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Healthy cravings

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Who says the only things that taste good aren't good for you? I really do get cravings for healthy foods -- sometimes, anyway.

There was the time not long ago when I was staring at the grape tomatoes I'd bought to put into a salad for company, and I just had to have some. Altho I've found that raw tomatoes have a tendency to make me rather gassy, which is too bad because I love them so.

Or oatmeal. I like my oatmeal plain, with just a little bit of salt. I have started to put just a teaspoon of dark chocolate chips in it, along with some flaxseed. It's like a warm granola bar! Monday night something upset my stomach big time, and the next morning it was still hurting, and I found myself craving a nice, soothing bowl of oatmeal.

Those who've followed me a while know just how much I love my sweets. I know that we're born with a preference for sweets -- often, in olden days, preferring sweet tasting food preventing humans from poisoning themselves with wild plants. But sweets aren't the only thing I crave. I crave healthy, too, in more ways than one.

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STARTSPARKING 8/21/2009 1:13AM

    It's these cravings for healthy food that differentiate a lifestyle from a diet. Congratulations, my friend.

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KEAKMAN 8/20/2009 11:50PM

    Tonight driving home from work all I could think about was the vegetable bake I have in the 'fridge. Not burgers. Not fries. Not chocolate. A goulash of zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and basil from my garden. Weird, huh? Not any more!

(and I thought you would be a particular fan of Toasted Cheesy Buns!)

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DDHEART 8/20/2009 1:00PM

    Great! I think any thing can be craved.....I eat grape tomatoes like candy, they're so sweet and good...unfortunately I will get a sore mouth sometimes when I eat too many! Oh well.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 8/20/2009 7:49AM

    Ah, comfort foods.....my tastes have changed too. I never would have thought that would be possible a few years ago. Oatmeal is one of my comfort foods (I have it every morning) but with dried fruits, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Home made chicken soup is another of my comfort foods. You know, instead of craving a bag of chip, instead I now crave a small bag of popcorn. Cucumber is another that I get a sudden craving for a lot. Life is good, eh?

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What my parents taught me

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I've never told her, but my mom has always been the moving force behind my wanting to lose weight -- now & all those years ago. Because I don't want to look like she did at 50, or 60, or . . . you get the picture.

My parents have taught me a lot, often things I don't want to do or be. For instance, I know that in order to lose weight, you've got to change. You've got to change big time, in fact. You don't have to change everything at once -- in fact, you're better off if you take baby steps -- but you can't expect to lose weight if you don't change how you eat; if you change how you eat, but never exercise; if you exercise, but you don't change how you eat.

It's a lifestyle, yes, but for a lot of us, it's uncharted territory. I've had 20 years of experimenting to get where I am today, and things still go clafluey sometimes. No, clafluey isn't a real word. I'm not expecting a good WI tomorrow, despite what I think was a good week. My jeans are feeling tight again this morning. It's very frustrating. I'm trying to figure out what I've got to change right now, and I just can't figure it out. If I could, I'd do it!

My parents, OTOH, are pretty resistant to change. When we went out to eat last weekend, I had a seaweed salad. My mom deigned to try it, but didn't like it (didn't hate it, but I know she'd never order one). My dad at first refused to even try it. But eventually he decided he would. He liked it. He actually likes more things than my mother -- once he will actually try them; but he doesn't want to try new things.

I, OTOH, am constantly trying new things. I finally bought myself some quinoa. I know how healthy it is, but somehow I've been resistant to it. Something about the way it looks when cooked. In trying to find dinners that don't require a whole lot of cooking, however, I ran across a recipe for basically a tabbouleh made with quinoa. So I decided to give it a try.

While I walked the dogs on Sunday morning, my husband was in charge of feeding my parents. I left him a long list of what we had, and where. My mom decided on a bagel with some cheese. I had some really old WW bagels -- I didn't really like them; they just taste funny to me. I also had some whole wheat bagels.

Apparently they wanted the WW bagels, but those were so old they were like rocks. They didn't want the whole wheat ones because they were whole wheat, although personally I think they taste better.

My mom isn't diabetic, but I guess she's pre-diabetic because she's not supposed to have sugar. Yet she still hasn't made the mind switch that whole grain breads are better for her than white ones, even enriched white ones.

The bottom line is that it IS a big change. It's got to be. You've got to want it enough to make those changes. And you've got to learn to love those changes, or they will never become a lifestyle for you.

You don't have to change all at once, though. You shouldn't change all at once, in fact. Pick one goal to work on each day. Maybe two. Little changes really do add up.

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SUZY6281 8/21/2009 11:11AM

    It is so hard to change how you eat. But you know, I have found that once you start trying new healthy things, you actually might start preferring them. Baby steps is the way to go.


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MTER67 8/19/2009 7:47PM

    It's sad how some times our parents teach us what we DON'T want to be or do by example. I am very lucky that my parents raised me on whole wheat bread, skim milk, and exercise. They set a good example of eating small portions of healthy things. I bought my kids 100% whole wheat bread the other day, knowing that they prefer the wheat bread that isn't really "whole." I decided, "heck, if they are hungry, they'll eat it."

You are absolutely right. You have to be willing to try out new things and swap out the crappy stuff for healthier choices. It may not be easy at first, but eventually the healthy stuff starts to taste better, more "real" than the enriched and artificially flavored junk. It just takes time and committment. But you already know that, and I would venture to say that you wouldn't exchange your seaweed salad for iceberg lettuce if somebody paid you! Great blog!

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DDHEART 8/19/2009 6:44PM

    Good blog....change is necessary but it means leaving a comfort cocoon...the baby steps work because it's easier to think you can always get right back into that cocoon if you have to....interesting that your dad so quickly accepts new things....once he actually tries them!

I too have learned many lessons from my folks in a desire to not be-------------fill in the blank. I think it must be a parents duty to give us things to resist against....and it's a "child's" duty to rebel or be different. How old do we have to be to not be our parent's children? Mine are both gone and I still find myself, as my dad said, always their child.

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ANGELCOWBOY1 8/19/2009 2:42PM

    Good blog. I just bought some quinoa this week for the first time. Yeah, look sort of different but the taste is okay and great nutrients. It is a keeper for me.

Best of luck to you!

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SLCB1023 8/19/2009 12:05PM

    Change can be scary sometimes but look at all we find out that is new and exciting by allowing a little change in our lives. emoticon

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FITKAT2010 8/19/2009 9:44AM

    Great ideas and thoughts in this blog. But something is missing. You also need to know what is holding you back from doing what is in your best interest to do. And, also what makes you do what you don't want to do that is AGAINST your best interest.

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LADYNLI 8/19/2009 9:12AM

    We have to make some changes in order to succeed. I know I had to change my eating habits and add exercise. The biggest change most of us must make is deciding to live a healthier lifestyle. Once we do that, we start to notice so much improvement in our life. You are doing great. Keep it up!


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KEAKMAN 8/19/2009 8:37AM

    I one thought about the list of things I could say that I learned from my parents. So many would be the opposite of what they did or were.

These days my Mom, while still conservative at heart, is still trying new things a bit at a time. She is now a WW devotee. She walks daily. And it cracks me up to see her "exercises". But I love that she still is open to new things, and sees that there is room for improvement in her life. I hope that means I get to have her around, happy and healthy, for a long, long time!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 8/19/2009 8:06AM

    I am a creature of habit so, I agree, change is hard. But it is doable - one really can teach an old dog new tricks - lol! Life is learning and to learn one must try new things. I've learned a lot of new habits that way and am loving it.

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SEKSUNSHINE 8/19/2009 8:02AM

    It is frustrating isn't it?! You are right if you don't get out of your comfort zone and really want to change you will be stuck there for ever. Good for you for knowing and wanting to change your lifestyle. Keep up the good work.

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The climb

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb!"

You can find the rest of the lyrics at www.metrolyrics.com/the-climb-lyrics

I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. It's the perfect song for much of life, but definitely a good weight loss anthem. I was just stunned when I learned it was from Miley Cyrus!

On a personal note, my FIL could use some prayers. He has been in the hospital with a kidney stone & infection, and isn't doing very well (he has Alzheimers). They haven't been able to operate on the stone yet, and my poor MIL & SIL are just exhausted from trying to keep him from pulling out all the tubes (even tho the hospital is supposed to have someone to watch him).

In a weird twist of fate, my husband will be going to see them this weekend. He's in CA on business, and had already planned to fly to Seattle for the weekend. He may move up his flight or stay longer, even tho his mom said it wouldn't help (altho I assured him it would).

When he was first planning this trip, he asked if I wanted to come to Seattle & I immediately said yes. Despite the fact that staying with his parents is no picnic, it would be a break -- and I haven't seen his parents in a year; I'm not sure his father actually remembers me anymore. But then he started complaining about how difficult it would be, and I got mad, because why did he ask me if he didn't want me to come? Now I wish I'd stuck to my guns and gone with him. Altho it probably would've been even more difficult. But I'm sure he could use the support, too.

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KEAKMAN 8/19/2009 8:33AM

    emoticon emoticon

and one for your DH, too... emoticon

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KARBIE18 8/19/2009 7:32AM

    Maybe a little belated, but my prayers are with your FIL, and the rest of your family as well.

Love the song. It sums up life's challenges perfectly.

Comment edited on: 8/19/2009 7:33:05 AM

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 8/18/2009 8:29PM

    Sorry to hear about your FIL. Hugs to you JLITT62.

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SEKSUNSHINE 8/18/2009 9:19AM

    I hate that, they say one thing when they really mean another. Hang in there, let us know how your FIL is doing. emoticon

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ALIZA77 8/18/2009 7:38AM

    it sounds like a stressful situation, you do the best you can, make the best descisions you can at the time....what else can you do?

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Through a cracked mirror

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sometimes I feel that's how I view myself. Funny how your perspective can change hour to hour, not even day to day!

Yesterday morning I was truly feeling as though my pooch has expanded. Definitely one of the areas of my body that doesn't seem to shrink easily, but that's typical of most of us (my butt, OTOH, while still very ample, has definitely shrunk significantly).

Yesterday evening, as I contemplated my face after my run, I was like damn! Your face looks good. Maybe it was the fact that my hair was dirty & sweaty enough that I didn't have frizz like a halo around my face as usual -- it was almost straight. I've always loved my curls, never straightened them, but for the first time I could see why someone might.

The last few weeks have definitely been a roller coaster ride weight wide. I really still feel that I'm not eating any differently than I've been eating all along. And so I struggle with am I eating enough? Too much? Too much of the wrong things?

I had a big ole piece of my broccoli quiche for supper last night. It's vegan though -- so yes, there is pie crust -- real, home made pie crust -- but the filling is basically tofu & broccoli & onions. I couldn't tell you the last time I had any pie crust, and I know the filling is totally healthy.

Now that our flurry of entertaining is over, though, I can settle back into a more normal eating pattern. I hope. Of course then there's our mini-vacation in a couple of weeks. But then there's always something to celebrate, always some occasion to eat. That's why we have to develop a healthy lifestyle, and not be all or nothing eaters. But that's a subject for another blog.

P.S. Did you see the new Spark mugs? I totally want one. I have a real thing for mugs.

P.P.S. My folks made it home ok. Only to call & say my Dad left his jacket, & when we couldn't find it in the house, could we call the restaurant? Only to call back later (when we'd called the restaurant, of course) to say he'd never brought that jacket at all. They are showing their age -- well, my Dad is anyway. He can barely walk. I always feel that things happen for a reason, and that moving here while they're getting older might be the reason for this move. And my husband's Dad isn't doing very well at the moment, either, but it's frustrating to be clear across the country -- altho my husband will be seeing them this coming weekend.

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KEAKMAN 8/17/2009 9:16AM

    Why do we (or at least I!) think this is supposed to get easy somewhere along the way? You are so right - life continues on with celebrations, emergencies, and changes and we have to adapt and adjust daily. But, as you said, this is a lifestyle, and that means it is the accumulation of what we do, not what we do on any one specific day, that keeps us on this healthy path.

I really appreciate your thoughtfulness (although it took me three tries to spell it correctly!) and your honesty in blogging your own journey. It helps to see what works for you, how you handle situations, and how you react to all the stuff that life throws at you. Thank you for sharing.

Glad your folks made it home safely!

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DDHEART 8/17/2009 8:49AM

    No matter how long we practice this whole lifestyle business...we will always have times when we feel we've somehow gotten off center a bit....I love that you examine and blog about this as it's a reassuring reminder that everone goes through this...from this angle you always seem to have it so together and even when stressed or when exercise is difficult you have kept working on it. So things will settle down now....that's good. Having been through the aging parents thing I believe you're right....you may have been brought closer for a reason and it is hard but inevitable. Now as far as the mirror.....it's often amazing to me how a chance sighting in the mirror can catch me off guard....almost like you're seeing yourself for the first time. Thanks for proving my thought for the day.

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FITKAT2010 8/17/2009 7:05AM

    I'm sure you are tracking your food, right? And your exercise? That will help determine if you are eating enough or too little.

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I impressed him

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Usually my husband comes home & asks what I did that day. Even on days when I feel I've worked hard, once I actually say it aloud, it doesn't sound like much. Not yesterday! I impressed even him.

Yesterday I:

1. Did the usual morning stuff -- played with & fed the cats, took the dogs out, fed the dogs.

2. Made crumb cake.

3. Made my 2 pie crusts.

4. Took the dogs for a 45 minute walk.

5. Did a 30 minute run on the treadmill, with the addition of a 5 minute warmup & cooldown walk (so a grand total of another 40 minutes). Exercise done for the day, 10,000 steps done.

6. Made myself some scrambled tempeh with red bell peppers, red onions, & chard for lunch.

7. Made the quiche, which involved rolling out the crust & putting it in the pie plate, frying up some veggies, chopping said veggies with tofu & seasonings in food processor, placing filling into crust. I seemed to have a pie crust malfunction -- it doesn't look pretty, but it tastes good.

8. Started a load of towels.

9. Rolled out other pie crust & put in pie pan.

10. Put together most of pie filling ingredients.

11. Started a load of sheets (these were still sitting in our guest room from my brother's visit at the end of May).

12. Made dinner, which thankfully was mainly leftovers.

13. Cleaned the bathroom.

14. Finished off pie filling, filled pie crust (this one, a slightly different one, was fine) , & baked pie. The crust may have been fine, but I stupidly added the hot, melted margarine to the filling with the chocolate chips in it. I think we're having brownie pie instead of chocolate chip cookie pie. So much for that recipe. Not a stellar baking day.

15. Folded up sheets with DH (I had done the towels earlier in the day).

16. Went with DH to walk the dogs.

Whew! All that's left to do today is the vacuuming & cleaning the kitchen. Only I want to drag DH to the farmer's market too. He doesn't want to go, but I told him we can't grill steak unless he goes hunting & gathering with me. That got a chuckle.

So why did I detail all that? The point is that while I was tired at the end of the day, I wasn't exhausted. And that's the payoff for a healthy lifestyle!

I still am not where I'd really like to be in the energy department -- but yesterday was a good day.

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DDHEART 8/15/2009 10:06PM

    Great! And I noticed you got your hubby out for a walk with the dogs....and no dragging him on that one? Maybe you aren't the only one who's adopting a healthier lifestyle!! I have noticed the same thing about my energy level....kind of puts the scale into perspective doesn't it?

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STARTSPARKING 8/15/2009 8:28PM

    Good for you for having such a productive day! Glad you made your hubby go to the farmer's market with you to make him do some walking. I hope you picked up lots of yummy fresh goodies!
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MTER67 8/15/2009 5:45PM

    Wow! You sure accomplished a lot! Good for you!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 8/15/2009 10:49AM

    Wow you did have a productive day - I love it when that happens! You're right, the energy level with this healthy lifestyle is amazing! Way to go!

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KEAKMAN 8/15/2009 9:04AM

    Isn't it great to have had such a busy and productive day and still be ready for more today?! All that energy is a wonderful by-product of all the hard work you put into making you the healthiest you possible.

Great "hunting and gathering" line! Have a great day today!

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PANDORASBOX820 8/15/2009 8:10AM

    oy vey.... it sounds like you were on your feet all day!!

my grandma used to put peanut butter on her feet after a long day and let her cat lick them, hahaha... maybe you should do the same!! ;)

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RIPPEDPAUL1 8/15/2009 7:50AM

    I'm exhausted just reading your achievements! emoticon


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FITKAT2010 8/15/2009 7:17AM

    Crumb cake? Pie crusts? That's a great eating program....LOL

Yes, you do alot! Most women do.

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