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Want Spinach?

Monday, May 07, 2012

I'm currently eating a wilted spinach salad that is so large, I had to use one of the serving bowls to eat it from. Relax, I used ham instead of bacon.

Some jack-wagon ripped all of the spinach out of one of the shared plots in the Community garden. I would have been upset if it was taken somewhere (we collectively contribute to the local food pantry), but I found it just in a heap on top of the compost. So now I'm angry. I was able to rescue some of it, but it was just too much to get it all.

I already SparkMailed Luvs2Bike who lives in the area to see if she wants some too. After that, I think I'm going to cook it down and freeze what remains.

Grrr!! If its one thing I abhor, its wasted food.

FYI - Wilted Spinach Salad:
Fry Ham until crisp (100 grams), add 1 tsp brown sugar to pan, 1 tsp olive oil, 3 tbsp red vinegar. 3 tbsp diced red onion (or to taste). Add gigantic handfuls of spinach (my estimate was 6 cups) and top until wilted slightly, 2-3 min depending on the spinach. Salt & pepper to taste.

Nutrition estimated at 336 calories.

Bacon is traditional. If you do so, omit the olive oil. This is a LARGE salad so fry about 5 strips and dump off most of the fat, reserving 1-2 tsp for the dressing.
Use of bacon will also change the nutrition, but is very delicious.

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DOGLADY13 5/7/2012 9:09PM

    I think that would've made me angrier than I was when the raccoons ate every ear of corn just hours before I got to the community garden to harvest it.

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    Hmmm... perhaps someone in your neighborhood doesn't know what spinach looks like and thought they were weeding? Just wondering why they would have put it in the compost pile if they were actually trying to cause damage. It reminds me of the time our 20-something nephew wanted to be helpful and do some weed whacking. My beautiful strawberry plants were no more. emoticon

That salad sounds pretty tasty!

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MISSG180 5/7/2012 1:24PM

    Mmmm, my favorite kind of salad. The last time I made it was with my own homemade bacon. Delish!

That's appalling that someone tore up the spinach! What is wrong with people?!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 5/7/2012 1:24PM

    I love spinach... new favorite is adding it to smoothies with fruit and silken tofu! Yum!
And I agree... wasting food sucks. I'd be mad too.

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Licking the beaters

Sunday, May 06, 2012

If you lick the beaters after making something:

its 5 grams of whatever.

(I made mashed potatoes last night)

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XRSIZE18 5/7/2012 2:47AM

    Ha! Do they have a tracking entry for that on the calorie counter??

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MISSIFISH 5/6/2012 10:07PM

    Hilarious! Of course, if you are me, you lick the beaters, the spatula, AND the inside of the bowl. Unless your child gets it first, and then there is much crying.

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OPTIMIST1948 5/6/2012 9:21PM

    After making the mashed potatoes, I licked one clean, looked at the other one, took down the scale, tared the "clean" one, then put the "full/dirty/not-yet-licked" one on the scale. The difference was 5 grams.

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ZANNBEE 5/6/2012 7:12PM

    Did you measure what you took off the beaters? :)

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DOGLADY13 5/6/2012 7:00PM

    I just decided that the effort of licking the beaters negates any calories there might be on those beaters.

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YDAVIS23 5/6/2012 6:52PM

    5g of peanut butter... hot fudge... nacho cheese... I would kill for any of those things right now!

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DOGLADY13 5/6/2012 6:50PM

    How do you know this?

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KNITTINGNAN 5/6/2012 11:14AM

  Hopefully the mixer was unplugged!

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How I got back on that pony and saved a turtle

Friday, May 04, 2012

Went to the Doctor yesterday for my ribs. Not broken, just wrenched badly. Ibuprophin for pain and keep up with the cardio. Dont do any major upper body. (What's the name of that website that helped you loose all the weight?)

So I went for my first ride since the accident. I'd be lying if I didnt say I held my breath where the accident happened. I wasnt going for time but for "fear neuralization". But on my ride I saw a suspicious rock in the middle of the road. With arms and legs. It was a small painted turtle. So I picked it up and brought it to a small pond I pass on the ride.

So what the exchange rate on Sparkpoints for Karma points?

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ANIMAL_L0VER 5/7/2012 12:43PM

    Glad to hear nothing's broken, and THANK YOU for saving the turtle!!

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ZANNBEE 5/7/2012 9:07AM

    Glad you were able to face where you had the accident. It's important for your emotional healing. Good for you!

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MISSIFISH 5/5/2012 5:14PM

    I'm glad that you are ok. Nice of you to be a sweetie to that turtle - especially since you had to ride carefully holding him. Scary after the fall.

I think you should get lots of points for that - no exchange needed - you earn SP and Karma points!

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DOGLADY13 5/5/2012 9:13AM

    Yeah! No broken ribs!

My sister pulled the muscles over her ribs last summer. I don't remember how she did it, but she was mighty sore. Of course she recovered.

I wish my doctor would notice the weight loss but she just goes on to the next thing after she weighs me. I tell her about Spark People, but she ignores me. I think she's mad because I didn't follow her advice and use WW.

As far as the turtle - You get lots of karma points. And at least one Spark Goodie!


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MISSG180 5/5/2012 9:06AM

    So glad that you got back on your bike. I have a tremendous fear of wrecking ever since I shattered my shoulder (not even biking) and had to have reconstructive surgery.

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DANSAPPHI 5/5/2012 7:00AM

    I'm also glad you're doing well and that you escorted the turtle back to a safe place. Thanks for your comment before, and you were absolutely spot on. Thanks for your support!

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YDAVIS23 5/5/2012 6:45AM

    Someone offered me a turtle once for my classroom, but had the conscience to confide that it would live at least another 23 years (it was 17 at the time). NO THANK YOU - go back to the pond :)

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DEE1221 5/4/2012 8:51PM

    at least a million points!!

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    I'm glad that nothing's broken, that you're a good Spark Ambassador, and that you're a turtle saver! I hope you continue to feel better and are able to enjoy the weekend!

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Abstinence vs Moderation

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I dont normally read the Happiness Project blog. I should, I like the message, but somehow it frequently gets lost in the shuffle of Sparking and cat videos. Today the universe spoke to me and asked me to share today's post with you:

So: Are you an abstainer or a moderator?

I generally try to abstain from "junk" foods (cookies, jelly beans etc) and consume very little starch (bread & pasta) as I feel they dont carry their nutrition vs caloric "weight". While I dont declare anything off-limits, I find it easier to not eat them at all, than think I can stop at just one. Because I usually dont.

So while moderation is the key, I find abstinence makes decisions easier.

What about you?

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ZANNBEE 5/7/2012 9:12AM

    I am definately a moderator. I love to enjoy small portions of really good treats now and then. I track everything and it keeps me honest. I find that I don't need as much of it. 2 fries and I have my salt/french/fry fix and then I'm good for a long time.

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DOGLADY13 5/5/2012 5:18AM

    Lately I haven't abstained from anything! It's starting to show.

I think I need to do some abstinence in what I eat since I haven't been very moderate in my choices. But for the most part, I'm a moderation kinda girl.

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YDAVIS23 5/4/2012 5:41AM

    I need some hard, fast rules (no eating food other than what I bring to work, don't bring junk home) but I also need some flexibility if I plan for it (Friday morning breakfast, for instance). I think for me abstinence depends more on the when and where than it does the type of food itself. If I know in advance that I won't really need to eat at that time, I try to set myself up to avoid the food altogether.

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    If you're bored, here's my answer in blog form. I wrote it back in October, but it's all still true.


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MISSG180 5/3/2012 3:34PM

    I have definitely taken an abstinence approach on junk food like chips, movie popcorn, candy. But it's more from a "I don't want to waste my nutrition on that junk" attitude. I know that I have a weakness for salty snacks, so it's easy for me to start mindlessly nibbling if I'm not paying attention. But if I really wanted Nacho Cheese Doritos badly enough to devote calories to them, I would be fine with buying myself a small bag and eating them.

The last couple times I've done such a thing, I was so disappointed with the level of satisfaction vs. the calorie expenditure that I've become less inclined to do so.

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VIXSTERLU 5/3/2012 1:45PM

    Being a Human Sexualities teacher, the title of this blog sucked me in, lol.

I am both depending on what topic/subject we are talking about. With food, I am a moderator. If I am having a tough day or week, I choose to abstain from certain foods (or at least try anyway) because I know if I start, I can't stop. I do believe in the saying "Everything in moderation" but I will add to it and say, "Everything in moderation, including moderation".

Thanks for sharing!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 5/3/2012 10:32AM

    Abstinence on 'trigger' foods. Those ones that spiral me into my brainless binge-fests. They're not even allowed in the house. Depending on how vulnerable I am, I ask for supervision. I'm just that smitten with some foods. Milk chocolate in any form is the main one and Doritos. Other chocolates are around and can be moderated but they don't send me into "Gremlin Mode".

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Lentil burgers and a day of rest

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

1) My ribs still hurt. Logically, this happened when I fell on Friday (Its Tuesday as I type, 5 days later) but I didnt start feeling it until Sunday. It feels exactly like a stitch in my side. But instead of going away in minutes, its still here 3 days later. I even took a total day of rest today. My hand is better and the ankle feels fine. My inner hypochondriac (of course I have one, dont you?) has decided I either chipped a bone or have a weird hernia. I'm ignoring the hypochondriac. Clearly, she has issues.

2)As part of the Healthy Eating Challenges, I'm looking at how to make substitutions. The thing is: I've already made a ton. And the problem was never that I ate loads of junk, I just ate too much. Problem solved courtesy of the Tracker. However lately I've been having an enormous hankering for a bacon cheeseburger. So I decided to make lentil patty burgers and see if they satisfy the urge. OMG so good. I screwed up the texture a little bit - they were too soft, but I can definitely see using these as a substitute for when the Urge Strikes. Seriously, if you have already slashed the fat & calories, then why not put a slice of cheese up there? What about turning it into a healthier patty melt? (One of my favorite sandwiches) This way I can *trick* my cravings and still feel virtuous.

Sadly, Child was having none of this weird burger business and I had to do the parental strong-arm to get him to even eat half of it. But then ate the tomatoes instead of the french fries and a yogurt for dessert, so I guess I'll keep him. Plus he's really cute.

(Picture taken a few weeks ago with snowpea "fangs")

Back to exercising tomorrow!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 5/3/2012 1:35PM

    I'm sorry about the pain you're feeling and hope you feel back to yourself soon. I completely understand about the "eating too much" concept; I know that I'm not at a standstill because I'm not eating right, it's because I still eat too much! Arg!
But lentil burgers do sound delish... willing to share the recipe?

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    I'm sorry you still hurt. emoticon Hopefully it's just a little bruising and nothing serious!
The lentil burgers sound interesting. We've been trying a lot of new recipes around here, too, most of which the kids have enjoyed.
Nice fangs on your son!

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YDAVIS23 5/2/2012 6:39AM

    haha cute kid. yesterday was pajama day at school.

the lentin burgers sound amazing! a new place in boston is serving chickpea burgers, which were awesome, but illmhave to try the lentil soon.

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DOGLADY13 5/1/2012 10:19PM

    Are you sure you didn't crack a rib? Or strain some muscles? Pain that lasts several days should get the attention of a medical professional.

The lentil burgers sound really good. Where did you get the recipe? Is it on Spark People? Can you share the link/recipe/secret ingredients?

The Child is beyond adorable. But you already know that.

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