Thursday, August 27, 2009
For brekkie I had a half-cup of Krogers low-fat granola (think I'm going back to Bear Naked cuz it doesn't have as many unpronouncable ingredients), half-cup of frozen organic blueberries and about a cup of Krogers low-fat vanilla yogurt. It was quick and tasty. I missed my almonds though. A trip to the grocery is in order this afternoon.
After I ate I walked around the perimeter of the hospital complex. It's about 10 blocks. It was in the 60's and it felt so good to walk. My lower back started hurting but I kept on going. I know the more I walk the less my back will hurt.
Just now, for lunch, I had a piece of white meat baked bar-b-q'd chicken, with a mixture of overcooked broccoli and cauliflower and a not so overcooked mix of green beans and carrots. I also got some fresh strawberries which I cut up and put a little stevia on them. Delish.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- eats lots of fresh raw fruit and vegetables
- takes long walks in the crisp fall air and gets to feel leaves crunching beneath her feet
- takes the time to do a stretching routine every day at her desk (I found a great one in Bob Anderson's book Stretching for people who sit at the computer all day.)
- uses yoga for stress relief instead of food
- donates blood - today's the day (my employer has a blood drive every 8 weeks)
- is friendly and outgoing (I'm shy)
- isn't afraid to try new healthy foods (I haven't gotten into whole grains but I'd like to)
Next week will be September, gosh where has August gone. I'll be glad for the cooler weather. I love fall. I think it's one of my favorite times of year.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I just ate a huge salad with beets, mixed greens, carrots, broccoli, green onions, sunflower seeds and a splash of vinaigrette. I finished the meal off with a cup of summer melons cut up and 1 gigantic strawberry. I've got a 32 oz cup of water on my desk and my co-worker and I are having strawberry shakes this afternoon in celebration of the weekend.
I plan on finishing Real Food : what to eat and why this weekend. I've enjoyed reading it. Nothing new. It's kind of along the same line as Food, Inc. My daughter insists she's been telling me this stuff for years but it only recently sunk in. Sorry, Rach.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Breakfast was per usual this morning. I ran out of Bear Naked granola yesterday so I dug into a box of Kroger low-fat granola that was hiding it my goody closet in the break room. I had Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt, frozen blueberries and a sprinkle of sliced almonds. I wonder how long I will still want to eat this same thing. Oh well.
Am all excited about the Healthy Living Summit going on in Boston this weekend. Wish I could have gone. I’ve never been to Boston. I’ll bet everyone has a blast. It will be fun to read about it on everyone’s blogs on Monday.
For lunch I had two cheese enchiladas with a plate of finger-food veggies and a cup of fresh summer fruits. The enchiladas were SPICY but tasty. I also ate a mini dark Hershey’s chocolate bar. Yum. When I want chocolate that’s what I go for. I once tried an 85% cocoa bar but it was a little too bitter.
I won’t be back ‘til Monday. Hope everyone’s weekend is pleasant and full of healthy delicious foods and yummy exercise. I know mine will be.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Fall is nearly here. Although it doesn't feel like it. It's 91* here. But the calendar doesn't lie and some schools started their year this morning. On my street there were several kids standing outside waiting for the big yellow school bus. I missed out on riding the bus to school. I always lived in walking distance in grade school and junior high and by high school I rode public transportation - streetcars and city buses. I'm looking forward to the change of seasons. I think fall is my favorite season. It's such a pleasure to walk through the neighborhood watching all the leaves changing color and the pretty fall plants with their orange, gold, and deep purple flowers. I love the foods of fall and everything surrounding Halloween and Thanksgiving.
You might want to check out an interesting post on "normal" eating ove at Nutrition by Eve. It's very interesting. I'm one of those folks who never got a handle on what is normal when it comes to food. Glad that Kath put up the URL on her blog so that I got to read it. Enjoy...
Today I'm concentrating on progress not perfection. Taking one bite at a time. For lunch I had a salad beast with whole fresh mushrooms, broccoli florets, baby carrots, spinach and some iceberg mixed in. I used about a tablespoon of real ranch dressing and added a small can of tuna. Lovely. I also had some fresh strawberries and grapes. The strawberries were huge - more than one bite each. I like little Louisiana berries better but you can't get them this far north.
I also did about 20 minutes of yoga concentrating on the upper body movements. My muscles just hum after doing this routine. I'm looking forward to doing lower body stretches when I get home. Don't like to get down on the floor while I'm at work.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
For breakfast I had my standby. It was tasty and filling as always. That was at 7AM. It's now 11:20AM and I'm starting to get hungry. Lunch will be delayed today so I may get into my goody drawer and have a snack. If I get too hungry I won't make good choices at lunch.
At lunch I didn't want what they had in the cafeteria but the Hop Shoppe makes the best hamburgers and I wanted one. I tried to talk myself out of it but I figured that one hamburger (there may have been fries as well) wouldn't kill me. I could be wrong. So I had the burger, fries and a large cup of summer fruits. I spent the afternoon fuller than I like.
We had bad thunderstorms and lots of wind yesterday. Topeka missed the worst of it but on the news they showed lots of pictures of storm damage. Some areas just south of us had 80-90 mph sustained winds. That's hurricane strength.
Friday, August 7, 2009
- no shell, or chips
- seasoned ground beef
- chopped tomatoes and lettuce
- a sprinkle of cheese and
- lots of salsa
Then for dessert I had cubed watermelon - about a half pound. It was so sweet and juicy wish I'd gotten more.
I also went on a short walk around the hospital grounds. It's several blocks to get clear around the complex. If it wasn't the hottest time of the year I'd go farther.
I also fixed a smoothie. I love this one. It's so easy and only 3 ingredients.
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt (last night it was Stoneyfield's fat-free French vanilla)
- 1/2 c orange juice
- 4 ice cubes
Cold and refreshing.
This morning I had my usual yogurt mess.
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 c blueberries
- sprinkle of sliced almonds
- 1/2 c Bear Naked Granola in Vanilla Almond Fit (can you see the theme here?)
I also am drinking a 20 oz diet coke. I feel the need for a caffeine fix.
I'm doing my library job from 8:30AM - 5:00PM and then I'm working on the floor from 7:00PM - 7:00AM. Hopefully I'll be able to get some reading done and maybe watch a little of the food channel. Has anyone else noticed that Good Eats hasn't been on at 7PM (CDT) this week. It's still on at 10PM. Is Alton losing his prime time slot? I hope not - I have a "thing" for him.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I have a small snack saved for later this afternoon. I get great snack ideas from Heather's blog.
Last evening when I got home I had a basic green monster. I wasn't hungry for four hours. I'm getting to the point where one of them is actually an entire meal. Good stuff.
This morning I had what was left of my Kroger's low-fat vanilla yogurt, 1/2 c of Kroger's low-fat granola, and 1/2 c frozen blueberries. I mixed it all in the yogurt container a la current trend. It was plastic instead of glass but it worked great.
Am still reading the Omnivore's Dilemma. I also pulled out the Dec 2008 issue of Fitness to motivate myself to do an upper body workout. Felt great afterward so I did 20 min of yoga on my own.
Have a pleasant day (tomorrow is Friday, yay)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I assumed that the theme for the film was going to be about the cruel way we treat animals who are going to become our food. I get mailings from PETA and have seen the photos of animals cramped into unclean areas, who are hardly able to move, standing ankle deep in their own excrement, and sickened by the food they are given. They are injected with hormones and antibiotics. I work in a hospital and I see what antibiotic resistant bacteria can do to the human body. It isn't pretty.
But the real focus of the film was "big business" and how four companies attempt to control every bite we eat. I threatened to boycott one of the big companies. I won't name them because I don't want to get sued for *definition* of character. My daughter informed me that I would have to give up eating and most other consumables products because the company is involved with everything. The company to which I am referring refused to be interviewed for the film. Paranoia you say? See the movie.
The best review I've read is here on Dori's Shiny Blog.
I'm going to buy as much as I can from local farmers and local companies. Ones that aren't run by the government or big business concerns. I am going to stay away from processed foods as much and as often as I can. The trailer was right -- it will change the way you look at food.