Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I was recently asked for my secrets to weight loss.
I wish I could tell you that I have some great weight loss secrets for you.
What I do have is determination to beat this unhealthy, emotional attachment I have to food for comfort and security.
Sometimes it feels like I am rollerskating on ice, struggling to keep my balance, but I inevitably fall.
I fall down a lot. I have many a bruise to show for it.
I feel fragile, but I get back up every time.
I am still standing. I am determined.
That is my only secret.
Get back up.
Friday, January 20, 2012
My dear sister Rhonda forwarded me an email she received from Proverbs 31 Ministries, because today's message was about triggers. It resonated with me, so I thought I would share an excerpt from it with you.
~Triggers can be as large as the stab of loneliness from a broken relationship or the memory of a childhood trauma. Triggers can be as small as a discipline “chat” with a teen out past curfew or stumbling across fresh doughnuts in the office break room. They can prompt the thought, “Life will be better if I eat that.”
Triggers have nothing to do with physical hunger or the need for legitimate nourishment. They are lies that we’ve thought so routinely they’ve become well-worn paths to careless eating. Life is not made better because we overindulge in an unhealthy choice. The best thing we can do in these triggered moments is to pause. Pause and ask ourselves, “Do I want to eat this right now because I need nourishment or because I’m feeling empty emotionally or spiritually?” If I need nourishment, I can choose a healthy option. If I’m just feeling empty, I must realize food can fill my stomach but never my soul.~
This gave me a lot to think about around what triggers my need for emotional eating.
I hope it is helpful to you too.
If you are interested in reading more, you can view this in it's entirety at: www.Proverbs31.org
I hope each of you has a calm, peaceful weekend.
Monday, January 16, 2012
One of my goals over the next 5 weeks was to try 2 new vegan recipes.
This might not seem like a big deal, unless you know how much I avoid actual 'cooking' when ever possible.
Today I made a Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup.
My daughter is giving it 2 thumbs up!
I actually think it turned out pretty good myself.
• 1/4 cup coconut oil ( I just used 2 T of a canola oil)
• 1 cup chopped onions
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 3 cups vegetable broth
• 1 teaspoon curry powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 (15 ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin
• 1 cup light coconut milk
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
•Total Fat: 13.5g ( probably a bit less when using less oil)
•Total Carbs: 12g
•Dietary Fiber: 3.2g
1. Heat the coconut oil in a deep pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Mix in the vegetable broth, curry powder, salt, coriander, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until the mixture comes to a gentle boil, about 10 minutes. Cover, and boil 15 to 20 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the pumpkin and coconut milk, and cook another 5 minutes.
2. ( I admit I skipped this part.)
Pour the soup into a blender, filling only half way and working in batches if necessary; process until smooth. Return to a pot, and reheat briefly over medium heat before serving.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I am so disappointed by how Spark has clearly prostituted them self out to every advertiser that is interested. These advertisers could not access our trackers or the other personal places on our individual Spark pages without permission from the top. The constant popups and forced 'rollovers' are very frustrating. If I wanted my thoughts posted for the world to see, I would put them on FB myself! Not everyone understands how to remove the share button on their blog. I understand the desire to make money for one self, but clearly greed has become a factor here, without consideration for the people that might be hurt.
The story is that Sparky created this website out of the goodness of his heart to help other people get healthy, but he clearly had a money making business plan in place. I don't feel I owe him any thank yous, he has certainly made money off of me and everyone else.
Unfortunately, if we want to keep the sight free, we have to put up with all of the crap. however, if you are willing to pay a monthly fee of course, you can get away from all of it.
Guess I am having a bit of a bad week and the one place I go for distraction has become annoying and less fun now.
This is all my personal opinion of course, I hope I didn't offend anyone. if I did, I apologize.
Thanks for letting me vent.
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