Tuesday, February 10, 2009
For those of you who want to pass these quotes on - Go ahead and snag any of the quote/affirmations I post. I've been making them for two years, now. They are meant to be passed around.
Oddly enough, the person that I started making them for has Anorexia Nervosa, and her doctor told me that if she did not change her defeatist attitude, that she would die. She's still alive and has gained about 30 lbs, which is still not enough but she's alive! And doing better - much better! And with her mind, I sincerely believe she'll find the cure for cancer someday, or something just as wonderful. She's a blessing!
Well, the sleep thing has been proven to me, for certain. My bf works nights, as I've said, and I don't sleep as well with him gone. I slept about five hours and got up for a couple of hours or so. I weighed myself before drinking some water, and I was actually up three pounds this morning from last Friday! Ugh! I felt bloated but oddly dehydrated, too. I was so thirsty! I stayed up and did a few things, and the laid down to watch tv. I fell asleep again for another three hours, and woke up and, after another trip to the loo, I felt curious because I no longer felt bloated. I went to weigh myself and I was down two of those three pounds.
If I'm up a pound I can understand. I've not exercised much for the past three days. I ate a bit higher on my allowed calories. Not drastically but for me, not moving means not losing.
This is an article that I found interesting. It talks about the most sugar laden foods in America. There were some surprises in the list. Some, indeed, have been touted as healthy.
(Edit: NUSL8T just told me that MSN doesn't have it up any longer. I guess they pulled it? Umm... ).
I am not sure if you have read about the mercury contamination in HGCS, which of course is in almost everything. I've been trying to get it out of our house for a couple of years now. It's really difficult to do, especially when I don't do all of the shopping and I can't control my bf's dietary preferences. Then we read about the mercury and it's getting a little easier, because that's scary. He's listening to me.
Well in this article it states, "Consider this: A dollar will buy you about 75 calories' worth of fresh broccoli, but food manufacturers can use that same dollar to purchase 1,815 calories of sugar. And thanks to government subsidies, high fructose corn syrup, the synthetic sweetener found in so many of the foods in our grocery stores, is even cheaper."
The FDA has known about the mercury in HGCS for four years and has not done anything at all about it. Still hasn't, even with the reports in the news. And here the government is backing the manufacturers with subsidies? Whoa... I have two sons with Autism and many feel mercury is one of the enviornmental triggers causing Autism.
Even if it isn't, any amount of mercury in anything that we ingest is inexcusable.
Edit: HFCS article - one of them, anyway.
Study: Corn Syrup Contaminated With Mercury
MINNEAPOLIS — Mercury was found in nearly 50 percent of tested samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), according to a new article published Jan. 26 in the scientific journal Environmental Health. A separate study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly one-third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient—including products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.
HFCS use has skyrocketed in recent decades as the sweetener has replaced sugar in many processed foods. HFCS is found in sweetened beverages, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS. Consumption by teenagers and other high consumers can be up to 80 percent above average levels.
In the Environmental Health article, Renee Dufault and others found detectable levels of mercury in nine of 20 samples of commercial HFCS. Dufault worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when the tests were done in 2005.
While the FDA had evidence that commercial HFCS was contaminated with mercury four years ago, the agency did not inform consumers, help change industry practice or conduct additional testing.
And concerning the Federal subsidy..... it's in Wikipedia.
HFCS isn't the only thing I've been trying to get out of the house. Splenda and Nutrasweet are two others. We use Stevia.
After reading this article by Dr. Mercola, I'm glad I got rid of the Splenda. I have enough problems with my gut as it is.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Today I had a great chat with my daughter on gtalk and later a too short chat with a good friend on Facebook, which I haven't visted for a year or more. I usually prefer LJ. But my niece friended me and I had to go see what was happening. Her kids are so OLD! My gosh... it's hard to believe how much they have grown. I enjoyed looking at the pics.
I did have a bit of a binge today. I felt queasy and craved nuts and dried fruit, so I ate almonds and raw sunflower seeds, and some dried cherries and apricots. Probably too many of them, but I really felt like I wanted them. All high caloric foods but at least all good clean foods. I should feel guilty but I don't.
Oh and I joined the Clean Foods Team, which I hadn't seen before. It's just what I've been working on doing in my house. I've been working hard cleaning out the HFCS and additives and I still have some things to pare from my pantry, and maybe they can help.
R's working tonight. I just am not sleeping as well when he is not here, and I've found that it shows on the scale. Funny thing is, he said he's noticed that, as well... when he doesn't sleep well he gains weight. And here I thought it was a girl thing.
I'm off to broil chicken breasts for supper, with zucchini and baked sweet potatoes. Good food, though my daughter wouldn't say so. She's vegetarian. All those poor carrots.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
I'm doing not too badly, really, but not as well as I feel I should or could.
I know this is because my leg is bothering me. I am not exercising much for fear of making it worse. It's a bit better today because I kept off of it yesterday pretty much. I may do the same today. Not being online as much either.
So, yes, I'm frustrated. I could be losing a bit faster. But I'm working on my eating and doing better with my attitude about what I eat, I think. So, progress even if the scale ends up not shifting this week. For that, I am thankful.
Much to be thankful for, indeed.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Mindful eating is a kind of love for myself, and it's something that I have to keep practicing every day.
Goals for Febuary:
Focusing more on Paul McKenna's 4 Golden Rules:
1. Eat when I am hungry.
2. Eat what I want.
3. Eat mindfully.
4. Stop when I am full.
This entails learning to tell when I am full, and avoiding emotional eating. I think I'm getting a hair better at this, most days, but it's one of my most difficult areas, and I have to continue to focus on this.
I'm also trying to put the guided hypnosis cd on more before bed. I'm better at that but need to work on it.
Being in charge of Nutrition of the Vivacious Valentines team, means focusing more on my own intake of fruits and veggies. I'm doing well with this, actually. I've gone far beyond the five recommended years ago. I'm hitting 9-10 servings most days. Considering that a baby zucchini only has three calories, that's not so bad on the diet. I can fill up on veggies and still stay well within the perimeters of the calorie range that I wish to keep.
I think it also helps me with a kind of mindful eating. I'm visualizing how nutritious that swiss chard was that I had for supper. It just looked so healthy to eat and it was so delicious! If you had told me twenty years ago that I would rhapsodize about swiss chard, I would have thought you were nuts!
Thursday, February 05, 2009
This is a very true statement. I really enjoy the quotes I have found by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, thus far.
Today I have been thirsty and have already gotten my 8 glasses of water in, so I may end up squeezing in an extra one or two.
I need to work on detecting my hunger, as per Paul McKenna. I should journal this. I did work on this earlier today... but I still managed to do this mindless eating of dried peaches during a chat - something that I haven't done for quite a while. At the moment I am overfull, for the first time in at least a couple of weeks.
I should pat myself on the back, though, since that one pound block of bittersweet chocolate is sitting just as close to me as the bag of peaches, and is much more tempting!
While I am still within my caloric perimeters for the day, (surprise!), that is only because of the low calories in the main course that I cooked, which was a splendid chicken veggie soup full of peppers and zucchini, celery, onions, garlic and tomatoes. Not much chicken at all, really... and that all stripped of any fat that might have thought of being involved in broth making today. I need to not eat while on the computer. It's just an awkward time chat wise, and I need to move the time I am serving dinner.
I do really need to write down any changes in my goals for this month.
I'm still hoping to lose 6 lbs this month. I actually did manage to lose the 6 lbs last month by the end of the month, but I could not document it. Then I went up another half pound so I don't know. I'm trying to not be too rigid about weighing in, since mine is fluctuating so much. Also, Paul McKenna discourages this, and I am trying to implement many of his ideas. They are very helpful.
I need to drink my 8 glasses of water a day. I had a few days where this was a problem last month and I need to make sure that I get them in early.
I need to push my exercising and walking, but I am having foot problems at the moment so doing ten minutes is about all I can stand, and that is not constant today. I do have shoes that should be making this easier, but the ligament has to heal a bit more. This has been a major barrier for me, preventing me from walking as much as I need to. It's been quite painful for a long time and has become gradually more painful since I started exercising more again on the first of the year. Probably because I have been barefooted instead of wearing supportive shoes.
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