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Weigh-in 4/25

Friday, April 25, 2008

I was up a little bit this week. Not a huge surprise since I was pretty much off program all weekend and there were too many homemade cinnamon rolls around. I did do a fair amount of exercise this week. Since it was nice this week I walked to work a couple of times.

Next week is bunco at my house. It will be the first time I've hosted and only about the fourth time this group has gotten together. That's a food and drink fest, fershure.

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LIONSIMA 5/23/2008 3:06PM

    We go up,we go down. Keeping on keeping on is what matters.

I hope that bunco finally happens ... you must have prepared for it three times already!

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Good recipe

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I made this for supper last night. The kids didn't like it much, but I thought it was great.

Rice & Bean Roll-ups

1 cup cooked brown rice
2 chopped Roma tomatoes
1/2 chopped green pepper
1 can black beans, undrained
1 cup frozen corn
cumin to taste

Stir this up and put about 2/3 to 1 cup of the filling into whole wheat tortillas. Place in a 9X13 pan which has been greased and has some salsa in the bottom. I had enough filling to make 7 roll-ups. Top roll-ups with remaining salsa (about a cup) and a cup of cheese. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Delish!

I used frozen brown rice, so no need to plan ahead, I just microwaved it while I was chopping the veggies. Next time, I'll put some garlic in the filling or I might just use salsa in place of the tomatoes for added flavor. The tomatoes added some nice color, but April tomatoes = no flavor. Ooooo, some green chiles or jalapenos would be good, too, for a little extra spice.

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DANAE321 4/23/2008 10:08AM

    That sounds delicious! I used to make something similar years and years ago but I never thought about baking it. I think I'll give it a try. I'm a health nut so this fits in perfectly.

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More on In Defense of Food

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I can't stop raving about this book. It is going to be very influential for me personally! I'll probably finish it today. Last night's reading emphasized how we have moved from a leaf-eating species to a seed-eating species. Seeds are less perishable and are carbohydrate rich. Seeds can be transported long distances without spoiling and have concentrated calories. And now, nearly everything we eat is seed-based--our oils, our flours--leaving very little room for the leaves that have the micro-nutrients that we need and that our body craves.

Then he analyzed a loaf of store bought bread. I've made bread and I know it's basically just a handful of ingredients. Store-bought bread contains sweeteners, dough conditioners, preservatives, on and on and on. He argues that this type of processing has taken bread from being the staff of life with a few basic, wholesome ingredients to a "food-like" substance which really isn't food at all.

I ate a lot of veggies yesterday--along with other stuff that Mr. Pollan would not have approved.

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    I am reading this book now, too, and would be happy to discuss it with you. Hmmm... I have a craving for home made bread. :-)


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LIONSIMA 5/14/2008 11:48PM

    I just bought this book today, I'm curious to read it after your raves!

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In Defense of Food

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I'm reading Pollan's In Defense of Food and it is giving me lots of new ways to think about what I eat. Do you know that nearly half of the calories the average American eats are sugar? And another large percentage is refined carbs. There isn't much room for the good stuff--fruits and veggies.

Do you know that food today has fewer nutrients than they did 50 years ago? A 1940 apple has 3X the iron today's apple has. We've been so busy breeding plants for high production that nutrition has been sacrificed.

Someone, (I forget who) theorizes that one reason obesity is so prevalent today is that we are malnourished. We aren't getting the micro-nutrients we used to get, so we keep eating in the hopes of getting those nutrients to satisfy ourselves.

I'm only half way through the book, but its really inspiring to me to cut out some meat and processed foods and start eating more veggies. I can't wait until the farmer's markets open--but it will be a couple more months for us.

In other good stuff, my daughter and I took a nice walk last night after supper.


Up, down, all around

Friday, April 11, 2008

I've got to start doing better with my portion size. Last week I was up above 185 and I'm just barely below that this week. I had a good dieting week two weeks ago and since then? I can't seem to sense when I'm full until I'm miserable. I've got to sit down and slow down. I guess I'll be fighting this rush to stuff my face for the rest of my life. I wish I had a gauge or a sensor that would tell me, "Ding! You are now full. You might not FEEL full, but you are. Drop that fork immediately!"

My new exercise routine is going pretty well. I'm sore today from doing push-ups--ow!


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