Saturday, October 19, 2013
.. are always a hard challenge... often for me by Thursday all my good efforts start to crumble and by Saturday the walls are down. And yes, that silly nibbling monster is still around, yet it hasn't taken over!!!!! I have kept to eating healthy foods. I nibbled on dates and nuts, grapes and 2 apples. So, I am proud that I haven't even been tempted by my kid's gummy bears and the chocolates my hubby got given the other day. Yes, I haven't even been tempted, and that is a fantastic feeling and knowledge. Yet chocolate hasn't been totally out of my life. In fact, I decided to make it myself in various forms. So I made some coconut chocolates in icecube trays, sweetened with maple syrup. And I made hot chocolate, which is basically 1 teaspoon of honey/maple syrup and 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa... and hot milk of course. In fact I made a jar of it, basically an "instant" version and I felt rather clever. Isn't it weird that all my life I always had some sort of an instant chocolate drink like "Milo" or "Ovomaltine" yet it is so dang easy to make it from scratch... add some malt extract and you even have the malty taste of milo or ovomaltine.
Another thing I've made is a healthier version of "nutella"... I'm such a sucker for nutella... yet, I found a really nice substitute for it... I made some nutbutter, added some date paste, vanilla, cocoa and coconut milk... simple ingredients, great result. Now I just have to control myself, too much of a good thing is bad as well as we all know.
It's somehow a really great feeling to know, that the only processed food I ate all week was dinner two nights ago, which was tortellini... and I'm a sucker for tortellini too... and haven't figured out yet how to make them in a real food, wholegrain kind of healthy way. Ou well, now and then something not quite as healthy is quite alright with me... as long as "now and then" doesn't turn into "every day... three times".
So, summoning up, there is room for improvement, like MORE exercise (walking the dog doesn't really cut it for me), sticking to meal/snack times, no eating after dinner, YET it has been a good week and I'm utterly grateful to be back on track and 1.3kg down!!!