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Sad Day

Friday, December 07, 2012

Today I received word that one of my loved ones in Brazil was killed in a freak car accident. I am feeling terrible and shocked. I just want to hide in my room and cry all day.

It will be a real challenge to eat properly and exercise today. At the moment I hardly care, but I know that it won't make me feel better to trash myself.

  
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LIVELONG58 12/11/2012 8:43AM

    I'm so sorry, it must be difficult being so far away. I pray that you will have strenght staying on track. I lost 50 pounds four years ago...then sis died...then dad died. I was weak and caved and gained back all but two of those pounds.
Be strong for those you lose. I wish I had. emoticon

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LINDA! 12/9/2012 12:03AM

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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CLASSYLADYMAY 12/8/2012 7:35AM

    sorry for your loss.. I know how you feel.. i lost my cousin yesterday.. and didnt even know he was sick.. all i wanted to do was cry all day.. but i had to go out which was good.. i volunteered at senior center.. and that really helped me.. hope you get thru this hard time..!!

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OBIESMOM2 12/8/2012 7:16AM

    I'm so sorry.

You are in my prayers.

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LABRATIAM 12/8/2012 6:35AM

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LISAN0415 12/8/2012 3:57AM

    Oh I am so so so sorry for your loss!

I pray that you will find comfort in friends, and Family at this sad time!

Lisa

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/7/2012 8:48PM

    OH Malia4URU, my heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry. Please take care of yourself, you are right it won't help to trash yourself. Comfort yourself with healthy foods you like and get extra sleep, drink water. Try to be around ppl who comfort and love you. I'm so sorry.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 12/7/2012 8:23PM

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1EMMA2011 12/7/2012 8:16PM

    I feel so sad and sorry to hear your news. I am praying for you now and hope that you will be able to get some respite soon.

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LINDA7668 12/7/2012 7:45PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in my prayers. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 12/7/2012 5:49PM

    I am so sorry. emoticon Praying for you & your family.

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CAT609 12/7/2012 4:29PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon

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BLITZEN40 12/7/2012 4:25PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending thoughts of comfort and care your way. emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/7/2012 4:18PM

    My heart goes out to you in your time of grief. Pleasse try and take care of yourself as that is what your loved one would want for you. Be kind to yourself. emoticon

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Cool tip for freezing meals!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I want to share an awesome tip I found on another website (sorry, I don't remember which site). I love to cook in large batches, so this is perfect for me.

Use muffin tins to freeze soups and stews and other one-dish wonders. Measure the first one so you know how much the serving size will be, then fill all the others to match. Freeze about 30 minutes, then remove from tins.

You may need to repeat several times if you have a large batch of food, but it goes pretty fast and it's worth it not to have 40 miniature containers clogging up your freezer!

You can toss the "soup muffins" in a giant ziploc bag (be sure to label it) and take out pre-measured portions as you need them. The small size also makes them easy to heat up quickly in the microwave.

I tried this with jambalaya and black bean chili and not only is it convenient, it keeps me from serving myself an oversized portion.

Great for quick work lunches - just put a couple "soup muffins" in a baggie or container and go!

  
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OBIESMOM2 12/7/2012 7:32AM

    emoticon thanks!

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LISAN0415 12/7/2012 1:32AM

    Thanks for sharing!

Now I want some soup!

Lisa

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CLASSYLADYMAY 12/6/2012 9:18AM

    awesome! thanks for tip!

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NUTRON3 12/5/2012 7:26AM

    wow, thanks!

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NYARAMULA 12/5/2012 4:54AM

    Great idea, thanks for sharing.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/5/2012 2:08AM

    What a GREAT idea!!! This is going to really help me over January when I plan to take a water-based soup in my lunch everyday, thank you so much!!!

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THESUBY 12/5/2012 1:31AM

    Wow, thanks! I'll try that!

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BLITZEN40 12/5/2012 12:56AM

    I've heard of freezing homemade baby food in ice cube trays. This sounds like the grown up version of that. Very clever!

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1EMMA2011 12/5/2012 12:33AM

    Woo Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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EVIE4NOW 12/4/2012 11:04PM

  great idea and works well with spaghetti sauce, soups and stews.

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JUNEAU2010 12/4/2012 10:57PM

    I've read this before, but had forgoten about it...Thanks!

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MARKWICK6 12/4/2012 10:56PM

    Love it! What a great idea!

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CHOCOHIPPO 12/4/2012 10:53PM

    That is a super cool idea. I'm going to try it!

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More cooking!

Monday, December 03, 2012

This evening I still had half a pound of ground beef and a head of cabbage, so I found a "Cabbage and beef stir fry" recipe here on SP and modified it.

To be honest, I really never thought of a head of regular cabbage as a stir fry veggie, but it's great because it cooks up fast. I wonder what it would look like with red cabbage?

Here's my version:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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It turned out to be quite tasty. My family (who don't eat spicy foods) thought it was perfect, and I thought it was a little bland; I like my food a bit more adventuresome than they do. However, the combination of meat and veggies is a really versatile base for experimentation with various kinds of stir fry sauces. Planning to try this with teriyaki or peanut sauce.

  
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BLITZEN40 12/4/2012 7:55PM

    Cabbage is a great weight loss assisting food! I went on "The Cabbage Soup diet" a few years back and lost weight and felt great the whole time. (Of course the cabbage soup diet was never intended to be a lifestyle change, so as soon as I quit doing it, the weight slowly came back). Anyway, I don't know what cabbage has in it that makes it such a good diet food, but it really works! Nice pic btw. I love looking at food! emoticon

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NUTRON3 12/4/2012 8:57AM

    Thanks for the info, I have some cabbage lfet over and was wondering what to do with it!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/4/2012 2:18AM

    You are quite the creative cook!

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Cooking!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I adore cooking! I am having a great time adapting recipes to make them healthier. Today I did makeovers of two recipes, both of which you can find under my "Favorites" section (upper right, select More and then Favorites).

Aloo Matar Keema (ground beef curry with potatoes and peas)
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
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This is SO GOOD. The only thing keeping me to just one serving is that it is so full of flavor I don't have to eat a lot to enjoy it.

Pumpkin Tofu Pie with Fiber One Crust
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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Saving the pie tasting until after my workout, will come back and edit when I have actually tasted it. Sure LOOKS good.

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UPDATE:

Between the crust and the tofu, the pie was really not much like my usual pumpkin pie. Pumpkin doesn't overpower the tofu taste as completely as chocolate does (maybe more pumpkin, less tofu?).

However, it is a very good low cal/high fiber/high protein snack and actually quite delicious as long as I don't EXPECT it to taste a certain way.

I will definitely keep experimenting with different flavor combinations with tofu and the Fiber One crust, because it is less than 100 calories and strangely healthy (except for the Splenda), and the chocolate version was SO FREAKING AWESOME.

  
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MUPP1970 12/4/2012 2:54PM

    I love kema!!! Wonder if it would freeze well????

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BLITZEN40 12/3/2012 5:22PM

    Yum! Can you make me one of those pies please? Except I'll take it in chocolate since that's the flavor that comes most highly recommended. emoticon

Looks like you're a great cook! I can follow a tried and true recipe with decent results, but with alterations and make-overs I have no luck, so I stand in awe. emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/3/2012 12:44AM

    I like adapting recipes to be healthier too. I'm really looking forward to learning to make some raw recipes, in 2013--one of my goals is going to be to try a new raw recipe each week

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1EMMA2011 12/2/2012 10:02PM

    This is amazing! Wow looks so yummy! Thank you for the photos!!

Bon Appetit!!

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My strategy for bedtime snacking (instead of bingeing)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I try to keep my late night snacks within my daily nutrition plan by making sure I have some calories left to "spend" at the end of the day.

I usually keep on hand some snacks that are super rich in flavor and "decadence" but not high in calories. The decadence factor (expensive, sweet/salty, exotic - whatever works for you) is important! Since it feels like an indulgence, I take tiny bites and roll it around my mouth and savor it slowly rather than horking it down like a St. Bernard.

My favorite late night snacks at the moment are:

* Half an ounce of a nice robust cheese and half an ounce of walnut pieces (Omega-3 boost)
* Dates, pears or apples with either of the above
* One or two squares of good dark chocolate and a glass of port wine
* Homemade treat that is rich and sweet but "healthy" such as tofu pudding (trust me, even Bill Cosby would like it - see my chocolate tofu pie makeover recipe)

Also important: I always, ALWAYS measure and track them before crawling into bed with the book and snackies. That way my mind won't trick me into thinking that I "need" more to feel satisfied, and I will see how little I have and try to make it last longer.

So far it's working - I might lose weight a bit faster if I didn't snack at all, but then I would feel deprived, which would lead to... you got it, bedtime bingeing.

  
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AZULVIOLETA6 12/5/2012 1:45AM

    Great idea! Right before bed is the only time that I seem to want to go off the reservation, so I should try this out. Maybe some blue stilton and a few toasted pecans!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/28/2012 2:39PM

    Cheese and nuts, or cheese and fruit, sounds like a good snack since you are a dairy person. I like bedtime snacks. Usually I try to have a blueberry-almond milk-greens-banana smoothie. Filling, but doesn't "stay with you". Snacking itself makes me feel indulgent. =)


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NUTRON3 11/28/2012 7:35AM

    Great thinking

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/28/2012 6:49AM

  Yum! I love your snack ideas. Even if I don't have them very often I would once in a while.

Keep up the good decision making.

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BLITZEN40 11/28/2012 12:13AM

    Love all these night time snack ideas! Lol about horking food down like a St Bernard (have you been watching me eat? tee hee hee) Smart to choose tasty foods- I like your strategy! Haven't heard of tofu pudding- is it lower cal than the traditional milk made pudding? Great blog- thanks for sharing. emoticon

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HEALTHY-SPARK 11/27/2012 4:22PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I like your suggestions for snacks too -- might need to work some of those into my snacking routine!

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