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Sunday, November 4th, 2007
12:04 pm
ISO slowcooker recipes
hi folks... i'd like to use my slowcooker a bit more, but a lot of the fave recipes i see have crap that i wouldn't eat, like canned cream soups and flavour packets. Any fave, tried and true, low fat (or core if you understand that) recipes that have natural ingredients? veggie not a must, but i am crossposting this into vegancooking since i love vegan food and you guys rock :) (checked memories on various communities but would like to gleaen some new stuff...)

x posted around...
Monday, March 26th, 2007
7:14 pm
i noticed something interesting the last couple of weeks. When I am at my best, I pretty much avoid sweets all together. I did it for a few months in the fall and felt like a million bucks plus i lost 10 lbs.

Anyway, that 10 lbs came back due to, well, long story, but the last little while I have been eating sweets, but trying to stick with the health food store kind. I never believed this would be the case, but there is really a big difference between the cookies and whatnot sweetened with unrefined sweeteners like dehydrated cane juice, maple syrup etc., and even the relatively nice looking sutters cookies i got from trader joe's that had "invert sugar" in them. The other ones are too many calories, and leave me feeling full, but 4 of these left me with the heart palpitations and nausea I thought was just 'eating too many sweets"

Thursday, March 8th, 2007
10:08 am
What I'm doing
I just started back up on Weight Watchers two weeks ago. I reluctantly joined this summer (I knew I needed to do something, but Weight Watchers seemed so...lame) and had quite a bit of success (I forget how much I lost, but it was in the 12-15 lb neighborhood in 6 weeks). However, I came back to school in August, and there were no meetings near me, and my semester got really crazy, and I managed to gain back 5 pounds (hey, at least it was better than gaining it all back, right?). I also moved away from the gym I'd been a member of, and never got around to joining a new one.

So. Now I'm back on WW, which I actually love. It's so manageable! I love having this set number of points to work with, because it helps me moderate. For me, I have trouble with vague things like "eating healthier" or "getting more vegetables" or "cutting back on sugar." Because I'll go all-or-nothing with things like that, and it's really difficult for me to establish a happy medium.

So what I've been doing since I started back up is pretty much just recording what I eat and how many points it is.* I haven't really been focused on restricting, but I have been paying attention to portion size and  trying to make the  healthier choice when given an option. For instance, having a salad with a sandwich when I'm out, instead of fries. Or if I'm having ice cream for dessert, having a little bit at first, mixed with some frozen fruit, and recording it. Then if I really want more, I'll have more.

And I try to just write things down with their points, without figuring out how many points I have left in the day, and then worry about it later (WW has extra "flex points" that you can use if you go over on a certain day). So far, I've been staying under points this way, and I've lost 4 lbs in the last two weeks, so I'm happy.

I hope this doesn't sound too much like an advertisement for Weight Watchers, and diffrent things work for different people. But this is working for me, and thank goddess something is!

* For those of you unfamiliar with Weight Watchers, you get a set number of points to work with each day, based on your weight, activity level, etc. Each point is worth 50 calories (though you add .5 point for each 6 grams of fat and subtract a point for each 4 grams of fiber) and I get 28 points a day plus the "extra" points.

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
1:54 pm
using my time wisely
Hey gang! Just a quick post to explain why I'm in here, what my goals are, and a breakthrough I made today.

I'm very short and overweight, but I carry it fairly well, so I look slimmer than my 180 pounds. All the same, I'm tired of wearing a size 14 and feeling tubby and exhausted when I run up steps. I want to wear a bikini this summer. I want to look good at all the summer weddings on my docket. I've been trying to eat healthier, with a few slip-ups, and I've been working out, although it's been a bit erratic in the last few weeks.

What I've eaten today: a smoothie made with lowfat vanilla yogurt and a cup of Bolthouse Farms berry boost smoothie; a banana; a cup of broccoli; a cup of those precut, grilled chicken strips that you can buy at the grocery; a teaspoon of parmesan; and six glasses of water. Dinner tonight will be tilapia cooked with dijon mustard, fresh dill, and lime juice. I think I'm going to make spinach on the side, and something else too, but I don't know what.

Now, my breakthrough: So I've been getting up and going to the gym before work about two or three mornings a week for awhile now, but I've only really had time to do cardio (usually running or an elliptical trainer). I feel good and like I'm making progress, but I need to work in some strength training as I feel it's the link I'm missing to really kickstart my weight loss.

So yesterday, I had a brainstorm: I have my own office and usually spend my lunch hour sitting on my ass, surfing the Internet. Why not bring in some workout clothes and see what I can do using my own body weight, my desk, my walls, and my office chair? So I did just that. I've also been using sparkpeople.com to track my eating and my cardio, and they've got a section of fitness exercises.

I went through and chose several, mostly focusing on my core (because I can feel the effects of a weak core while running). I did: back extension, dolphin pose, plank, modified side plank, standing side bend with towel (I used the fleece I keep here for when I get cold instead of a towel), crunches, oblique crunches, bicycle crunches, modified pushups, wall pushups, squats, seated leg extensions, calf raises, and something called "the boxer" which works your shoulders and arms. Sparkpeople requires registration, but if you register, you can check out their examples.

It took about a half-hour, and I have to say, I feel great and more alert than I've felt post-lunch in ages. This turned out to be a really good move for me; I might do this quick work-out daily. So if you have an office or your company has a "quiet room" or something you can use, it might be worth trying something like this out.
Monday, March 5th, 2007
10:32 am
Hello lovelies!  Hope all had a healthy weekend.  I made some .. um ... interesting choices, like drinking pints of Guinness instead of regular beer (its rich in Iron, which I'm convinced I'm lacking) and mixed my rum with diet coke instead of regular.  Baby steps right?

I wanted to pop in and say hello, and I'm thrilled by the community!

A website I found recently and have been totally absorbed by is www.whfoods.com.  Check out its 100 most healthy foods.  I love how it has lots of meal ideas, recipes, and suggestions on how to cook and serve anything.  I need things like this since I'm such a philistine when it comes to nutition.  Does anyone else have any good souces?  


Current Mood: need coffee
12:33 pm



Salami and Cheese sandwich
blue tortilla chips

Free sample of french toast at TJs


Sushi feast with friends. We got the 30-piece combo among 3 of us. I love sushi. I also got a seaweed salad and had a few bites of my friend's red bean ice cream.

Late night snack:

Yogurt with strawberries

Yesterday was yummy. And I made a huge trip to TJ's with my mom, so I could show her what were the good things there. Then she bought my groceries and drove me to my house. Yay, I love my mom!!

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, March 4th, 2007
8:27 pm
I love it when I feel inspired about cooking. I did so much grocery shopping this week it was silly - I am really focusing on whole foods right now, plus getting 5+ fruits and vegetables a day. That's a lot of volume!! I freakin' love how i feel when i am doing it. ultimately I would like to get to a place where I am really eating locally and in season, but while i am trying to wean off of processed foods in general and especially sugar, I am letting myself eat whatever fruits and veg seem delicious to me. Right now I have a bowl of cherries (thawed from frozen) in the fridge (delish with yogurt), a honeydew melon in the fruit bowl, organic pears, organic oranges, frozen peaches, blueberries and berry mix. I am also a big fan of those little single serve organic applesauces. Not so enviro-friendly packaging but yummy and convenient.

Here's something I made tonight, which gave me 4 meals for this week, plus one for my bf and one for the freezer. I used millet instead of barley and used whatever veg I had, which is what I always do when i make this recipe. I like the way the grains cook themselves with the meat - it makes them very flavourful and there is only one pot.

ess in gezunterheyt!



11:10 am
Yesterday, and an interesting article
Here's what I ate yesterday:

Kashi organic cereal with 2% milk
Spinach croissant and fruit salad (both from Au Bon Pain)
Bran muffin
Steak with baked potato and broccoli (yay, dinner at the parents' house)
Tortilla chips with a bit of cheese melted on top
An orange
Wasa cracker with cheese

Yeah, maybe I want to cut down on the cheese a bit, no?
Also, nighttime is definitely my snacking time. I had about half my calories yesterday after 6:00. Hmmmm...

Also, this was an interesting article I found in Slate yesterday, looking at economic reasons for the "obesity epidemic." Kind of old (from 2001) but it appealed to the economic-policy-geek in me.
Friday, March 2nd, 2007
9:43 pm
whoohoo! i am so jazzed about this community. My acupuncturist, who is also one of my teachers, gave me the following advice when I asked him for his dietary recommendations. He's an awesome teacher/healer/hippie. He said, 'i call this healthy eating for most of my patients, but for you, i call it anti-capitalist: don't eat anything you've seen advertised." That's been in my mind a lot the past 6 months. I used to be a food purist, all about health food, organic, etc., but it went hand in hand with an eating disorder and a 'black and white' mentality that led me to eat, aside from unlimited quantities of high fat dairy, etc., tons of evil junk food from the 7-11 when i went on a binge. Then I discovered weightwatchers and the whole concept of losing weight, and spent a year eating the freakiest diet foods on the planet, but also getting to a whole new place in my relationship with food.

Now I feel ready to be a little more integrated - healthy foods, in healthy amounts, both physically and emotionally. Have some cheetos once in a while isn't the worst sin I can commit. But most days, most of the time, i dont want to eat anything I can't pronounce, and preferably not anything that has a marketing department. I'd also like to get more in sync with my political and spiritual goals, not just with eating of course, but with my whole lifestyle. in common with a lot of women i suspect food is just the locus of my struggles around so many issues, and getting at that one feels like a gateway to other areas of my life.

Even though i am not a vegetarian, the last few days I have been kindof 'detoxing' from a really heavy few weeks of overeating, and have been turned off of meat.

b: hardboiled egg, instant oatmeal with an unsweetened berry applesauce mixed in
L: polenta layered with pinto beans and fresh salsa. This wasn't the most delicious thing ever, but i am kindof behind the eight ball in cooking and i assembled this in literally 1 minute. pear with ff organic yogurt (I got it at the food coop this week and it was a million times yummier than the trader joe's brand i normally buy, and $1 more).
S: kettle korn (uh-oh! splenda!! I am trying to wean myself), grapes (from chile - the ones with the terrible pesticides. Anyone use those rinses?)
D: oven fries, veggie burger on a whole wheat bun (I have been trying to eat tofu burgers, not soy protein ones, but this is all i had.
8:30 pm
What I ate today
As I alluded to in my last post, I'm really cranky today and really struggled not to feed the crankiness. I did ok, and probably better than I would have done last year.

Kashi cereal with milk

Mashed potatoes
(I love it when the school caf has good food - and I didn't even eat all the potatoes! Go me!)

This is where it all went awry. I was downtown for some research and I had plans to get a Chacarero, my favorite high-calorie meal. Chilean sandwich with barbecued chicken, avacadoes, tomatoes, roasted peppers, muenster cheese, and - get this! - green beans on the best bread ever. But the place was closed. So I went to the nearby food court and had my favorite greasy, sugary chicken teriyaki with - I must be insane - shrimp tempura! Argh, so many freaking points.
8:21 pm
Hi all,

Welcome to our brand-new community. I'm going to start off by talking about my new favorite things to eat, now that I'm trying to stay away from super-processed chemical foods. You'll notice that, though I'm on Weight Watchers, many of these things are fatty. However, I lost 10+  really easy pounds this summer by eating this way, so I'm giving it another shot:

Fage total yogurt. Oh my god, I love this stuff!
Fruit salad. I made one last week with kiwis, blueberries, bananas and oranges, and it was so yummy!
Greens sauteed with pine nuts and raisins.
Roasted chicken!
Dark chocolate
Half and half in my coffee
Goat cheese
Asparagus roasted with parmesan cheese
Stir fry with shrimp and whatever veggies I have on hand.
Tomato basil soup

I've discovered thatif I eat reasonable amounts of food like this, I lose weight. Except on days like today when I'm cranky and just want to stuff my face with pizza...

Current Mood: happy about food
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