 375. lightly coat three 53/4x31/2x2-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, egg, sugar, milk, oil, and vanilla. Stir in sweet potatoes.
Add sour cream mixture to flour mixture and stir until moistened. Fold in dates and pecans. Spoon batter into pans spreading evenly.
3. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted centers comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.
Storage: Wrap and store in refrigerator up to three days or freeze up to 3 months
Per Serving: 132 cal, 5g total fat (1g sat) 2 mg chol, 132 mg sodium, 19 g carb, 2 g fiber,
Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat Carb choice 1.
This makes a good gift for a diabetic friend, or festive alternative for those who are (and are not challenged by diabetes.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Training yourself to live in the present -
without regretting the past or fearing the future -
is a recipe for a happy life.
There are days when it "feels" like I am unable to do anything right. Today has been one of those days. I feel discounted and invisible. Additionally, I feel let down. It has always been my belief that if you commit to something it will be completed. So often lately, the individuals that I have believed in most have not followed through. This has resulted in hurt, and natrually, some anger. The bitter thought that it is best not to have any expectations, therefore you will not be disappointed lingers.
As I reflect, I realize that today is merely a culmination. There have been a series of events which have taken me to this point. I also know that being here is the result of choices I have made.
As I read many of the comments other Sparkers have made I see some of my own issues reflected.
When I began to write this I wasn't certain where it would lead. I am still not.
It is one of those venting blogs written as a means of developing perspective.
I should have begun with a warning. The nice thing about blogs, is you may choose to read or not. Welcome to the pity party.
Things are becoming much more clear at this time. However, what to do about them will remain problematic for some time.
For brevity's sake I will cut to the heart of the matter. 1. I am a people-pleaser by nature. Too often I let what I need for myself to be pushed aside. This eventually results in being overwhelmed, and just plain angry at the world.
2. I expect things to work as they are supposed to (Do they ever?)
3. I am still working on dis-engaging from my mother's approval and values,which, by the way, are not always mine. Gee, it's taken 40+ years to figure this one out!
4. When I attempt to interact with others I don't feel heard. Am I so far out there? This happens a great deal. It goes along with the Hi, how are you? This is easily resolved by fine. No matter how painful or joyful you really are. Does it even matter? As it is easy to see, I am verbal. However, my significant other is not. He is also hard of hearing and sometimes I become extremely hurt and angry.
The thing I have noted, is that individuals generally are so caught up in their world they don't have a clue as to the manner they affect those around them.
Gradually, I am learning to speak up.
5.Finally, I really don't like myself. Everything I read on Spark and in other places says it all begins here.
Having said all of this I will return to the words initially quoted. I have spent too much time regretting the past, and as an indivdual who is constantly worried, afraid or anxious I do miss the present. This is all we have.
It is true that "life is what you make of it." I have a great deal of work to do.
I know that where I am is not where I want to be. So I am choosing another path-blazing a new trail which step by step will take me in the direction I choose.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I have often heard "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it". This always sounded like good advice to me. However, as I try and put the pieces together, I realize that sometimes it is necessary to repair something which in not working as it should.
I have, however, embraced my own philosophy. A major part of which consists of "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". I possess a strong belief in prevention. This is one of the major attractions Spark has for me. Creating a healthy lifestyle based on nutrition, emotional and spiritual balance.
However, there are times when our efforts to maintain balance are not enough,
and other interventions become necessary.
Unfortunately I have reached that point once again. I have said it often, I have been there before, and will be again, but something positive is always the result at some point in time.
I am an individual who does not tolerate medications. Unfortunately, I have some issues which require interventions which at times mean trying something.
Usually, I will know by the first dose or as it begins to reach therapeutic level.
I fortunately have a doctor who will step me up in baby doses. Occassionally, I will take something and it will either have the opposite affect, which is not un-common, or it will turn on me after a period of use- occassionally several years.
I have had difficulty lately with something I have taken over 30 years. However, I am on a much higher dosage. It is beginning to produce the effects it is intended to resolve. However, it is something I need to continue, but wonder if a different form might be the answer.
It frightens me. My thinking tonight is definitely not positive. That, too is a bit scary. I am staying again with my significant other, simply because I don't want to be alone.
This too, is something I struggle with. Tomorrow my doctor is definitely going to receive a call. I thought I could wait until my apppointment on the 8th, but it seems to be getting worse. Perhaps I am just tired, and am not as capable of dealing with it.
There you have it, for me the fix feels worse (or at least as bad as the break)
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