Category: Natalie (AB)
Ok, feeling a little stressed but I'm currently drinking some red wine and hoping the A side of me is enjoying it as much as my brain is. :-) Let's start with yesterday's menu (Wednesday).
Morning was a quick yogurt shake I concocted up the day before after a look at the Cook Right For Your Type Smoothie section. Low-fat Organic yogurt, some soy milk, 1 fresh peach and 100% grape juice. Very yummy. I'm really starting to enjoy the way soured things taste. I had put it in the fridge and it was waiting for me as I rushed off to the classroom. However, my body definitely noticed the lack or grain and protein. I was tempted, I caved in but it was still a victory!!! Instead of eating 20 Ritz crackers and lots of onion dip(it had cream and other naughty avoids in it) I had only 2!!! (and a smidgen of the dip) It took a lot self control, especially when your serving it to 30 children. Lunch yesterday was leftover pasta with the mushroom sauce and LOTS of collard greens. I was so happy. I think if I could marry a vegetable, I'd marry a bunch of collards - they're so good for you. Before dinner, I made my lemon water - I had skipped it that morning because of the rush. It definitely worked but a naughty side affect of taking it so late in the day was that I was flatulent the entire day even though I was eating Beneficial and Neutral foods!!! I know, not a very lady like thing to discuss but this is a health related web-site so, I kinda feel obligated to share my experiences....good and embarrassing. There really is a reason why you need to take ½ a squeezed lemon in warm water EVERY morning. It's like grease on a squeaky hinge - it makes you work more smoothly. I'm glad I took it eventually yesterday but will (or at least try) to make more time for it in the MORNING. For my sake as well as others! :-O
Dinner was the most amazing fish I've ever fixed - Poached Lemon Cod - very simple to make from a cookbook my in-laws got me for Christmas. Can't remember it now, I'm a little too tired to post it but will do so this weekend. Steamed some squash in soy sauce to go with it. Then, we went out to our favorite ale house with the boys, Croxley's. When we got there, we were greeted with an 1 hour and a half wait so.......we went out for ice cream. It was my fault, we could have gone anywhere but my craving for chocolate and peanut butter could not be satiated by anything else. Once again, I'm wishing I had access to one of those vegan chocolate bars so when I get a craving like that I don't go nuts. I'm sure there was some agglutinating going on amongst my blood cells as I enjoyed my "very chocolatey peanut-butter ice cream Sunday with granola topping and extra walnuts," but I didn't feel it. Once we got back to the bar, my O boys munched all night on 10 cent chicken wings and my husband ordered their lobster special (avoid for everyone I think). It's a very good deal, I might have to jump ship and do it at least once this summer but I was happy that last night was not that night. Instead I enjoyed a Belgian beer and ate almost all of Carlos' sweet potato fries (beneficial). I was sooooo stuffed by midnight - I really shouldn't have eaten so many but they were so good!!! Highly addictive.
Today has been nice - hot but nice. Just too much to do in too little time. I'm glad the weekend's here, I just wish it would last a little longer. Here's what I did today (Thursday):
Breakfast: Lemon water and 1 slice Ezekiel bread ½ an hour later as I ran for the bus......
Lunch: Left-over lemon-cod with rice and squash and collard greens and handful of terra potato chips in the park.....mmmm.....lunch of champions......
Snack @ 5pm while waiting for pick up from work: a plum
Dinner: 2 veggie-fed, free range eggs.
I was going to have a sweet potato with that (that I've been trying to eat for the past 24 hours!) but then we made an spur of the moment visit at my Maid of Honor's place - she's moving to California in a week, unfortunately. We munched on lots of carrots and celery while she and her husband cooked and chatted with us. She fixed us dinner of steak (avoid), German potatoes (neutral) and corn(avoid).
I find that sometimes it's just better to lie than to start arguments and speculations about my diet. I have no problem defending my beliefs but sometimes, it's just a hassel. So, I said that I was on a vegetarian diet and that I had just gotten the devastating news from my doctor that I'm officially allergic to corn, avocado and chicken and acted really bummed out about it. "It lowers my insulin levels and causes my seizures," I said. I know, I'm a liar, somebody burn me at the steak......
I did used to have seizures pretty often, since age 17 (haven't had one in over a year though) and my blood sugar used to be all out of whack before this diet so it wasn't TOO far of a stretch. All of those things do block insulin production in AB's so, yeah, I am "allergic" if you think about it. I just didn't want confrontation from two people who I knew were going to nay say and want explanations for what I was doing. I guess it's that chameleon like quality AB's have coming out. I just want to blend in with everybody sometimes and not make waves. I did eat some of the German potatoes. They were AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS but, they had TONS of vinegar (avoid) and BACON (avoid) in them! I picked out as much bacon as I could and discretely disposed of it without her knowledge. Trust me, it's a dish I love, but I HATE the effects of too many avoids on my tummy. In the end, everyone was happy, I was actually quite full and my O got extra steak - what a good way to end the day with friends. :-)