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My Last Meal

5 Sep

If I were, for whatever unimaginable reason, forced to pick a last meal it would be between 2 choices:

Michele’s Sour Cream Yellow Cake with Chocolate Ganache Icing and Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (Forget lactose sensitivity, cause this would be my last meal and that implies that life would be over immediately after.)

The only other option would be warm whole wheat toast with (liberal amounts of) Nutella and smashed banana (or the Nutella Banana crepes I had a BuzzBrews for my birthday).

Ok, I guess that is 3 options… You get the idea though.  We are talking dairy, fat, chocolate, banana.

I am a simple girl.  I have simple loves.

I have gotten into a bad habit of having a bite or two of dessert or even a cup of frozen yogurt (with toppings) about once a week.  I have always struggled with eating too much sugar.

If I eat a little, I want a lot.

As a result, my occasional taste of dessert or rare cup of frozen yogurt (what some call moderation) has resulted in my being sugar-crazed.

When I finish a well-balanced meal, it is the first thing I crave.  It’s an awful feeling, and I HATE it.  (See those bold capital letters?  That means I really truly mean it, in case you were wondering the intensity of my hatred.)

I just think about it, and think about it, and think about it.  Wasted thoughts.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year I gave up sugar, and then from January 1-June 24, I ate sugar on 4 occasions. Then it seems that it all fell apart.  I have made exceptions, when a “worthy” dessert was presented.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with moderation, if you can do that sort of thing.

For me, it just makes me miserable, because I have to choose whether or not I will eat it.  Then if I do have some, I have to choose NOT to have more that day or days in the future.

So, I am ready to commit again to cutting sugar out, from now until Fair Day.  That is only a month, but it should be long enough to help me get control over the sugar cravings once again.

I do not anticipate that it will be easy. Craving are always tough to break and ignore.

I must remember that …

Sugar and desserts are not disappearing from the earth.

 There will be another chance to eat desserts.

 Most desserts are repeatable.  

Those that aren’t should be enjoyed. 

If you had to choose a final meal, what would you choose?

Do you have a hard time knowing when to eat dessert and how much to eat?

 

Whelmed

29 Aug

I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?

 I think you can in Europe.

(10 Things I Hate About You)

We all have words we tend to over use.  Winning, epic, snap (high school anyone?)…

I tend to use the word overwhelmed too much. Not as often as one may use the examples I gave, but it is a word that I would use to describe my mental and emotional state at times.

Today was an opportunity to be overwhelmed, but I chose not to do so.  By that I mean that I chose more than once today to be ok.

There is a song by Bethel Live that says,

God I look to You
I won’t be overwhelmed
Give me vision to see things like You do
God I look to You
You’re where my help comes from
Give me wisdom, You know just what to do

I sang this song over and over today.  It brought me so much peace and helped me from being overwhelmed. I was able to maintain perspective.

As I transition into a new season, I am committed to remain not under (boring), or overwhelmed, by my circumstances.  I chose to be whelmed… in Texas, because there is no time for Europe right now.

While I am a huge proponent of saying NO to people to avoid overcommitment, I am very committed right now.  I am learning better time management, as well as the art of being completely present where I am at the moment to make the time count. I am going to learn a lot more than Anatomy and Physiology this semester.

I definitely had the opportunity to be overwhelmed this weekend when I went to Costco, not once but twice.  I was ready to check out when their was a mixup with my sister’s membership, so I returned the next day to fill my cart with the exact same items.

Almond Milk

Broccoli

Stir fry veggies

MaraNatha Almond Butter ($5.99)

Sprouted Honey Wheat Bread ($5.99) I frozen 1.5 loaves

Seaweed snacks

Nature’s Path Sunrise Cereal

A very successful trip indeed! Though I wish I had only made the trip once.

What do you eat after 14 hours of going all day?

A baked sweet potato with coconut cream (coconut flour + almond milk), quinoa, and walnuts.


With broccoli on the side.

Please tell me that you bake your sweet potatoes in the oven.  Nothing is more underwhelming than a microwaved sweet potato.

Preheat the oven to 400. Wash the skin of the sweet potato. Rub the skin with oil. Put it in the oven for about 45-an hour. Remove it when you press on the skin and it is tender.

Now that is overwhelming, in the best possible way.

What is your strategy when you start to feel overwhelmed?
What is your favorite way to prepare a sweet potato?  I love them baked, but also roasted.

Can TV Kill You?

26 Aug

We all knew it would happen one day, when electronics would rise up and take over the world.  In reality, it is our fault for making them so intelligent.

Source

What I really want to talk about is an article on the MSN homepage Thursday entitled Your TV is Killing You by Christen Brownlee of Men’s Health.

She states that the average American is watching 5 hours of TV a day.  (Ok, so you are not the average.  But, please read on.)

Source

I would like to take it a step farther, though, and include those of us who work desk jobs too.  I work at a computer, answer phones, send emails… for 8 hours a day.  So, I conisder this article to apply to me, though I have not watched a minute of TV since Monday, when I watched about 10 minutes.

While our TV’s are not going to pick up a weapon and come after us (or our desk chairs for that matter), the Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study with the following stats:

Every 2 hours of TV watching per day increases your risk of …

type 2 diabetes by 20 percent.

cardiovascular disease by 15 percent.

premature death by and cause by 13 percent.

Now, now, of course research and new studies can always be questioned to the end of day.  The reality is that we do not need a study to tell us that sitting is bad for us.  That is NOT what our bodies were created to do.  That is not what promotes health and vitality.  We all know that we need to be moving…. and moving a lot.

So, what if I work out, does that mean I can then go home and sit for a few hours and be ok?

A 2007  report actually states that people who do not do much exercise, but do lead an active lifestyle, burn more calories than those who do run 35 miles weekly and do a moderate amount of non-exercise (aka tv watching or desk sitting.)

Dr. Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD, of Harvard School of Public Health says, people who watch more TV tend to eat more and exercise less, especially junk food.  Who are we kidding?  Advertisement works, and there are MANY more commercials for soda, sugar cereal, beer, cookies, and chips than there are for oatmeal, fruit, and vegetables.

This is a serious concern that I have had over the last 3 weeks of working full time in an office.  My body does not feel as good now that I sit so much.  I do not feel like I recover from workouts as well, due to long periods of being still with minimal blood flow.

So, I am coming up with a plan, and I think you should too!

MY PLAN

At home, only watch TV while exercising (treadmill, bike trainer, core exercises), except for the occassional movie with friends (cause that would be awkward).

At work, get up often.  I am talking about every 15 minutes and do something.  Walk to the window. Use the bathroom.  Do some jumping jacks in the hallway.  Squats in a random corner. Stand when I can. I just want to keep my metabolism up.

Plan active outings.  Instead of meeting a friend for coffee or dinner, go for a walk or a hike.  We can still be social but moving too.  (This will have to wait until the temp gets cooler. )

Fidget. I am pretty good at this one already.  I am not that great at sitting still.

I am also considering an exercise ball as my desk chair.  Faith, over at Gracefulfitness, is an incredible example of an active lifestyle.  She uses an exercise ball when she sits at the desk at her office.  Core workout please!

There is definitely a time and place for rest, but not 8-12 hours a day.

What is your plan?  What change will you make?

You do not have to do everything at once.  Every change counts.

Leave me a comment and let me know one change that you want to make to be more active!

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