Sauerkraut might be one of those ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ Foods. Although I go through seasons of eating it, I really like it.
I was at Whole Foods a while back and couldn’t find the sauerkraut. One of the employees there led me to what she said was the best she ever had. Okay, I took the bait… and am glad I did. I wanted it because I’d had digestion issues and knew that fermented foods would help get my gut bacteria back in balance. This is what she showed me.
I finally opened it… weeks after buying it 😏…. and expected to taste, well sauerkraut. However, this was indeed… very good, fresh, not salty tasting, and not so overly sour. The store employee was correct…. probably the best I’ve had.
Well, decided to share a bit of info about Sauerkraut I found online…8 Surprising Benefits of Sauerkraut (plus how to make it).
1. It’s nutritious. I kinda knew that…it is cabbage. Cabbage is good for you. But look at all the other goodness in it:
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. 😊
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 .
This food-body connection is really a retraining of the head. Even more than losing weight, I really wanted to learn how to keep it off! That is the big challenge… I’m sure I’ve lost a million pounds in my lifetime, and have gained a million two hundred pounds. 😩.
Well, for the past six plus months I have held steady… that is an accomplishment for me. I’ve tried to wean myself off of daily weighing and from putting every morsel on a digital scale and logging into My Fitness Pal. I want my brain to KNOW when enough food is enough… and I want to be in control enough to STOP EATING ON TIME. Easier said than done.
However, In the past 6 months something has worked. I’ve had times when I did overeat and times when I did under-eat. Somehow it balanced out. I’d be up 2 pounds one day, then down 3 pounds a couple days later. I always remained within a 3 pound window plus or minus. I’m ok with that. It seems my body is happy at my current weight. So I don’t fight it. I did start another exercise program that I will blog about in a future blog.
Anyway, I had some mighty wonderful meals over the past month. One of them was this:
Barbecue Chicken Nachos from Cue Barbecue. This was one of the most delicious things I’d had in two years. Great day! This is definitely going on the treat-list.
Then, during a week of meetings for work I tried something that I swore I’d ever eat – guess I was feeling adventuresome. Yeah, I tried it: Hot Chili Alligator from Henry’s Louisiana Grill …. it was good too; not fishy, not spongy, didn’t taste like chicken, didn’t taste like fish… tasted like…. alligator.🐊 I’m sure it being fried helped 👍🏽
Unfortunately, Henry’s was only 1 of several restaurant meals that week. By Friday, I literally didn’t want to eat anything and pretty much didn’t.
On Monday I ate lay out 1000 calories all day which included four types of vegetables (collard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, and rutabaga) and a lot of water, lemon water and tea.
(Aren’t they beautiful?) 😊… were delicious too!
Feeling better already. It’s crazy how my diet during that week made me feel so sluggish.
Anyway, all this to say, I think I see how this works. There is no getting ON a diet and getting OFF a diet for me. There is only food awareness and balance; knowing what’s going in my mouth and knowing when to stop. 🛑 Dang! Took me 50 years to learn that. 😒. Better late than never. ✌🏽
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.