Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I've been essentially carb-loading since I got sick last week, mostly out of necessity. Fruit. Mashed potatoes. Fruit juices/smoothies. Saltines.
My head feels like it's full of cotton today, and I'm having trouble focusing. This is partly due to sleep deprivation, but it begs the question:
Is my general malaise after all those carbs and sugary foods (natural sugar is still sugar) psychosomatic? Do I feel like crap because I really feel like crap, or do I feel like crap because I WANT to believe that I will inevitably feel bad when I eat like this and feel better when I start eating mostly paleo again?
My mother is convinced that any indigestion, upset stomach, bloating, headache, or other symptoms I experience from eating things like highly processed muffins or HFCS-containing foods are all in my head, because I WANT them to be bad for me. Perhaps this is because I have a history of lacking skepticism regarding diets. I've always been so desperate for them to work that I've latched onto them, heart and soul, without even trying them for a month first to see how they feel before making my assessment.
I'm pretty sure my sugar is crashing as we speak from all the delicious fruit juices I've been drinking. All I want right now is something nice and salty, like chicken broth, and a nap, but I'm here at school until the makeup lab is over. That could be anytime between 5:30 and 8:00. Suck.
Regardless, my stomach demanded food last night and I fed it mashed potatoes and ice cream. Not together. Lots of salt on the mashed potatoes. I'll probably eat more potatoes tonight, too, and tomorrow morning attempt some scrambled eggs. Maybe try a salad for lunch with olive oil and some salt and pepper, easy on the acidic stuff. I'm just glad I'm not an expressway anymore!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Could it be?
Is it true?
Is Sparkpeople getting over its irrational fear of fat calories?
Judging by its slideshow of funky avocado recipes, it just might be.
Now, I'm not sure about vegan pizza or the buttermilk in that chilled soup recipe, and I'm not real keen on hummus as it is, but the fact that Spark is supporting avocados out loud makes me happy. I'd like to see them less scared of eating more than a quarter of one, but it's a start.
And the salad dressing? "You'll better absorb the nutrients in salad if you drizzle them with a little fat"?
YES! THANK YOU! The Romans didn't dress their salads liberally with olive oil for nothing, you know.
Now if we can get them to stop recommending a "moderate" 150+ g of carbohydrates to diabetics, we'll be golden. Seriously, folks... moderation in all things is NOT the answer for diabetics. Diabetes and other conditions require stripping away unnecessary demands on an already-broken system in order to fix it!
Ever tried to fix a table saw with the blade running?
Saturday, July 07, 2012
I still get issues of EatingWell and Clean Eating even though I haven't paid for my subscription in... I don't know how long.
I would love to make some of these delicious meals, but I'd have to modify them, since their mantra seems to be
Cut the fat!
Cut the fat!
Replace butter with canola!
Saturated fat is BAD!
Everything is made with canola oil, whole wheat flour, low-fat cheeses, and the whole bit. It's sad, really. They're trying to make everything so much healthier and yet they keep getting farther away from the wholeness of food that makes it nourishing.
I wish I had time to write letters to them listing all the things they should be looking into before publishing their anti-fat propaganda.... but alas. Accelerated summer term.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Yeah... tried making the barbecue sauce out of Paleo Comfort Foods. It was tasty, but it needed something.
Turns out that something is high fructose corn syrup. Heh, who knew?
I doubled the recipe (first mistake) and after my mother confessed it didn't taste like barbecue sauce and she didn't like it, I made my second mistake.
Instead of listening to her, keeping it as it was, and just making the barbecue chicken for myself, I tried vainly to balance the flavors and see what it needed.
After adding Worcestershire sauce, a completely non-Whole30 HFCS bomb, sugar, and soy sauce, I've ruined it for my own consumption and still failed to produce anything like barbecue sauce.
My first step probably should have been assessing other non-paleo barbecue recipes to figure out what I was imitating before trying to imitate it.
Anyway, that's two shallots, a can of tomato paste, half my jar of minced garlic, and an hour and a half of my life wasted on something I should have just let be.
Mother knows best, you know.
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