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Comfort Food

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Just sitting here and thinking about comfort food. When someone asks what you feel like eating do you think of the past and comfort food? Or is it something we only turn to for solace and warmth?

For my mother-in-law, food was love. She poured herself into everything she made and shared it with us. Watching her and writing down what she did as she cooked, we saved and cherished each recipe and each memory. Whenever we all get together and cook, we remember those times that came before. It makes me wonder, are we trying to recapture those moments? The memory of waking up to the smell of toast and bacon and coffee. The holidays filled with laughter and love and good food. That's the essence of comfort food to me.

Can the feelings be separated from the food? Instead of seeking comfort from food, can't we just seek comfort from the memories? Those memories are so much more than food and, yet, I can still smell the food, I can taste each bite. Then again, I can still hear the laughter and the murmuring voices. Maybe by pulling up those memories I can be comforted and not have to actually eat. Hmm. Would it work or not?

  
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KAREN608 9/12/2014 5:01AM

    It's hard to separate memories from food.
But I also have memories like the smell of the hose water on the hot cement sidewalk in the summer, fresh mown grass in the summer as I pushed the old fashioned reel mower, pulling weeds, painting my room. Come to think of it my parents made us work for them all the time! ha ha.

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BRADMILL2922 5/21/2014 2:26AM

    I think it is really hard to seperate those kinds of memories but certainly possible. The sense of smell always seems to trigger memories and can transport you to a different time. Cherrish all the memories but always remember that they are special because of the people, not the food.

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EABL81 5/20/2014 8:16PM

    Beautiful blog, Linda! Because we celebrate (and commiserate) together with food, I think it's inevitable that those memories of those close to us become linked with food and comfort as well. I guess the trick is not to let the food act as a stand-in for the rest. When you figure that one out, will you let me know, too?

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IDLETYME 5/20/2014 2:34PM

    Wonderful blog with such special memories. I know what you mean about smelling and tasting those things from years back - I can do that too. Isn't that special???? My problem is when I think about the "old food" - it makes me hungry! Good luck to you! emoticon

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You Can't Always Land On Your Feet!

Thursday, April 10, 2014



Oh, well! I couldn't manage to continue my 14 day sleep streak, because I got sick. I did get a flu shot, but this one obviously wasn't covered! I spend my nights roaming the house, going from bed to chair, trying to get comfortable. Sleeping from 10:30 pm and getting out of bed by 8:00 am regardless of the amount of sleep I get, is impossible. I'm able to sleep only in two to three hours increments. I'll go back to that streak when I'm better. I'm not sure I'll include the 8:00 am limit, though. I thought that if I got out of bed at the same time every morning it would be great. I would get more done and sleep better in the long run. Not so much. Ha!

Hey, but I'm still tracking! Whoopee.

My husband is sick, too. He asks me what he should eat. Really? I tell him he could probably handle chicken soup and rice pudding. Not me. Soup has too much sodium and I'm lactose intolerant and allergic to whey protein. So what does he do? He makes low sodium, homemade chicken noodle soup and soymilk rice pudding. He must feel a whole lot better than I do. As soon as I feel well enough, I think I'll have some soup and pudding . . . if there's any left!

  
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EABL81 4/12/2014 10:57PM

    Sorry, you're sick, Linda! What a sweet guy you married! (I just hope he saves you some :-)

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DESERTJULZ 4/12/2014 10:44AM

    How sweet of him to make the chicken soup low sodium, so you can enjoy it too!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/12/2014 1:21AM

    I am so sorry to read this... I hope you are feeling much better already. emoticon
As for the sleep streak... Well, I have been suffering with insomnia on and off for years, and I am really not convinced that turning in bed sleepless for 10 hours would be the solution for me! In my opinion this kind of thing is great for people who go to bed too late and so lack sleep because of it (or wake up too early). But when you suffer from insomnia, that's another problem completely. I really hope you find what works for you.

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IDLETYME 4/11/2014 1:20PM

    Hope you both get well SOON! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 4/11/2014 12:01AM

    Take care of yourself! Hopefully your husband left some for you :)

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KAREN608 4/10/2014 1:22PM

    Mmm... Maybe your dear husband was hoping you could have some too. Sounds like you both need rest. Waiting on getting well is no fun.

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Spring and Day 4

Friday, April 04, 2014

Almost time to say goodbye to my pansies and violas.


It's spring and day 4 of my current 14 day mini streaks. I'm still tracking--eating too much, but tracking. My sleep streak is killing me. I get to bed by 10:30 only to lie awake. I've been getting out of bed at 8:00 every morning. I've been getting at least seven hours of sleep, it's just that I'm awake off and on all night. Last night was the first night that I got a good night's sleep. Still, I woke up three times. That's from migraine medication. Hopefully, I won't have to take anything today and tonight will be better!

I took some pretty spring pictures. The pear trees were so pretty last week, they're mostly done now, but others are all in bloom.




The gold finches have found our bird feeders. They'll spend hours eating the sunflower seeds. It was so windy the day I took these, that the birds had a hard time getting to the feeders.



I love the spring colors!


  
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CLAIREINPARIS 4/7/2014 3:00PM

    How gorgeous!!! I LOVE spring!!! And these gold fiches are so cute too! I do hope you are sleeping better now and not needing your migraine medication.
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DESERTJULZ 4/6/2014 9:19PM

    Love the photos! Glad to hear you are persevering with a difficult streak. It's only 14 days, after all. (grin)

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EABL81 4/5/2014 10:01PM

    How beautiful! You're a bit ahead of us here, but signs of things to come.

Good for you to be tackling those mini-streaks! I salute you for sticking with it.

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KAREN608 4/4/2014 9:16PM

    So pretty! Nothing growing here yet so great to see the blooms.
The birds too, are lovely and cheerful. I wonder if they know how pretty they are?

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14 Day Streak -- Results

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Steph-knee asked how we all did on our 14 day streaks and I'm pleased with my results. I had two mini-streaks. To walk everyday and to eat out only once a week.

I walked 13/14 days. I think I'd change that to exercise and not limit it to just walking next time I choose to do this for a streak. My other streak was to go out to eat only once a week and I did it! Yeah! The exercise streak wasn't hard, I just have to get enough sleep. I also found that I do better when I exercise in the morning after breakfast. Eating out once a week meant I had to cook more, which, surprisingly, I enjoyed.
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I like doing mini streaks. It gets me to focus in on one or two goals and decide where I need to improve. For the next 14 days, I'm going to be in bed every night at 10:30, and be out of bed by 8 am or earlier. I'd like to be able to sleep through the night without being awake for hours on and off all night. I've got to beat this insomnia. This is a constant struggle for me and because of allergies, it may always be an issue, but I need to come up with some better strategies. My husband has promised to do this streak with me. I'm am so grateful for that!
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My other streak will be tracking nutrition. I did great through the holidays, but I stopped tracking nutrition when we went to Florida the first week in January. While I did well in Florida, afterwards I started to gain about two pounds a month. (Six pounds total, YIKES!) I needed a break. I became compulsive about the nutritional balance, that 50/30/20 percent. It can make life difficult. Streaking made me realize that in order to start losing weight again, I have to track. I just have to remember that it's about feeling good and being healthy. It's not about the numbers!
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Thanks Steph-knee! You've got me motivated again and I really appreciate it.

  
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DESERTJULZ 4/2/2014 8:59AM

    How very cool to learn something new about yourself while focusing on two simple, healthy choices. Now you'll focus on the sleep, which is critical to good health.

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EABL81 4/1/2014 7:49PM

    Congratulations on your success, Linda! The mini-streaks sound like a great plan.

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Challenged to a 14 Day Streak

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Steph-knee wrote a blog about starting a 14 day streak and challenged her readers to join her. I've decided to join her, too. From March 18 to March 31, I will walk every day and will go out to eat only twice. So far, so good! I like the idea of short term challenges, because I can try out new ideas or get back to better habits without becoming obsessive.

I did great through the holidays, but then I fell apart. Am I afraid of change, failure, or success? Am I punishing myself by continuing down the wrong path? What? Why do I sabotage myself? I DON'T KNOW! Okay, maybe I do. I know that allowing myself to become obsessive is a dangerous thing because I begin to feel trapped and then I rebel.

Many people view this as a battle. It's what keeps them motivated. I found that I have to come at it from another angle: Acceptance. This is what I do now, This is where I need to be. This is who I am now.

So I continue to work at finding my balance--both mentally and physically. A balance between getting enough sleep, exercising, and healthy, mindful eating.

I'm enjoying the 14 day streak idea. Hey, you can do anything for two weeks, right?

  
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DESERTJULZ 3/25/2014 10:11AM

    Great attitude and excellent blog, Linda! You're so right. You can commit for 14 days. The window is short enough to allow you to plan for the day off, or the piece of chocolate. :D

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KAREN608 3/22/2014 10:11PM

    You can do it!!

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EABL81 3/22/2014 9:43PM

    That sounds like a great plan, Linda. Two weeks is definitely a great short term goal. emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/22/2014 7:06PM

    Great idea! emoticon

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