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!✌🏽💕✌🏽💕✌🏽💕

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! 🍎🥦🥒🍎🍉🍒🍏🍑🍐🍇🍍🍊🥕

‘Eggspert’ Advice 😏

I  blogged about the benefits of eggs in the past but I have more eggs-pert knowledge to pass along 😏.  People, seriously, I am not the originator of all the juicy facts I share on my blog…. I am just passing along the knowledge so you’ll have some interesting to read when you stop and see me here.  I like research and information so I’m always finding cool stuff.  I’d post more of it here but my day job takes up most of my real life … but no complaints here because it also pays the bills. Can I get an Amen! ✌🏽🙌🏽

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Anyway… so I wrote before that I love eggs….and I was eating lots of them… until this year. In January after a horrific sinus infection eggs started giving me the worst indigestion ever.  I was so bummed…. they were a main staple. I usually bought eggs that said Natural, no hormones, yadda yadda on the carton. In other words I bought eggs that were $2 to $3 per carton, not 69 cents.  I stopped eating them for a few weeks but after a severe craving for a boiled egg one day I bought a carton of expensive organic no hormone etc. eggs, about $4.  I boiled a couple and ate them. I waited for that familiar choking sensation in my throat.  Nothing. I had no effect from these eggs. YAY!  Ate them all…. not at one time but over the next few days. I went back to buy more of the less expensive $2 per carton eggs; because I thought my egg issue was over.  Scrambled a couple and within the hour ….suffering. 😩

I was suspicious.  Why some eggs and not others would cause an issue. Shortly after, a friend gave me a dozen fresh, no hormone, farm eggs from some well-loved yard chickens owns by a family member. I took them…. more because I was curious to know how they would affect me. Well, ate them and nothings happened….they were soooo delish.

My conclusion… I think I am having a reaction to egg processing rather than the eggs themselves. Maybe what the chickens are fed, or how they are raised, or stuff injected into mass produced chickens.  I don’t know….I just know that I need friends with chickens…and thankfully I might have a few 🐥🐣

So, here is a tidbit I learned this week. I had a lot of eggs in my refrigerator from testing which would cause and issue and which wouldn’t. After a few weeks I didn’t know if they were still any good. Well, I found a way to determine if your eggs are old or not. This is so cool.

You can do a water test.  I bet everyone knew this except me. Haha. Anyway, you place an egg in a bowl of water.  If it sinks, then it’s fresh.  If it floats, then it’s old so throw it out. Tons of info online but here is a cool illustration I found for you. 569BDE62-3F7B-4DE8-89C8-33E596AFB011Image by Yumi Sakugawa/WonderHowTo

Of course I had to try it myself with my eggs. So, here ya go:

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Sure enough, one floated and one sunk. The floating one was much older than the one that sunk. I would have tossed it anyway just by the date alone…. although I hear eggs can last way past the date on the carton. All of my eggs were past the Best Used By date.

There you have it; more info you can share at the dinner table. 🙃😉

Well, that’s all I have for you today!

Blessings on you all…and stay safe out there!

✌🏽❣️

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. 🌺

 

Chimichurri: a.k.a. Parsley Sauce

☘️ HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY☘️

I just impressed myself with this new recipe I just made. OK, it was t like it took a genius to do it but I actually had all the ingredients already (a big incentive to anything I try) and it tastes great!

My refrigerator was spilling over with fresh parsley this week because I bought some so I could see if it really helps with digestion if you eat it raw.  It does!  I had no idea how much I was buying though and I’m not one to waste so I searched for ways to use a boatload of fresh parsley.

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I’d never heard of chimichurri but apparently many have and according to online reviews it seemed to be quite tasty.  I found my food processor and gave myself a quick tutorial on how to use the thing again 😕.  There were a ton of recipes online but I found this 5-minute chimichurri recipe after some searching and got to work.  OH MY!  I started mixing these basic ingredients and I immediately loved it just by the luscious aroma. 😍 Yuuummm…. the parsley, fresh garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes…. nom nom nom!

Now, the recipe uses tablespoons for the ingredients but says you can use teaspoons. I use teaspoon portions.

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People, when done, I tasted it straight and WOW!  I don’t even know what I’m going to put it on but I’m sure whether chicken, fish, beef or pork it is going to be delicious!!

I stored it in a small mason jar to keep in the refrigerator. It reminds me of pesto, which is made from basil, but I like this much better.

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Well, let me know if you decide to make it and if you like it!🤗

Til the next time…. stay safe and be kind.

💚 & ☮️

P.S.  😂 I just realized I made a green sauce for St. Patrick’s Day! Had a cracking myself up moment.