Sneaky Little Pounds

It’s crazy how pounds creep back if I don’t stay diligent in my efforts to stay aware of my food choices.  Sigh. 😒

I am not in trouble yet but I  am see how and why folks lose a bunch of weight then slowly over the following weeks it creeps back on… sometimes more. Here is what I think happens:

1. There is an initial rush of excitement after losing weight.  Your body is in burn mode so you are granted the ability to eat a bit more without any changes to your weight.

2. While being on track, you probably are earning less sugar and carbs and your body has gotten used to it.  However, once you start eating a few more carbs and more sugar, your body will retain fluid, and worse, you get addicted to it again and start to crave it, where during weight loss you hardly thought of it.

3. You probably started exercising less and drinking less water.

4.  Basically,  you just quit paying attention…. eating more and eating out more.

I don’t know…. that’s just what happens to me. I get it, because I have done all of the above.  So, I have gained 3.4 lbs in the past three months  yeah, that’s not a lot but I need to reverse things now, not after I’ve regained 10 or 20… or 30+ pounds.

So, when you see this in my refrigerator… you know I’m back to business.

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It’s found to be a green veggie week for sure.  With summer foods coming back in it should be easier to get on track. I love veggies which you know if you have followed my blog. Going to do a lot of raw veggies this week to get a jumpstart.  The fiber fills you up and helps with detox.

I’m ready!  How about you??

Peace and love!✌🏽💕✌🏽💕✌🏽💕

Mango Mania

I like mangoes, but I don’t recall EVER buying a fresh one … until this past weekend.

I was strolling through Sprouts Farmers Market, one of my favorite places, and there they were, a big table of beautiful mangoes.  My first instinct was to take Dionne Warwick’s advice and …walk on by… because any time I’ve seen mangoes they were at least a dollar each.  That’s not a lot but I’m a budgeter and I sorta get a thrill from seeing how far I can stretch a dollar.  However, the bright, juicy fruit called out my name so I rounded the corner of the table and what did I see???  A sign that read… 3 for $1. 👀. For real??

Well, say no more, I bought $5 worth of mangoes …. for those who are slow at math like me, that’s 15 mangoes!!!  WIN! STRIKE! SCORE!

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CONFESSION… I had to get online to see how to peel and eat it.  Haha. Easy though.

I tried one, and boy was it delicious!

so, what do I plan to do with 14 mangos.  I am going to peel and cube them all, place them in a freezer bag and then do the same to some fresh blueberries once they arrive.  Then on some sweltering summer Georgia day, I’m going to break out all the deliciousness and make the best mango-blueberry smoothie ever.  Of course, I will let y’all know how this turns out in some future blog.

I also saw an easy Mango Salsa recipe that sounds perfect for summer parties.

Anyway, I started to wonder about the benefits of eating mangoes…if there were any. A quick research session yielded tons information. In summary:

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You can bet I will be checking weekly ads this summer for mango sales!

Do you like mangoes?

Stay safe out there!

✌🏽😎💕

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. 😊

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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 Think I See How This Works Now

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:

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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 👍🏽

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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.

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(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. ✌🏽

Love y’all. 🌺

 

Ending On A Sweet Note

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. What a year! Ups, downs, and all arounds.  I have enjoyed sharing healthy tips with you about food and bodies. You have graciously accepted my random thoughts, discoveries, etc. in this blog. I am ending the year on a sweet note.

Last week my friend Mary Ann gave me a little gift.  In all my life I’ve never seen this kind of candy. It’s called “Kinder Joy”. Have you ever heard of it? Looks like a little egg.  She explained that it has a toy inside along with the candy. 😊.  Just as when I was a kid, I got happy inside,… you know… like when you got a Cracker Jack box, or a new box of cereal with a toy inside.  Haha! Apparently, it still works for older people. Haha.

Because I am like I am, I took pics of the “unveiling”. This is what it looks like.

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I opened it and sure enough there was a toy on one side and candy of some type on the other. A little spoon was attached too. 😊

The toy toy was a little robot…haha…🤖… and instructions came too. Yes, I followed the instructions and put together my little robot.

The candy was like a cream hazelnut flavor, with chocolate on the bottom…tasty and sweet. It looked like Nutella but believe it or not I’ve never tasted Nutella.

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Have you ever seen, or had this kind of candy before?  Interesting, huh?

This little robot and candy made me realize that the best part of getting this little wrapped gift was the heart of the friend who gave it.  ☺️

I guess I am at the point in life where the ‘gift’ itself is very nice and much appreciated but what warms my heart the most is having wonderful friends and family who are woven into the fabric of my life. What would I do without you? 💕

If you are reading this blog, then I thank God that you have lived to see another year and I pray your year to come brings life, health, peace, truth, clarity, and perspective.

See you in the New Year!

💕🙏🏽✨☮️🙌🏽

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.

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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.

Set Point Theory

“Set point is the weight range in which your body is programmed to function optimally. Set point theory holds that one’s body will fight to maintain that weight range.”

I am wondering if I have reached my set point. In the past 6 months I’ve lost .2 lbs. 🤔   I have done the same as always except I am exercising a bit more.  Shoes have gotten bigger, rings have gotten bigger but no pounds lost. I am not too concerned though. I feel great and healthier.

Matter of fact, I am starting to explore new foods. I met a new friend at church recently and she texted me to go grab a dinner somewhere. We ended up at a new Indian restaurant… Curry Village. I really liked it. Will go again. Very tasty. I’ve grown fond of curry over the past year. Tonight I ordered a basic dish … Curry Chicken. It was a huge portion … this is what I packed up to bring home..enough for two more little meals.

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Anyway, going to keep doing what I am doing in terms of making good eating choices and being mindful. I chose this meal tonight because my day was filled with healthy choices of mostly low calorie healthy choices … in other words I had calories to spare. So I tried the Indian Rice Pudding. Boy that was different… certainly not my mother’s rice pudding. This was a mixture of soupy tapioca-like, cold, breakfast cereal ….but…actually tasted good.  I won’t get it again but it was good.

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Sorry for the bad photo of it.  I didn’t think to take a picture until after I ate most of it  😂.

That’s all for now. 😊

Peace, love and good food.