I’m Bored…with food

I’m bored with food. 😒 Well, not really.  Actually, I still love food…. I’ve been loving it too much again though.  Haha!

It’s crazy how just a few weeks of enjoying your fave foods can make you lose your mind at the table and start packing them back on.  I also haven’t weighed myself in 3 weeks – THAT is a problem.  For me the scales is my accountability partner. I don’t think much has changed though, Clothes still fit and all. It’s just that the mind will tell you LIES, LIES, and MORE LIES all the while the pounds creep back on. The scales don’t lie.

Last month I went on a business trip for a week and ate out daily.  I was able to minimize the food damage by skipping breakfast and doing exercises in my hotel room every evening. … but I felt so sluggish after sitting daily and eating such a wide variety of foods.

When I returned home my routine was busted!  I’ve never really got back in the groove but I need to.  I’ve tried, but going out with friends here and there is sabotaging my efforts.  Sigh.

Looking back over the past few weeks I have figured out that a lot of my issue now is boredom with the food I’m eating.  I’m not wanting the go-to salads and vegetables that I’ve been eating so much of for more than 2 years now.  Nothing looks appealing except pizza, chicken wings, etc. 😂😂   I actually made a salad last week for dinner, took a few bites and tossed it all out.  Just wasn’t appealing to me.

So, I am currently trying to think of new foods, and new ways to prepare them.  If this is going to be a lifestyle change I need to really work hard to keep it fresh and satisfying, otherwise I will set myself up for failure.

Today was one of those days where I swear I had a tapeworm.  I just felt hungry all day.  Then it dawned on me that 1) I had not taken my vitamins in a couple of days, and 2) I’ve eaten much less protein this week. I could never be vegan etc.  I don’t eat much meat at all but a little keeps hunter at bay for me.

I couldn’t decide what to eat … I didn’t want to thaw food and cook it. So I made a PB&J (natural peanut butter, strawberry All Fruit spread on toasted sprouted breads) with a glass of Almond milk.  I didn’t measure, weigh, or count anything  just made it and ate it.  Then made another half….😣  😂  …not hungry anymore though.

2B87C4E2-0741-4E3B-83C9-D3C82588E338

When I started my journey to get healthy and lose weight I realized it really was going to be a journey with ups and downs, and ins and outs, and good days and not so good days.  It’s all good. It’s life! Enjoy and learn from it all.

I’m thinking about expanding this blog a bit to include more about life and what we humans face while in these vessels. We’ll see. Until the next time…

Peace and Love to you! 😘💕

My Summer Selections Are Back

When it gets to that time of the year when I go out to one of my favorite grocery stores (Sprouts) and come home with this type of stash, you can rest assured that I am entering into my summer eating pattern. 😊

85F6A314-05C7-4B19-9042-8EDEF20C4E88
Washing today’s “catch” in vinegar water.

As much as I love my winter foods (rutabagas, sweet potatoes, squashes, etc.), by this time of the year I am literally craving colorful raw vegetables. Typically, I would have lettuces too, but with the current ‘ban’ on some lettuces I decided to have lettuce-less salad this week. Look at how beautiful and colorful this food is.  It’s going to be a wonderful eating week.

I haven’t researched what I am about to say here but I think eating some portion of colorful raw vegetables everyday helps to alleviate or lessen many of the physical problems that plague Americans particularly, i.e. constipation, poor immune system, other digestive issues, allergies, mineral deficiencies, blood pressure issues, cholesterol issues, etc.  […again, I’m no doctor or medical professional, so this is strictly my opinion].

I even bought fresh mangos today… I can’t remember the last time I did that; possibly! I never have. 🤔  I’ve had mangos before but never bought fresh ones myself.  They were 3 for .$99 today at Sprouts. Those little beauties came right home with me… yes, they did. 😌

I gained 2-3 pounds over the winter months.😞 Hopefully my summer foods will help to melt those couple of extra pounds away. I am not too worried though because I started a new exercise program and I am slightly more muscular than I’ve been in a long time.  I will share more about it in an upcoming blog sombe sure to FOLLOW my blog .

Now, go get yourself some veggies!

Happy shopping! 🍎🥦🥒🍎🍉🍒🍏🍑🍐🍇🍍🍊🥕

I Tried A New Soup Tonight

The last time I blogged was last month when I was in the midst of recovering from a ‘bug’.  I don’t know if I had the flu or not but I had the worst sinus  congestion and headache for days, then a stomach issue and ongoing fatigue.

I’m good now! 🙏🏽  However, it has taken me about two weeks to get back on track and to catch up with my life…hence, no blogging was going on.

Tonight I am busy at my drawing board but stopped for a quick dinner. Lunch today was a huge plate of homemade veggie (green beans, greens, carrots, cabbage slaw), salmon ….and a package of breakfast bars. Ha! * so random.

Anyway, I just needed something light tonight so I decided to have a cup of this new soup I purchased a few weeks ago.

8EE6A2F5-35D8-4CFE-9BC0-CA418C667B56

Can we say …Yum?!

I always try to buy low sodium soups because there is way too much sodium in most foods in my opinion. This was just the right amount of sodium….enough to taste but not overwhelming. I texted a friend and told her I needed one of her triple cheese grilled cheese sandwiches to go with this soup. Hmmmmm…😋.

It’s is a keeper… will definitely purchase again…. if I catch another sale…. because that’s how I roll…and save.

Well, back to the drawing board…. literally.

Love and Peace to you…. stay healthy.😘

My Secret Weapon for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year when I switch to eating more winter vegetables, i.e. leafy greens, squash, rutabaga, etc.  With the holiday season upon us, I anticipate my diet will include out of the ordinary foods.  I mean, I will likely have more party foods, sugar, snacks, etc. 😏

I do have a strategy that I use to combat the  deluge of food associated with this season. You do know that the more sweets you eat the more you crave because it is addictive in addition to being delicious, right?  Have you noticed how on the day after you eat a lot of food you tend to be more hungry than usual?

Well, the way I combat this is to KEEP a selection of ready to eat vegetables in my refrigerator so when the muchnies hit.  If you are like me, when the hunger strikes I start rambling through the pantry in search of anything….and before I know it I have wolfed hundreds of calories in a matter of minutes.😩. I don’t even think I realized how many calories I could shove into my mouth in such a short time until I actually started tracking with MyFitnessPal. I was shocked! I easily added 500 to 700 calories (or more) in no time. Those little snacks over time add up to extra pounds.

Soooo … my secret (not so secret, really) weapon is having readily available vegetables. I have several Christmas parties scheduled in upcoming weeks so I decided not to purchase too many groceries this week. Instead I cooked some frozen veggies I had already.

This afternoon after church I made three favorites: okra, green beans, brussel sprouts.

F96276B9-82C7-4CD7-8AE9-54CAE290BCF2
Whole Okra, Whole Green Beans, Brussel Sprouts

I used to majorly dislike okra until about five years ago.  Now I love them. You know what? If you get a hunger attack, grab a couple cups of vegetables like this, drink some water and wait about 10 minutes, and the hunger subsides.

Vegetables are full of fiber and vitamins….and low calories! Even if you have other snacks afterwards you won’t want to consume nearly as much, therefore, you will eat less calories.

I am pretty basic in my veggie cooking. I use a teeny bit of coconut oil or olive oil in either my cast iron pan or my copper pan. I use a little bit of water because I’m not making soup here. Water seems to wash out all the flavor. I use high heat, cook them fast. So, my veggies stay green, and are done but not mushy. I add a variety of spices: Himalayan salt, fresh ground pepper, ginger, smoked paprika, curry spice mix, and whatever else looks yummy.  By the way, adding spices reduces the need to add a lot of salt.  That’s it. 😊

Anyway, just thought I’d pass this along in case you needed a strategy to help you get through the season.

Peace and love.

Do I Have a Hangover?

I slept for 8 hours and stayed in bed another 2 hours after that, yet still I could hardly drag my tail out of bed this morning. It didn’t seem I was coming down with a cold or anything. I just felt ‘draggy’ …. that is so uncommon for me. Back in the day, I irritated a many college roommates with my sunshiny early morning risings 😊 But this morning …

F35C869E-890C-460C-B49E-4BE5A84A5E90

I pushed myself up to get ready for church but before I knew it I had plopped down in my big easy chair.

By noon, I was still there but I had realized my problem.

For more than 18 months now I have been eating ‘mostly’ healthy clean food … and over time I’ve developed a natural burst of energy and stamina and I’ve needed only about 6 to 7 hrs of sleep at the most. Yesterday I ate bad ALL DAY LONG … and today I am paying the price for it. It has made me realize how eating good keeps you feeling good and keeps you going!

I hung out with friends all day and had a great time but we ate junk food or such most of the day.  Started out the morning with pumpkin pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Then moved on to fried pies at the Apple Orchard, and ended the day with hot dogs, mac-n-cheese and s’mores over a fire pit….with snacks thrown in. It was all fun and laughter yesterday but today I feel as though I have sludge running through my veins. 😩

My first HANGOVER!!  A ‘food’ hangover!🤢787CB33B-0B32-4C4A-8274-FBCC19F51711

I’m sure I’ve had a food hangover before but when you’ve not had ‘bad’ foods in excess for 18 months you really feel it when you indulge!  I’ve never had alcohol before but if a hangover from alcohol feels worse than what I felt this morning then I can’t even imagine.

This morning I stared out with a lot of water, lemon water with a bit of apple cider vinegar in it…more water…and a green salad for lunch/dinner.  I plan to do intermittent fasting this week to give my body a rest.

Lesson learned for sure. FOOD IS MEDICINE!

The way I see it, I’ve got two choices: eat bad – feel bad, or eat good – feel good.  Well, it’s probably not that simple but eating good food can’t possibly be bad for you in the long run.  Right?

Just wanted to pass along a little real-talk here.

Have a good week…and be safe out there.😘

Jan