Week 1 is over

I had my friends over for dinner last night.  Maria brought dessert.  It was a fruit flan and I did eat one.  It was so sweet and I did not really enjoy it.  I am not going to beat myself for eating it.  I had a great dinner with a small piece of fish and lots of vegetables.   So, I did well overall. I have no scale here so don’t know how much I weigh.   But, I am doing this for the health benefits and not the weight.   I think the weight will come off regardless if one eats like we should eat.

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Back at it. Day 1

I agree with Johann, we have to find an eating plan that we can stick with. When I am at the cottage or making food for  your dad, meats are always around me and I can not make two different types of foods for every meal.    I made my curry and rice and ate just 6 slices of chicken.  It was delicious.  I had a yogurt and strawberries for desert. If I am really hungry, I take a few Brazilian nuts to chew on, just 10 pieces.   My achilles heal is sugar products and junk food.  If I can just get off those products, then I will be fine.  I think when I eat them they make me crave more and I can not stop.  So, that is what I will do.  I also agree with Johann, let’s keep watching those films about food.  I am reading those books that Lisa sent me on different nutritional eating programs. So, I think we have to keep our focus on the reasons why we need to eat well.   Johann, I also think that you should make a plan for the week and then go and  buy your products.  Then make your meals on the weekend.  They do not take long.   I made my chicken curry in 10 minutes.  If you make enough then you have it for a few days.   I watched that movie today and it really helped me stay focused.  

So, my supper was 

1 can of Amy’s medium curry

1 sweat potato

1 zucchini 

1/2 cup of vegetable stock

put in a pot and heat until the vegetables are tender

1 cup of boiled rice.  I use one cup of rice, two cups of vegetable stock, a small piece of ginger sliced and salt and pepper.  

My chicken breast I sliced in thin slices, took a bit of oil and put in frying pan, fried the chicken until it was cooked.  I added the chicken to my curry and rice.  

 

Back in Canada

Took five days to drive back from Sacramento.  The food buying each day on the road was terrible. We ate Subway sandwiches for 4 days. I had the vegetable sandwich and one day the tuna. It was very bland. No place to buy any good vegetarian dishes. When I got back I had to fight my mother’s insistence to eat her cookies. She believes that I am crazy eating the type of foods that I eat. Anyway, I just ignored her rants. I lost another three pounds. I am wearing clothes that I could not get into so feel happy that they fit. I also feel so good that I have stuck to this vegetarian lifestyle and have had no junk food, sugar products, meat, and cheese products since March the 25th.

When I got back I went over to Costco to buy my food staples so now have my fridge filled with good foods.   So, when I am here I will be OK.   Now, the hard part begins. Cottage season is upon me and family will be visiting. Two birthday parties are approaching. This will be interesting to see how I do over the next two months. Going to my daughter’s house tonight and she is having Indian vegetarian so all will be well.

Loosing steam

It is amazing how much blogging I have done over the last 6 weeks but lately I am getting a bit lazy adding blogs to this site. .  My 7th week is almost over.  I am still keeping to the program.   I made lentil stew tonight with squash and vegetables.  The meal was a bit boring, but did taste very good.   I feel a bit lonely doing the blogging all by myself.   I have not heard from my son or daughter over the past week.  I hope they are doing Ok.   The thing that kept me going this long was the sharing of ideas and  committing myself to a healthy lifestyle and doing this as a family.    I think this happens with a lot of people.  They start a diet with good intentions and then slowly go back to their old habits.  At first they try one forbidden  item and then another.  Soon they are back to eating the way they have always eaten.   They don’t talk about the subject of health, they don’t continue with their exercise program and just forget that at one point their body was hurting and they felt lousy.   Soon the vicious cycle  begins again.  I guess I don’t want to go back to the way it was.   I am going to keep it up.   Off to make some of my new tea.

Fish consumption???

Yesterday, after careful consideration and researching the pros and cons of eating fish,  I decided to have fish so I can  get my B12 and Omega 3’s.   I have researched the topic and found that Alaskan salmon and Pacific sockeye salmon are the least polluted salmon that one can eat.    Mackerel provides the most vitamin B-12 with 19μg per 100g serving (317% DV), followed by Herring (312% DV), Salmon (302%), Tuna (181%), Cod (167%), Sardines (149%), Trout (130%), and Bluefish (104%) found on www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-vitamin-B12.php.  This heathaliciousness website lists the top foods that have the best vitamin ingredients.  Also, farm raised fish should not be eaten since there are so many pollutants in the water that the fish eat, so I will not eat farm raised fish.   If I do eat fish once in a while then I can afford to have wild salmon.

I did make the fish yesterday and had it with a salad.  I am not sure how often I will add fish to my diet but I do not want to take any pills to get all of the required daily  minerals and vitamins.

So, the ingredients that I am beginning to slowly add to my food plan lifestyle is fish and eggs.  Over the past 6 weeks, I have not had one item of junk food or beef, chicken, pork, processed meats, cheese, etc.

Veggie Burgers

I had a delicious veggie burger tonight.  They are made by Dr. Praeger.   I put the burger on my George Forman grill and cooked it until it was brown on both sides.  Then I had it with a whole wheat bun with tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and mustard.  I put a bit of humus on the bottom of the bun and on the top of the bun put a bit of avocado.  One of the best non meat burgers that I have ever ate.   Of course my husband had his meat burger but I did not mind since my burger was just as good and much lighter.

Confession and Eye Opener

It is hard to make a confession about what I ate yesterday.  First of all, I did research the pros and cons of eating fish and milk products and had decided from the many articles that fish was very important in ones diet and it has many nutrients such as B12’s and Omega 3’s.   I decided to bring in fish products occasionally into my diet.  So, I invited friends over last night for supper and I made a fish chowder.  I started with the way I normally make soup with frying the onions and vegetables but I normally add vegetable stock to make soup, but this time I used chicken stock and two cups of milk.  I added the haddock pieces to the soup.  I made a big salad to go with it and some white garlic bread.   I kept debating all day whether I should eat the soup or eat my lentil soup from the day before. When it came time to eat with my friends, I convinced myself that it was OK to eat the fish soup since I had not eaten any meat, fish or dairy products for 5 weeks.  It is amazing how fast I convinced myself that it was OK to eat fish and milk.  Well, I ate it and did not enjoy it that much.  I had the salad but not the white bread during the meal.

After the meal I made yogurt with strawberries and poured a bit of maple syrup over the top.  I did not have any yogurt, but only ate the strawberries.   Now, it goes all downhill.   I saw some pieces of bread that were left over on the table and around 9:30 PM ate those three pieces of garlic bread, just like that.  What a bizarre behavior, or was it?  This is my addictive behavior telling me that I have all already cheated with the fish soup so I might as well just kill myself with the bread.  At that point my emotions take over and I begin to destroy myself.  I am sure if I had any chocolate in the condo, I would have eaten that as well.  Thank goddess for not having any junk foods when I am in a emotional turmoil.

Well, this morning when I got up, my knee hurt, my stomach is upset,  I have diarrhea, feel bloated and just have this over all disrespect for myself.  It feels like a hangover.

So,  what have I learned from this?    I do believe certain foods are poisons for my body.  I just can not eat them.   My friends and husband loved the soup and it did not make them sick.   When I eat vegetables, whole grain products and legumes,  my body is calmer and I feel so good.

One good note from this week.  I did loose another pound.  So, that is 12 pounds so far.