ETLNOW's SparkPeople Blog ETLNOW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Going to West Africa and I'm packing my NutriBullet! Okay, I'm way overdue on blogging and I'm back for the moment. I've been incredibly busy with work, life, commitment to ETL food plan and trying to stay in balance with all. I'll unabashedly give myself a solid B+ for determination even though results may lag behind a bit. At a later time I'll confess to the week I craved and indulged a sodium desire beyond all belief! Please don't ever tell anyone about the morning fruit smoothies that included a bit of soy sauce! Funny, I never thought it ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:53:27 EST I left my gall bladder at the hospital. I am very happy to be home from the hospital. I had gone to the emergency room in the wee hours of Monday morning thinking that the excruciating stomach pain I had was food poisoning but was diagnosed with gallstones and an inflamed gall bladder that should be removed. So they did a laproscopic surgery. I was in great pain and didnt research the pros and cons.. From what I've read today maybe I should have tried to allow it to heal, but that's not what happened.. so I have no regrets. I belie... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:12:37 EST I keep on trying.... Alright, I'm not perfect, thought that's not news to anyone who knows me. <BR> It's funny to me that I'm finding it a greater challenge to blog than to make good food choices! <BR> Yesterday I came home from work absolutely exhausted. There was stress at 6:00am when I was doing my first scheduled 8 hour Skype session from home with a colleague in West Africa. We are interviewing potential students in Ghana for our college's Online Learning Center in Ghana. Everything was set up the night befo... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:49:40 EST Day 31 - 34 I will try.. I will show up here more often. I was doing so well with this blog but now I see a trend of not making time to blog. I think that just the action of showing up and sharing a few thoughts will help me to not stray from my ETL foodstyle. My food choices continue to be good.. a bit of a stray today with a GOBITE treat that had nuts, cocoa nibs and some cane sugar. All was a good except the sugar cane... not so much. <BR> I've done what I never thought I wanted to do or could do.. eliminated whe... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:27:17 EST Day 30 ... I Am Becoming More Organized with My Prep Now that I've eaten, shopped and made over a months worth of ETL meals, I have become better prepared than when I first started out on this new food style. <BR> <BR> My basic shopping list is created, the pantry is filled with beans, five types of nuts are in the refrigerator, the freezer is stocked with back up frozen veggies and edamame. I hope that I'll be able to make only one trip to the grocery each week. <BR> <BR> I've managed to track down a few boxes of that Stash licorice tea th... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:16:28 EST Day 29 Magic Bullet makes a Delicious Gazpacho Very hot today, excellent time to try to make a Gazpacho in my new MagicBullet <BR> It was delicious and will become one of my summertime basics. <BR> Served it in a really pretty stemmed glass.. Yum! <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> 1 can (14.5oz) organic Italian diced tomatoes <BR> ( heavy on the time I'll use fresh tomatoes with oregano, basil and black pepper) <BR> 1c Shredded Kale <BR> 1 large clove of garlic <BR> 3 lemon sections <BR> 1/2 sweet red pepper <BR> 1/4 large r... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 14:04:37 EST Day 27&28 Side Effects of a Successful Food Plan... what Dr Fuhrman doesn't write about. Ok, I'll admit it.. I have become a bore,,, a big ol' crashing bore, It's a side effect of losing twenty pounds in 5 weeks with food I enjoy that is nutritious and never leaves me hungry or craving, All I want to do is talk about it. Greens, kale chips, Nutribullet, SP, smoothies, good sleep, evils of processed food, one pound two pound, nuts, no dairy, fruits, fruits and more fruits. I'm overflowing with new focus and purpose to get healthy. I cannot shut up! I guess it's because I'm amazed... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 00:07:04 EST Day 25&26 Happy Independance Day.Independant of 20 Pounds! Usually I weigh myself in a nightgown , this morning when I got on the scale and saw that I was only 4 ounces away from a big celebratory number, well I will admit to taking off every stitch of clothing I was wearing and making an extra trip to the bathroom.. the scale responded accordingly and gifted me with the number 15 the 5 pounds I lost the two weeks prior to joining SP. That's twenty pounds that I am independent of on this lovely Independence Day. I am elated and encouraged.... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 22:19:43 EST Day 24 Too busy for Dinner Following ETL plan, I am confused what to do when I am not hungry or it's too late to eat dinner. Pre ETL these were never my concerns. I was never not ready to eat.. hunger or not. The hour on the clock never before had any impact on whether I would eat if I was hungry or just in search of the food taste experience... I always ate unless I had eaten so much, that I was already in a food coma and I had wandered into bed. <BR> I did decide to have something that wouldn't sit heavy in my stom... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 23:46:05 EST Day 23 Pretty Dinner Salad 3c Arugula <BR> 1/2 Orange( juice squeezed over salad and sections tossed into salad ) <BR> 3T Pomegranate seeds <BR> 1/2 oz chopped walnuts <BR> 1 T yeast flakes for protein <BR> <BR> nutty flavor, sweetened by the orange, pretty pomegranate seeds set it off Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:56:02 EST Day 22 Today was quiet, productive and tasty. Today's lunch and dinner were very tasty and worthy of jotting down for future reference: <BR> <BR> ETL Lunch Salad <BR> Mix Together: <BR> 3C SPINACH <BR> 2C ARUGULA <BR> 1C SPROUTS <BR> 1T FLAX SEEDS <BR> 1C HALVED RED GRAPES <BR> 3/4C WHOLE GRAPE TOMATOES <BR> 1C KIDNEY BEANS <BR> 1/2 ORANGE squeezed over salad ( eat remaining fruit) <BR> 1/2 OZ WALNUT PIECES <BR> <BR> ETL Vegetable Steamed Dinner <BR> In a small amount of water steam: <BR> 1C Mushrooms sliced or halved <BR> 1C (40z) Fre... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:15:37 EST Day 21 Moving into tomorrow. The sad shock of losing my sweet cat Valentine yesterday is still with me, but I've taken today to go slow and I feel like the shock is diminishing and I 'll be back in the center of life again tomorrow. <BR> Greatly appreciative of the kind words and thoughts you've sent my way. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 17:53:27 EST Day 20 I'm very sad. I will miss my catmate. I am very sad, weepy and tired. Today, unexpectedly my cat was diagnosed with liver trouble and had to be put to sleep. <BR> Valentine was about 9 years old, black and white , a good catfriend and catmate for me. She managed to teach me some life lessons while she was here and she was always a good girl. I will always appreciate her company. She will be missed. Thank you Valentine. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:51:37 EST Day 19 In no particular order.. Today,I laughed, made a mistake, ate, made calls... ... was patient, was impatient, I could've been faster, I told the truth, I made good decisions, I rambled, cared,didn't care, I hurried, avoided, succeeded, I accumulated, I weeded out, I drove, I was on SP, saw my comment in NYT, I completed paperwork, called the Vet, went to Whole Foods, I procrastinated, saw some friends, I spoke to my boss, encouraged a student, made kale chips again, I ironed a silk blouse, I posted, I made a joke,tried to be quiet during a conference call, I watched tv... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:31:01 EST Day 18 I sleep through the night again Since going plant based for my food choices, I am feeling more vital and sleeping through the night.. not 8 hours or even 6, but so much better than waking every two hours. That is what I am most happy about ... getting better sleep. Thank you Dr F. I am going to use this extra sleep time to sleep myself into health. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:03:31 EST Day 17 Good day..just not enough hours It was a good day and I was so busy that I had to make time to eat. Junk food never required time. Now as crazy as it may be I have to pay attention to allotting enough eating time to consume and chew all these healthy choices. <BR> Tonight I had Kale Chips and fruit for dinner. Apologies to Bravelute for not posting <BR> the recipes.. but I will, I will said the Queen of Procrastination. Really I will, you'll see. <BR> Thank goodness all this nutrition is helping me to feel strong and co... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:16:12 EST Day 16 I did make good choices Happy to report that I made good food choices at yesterday's shower. I did bring along some edamame and sliced almonds ... hoping there would be a help yourself salad in need of protein and there was. I had a very filling salad and fruit cup . The test was the desserts, I won't even allow myself to be tempted by typing their names here... I've had long lasting relationships with each of these little sweeties,,, there were pretty cup*****, cute ****pops and exotic Italian almond c*****s. I ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:30:35 EST Day 15 Going to A Shower Just a quickie as I have to get moving.. I'm headed back to NY for the day to a wedding shower for my nephew's fiancée. She's wonderful for him and always has been.. it just took him a little while to realize she was the one. We're very happy for them. I get to drive over the Hudson River again this month and for some unknown reason, I love that part of the journey. I'm supposed to bring a recipe , they have a busy life.. he's diabetic.. the Kale Chips recipe will surprise them but they'll l... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 06:51:20 EST Day 14 Down 8 and 5 Yippeeeeee! I could hardly contain myself when I awoke at the crack of 5:00 am ..on a Saturday no less! I opened my eyes, unfurled the sheets, flew from the bed and scrambled ( as much as a 62 year old obese, lower extremity lymphedemic, double bad knee'd and only one good ankle woman can) down the stairs. It was like it was Christmas morning. I was on a mission of delight..headed to the scale. The very same scale that just on Sunday had caused me to set my ticker back to Zero.. yes, really! I had compl... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:47:39 EST Day 13 I am grateful for..... Wandering through some posts on SP, I was reminded of how much that I am grateful for and the importance of acknowledging my gratitude. Here is a partial list of things big and small that I am so appreciative to have in my life: <BR> I am making healthy food choices and losing weight <BR> I have a job that is perfect for me , most of the time <BR> I am sleeping through the night <BR> I have a caring family <BR> I have what I need <BR> I hear birds chirping in the morning <BR> It's Friday <BR... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:07:26 EST Day 12 Better than yesterday A quickie blog note for now. I'm feeling a bit better than yesterday and happy not to have chosen any preETL comfort foods to sooth my body discomfort. A few people have suggested that this might be a cleanse my body is doing in response to eliminating sugar, dairy and wheat.. I'm thinking that might be so, and that's good to have my system adjusting to healthier choices. Thanks to all and concern for my feeling poorly. A round of happiness to me and you and you and you! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:58:01 EST Day 11 Summer cold or allergy.. I feel yucky Day three of whatever this is and I am feeling very yucky. My ears are burning, my throat is raw and way too many sneezes coupled with an upset stomach. If I wasn't booked with appointments today, I'd be calling out from work and back under the covers. As the day progresses I'll probably feel better.. but for now... not so much. <BR> Tea! I need tea. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:00:49 EST Day 10 Too much dinner food I made a lovely ETL dinner sauté tonight. Onions, mushrooms, spinach, tofu, garlic, Chinese 5 spices, tahini and Bragg veggie sprinkles. <BR> The only problem was it was too much, but necessary to meet my goals. The late hour of eating this wasn't a great idea either. The solution would have been better planning. This weekend I'll have time for some planning and program review. I am doing well and I will do even better. <BR> By the way... I've probably complained about too big meals only t... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:43:43 EST Day 9 A bit of dissapointment I'll admit it.. I am disappointed to have temporarily added back the three pounds that I lost. I had been optimistic that with some more physical activity during reunion weekend and a core of good choices along with off plan choices that the scale might hardly move. I was mistaken. Okay, onward and upward. It's not so much the scale as it is my food choices and feeling healthy that will prove my success. Now that I've talked it out, disappointment is dissolving and I'm happy to have had a gr... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 06:27:59 EST Days 7 & 8 Amazing Family Weekend The weekend with the family was amazing, the children from all the families were a joy to be with, the cousins were wonderful and the Aunts and Uncle were so kind to have given us this gift of family. More later, but I want to get a quick post in now. <BR> My food path changed from ETL, but on the car ride home I stopped at Trader Joe's and I 'm solidly headed in the right direction again. <BR> Here's some prescribed food choices from a TED speaker, Dr Li. to focus for health, not all my fa... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:21:09 EST Day 6 Catskills here I come! Heading to the Catskills for a weekend family reunion and returning Sunday. It's an all inclusive casual dude ranch where we gather every five years. This time it's a smaller group only about 60 of us from age two to beloved Aunt Joan in her 80's. <BR> Aunt Joan is quite remarkable, vital and now our matriarch. So vital in fact that only last year she retired from a part time job doing administrative work for NYC in Queens! I want to be like her when I grow up.. in another twenty years I will... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:21:45 EST Day 5 Feeling better.. This is the second time that I've focused my food plan on a mainly plant based diet, and I realize that within a short time, I find myself feeling better, more vital, sleeping better. Within about 1o days of choosing plant based the difference was obvious. <BR> That's a pretty good return on investment, if you ask me. <BR> I'm appreciative of all that comes my way... Happy Thursday Night! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:44:59 EST A busy day ends... I can barely keep my eyes open. I t was a big busy day and I had insomnia last night.... weary, weary, weary, Happily, I'm in bed and about to turn off the light. Goodnight Dr Fuhrman. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:35:37 EST Day 3 Saved by a Smoothie! By the time I left work last night, shopped ( I think I spent at least a million minutes reading labels and making new choices... what is the best tahini? these cashews are organic but not raw, where and what are the azuki .. oh, they're spelled aduki beans?, <BR> will these strawberries last long enough? ) returned home and unpacked it was almost 10:00 PM. Yikes! What to do about dinner? Would the world crumble if I skipped my dinner greens and just went to bed, if I didn't eat would I wake ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:31:00 EST Day 2 Procrastination foils preparation It's working! Down 1.2 pounds and I feel that confidence rising since I am using the SWP. I didn't get to the grocery to stock up for the week.. big mistake. Being prepared <BR> will be key to making good choices. I can shop tonight. I probably spent too much time on SP with the newness of points and lists and tracking and messages and printing reports and getting my page set up. It was a procrastinator's dream! At work I can buy a green salad and fruit cup, I'll bring beans, grapes, almonds... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:10:36 EST Day 1 June 9 2013 The last two weeks I lost three pounds by a loose following of Eat to Live food plan. When I realized that I was sleeping better and feeling more vitality, there was no turning back. Commitments have been made, Eat to Live has been read, The Six Week Plan is chosen, Today is the first day and July 20th is the final day of the initial SWP and then I'll add some more options. <BR> Water, a multivitamin, the option to make other food choices if I travel out of state, food tracking and belief are... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 16:44:04 EST