Saturday, September 22, 2012
I was only twenty calories over. Right now I'm kicking back on the couch. The air show was enjoyable. The monster trucks there were spectacular. I love the Patriots and the Oracles, too. I didn't go overboard. The only big food item I got was the medium bag of kettle corn. I don't really feel much like dinner.
Friday, September 21, 2012
There's a part in the movie when the woman is in Italy where she's eating pizza with some friends she had, and the Swedish girl doesn't want to eat more because they've both developed 'muffin tops'. The main character says how she doesn't want to count every calorie and have guilt anymore.
I think it's good not to have guilt, and I don't do it solely on calories. I allow myself my favorite foods in moderation, like Chinese rice paper rolls and veggie chow mien tonight. I used to overeat on Chinese food, now I was smart. I even had a Cherry Coke because I love the flavor. I don't overdo it. I just had one. I know lots of people say soda is off limits, but I try to allow myself my favorites without overdoing it. That's about all I can say. My favorite soda is Sprite or 7up, but I had the Cherry Coke tonight just ... I dunno to have something.
Tomorrow is the air show, and I have to be good with the vendors. It's about the planes, anyway, not the food.
Friday, September 21, 2012
And I'm not doing so bad although I did binge on a cheeseless pizza. Too much of a good thing. It was the thin-crust, but still.
I'm kind of tired even though I stayed home yesterday and today.
This weekend we're supposedly going to the airshow that comes by here once a year. I've never been before, but I know there are vendors and they don't allow people to bring their own food. I'll just have to be smart about it.
I've had lots of cravings recently for things I shouldn't have. We know the usual culprits, don't we? Potato chips (not the baked yam chips I had at home, no), soda from the vending machine next to the office where I live, greasy food.... and the aforementioned cheeseless pizza, which I hadn't had in a long time, but still.... it's a lot of food, and I didn't exercise portion control at all.
I originally lost about twenty pounds total when I went to stay at a treatment center because I got off my medicine. Stupid me. And it's about time to get them and go to bed.
Tomorrow I'll microwave some oatmeal with some soy milk for breakfast. I'm going grocery shopping too. I still have some salad left. I've been going to the produce market that is quite a good price for farm fresh stuff. I do live in what's supposed to be known as the "Salad Bowl of the U.S." so there's really no excuse for being obese, ya think?
Thursday, April 05, 2012
I used to not know the difference between a sweet potato and a yam. We eat them both at holiday time, and they are both sweeter than the white or russet or red or yellow varieties of tubers. Recently, I learned something very interesting as I was doing some investigation about dietary things that can help in aiding the repair of broken bones. One thing I was surprised to learn is that both yams and sweet potatoes are good for this purpose. I'm not sure what's in it that is good, perhaps high levels of magnesium? I'm really not too sure. It's definitely something to investigate.
From the onset of my indoor healing time, I began shopping extremely heavy in produce: mostly fresh fruits or vegetables, some frozen, some nut butters (preferably without sodium -- like my favorite Arrowhead Mills, no salt natural organic peanut butter -- yum!), some rice-based pastas (no more as I head into keeping Passover for the first time), and my very favorite thing has been the yams, even more so than sweet potatoes.
I used to read in a course in college that yams had some significance to Africans or some kind of thing like that. I am of course not all that knowledgeable anymore. I think people use the terms interchangeably, but I believe since I've just bought both yesterday for the first time (at the same time), that there's a distinctly different quality.
For the record, sweet potatoes are a lighter color (kind of golden when not cooked), and yams are a bright orange color. The sweet potatoes definitely are sweeter than the garden variety type of potato, but the yams are completely different, much more robust and full of flavor.
I, too, had erroneously assumed that yams were indeed sweet potatoes. I would look at the two sitting side-by-side in the grocery store and always pick the brightly colored root, and I've always loved them. But oh, now that I know, it adds to my appreciation, I think. It's a hard thing to explain, or maybe it's not.
I used to always take a yam (what I thought was a sweet potato), microwave it in cubed form and have extra virgin olive oil and then some kind of salt (now I use sea salt). I modified this approach today to produce something like a chip out of the yam but using coconut oil. I know many people are anti-microwave, but I find it a great tool. I will table that discussion, though. The result of this experiment is divine, and it may completely save my eating efforts from the throws of temptation over buying bags of chips to devour. This has always been a huge weakness, one that has hung on for longer than I like to admit.
I am so happy that I seem to have found a solution that I can live with as an occasional treat. Sweet potato or yam chips! Try them if you like these flavors! Maybe you'll love them as much as me (if it's possible!).
Friday, March 30, 2012
The setbacks this time are not eating and exercise related but the fact that I had a minor fracture in my left ankle that I am still having to be careful about in order to fully recover. The success is that instead of wallowing in self pity or deciding this meant I didn't have to do anything at all for myself, I did everything I could to maintain a healthy eating plan while still knowing the fact that I could not really move around like I want to do. I still am not really exercising since I'm waiting until my first follow-up with my orthopedic next week to see how he says I'm doing.
While I've been healing, I've been practicing the adage by Hippocrates to some extent "Let they medicine be food" with some really great results as far as I can tell. I read that tofu that has been made in calcium is very good as is non-salted peanut butter (peanuts are good for bone health) as well as sweet potatoes (ate a lot of yams at the beginning, baked with some beans, corn, salsa, etc. -- was delicious), dark green vegetables (been eating kale a lot), oranges (got those too), beans also having some good properties (I always eat beans, but I made a special point). Lots of this stuff is what I eat most of anyway, but I made a special point to stick to whole foods very similar to the nutrient-dense approach advocated by Joel Fuhrman. I modify it because I'm not as nitpicky about the portions of various foods although I've become more vigilant about that as well.
I get very creative in the kitchen. I've also switched to gluten-free rice pastas (only a little) as an experiment. I remembered a health professional commenting on this being a possible problem for me in my childhood, so I decided to see how that goes. So far so good although as I say I do not consume a lot of this.
I have also been very aware of portion sizes although I'm not tracking calories anymore. It makes me somewhat frantic and fills me with anxiety. I prefer to focus on the quality of food and note the number of servings I have of specific types of food.
I favor flavorful seasonings over salt, but when I use salt, I use that Himalayan pink sea salt that I found in a grinder. It's a great little bit of flavor, but most of the time I don't need a lot. I like putting sesame seeds on things as well.
Through these and other changes, I've managed to lose about five pounds in the time I've been just watching my consumption and eating habits while laying low, mostly in bed or if going out, just going with folks that have helped me go to the store or going to work where I'm just on my bum making mosaics.
It's actually been almost a relief in a way to relax although of course I'm not enjoying the injury itself. However, it's funny because I was running around for a while, decided to take some time out from my volunteering for a while, ended up falling and fracturing my ankle, then voila, an opportunity like the mosaic project came along and I became more able to reflect and take life as it comes.
Obviously, I will get back into the swing of things at some point. I'll re-balance myself when the doctor says it's okay to be more active. For now, I'm just laying low, focusing on healing, relaxing, being quiet, doing a bit of light cleaning since I can now move around more without crutches (although do tend to use one crutch outside my apartment since my ankle is prone to have pain if I go too far without any relief at all).
I'm feeling more mellow. I hope things continue to go well. Next week, there are two doctor appointments including the orthopedic, and I will go back and work on my own little mosaic but will need to leave early for my appointment. Such is life.
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