Guess I must be getting old as I do remember those days.
Am doing well on staying on track with no sugar and no flour. Anyone reading this and interested look for the book Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson - lots of information as to why most of us can't stay on a given diet. With all the research she has done she has been able to give sound reasoning why this happens - and mainly it is the sugar and flour that we are eating. It is worth the read if you are struggling with releasing weight and keeping it.
Have a large crockpot of beef stew for tomorrow when we go to our Small Care Group from the church - 12 - 15 of us meat at our Pastors where we have 1 hour of discussion re the service from that morning, some prayer time, and then we share a meal together. Sometimes we just have soup, fresh veggs and a bun and other times like tomorrow we do a potluck - and oh is the food good. But now that I am sugar and flour free I am going to stay true to my plan even when we are there - therefore the stew. But truthfully I am not really wanting to bring my food scale to measure out the meal for myself (which I would do at home) so on our way we will stop at Subway and I will get a chicken salad from them - it weighs out properly for me and is in compliance.
Tonight for supper I grilled my chicken and spiced it with garlic AND chili powder - never thought to put chili on chicken - and it was so good so am going to do it again
After 5 days on this program I am surprised at how easy it is. What I have found works the best is the night before (after supper tonight) I sit down and write out the meals I will have tomorrow. I list the protein for each meal, the grain allowed, the fruit for breakfast and one for lunch plus the vegetables for lunch and supper as well as the fat I will have at lunch and supper. The vegetables come out at 20 oz = which is 10 oz at each meal. Never before have I eaten so much of this at one meal - but it is really filling and keeps me full the next meal.
When I think back at what my meals looked like there usually was a grain at each meal - and not necessarily a serving of one but rather 2 or 3 and then of course a sugary dessert. With this program while on the weight loss part of the program you only get I grain a day but when you get to goal you get to increase it quite a bit. But there is absolutely no snacks and no sugar or flour. So if a person loves to have sandwiches - you have to get creative. Ezekiel bread (1 slice) would be 1 grain and for me should I have 1 slice I would crave a 2nd slice and on and on it would go. So I am staying away for Ezekiel bread. Truthfully I am not missing it - and my stomach after only 5 days is feeling so much better.
Guess a difficult part of this program at the first is reading all the labels - going through your fridge and pantry reading all the labels looking for sugar - and there are so many names for sugar. If any form of sugar is listed in the 1st three ingredients it is not allowed. So there has been a few changes I needed to make - my husbands favorite sauce for his chicken has sugar listed in the 1st 3 ingredients - so when he cooks chicken for example - he cooks mine separate so I don't get the sauce. Nice of him right. Now I am on the search to find some recipes that will give the same flavor without the sugar. Have found a couple that over the next few weeks we will try.
Not sure how many people are aware that Campbells Tomato Soup has sugar in it - it is listed in the 1st 3 ingredients. Hubby was surprised but has admitted that it is too salty and he is starting to notice that his stomach seems more upset when he has any. So I have a recipe that will make 1 serving of tomato soup - am going to make it this coming week for him to see how he likes it.
Am getting ready to start going through our Systematic Theology Course - it is a large book and we have been working through it with our Pastor - there are about 80 of us doing it - and everyone is asking him already that when we finish the book can we do it but take a lot longer on each chapter as there is so much in each chapter. We have finished up the chapter we were working through since September - and will startup hopefully in January. But I have decided (hubby agrees) that I am going to take the book and start again at Chapter one take a lot longer to go through it - so it is going to be interesting as it is a 'heavy' course for most of us - our Pastor has said that 1st year college students take one year to cover some of this material so it realize why some of it seems heavy - it is a course that makes you ask lots of questions and you just have to go to Scripture and more Scripture to have it explained. But it takes time. I only wish I had had the opportunity to be taught this years ago - even while raising my children it would have been nice to have had a study to really learn all these things - why systematic theology - why as a believer we should do this is the first question in the study.
A verse I love and read daily is the following
1 Corinthians 6:12
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.
I use this verse now each time I am planning my food for the way.
3 things I am grateful for today are
(1) grateful that I can eat my homemade beef stew which is 100% compliant to my way of eating
(2) grateful that I have two legs and two feet that I am move and walk with
(3) grateful that I have two arms with hands attached in order to hold things
My streaks as of today are
Day 5 of no sugar no flour
Day 44 of blogging my journey of making changes
Day 49 of logging onto Sparkpeople
Day 49 of tracking all food and water
Day 49 of reading the Bible with hubby (7 more chapters to go for the book of Job)
Virtual Walk Across Canada - Vancouver Island BC -
** Port Hardy to Port McNeil = 27 miles = COMPLETED**
** Port McNeil to Campbell River = 17 miles = 14 miles completed**
1,667 steps toward my next mile (2,000 steps = 1 mile)