Hi Whitney, Hi Ruth! Welcome aboard. Any plan that works for you is ok. Just don't box yourselves in. The more constricting a diet plan is, the less likely you will be to stay with it in the long run. Experiment with what you like, eat less of it as you go, and try not to let the small stuff slip you up and make you quit. Above all, don't quit. EVER. lol
Here's a couple of things that may help. When you log into this community, check out our Resources link at left of page. You will find exercises and recipes that our community members have tried and liked enough to share with our friends here. Most are free and downloadable from the sites that we found them on. The recipes are healthy, tasty, fairly easy and most can be made in 1/2 hour or less of prep time.
Start a food and fitness log. Use WebMds , sparkpeople, livestrong, or Fitday or whatever. Most are free unless you want the "upgraded model" and easier to log your foods and exercise output than the "written food diary" method.
Drink lots and lots of water. 64 oz a day is recommended. and keep logging , blogging, sharing and learning.
Morning Judy et al. We got our power back late Wednesday night, but I used yesterday to babysit and cook up all my force thawed meats from both freezers. God, what a chore!
Alex and Monica are pretty much moved. They didn't have the time off of work, so they have been moving stuff in fits and spells over the last few evenings. Most of the big stuff and their clothes are out now, but what is in the attic is what they will be needing to get their lives in order. Most of Monica's kitchenware is up there. This weekend should have them pretty much done and unpacked... I hope.
Judy, I caught some of the game last night. The Pats were up 3 during that part of it. Didn't get to see the outcome. Sounds like you and they had a really energetic night, lol. good for you!
Today, Gage and I will be going to the pool for an hour. I also need to do some shopping and some laundry.
Breakfast Egg n greens 1 slice ww toast w/ all fruit jam 2 coffee w/ stevia
Helene, you and me both. While the power was out, we basically ate out for every meal. And since I had Gage, I was at the whim of whomever went to get whatever for those meals. I was so scared to open the fridge or freezers.... didn't make much difference. The day's heat and the lack of power worked against me. I ended up having to spend all day yesterday, trying to cook up all my "thawed" meats so that they wouldn't go to complete waste. 3 1/2 days without power plus high 80 degree weather.... not a good combination.
We had doughnuts a couple of mornings, that and the Kolaches (crescent wrapped sausages) from the bakery.... I got tummy troubles too. Grrrr I gotta get back on the bandwagon today.
We've all done it. Skipped meals because we were too busy either to pack a lunch for work(and forgot our cash for the vending machines), or purposely skipped them as offerings to the "Diet God".
It's not good. It doesn't work. It robs your body of nutrients, changes your metabolism and sucks the energy right out of you. So, please, don't let it happen too often. Nothing good will come of it.
When you eat your body breaks down the food into fats which are stored, and sugars that it uses for energy. If it doesn't get that next small meal, your body goes into a mini panic trying to eek out sugars from your cells to give you sustainable energy to finish the day. This wreaks havoc on your insulin levels in your blood. Do it often enough and these severe fluctuations could, ultimately, set you up for adult onset diabetes.
Nutritionally speaking, a missed meal may not seem like much, but when you skip (and all your cells are screaming for sugar and fats) then you will tend toward overeating fats and sugars on the next meal to make up for it. Which means that your control will be blown out the window and a bag of cheetos or doritos won't give you near as much nutrition as a lg salad with chicken breast, but that's what your body will tell your brain you want and need.
Lastly, when you skip a meal, you rob your metabolism of its job. Think of your metabolism as a muscle. If you don't work it, it gets lazy, flabby , out of shape and slow. Your metabolism's only job is to break down the foods you give it and use it for energy to survive and thrive. If you skip that meal or snack, your metabolism has nothing to do. It just sits there. Do this often enough and you are guaranteed a slow metabolism. Work it more often by eating smaller snacks and meals throughout the day and your metabolism will run more efficiently.
When we think of "meals", most of us still think of the big three... Breakfast, lunch and dinner (or breakfast dinner and supper). And I do mean "BIG". As we learn while on our journeys, we find that eating the 5-6 smaller "snack" size meals is better on so many levels. First off, and perhaps biggest , is that it keeps us from feeling hungry. Second, we are more apt to eat a larger, more nutritionally dense, array of foods. Thus feeding our bodies better for better health. Third and lastly, it keeps our energy levels working at peak output all day long. In fact, once you've eaten like this for a couple of weeks, you will find that you, literally, have energy "to burn".
Keep learning. Feed your body what it needs, not what you want. Live long, live strong and love yourself enough to care about what you put in your mouth.
In on phone..no power. It went from bad to worse for us today...specialist says finger to take 4-6 months just to heal enough for second surgery...we o ly are in the 10 week.... Tornado went thru our cities. Bad bad one. Several semi tipped over lots of property and business dmg...lots of power poles .lines. and trees down over several mile radius. I got caught up in it too. Sitti g in truck at wm. No warning. 100 mph winds lifted the rear tires off pavement several xs. Scared me to death. Only thing i could do was put on my seatbelt duck and pray. I kid u not. This one scared me bad.
Since no power ill prolly not be on till wed at earliest. Thats when entergy is predicting.
I hope u r all safe and well .. I dont say it enough ..but i hold u all dear to my heart.
Many of you will be rushing off to work this morning. Ah, Sweet Monday... right? Oh hell no! Monday has always been the boon of the working class and students. It's the day when all the new orders drop, the day when customers come in hoping to have their stuff repaired and back "by Friday", the day new homework is assigned and last week's is due, the day when boss's are also getting more flak from above so , as they say, "the s*** rolls downhill". If you get a moment, step back from the flow. Just Breathe. Don't let what you cannot change, defeat you and make you vulnerable to overeating from stress. Remember, this too shall pass. Tuesday is only a few hours away. Get what you can done and duck when crap comes flying by.
For the rest of us, it's a little less stressful. But because of that, we have a lot of time on our hands to try to fill without filling our faces. Let's all just try to find something worthwhile to accomplish that will make us feel good about ourselves. Perhaps something out of the ordinary? Maybe.
******** My plate has already begun. Michael has a 945 appt with an ortho specialist. This one will be doing the "clean up work" that his pinky is now ready for. He still can't bend it. It's just got too much scar tissue and that hardened hematoma that needs to come out. Today we find out just what kind of surgery, layover and final prognosis we'll be looking at.
Gotta go. I wish you all luck in our endeavors today.
Food allergens can be deadly and with the labels on preprepared foods being what they are, namely confusing at best, trying to navigate through the grocery aisles would be a task that most of us would be at wits end to survive. I mean, can you imagine having to read every single label of every single product to make sure there wasn't something in them that one bite of could kill you?
Well, maybe we should. Maybe we should all pretend, if it isn't actually a reality for us, that every food in the grocery store should be treated as "suspect". Because it is. Everything that is handled for more than picking/slaughter, cleaning and pkging....has unwanted, unnecessary, even harmful(read deadly) additives.
Rule of thumb when shopping...
if it has no label or is in bulk, unpackaged form...it's closest to its natural, nutritionally healthiest form
if it has an ingredients list, the fewest items on it, the better
if you can't pronounce or define an ingredient, you'd be better off avoiding it
Abby, sweetheart, are you ok or just going through some mulligrubs? I hope you get through this ok. It's terrible to be on the edge of tears all the time. I do it right before my monthlies. you can't put a finger on why, but you just feel down. So sad for you.
Helene is right about the oatmeal, you can also precook rice and beans in big batches and freeze them up, or add them to your dump meal bags.
Also, bone broth, veggie stock or chicken stock is always useful when it's frozen into icecube trays. Take a cube out to add to whatever you are making to add some extra flavor w/o having to open a whole other can.
Also, fresh herbs can be frozen suspended in water in ice cube trays, so that you can easily have a full "packet" of aromatic herbs to add to your pots w/ having to chop and dice them the night of making the food.