Didn’t get that morning meal in today. Had to be out of the house early. Ate a ‘Boomibar’ (ground almonds, whey protein and honey are the only ingredients) before going off to Pilates. It gave me enough energy to get through it. Had a yogurt mid-afternoon. Feeling kind of tired this evening. It’s been a long week, I guess.
Ya-hoo, I can sleep in tomorrow, though. I don’t have to “be” anywhere at any specific time. That is until dinnertime. I have to eat an avoid meal. We bought a home-cooked German meal at a charity auction last summer, and we’re collecting on the meal tomorrow. I know it will be pork. And she is making homemade spaetzel, too. I’ll load up on Deflect before and after. It will taste so delicious (the meal, that is, not the Deflect)….but I can feel the heartburn already!! Trust me, I won’t overeat. The socializing will be the best part. We don’t get out much to see friends, especially in winter. So, it will be a good time.
I started the day out just right. I keep meaning to eat something in the morning, as I’m never hungry early, and tend to skip a morning meal. Made a whey protein, cranberry juice and 1% milk smoothie with a little stevia to sweeten. That really kept me going till about 3:00pm when I had some cottage cheese.
Came home and got out the juicer again. Made some carrot, celery and apple juice. I am really bad about getting all my fruits and vegetables (double emphasis on the vegetables) in every day. I bought the juicer about a year ago, thinking that even just one glass of juice a day would be so good for me. Well, I am really sporadic about using this thing. I'll use it diligently for a week or two, and then forget I even have it for awhile. I think the main problem is that I really don’t like the taste of the vegetable concoctions I’ve been trying. I have a couple of juicing books. The all fruit recipes sound wonderfully tasty. But it’s the vegetables I need. If there is anyone out there with a favorite and “tasty” vegetable combination, please pass it on.
Looking forward to a dinner of rib steak and vegetables.
Happiness is a day of compliant eating.
Okay. I’m back to normal now. It was a great weekend. Lots of singing and singing and learning and singing some more. The eating wasn’t too bad. I sort of pretended I was a secretor for the weekend. So, some of the foods that were neutral when I ate as a secretor but are avoid for non-secretor sneaked into my choices. Like, a piece of bread at lunch. And some potato chips. Not surprisingly, I was able to stay away from the desserts. Everyone said how delicious they were. But frankly, when given a choice between sweets and salty, crunchy things…. I’ll take the chips and pretzels every time.
On another note, Heidi brought up the book Meditation as Medicine in her column last week. I bought that book a year ago, and didn’t get very far with it. I’m wondering if my lack of skills in the visualization/meditation area are hindering my progress toward those eight “resolutions” I stated in my initial blog. I pulled out the book again last night, and am going to put some conscious effort into reading it and putting it into practice. We “B’s” are supposed to use visualization and our natural creativity to solve our issues. Maybe, just maybe, if I do that, then those other issues will just melt away!
I’m just about ready to leave for a weekend retreat with the Sweet Adelines. This is a full weekend of hard singing and choreography practice on our competition songs. It is also a weekend of eating challenges. Meals are buffet and there are lots and lots of yummy avoids to choose from!!! Of course, I should not choose avoids, so will try to keep to all neutrals and scarf down the bennies, if there are any. This will be hard for me. It’s so easy at home because I can keep most of the yummy avoids out of the house. So, wish me luck. Be back Monday.
There was an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal about all the different low-carb diets. I got to thinking how there is such a glut of new “processed” low-carb products out there now. There is even a store here that specializes only in low-carb foods. Pasta, bread, candy, drinks – you name it. It reminds me of when low-fat was first the rage (and still is, mind you). All the food makers came out with no-fat and low-fat processed foods. Snackwells comes to mind. And on half the candy bags you see hanging in the store it says in bold letters “Zero Grams Fat!!!” People eat those thinking they are going to lose weight, but the calorie content in them is horrendous. Nearly the same amount as the full-fat versions. Is this going to happen with the low-carb foods, too? After all, they are just substituting for the breads, pastas, sweets, etc that we are supposed to be losing our cravings for. We are not changing our diets to whole, fresh foods. I agree that going low-carb on a diet is preferable to low-fat. So, maybe the nation (world?) is moving in the right direction. Sure seems as though progress slow to me. I hope that in my lifetime the BTD becomes recognized in the mainstream. There are way too few of us believers.