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End of Year Countdown - Day 22

Monday, November 19, 2012

So far, I've not gained an ounce. A minor miracle since I've certainly been "exposed" to many temptations already, including many eating-out events.

I'm remaining focused mainly on eating as many veggies as I can, many raw in salads with a wild variety of ingredients, because I know, I've learned and got the numbers to prove it, that those veggies are WONDERFUL for my health!

As we head into Thanksgiving week, doing some baking ahead of Turkey Day, visiting offices where food is already displayed like we're all stocking up before going into hibernation for winter, I have to stay AWARE. I prepare myself before I go anywhere. If I'm offered this or that, I'll just SAY NO without giving it any thought and tell a joke, give a compliment, say anything to change the subject. I will not consider food at all.

I have a pot of home-made chicken soup simmering on my stove today. I made the chicken bone broth a few weeks ago and put it in the freezer. Now I've added some water, cauliflower, onion, garlic, shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes and a few poratbella slices to it.

I leave chunks of white meat in my bone broth so it's in my stew now. Very tasty, satisfying, non-starchy and high in minerals. Good for your bone density and for the flora in your gut as well. Hence the traditional chicken soup for your colds and flu.

It also has the perfect balance of alkalinity and acidity that your body needs to stay healthy.

All those "oldtimers" knew what they were doing, lol.

It takes effort for me to keep the right thoughts in my head that help me stay on track. But not as much effort as it will take if I go wild with food and then have to get rid of 10 pounds on January 1st!

So, are you filling your mind with thoughts that will keep you from filling your mouth with food?

Good luck to us all.


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XNANNY 11/21/2012 4:28PM

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/20/2012 7:27AM

    The stew sounds delicious. How did you make the broth?

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DS9KIE 11/19/2012 11:35PM

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PJSTIME 11/19/2012 4:48PM

    Happy THanksgiving day and week. I dug out the dumplings out of my broth as they didn't turn out and I will add some veggies to the broth and chicken pieces and call it stew. I like chicken any way I can get it.

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ZEEDRA 11/19/2012 4:25PM

    Thanks, Karen. An interesting process. Good for you!
I wish I had the discipline, the one-day-at-a-time, that you have. Something very, very strong holds me back or....holds me in place.

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CHRISTINASP 11/19/2012 3:02PM

    "So, are you filling your mind with thoughts that will keep you from filling your mouth with food? "
As a matter of fact I just did a wonderful relaxation exercise together with my mom, a variation on the 'tonglen' method.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/19/2012 2:56PM

    I love chicken soup. It's one of my favorite things!

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GABY1948 11/19/2012 2:42PM

    Happy Thanksgiving, Karen! What a wonderful and informative blog. You are doiing so well! What a blessing you have been to us here on spark. So I hope you have a most blessed Thanksgiving! emoticon

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CSAGIRL 11/19/2012 12:48PM

    Well done! You are being so smart and proactive!

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FISHINGLADY66 11/19/2012 12:42PM

    WOW! Karen, I just put on a pot of vegetable soup. I love cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and onions etc in a pot of homemade chicken broth. Good Blog. Thanks, May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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RONNIEHUEY 11/19/2012 12:33PM

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