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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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!🤢
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.
I have no real purpose for writing this particular blog post other than to show you how pretty and colorful these foods are. 😊
I am getting back into my fall foods program. During the summer I eat a lot of veggies that aren’t cooked; peppers, salads, carrots, summer squash, watermelon. However, when the temps start to drop I like cooked veggies, warm soups, and lots of apples.
This week, as you see in the photo I am having: Green Cabbage, Rapini, Asparagus, and Broccoli. Lots of ‘cruciferous ‘ veggies, which are very good for you. I just listened to a broadcast this week that stated how broccoli helps fight against cancer. These four vegetables are at the top of my favorites list.
I also marinated my last two pieces of King Salmon that I ordered from Alaska last Christmas. Boy! Is it delicious. It is going to be a tasty week.
I white vinegar washed and cut up everything after church this morning.
I sautéed all the veggies in a bit of coconut oil, added Himalayan salt, ground pepper, onion, and garlic powder.
What do I mean?? Well, if you’ve followed this little blog, you know I have purposely tried to eat healthy more often than not. For some reason that is easier to do during Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons, than summer. The long daylight hours, more physical activity, and hot weather just makes me hungrier. I eat more; which means I gain pounds usually. Frankly, healthy eating can get oooold!😒 (Because fattening food is more fun 😂).
This summer I really tried to just maintain. I did eat a few more calories per day, around 1500-1800 per day on average, but I also ‘moved’ more so I guess it all balances out because I lost 3 pounds overall this summer.
I’m that hard stage right now where weight loss is not the real issue, but just staying on a good path, eating food clean food, and moving my body.
Fall is a good time to REFRESH and REFOCUS!
Today I am encouraging and motivating myself so tomorrow, Monday’ I am ready! I will likely on Monday and Tuesday morning until 1pm drink lemon water, ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), cayenne pepper, honey just to give my body a rest. (check here for more info on the drink – use your good sense people, I’m no doctor). Then I eat lots of veggies. This seems to give my mind and body time to get in sync and detox a bit.
You know I love my veggies and the cooler weather has me thinking about roasted Brussels sprouts, rutabagas, kale, greens, and crockpot soups. Yum!
I just found this information I had saved in my files… good motivation. Food really is medicine!
Over the past 14 months I’ve learned to listen to what my body is saying in terms of cravings. I now know if I am craving certain foods it’s usually due to my food intake being a little unbalanced. This table helped a lot.
Check this out too! It might help if you need a Fall Refresh as well!
Keep up the good work! Let me know how you are doing!