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Enter 100 food items into the tracker? No way!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Well, they always say that it's healthier to eat many small meals than a couple of big ones, but today I had about 100 bite sized ones!

Every year, our world language department celebrates carnival by having the students make food and posters about the countries they are studying. It's a lot of fun - the students research information and recipes, and they attempt to make the food items; sometimes with awesome, other times with comical results (the cinnamon stars ended up almost round, but they tasted good anyway). Everyone, including the teachers, visits the different booths and samples foods from German, Spanish, and Italian speaking countries, looks at the posters, and meets new people. We all enjoy it.

Of course, I score the projects, and strictly speaking, I don't have to sample the foods, but the kids would be terribly disappointed if I didn't. They were all so proud of their creations, and since I'm from Germany and told them it was just as good (and some of the foods even better) than what I had eaten growing up made them feel proud, and it made the country more real.

I had bite-sized samples of almost everying; for the really sugary stuff like cookies I broke off a piece no bigger than a nickel, and I actually kept my blood sugar in check. There is no way I can list all of it, so for the first time in almost 3 months, I'm just gonna ballpark it and enter 1500 calories and 150g carbs; that sounds about right.

Here are some of the foods and beverages we had:
- Wiener Schnitzel (pork, breaded)
- Jaegerschnitzel (venison, with mushroom sauce)
- bratwurst and sauerkraut
- potato casserole (a German grandma's secret recipe!)
- baked salmon (the kid actually drove 40 miles to a fish market that flies in fresh fish daily - it was unbelievable!)
- Frikadellen (meatballs)
- Brezeln (homemade pretzels)
- bread with homemade hazelnut spread - better than Nutella!
- potato salad
- Hungarian goulash (Austria-Hungary was one empire at one time, and many people spoke each other's language, so it counts)
- Apfelstrudel
- Black Forest Cake (non-alcoholic version, of course)
- all kinds of cookies
- Rouladen (rolled-up beef)
- Spaetzle (egg noodles) and Kaesspaetzle (Spaetzle with cheese)
- Zwiebelrostbraten (roast with onions - it came out so tough, but the kids were proud of it and ate it nevertheless)
- different varieties of cheesecakes
- salad
- dumplings
- German pancakes (similar to crepes)
- Kaiserschmarren (similar to the pancakes, but sweeter)
- iced coffee (ice cream, coffee, chocolate)
- Spezi (Cola and Fanta mixed)

And that's just a small selection! The kids really did well; there were even foods that I had never heard of, because they were from different parts of the German speaking world that I am not as familiar with, so the event mixed favorites from growing up with new experiences. I basically ate all day, but as you can see from the list, there was actually a lot of variety - meats, flour-based foods, potato-based foods, desserts - and it was pretty balanced throughout. I was actually exhausted at the end of the day from eating and scoring - no breakfast, lunch, or dinner for me!

I had really good conversations with the kids and found out a lot of things about them and their projects; I always want to know my students well, and this helps them showcase a totally different skill from the regular classroom.

I'm always open about my life with my students, and they all know I'm diabetic, so nobody was offended when I didn't sample really sugary things or had a tiny portion. One of my students whose grandpa has diabetes even joked with me and said: "You can't have any, you're diabetic!" At which point I showed him my medication and told him that was my secret weapon. (I had to take it with food, so that's why I took it at work today.) We all had a good laugh. I have one student who has type 1 diabetes; luckily, her sugars happened to be very low today, so she was able to eat all she wanted, and she did - she even came back at the end of the day for more. I told her that sometimes, a disease where food is medicine has its perks, and she laughed.

It's important to me that my students feel comfortable about health problems and learn about them; several of them listed the carb count for me, brought sugar-free pop, or carefully put a piece aside without powdered sugar on it.

If people wonder why I teach, days like this are the reason!

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KATI5668 2/12/2013 10:38PM

    what fun & can just picture the delight on the kids faces...
you celebrated the day & shared the joy with the next generation..
log the food??? what for...???
it was special food on a special need for accountablitiy
just enjoyment & putting down great memories !

lucky you...& lucky kids to have you!


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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/12/2013 10:31AM

    Sounds like you had a fun day!

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MPETERSON2311 2/12/2013 9:55AM

    sounds sooo cool!

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MSCARCHICK 2/12/2013 8:53AM

    Sounds amazing. We did something similar in the 10th grade but it was an Around the World project. I teach 7th World History and am thinking about something like this at the end of the year or maybe the next open house.

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PATSYB7 2/12/2013 7:05AM

    Sounds like a fun day! My kids know about my quest for a healthy life. I added a PS to my Valentine party notice that went home last week: "Please don't feed the pre-diabetic teacher." LOL Have a great day!

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NAPPO_LYNN 2/11/2013 11:04PM

    I had an aunt from Bavaria but I rarely got to eat with their family. Everything I had was good. Sounds like a fun day. Wish I had been there. Thanks for sharing.

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LUVLYLORELEI 2/11/2013 10:52PM

    Oh that sounds like fun! I love most of those foods listed and only a few I've never tried. Actually I think that aside from the event it sounds like you have an awesome job that sounds fun! I've always loved languages, travel, and culture. I would have stayed in Germany a lot longer if I had the choice, but hope one day to go back. This blog really took me back for a moment!

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BBC Video about Weight Loss

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I caught the tail end of this on PBS, and it sounded interesting, so I looked for it on the internet. Here's the link:
It involves scientific explanations and experiments for helping your body lose weight. Enjoy!

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MOMMACASSEY 2/11/2013 1:31PM

    Coming from BBC and PBS, it is more likely to have good info than other shows often do. Thanks!

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MPETERSON2311 2/11/2013 11:25AM

    Very cool! thanks!

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MIRFA71 2/11/2013 6:04AM

    Very informative. emoticon

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Lucky 13

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Lost pound # 13 today. Not bad, 13 pounds in 3 months. I'm even slightly ahead of my goal line.
I just didn't like the way I lost it; I think this stomach bug I've had the past couple of days is the main cause. I could barely eat. Of course, exercise is out of the question right now, so I'm feeling pretty miserable.
Well, I'll just stay on the couch, watch old Judge Judy episodes, play with my birds, drink tea, eat crackers, and get some rest. Hopefully, this will be over soon.

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SCHNOOTIE 2/9/2013 9:20PM

    Yay on the weight loss. Boo on the way you lost it. And playing with the birds is certainly going to improve your mood :)

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TIFFA409 2/9/2013 9:40AM

    Congratulations! I hope you feel well soon.

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MPETERSON2311 2/9/2013 9:33AM

    great job!

and I do hope you feel better soon!

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CEEMAY 2/9/2013 9:16AM

    Hope you feel much better very soon. I am looking for lb. # 13 to be gone.

Take care of yourself!

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PJ2222 2/9/2013 9:14AM

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Food, Bug, or Medication?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Terribly sick to my stomach today, and a migraine on top of it. After getting really sick, I'm finally feeling better, eating crackers and tea. Don't know if it was something I ate, a stomach bug, or the meds again. I'm really hoping to get better; I was going to drive to Denver tomorrow to attend the diabetes expo.

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PATSYB7 2/9/2013 6:33AM

    Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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Good Observation, Bad Stomachache

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I was observed by one of the assistant principals today, and everything went well. I did a lesson on clothing items in German; I brought a basketful of clothes in and taught them the names, and then we played a game. The kids were great, everyone participated. I think it was the best lesson I ever taught; the kids actually asked me things in German, and they've only had one semester! I felt really energized afterwards, and the AP told me she really enjoyed it. Very cool. I've had a few observations in the past where the observer really didn't know what I was doing or why, but this one is really interested and positive. Nice change.
Unfortunately I'm a bit under the weather; my stomach is upset. I might have to take tomorrow off, but that's okay; I made it to the evaluation without getting sick, that was the most important thing.
I know I'm a good teacher, but (or maybe because of that) I really got worked up about the observation; I've been stressing over it for days. Now, I just feel happy and relieved - in spite of the stomachache.

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GREENGENES 2/7/2013 8:35PM

    Way to go. I understand the stress. I'm occasionally on the other end of the observation and try my best to minimize the stress. My observations are a follow-up to professional development programs I do so the observations are actually to evaluate US and how well we help the teachers. Nevertheless, I it is still stressful for them. Not surprisingly, the good teachers stand out, even when things don't go all that smoothly.

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MPETERSON2311 2/7/2013 2:49PM

    oh man just the words "observation" and "assistant principal" made my stomach churn. Those have never gone too well for me (in my opinion). First one I ever had, my principle was on his phone the whole time, the second one was 50/50 just because the differences in class periods were so different one boss loved it, one boss hated it.

Sounds like you did an emoticon job!

I hope your stomach feels better soon! Bless you for your teaching. I really do miss it somedays and at least I know caring people like you are stepping up and doing great jobs!

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DIET_FRIEND 2/6/2013 11:55PM

    It's great when observations go well.

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CHOCOHIPPO 2/6/2013 10:08PM

    I hope the stomachache was due to nerves and you're not getting sick. I hope you feel better real soon.

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