Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Not a super great day with the eating. Actually, I take that back it started out a really great day. I got in a good first day back in months workout at the gym. I ate a good protein based breakfast and a chef salad for lunch. Then things took a turn for the worse. Hershey's Miniatures and peanut butter cookies satiated my sweet tooth and there was a 5:30 binge on all things salty when I walked in the door. So thankfully there were activity points and I managed to reign myself in during the evening graze. It's almost like the sun goes down and I lose all my resolve. In the way of a vampire I lust for food (can you tell I am gearing up for one of my guiltiest pleasures...a twilight marathon in TWO DAYS), and I must find a cure that keeps me out of the pantry on a munchy night like tonight.....
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Saturday, November 12, 2011
One of the primary reasons that I got into homesteading and the localvore movement was to develop a closer relationship with my food and gain a new found respect for how the food gets from the ground to my plate. I do not want my children to answer the question "where does a tomato come from?", with the words "from the grocery store." I can tell you that there are certain things about modern food technology that I will never abandon for the sake of a simpler life or getting to know my food better: A Microwave (even a great homesteader can appreciate the value of a steambag full of veggies on a busy night), An Immersion Blender (or stick blender for those of you not on the culinary up and up), a Kitchen Aid Mixer, Slow Cooker and Freezer. One of the great things about getting in touch with my Inner Ingalls is the ability to grow and preserve fruits and veggies at their peak of freshness. This evening the worlds of homesteader and techno junkie collided to help me make a delicious homemade chili. I threw a bag of frozen tomatoes and threw them in the crock pot for about 4 hours. I ran my immersion blender through and then through it into a stove top pot with some browned turkey. Add some fiber rich beans a jar of salsa (also homemade and canned by yours truly) and the usual seasoning suspects (sea salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried onion and a hint of brown sugar) and I got a delicious hearty chili that I was able to control sodium and sugar in with only 15 minutes of my time in the kitchen. So this Hungry Homesteader was able to enjoy a points friendly dish and live up to my localvore way of life. Now, in the absence of a bull drawn plow to mow my lawn I will need to find a modern day homesteading secret to getting in the exercise.....
Thursday, November 10, 2011
So it has been a crazy couple of days for me at work that involved late dinners and lots of temptations. Overall, I feel pretty good about my ability to choose. Tonight, however, I was really in the mood for comfort, so I made pancakes and bacon for dinner. Simple, guilty and a crowd pleaser. So, this is one of those meals that I just won't alter. I will use Turkey Bacon from time to time, but the homesteader in me appreciates good old fashioned smoked bacon. So sure, I can eat the Turkey Bacon, but I never really feel good about it. Yet, you don't often see bacon as the WW poster child for healthy food, primarily, because it is not. So here is my theory: Bacon is one of those foods that if you love it, like I do, you should enjoy it...IN MODERATION and choose to enjoy it by compensating somewhere else in your day. That means eating a zero points soup for lunch and getting in some extra activity points. For me, this journey is really about eating whole foods that taste good and have a nutritious bang for their buck. Bacon is not that kind of food but it does taste good and I allowed myself to eat and enjoy each bite. I tend to be a speed eater, so I really focused on every bite from beginning to end and really enjoyed a family dinner at the table. Tomorrow, I will exercise my butt off and enjoy lots of whole veggies from this years harvest. So I say, when sometimes, nothing but bacon will do, indulge, but treat it as just that, a delicious indulgence meant to be enjoyed from time to time not as a food group. Also, as a helpful hint, I bake my bacon on a cooling rack over a pan so that much of the grease drips off and into the pan. Delicious, less greasy, and super easy to clean up!!!
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
So the grazer stayed at bay today. I did enjoy some delicious gfree mac and cheese at lunch today which was a 15 point splurge and worth every bite. Tonight when I came home with my daughter, I started my workout before I did anything else. I was actually able to do a workout while catching up on an episode of Grey's Anatomy. It was nice to be able to combine my workout with one of my favorite things, TV. I actually used WATP by Leslie Sansone to get my burn on. The big break through that reading her book offered me was a lightbulb on how working out does not always have to be complicated or a big production. While I am planning to get back into a gym routine so that I can workout with my buddy and have the support of a trainer so that I might run that 5k again, it is liberating to know that I have no excuse for not incorporating exercise into my day. I also baked a sweet Gfree treat to enjoy with my workout points. Delicious and my family of discerning taste tasters had nooooooo idea what was in them until I told them. I posted recipe somewhere here in my page, but I am still learning all the in's and outs. Here's to day 3!!!
Monday, November 07, 2011
So marks day one of my own personal blog a day challenge. I have discovered that much like the cow I long to own, I am a grazer. Today, I was home all day attending a seminar and I did catch myself munching, but mostly I had a good day. I made a delicious coffee cup egg white (I have chickens so I have eggs in abundance. I cooked the yolks and gave them to my redbone hound who has bad allergies and needs lots of protein) omelet full of veggies and super creamy laughing cow cheese. I danced my butt off after the seminar and drank only 4.5 ozs. of wine cut with calorie and fat free lime seltzer. A delicious little treat. I took note during that moment as the Pirates Booty lured me into the pantry and convinced me to eat it, that I was so easily tricked because I was bored. So this happy homesteader, is going to put her need to be constantly entertained and/or focused to good use and become the crafty, running writer I know I can be.
My weight loss