Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A spicy party mix made with soy nuts, pumpkin seeds, and freeze dried vegetables.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chili powder (to taste)
1 tsp dried basil , crushed
1/2 tsp ground oregano , dried, crushed
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cup roasted unsalted soy nuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
4 oz Peas, green, freeze dried, pouch (corn or carrots)
1 cooking spray
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 13" x 9" x 2" baking pan with cooking spray.
2 In medium bowl, mix oil, chili powder, basil, oregano, and garlic powder. Add soy nuts and pumpkin seeds. Mix well.
3 Spread mixture in prepared pan.
4 Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until soy nuts are toasted, stirring after 10 minutes.
5 Stir in dried vegetables. Cool and serve.
Makes 10 servings
Total Carbs 12.8 g
Dietary Fiber 3.5
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Unsaturated Fat 1.3
Potassium 10.3 g
Sodium 41.5 mg
1 1/2 Fat, 1 Starch, 1 1/2 Vegetable
1 Very Lean Meat
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Where do the days go? There are so many things I want to do, but by the end of the day simply find myself frustrated and angry at not seeing any results. I realize I do this to myself. I am one of those who create a to-do list which, if I were honest with myself, is not very realistic. I am not doing well at accepting the fact that I am unable to perform as previously.
I believe that my significant other is correct when he keeps harping on the fact that the first thing I need to do is to get healthy, and the other things will fall into place. Sound familiar? I know this,
just as we all know so many things, but to put them into practice is entirely different. However,
I am beginning to see I just can't do it anymore. My doctor has reinforced this, and we are working on regaining my coping skills, in addition to taking care of other issues.
I have so many plans to organize and put things in order to help make life easier. However,
in some ways this adds to my stress, because of wanting to do it all right now, which is not
possible. One of the things I am trying to do is create a regular communication with my Spark
friends. This is by no means intended to limit, but expand communication. I will always be available, and my planned schedule is not meant to hinder, but to help create more regular contacts. It will take some time, but eventually, I am hoping to gradually put things in place.
The comments, and support I read are extremely important to me.
However, after a great deal of reflection I have made the decision that as my life is currently
out of balance, I will limit my time to what I feel is important to achieve my goals for the long
term. I feel that with all of the ups and downs, I need to work on becoming a bit more grounded. I need to back away a bit. This in no way means that I will neglect those who mean so much. Although it may take a long period of time, I will comment. I always have opinions.
Bottom line: I won't be as visible for a bit. Yet never forget I am cheering each and every one
on as they meet the challenges they face.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
American Cheese Grits
Creamy American cheese grits with cayenne pepper.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Makes 4 servings
Serving Size: 0.75 cup
Amount Per Serving
Total Carbs 21.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Sugars 3 g
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Unsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Potassium 18.7 mg
Protein 7.5 g
Sodium 376.5 mg
1 Meat, 1 Starch
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2 3/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup Grits, corn, white, dry
1/4 tsp salt
4 piece Cheese, American, white, low fat, singles
1/2 cup fat free half and half
1/8 tsp ground cayenne (red pepper)
1 pinch black pepper
1 Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Mix in grits and salt. Decrease the heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
2 Take off of the heat and mix in the remaining ingredients except the black pepper. Let sit, covered, for 2 minutes. Season with black pepper and serve.
Try with 1/2 of a large onion bagel, 1 hard boiled egg, and 1 1/4 cup strawberries.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Good for Leftovers
Nutritional Info (Per serving):
Calories: 262, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 67mg, Dietary Fiber: 5g, Total Fat: 11g, Carbs: 37g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Protein: 7g
Carb Choices: 2
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Rest Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 h 5 mins
2/3 cup(s) juice, apple, unsweetened concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup(s) maple syrup
1/3 cup(s) oil, almond, or oil, canola
1/4 cup(s) sugar, brown, dark, packed
1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cup(s) oats, rolled, (not quick-cooking)
1 cup(s) wheat germ, toasted
1 cup(s) nuts, almonds, raw, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup(s) sunflower seeds
1 cup(s) cranberries, dried, divided
1. Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with sides with cooking spray.
2. Whisk apple juice concentrate, maple syrup, oil and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and salt.
3. Mix oats, wheat germ, almonds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Stir in the juice mixture; toss to coat.
4. Spread the granola evenly on the prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake the granola for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Reverse sheets top to bottom and back to front. Continue baking until lightly browned and aromatic, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes more.
6. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks; stir 1/2 cup dried cranberries into the granola on each sheet. Let cool completely.
Monday, March 26, 2012
It is my suggestion that if you are in search of something positive and uplifting, don't read any further. As often is the case, I am uncertain the direction this will take, but I do know it will consist of mostly, ranting and raving. I am hoping to get rid of the negativity here rather in other areas.
As a prologue, I suppose I will begin with some of the recent general issues. The Spring/Fall cycle for bi-polars is definitely not helping. I began mine early. Health reasons resulted in losing my best coping mechanisms, and I have been extremely sleep deprived.
There are so many individuals who live with chronic conditions much more severe, I feel guilty for even reacting to such pettiness. Of course, this doesn't help matters much either.
My doctor has given my two weeks of a medication, which as it is building in my system the side effects are becoming worse. They are frightening, and I really don't like to be alone. I have a medication anxiety which just feeds into it. Obviously, I don't do medications well.
I have been staying with my significant other, in order to have some support. One thing that irritates me more than anything is when individuals don't follow through. I know it is a burden.
There is a cycle created by this within all my other cycles. By around four in the afternoon,
I have worn down to the point, I have lost all focus, am extremely irritable. etc. I think thoughts which are really not very nice, and work extremely hard not to begin a rant.
It is difficult not to allow him to sabotage my efforts at health, I believe in my heart it is just that he has no clue. I simply try to do my own thing as diplomatically as possible. He actually is doing better, and I am happy to see this as he has already done a great deal of self-inflicted damage. However,
Having digressed back to my horrible manifestations. I suppose a certain amount of selfishness is required in self-care. Yesterday, because of his habit of not listening, just after eating, we had to go to his Mom's and eat more. In some ways this is good because my new medication requires it to be taken at bedtime with at least 324 calories. Obviously, I went way over yesterday. He simply doesn't see why I get so frustrated. The icing on the cake is the
interruption in the little exercise I am able to do, before I wear down.
Exercise has always been what has gotten me through. Having gained weight from something we are still working on discovering, it is more important than ever for me to use the window of opportunity I have. Not only was that out of the picture, so was my Sparking, and general business I need to do which is important to me.
The last two nights I have essentially been facing the hardest of the side-effects of my medications entirely alone. Last night I couldn't even sleep. I have been using a hide-a-bed, but it made me so sore, I have been up since it was time to take my medication and feed the cat. I can't sleep on this, and am trying to think of an alternative. I have a hide-a bed at home,
but his weight has actually put a sag in the springs. It is old anyway. I am thinking of a futon or something which I can later replace the couch at my house with. Problem: Money. Living on a fixed income makes saving for major purchases take much longer. What if my specialist isn't covered by my insurance? Borrowing trouble again. Why worry until things happen. They usually do work out for the best.
If I face this alone anyway, why not stay home, and just return on weekends? Always a but.
He has acute kidney stones which are releasing more quickly with new medication. He has a history of numerous stones, which are inoperable. Naturally, he has his attacks when it is most difficult for me.
Me Me Me here I go again. This is a big part of what I don't like. I have had almost a decade of
tending to others, keeping the peace, doing all of the supposed to's I feel it is time to live my life without the guilt.
I come to Spark for so many things. It is a blessing which helps in every aspect of my life.
If any poor soul has plowed their way through all of the whining I would ask that they say a quick prayer for me. I need all of the guidance I can get.
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