Saturday, September 22, 2012
Food on hand and preparation of ingredients are key elements for success. I drove in a circle earlier this week trying to decide where to buy my groceries. I buy different things at various markets and I truly couldn't make up my mind where I should start. I'm glad I settled on Costco. In the past I have opted for Gelson's for a few quality produce items. I buy a small amount and pay a lot more but I feel confident that my food won't sit in the back of the refrigerator rotting. I finally made my decision to head to Costco and stock up. I'm glad I did. You can't beat the quality of their fruits and vegetables and the cost is always right. I love their vine ripened tomatoes and sweet white onions. I refrigerate the onions and find that it makes them even sweeter for salads. I also love their bags of sweet multi colored peppers. Usually I hesitate when buying their large bags of romaine lettuce. I wonder if we can really go through so many heads before they go bad. This week's shopping trip I decided to just go full board. I even bought a large bag of spinach. I am happy I did. It has made this week of salad making convenient and easy. And, there will not be one bit of waste.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Today is the start of my 4th day of the "Eat to Live" health plan. I am extremely surprised and proud of myself for sticking with this eating plan for as long as I have. Anyone who has been following me for the last few years knows that my attention span for a new way of eating usually lasts about a couple of hours. Dr. Fuhrman says that I should give it 6 weeks for the health benefits to really kick in. Since today is the start of the weekend, it will be a real test of my commitment. Also, I have a dentist appointment today. I am the worst patient in the world. I have dental anxiety. In the past, when I finish a dreaded task, I reward myself with food and drink. It's like a little celebration. Hopefully, I will break that pattern tonight. Now for the description of my delicious salad from last night as promised. I cut up a big bowl of romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, onions, avocado, and pretty colored peppers. Meanwhile I pan roasted mushrooms in their own juices, (no oil or cooking spray), and I roasted garbanzo beans in the oven. I added those to the salad later because both are high in purines and not welcome food for my husband who has gout. The star of the salad was the dressing. I blended rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, 1 garlic clove, 1 Medjool date, sea salt, pepper, onion powder and oregano, and a teaspoon of almond butter. I added a bit of water for consistency and drizzled all into the salad. It was absolutely delicious.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
So, I made it through another day! Hurrah! It really hasn’t been as terrible as I thought it would be. I was anticipating getting a giant headache from “bad food” withdrawal, but I guess I normally really don’t eat that poorly. I am eating so many good carbohydrates, that the bad ones that I am used to eating, (sour dough, croissant, English muffins) are not missed as much by my body. Even my mind isn’t missing them that much yet. I have to admit, so far my husband has been a real help. He has never been on a diet a day in his life, yet he has graciously supported me the last couple of days. Last night we had salad for dinner again with a non-oil dressing. I guess you could say we had steamed broccoli for desert. Not one word of complaint by him was uttered. I don’t feel much different yet health wise, but I am happy that I am actually giving this a real try. I have to admit, so far more than anything I have missed my olive oil. My salads have been good and different than what I am used to, but I would enjoy them much more with my usual dressing. However, I am going to hold on to Dr. Fuhrman’s teachings and not deviate. Today I need to buy some flax seed to sprinkle on my salads. Although I will be spending extra calories on something that I have no desire to even eat, I am doing it for the potential health benefit. I need to remember I am eating this way to get healthy, and the smaller dress size is an added bonus.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012