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Hello,

It’s been a while since I have written.  As you know I have been working on intuitive eating.  I read a book about it back in July of 2011 and it spoke to me.  I have been working on it ever since.

I had many times since reading it where I felt out of control and thought it was not working.  I had to go back and re-read the book (which I checked out from my local library) and it helped.  Before reading this book, I always thought there was something wrong with me.  I could not understand why I ate the way I did.  It was all or nothing with me.  My husband did not think I had anything wrong with me.  He said I have been like that ever since he has known me.  He always thought that since I maintained a healthy weight I was ok.  For someone who has never gone through it, it’s hard to understand.

Each time I had a binge episode it was due to being restrictive in some way:  Keeping my calories to a certain number, eliminating food groups/types (gluten, sugar, etc), signing up for food/health challenges.  Sometimes I would have a trigger and just not care.  I would give in knowing exactly what I was getting into and doing.  I have totally given in to the intuitive eating idea.  I can see how it takes time.  Little by little I have allowed myself to.

First I dropped my food checklists, I stopped measuring food so much, and I have stopped weighing myself often (several times a day).  I have been weighing myself about 2 times a month.  This has been the biggest thing for me.  I did not think I would be able to give up this one.  My weight has pretty much held steady for about 6 months (I fluctuated a bit with the holidays and my thyroid dropping, but have come back to normal with normal eating not restricting).   It’s nice not seeing the fluctuations from day to day when you don’t  weigh yourself often and wondering what is causing it (even though I know it is normal to fluctuate due to water retention, glycogen stores etc.)  I don’t use the numbers on the scale to celebrate a weight loss or send me into a calorie restricting mode from a higher number.  I am able to listen to my body and give it what it wants.

Some days I eat no meat, some days I do.  Some days I fill up on veggies and fruits and other days I need my bread/carb fix.  Some days I need candy or sweets, other times I don’t!  Some times it’s a bit of everything.  It’s so interesting.  I am eating like my 3 year old.  I am sure I have a ways to go.  Ideally I have always liked my weight at about 5-10lbs lighter.  I am curious to see if eating this way for a year or so will get me there.  Like I said I have had some bumps along the way so without the bumps I wonder what will come.  It’s possible that I am exactly where I need to be, a healthy weight for me

I am feeling balanced with my food.  Now exercise.  I have had problems in the past with my IT band causing pain in my knee.  As a result, my running was put on hold.  It allowed me to try other activities and forms of exercise.  As my knee got better I started to run more often (three days a week) and doing Tabata/circuit (three days a week) workouts.  I was doing what exercises I liked the best.  I even took it a step further and recently tried training for a marathon.  Not the best idea for me, but I was so excited about it.  I got through two weeks and my knee is now mad at me once more.  During those two weeks I felt mentally awesome, but I should have been listening to my physical body.  So with food I think I have found balance (In the past even claiming that has sent me on a binge, but it feels different now, I’ll be ok. J) but now I need to get it with my exercise.  I am taking it easy this week.  Lot’s of stretching, icing, ibuprofen, and some strength training.  No running for now, maybe next week.  This recent strain on my knee opened me up to listening to my body in other ways.  Over the past few days, I have left my exercise feeling better than when I started (my IT band was very tight when I started the workout and loose after), not overly exerted and having an extra sore knee which sometimes I am guilty of.  Just because I am not working out as vigorously this week does not mean I will gain weight.  It just means I will eat less.  I am learning that the body is brilliant and you can trust it.

I also have been feeling very angry about commercialism.  Someone always wants to sell you something.  Everywhere I go!  I can’t even pump gas anymore without a TV on the pump telling me I need to buy something!  I paid cash for something at a store and had to answer several questions on the debit/credit keypad related to my shopping experience and my potential to refer someone to the store!  It’s too much!  There were times recently when I felt like I could really use the advice of a professional in the area of intuitive eating.  I looked into various areas of it and decided I did not have an extra $200.00 for a 45 minute session or money to spend on the other options.  If you have some great information, and you know how to help someone, should it cost that much?  I am not judging, it just left me feeling very disappointed that I could get help if I spent a bunch of money and realized that I was the one that could help myself with advice from the book which I checked out for free and read.

So I am sharing my story in hopes that it helps someone else.  I found out about intuitive eating on another persons blog and it has helped me tremendously.  I am not a doctor, a dietitian, or a psychologist/therapist, but this is what has worked for me.  If you need to seek the help of a professional, please do.  For me it was more of making my self do the work suggested in the book little by little.   It’s been a long road for me and I feel so much better and I know I will continue to.

Editors Note:  I wrote this last week.  I did make it through the Super Bowl and ate normally.  I also got a phone call this morning from my endocrinologist saying that my thyroid is still too low.  They increased the dose of my medication.  This is good because I have been feeling lazy and cold again.  Now I know there is a reason for it!  J  I also have recovered from my marathon attempt.  My knee IT band is tight again but not with the pain that I had last week.

Here are some of the dishes/items I have been eating lately.  You can see a wide range of foods from meatless meals to meaty hamburgers.  The important thing for me is to eat when I am truly hungry and to stop when I am full.  It sounds very simple for some, but for others it’s a bit more complicated.

Chicken Stir-Fry!

Sometimes you just need a burger!

A salad with spinach, berries, feta, and balsalmic vinagrette.

Multi-grain bread stuffed with Gouda cheese.  A new obsession of mine!

Hearty beef and barley soup.

Veggie and berry platter.  So good and colorful!

Chicken curry on white rice.  What a nice change up for me!

That’s all for now.  Have a great night and I will talk to you soon!

Hello!

How are you?  Good I hope.  I have been feeling good these days.  I thought I would share some of my eats from the week with you.

For breakfast, I have been a little tired of oatmeal.  I have been using polenta made as a breakfast cereal (no parmesan etc.) and topping it with maple syrup (the real kind) and berries.  It’s a nice change up.  I love the yellow color against the pretty blue of the berries.  It’s also the University of Michigan’s colors which are a bonus (Yay!  We won the Sugar Bowl!).

I even made some banana bread which I have enjoyed for breakfast.  My husband loves this recipe.  It is domed high, and has a nut-crumb topping!  He thinks its suburb!  I like that it uses up four large bananas.  I had a ton to use up!

For lunches sometimes a blue cheese and walnut salad has been on my menu.  It’s so good!  You can never go wrong with that.

For dinner last night, I made eggplant cutlets (with a nut topping)…

 and a “Mac and Cheese” that uses cauliflower instead of noodles.  It also has nutritional yeast in it which I was afraid of since I have never used it before, but in this dish it works! 

They were both incredible!  I got the recipes out of some Vegetarian Times Magazines.    

That’s some of my eats for this week.  I am enjoying our weather here.  It’s January and we had a 50 degree day in Michigan yesterday.  My daughter and I took full advantage of it.  Biking, walking dogs, and playing in the back yard.  I wish it were 50 all winter. 🙂

Talk to you later!

Hello there!

In keeping up with my trying to go meatless more often and still make my carnivore husband happy, I made a Cuban Bean and Rice dish.

Here it is simmering!

Simmering some more…

It took about 15-20 minutes to simmer.  I was hungry, but it was worth it!  I really enjoyed this dish!  I ate it with some green beans to make an extra “beany” meal and get some green in.

My husband even enjoyed it and would eat it again! Yay!  One dish to add to the list.  🙂

For dessert, (by my daughters request) we made some cornbread.  She is the “dumper” and the mixer.  It was the best one we have made yet!

Earlier in the day I had my avocado egg mixture on top of some lettuce and tomatoes.  It was great as a salad dressing!  I got the idea to top a salad from themindoffreya.  She used my recipe to top a caesar salad.

That’s all for tonight.  I hope you all had a great day.  🙂

Talk to you later!

Today I ran 4 miles and got cleaned up to go to a park.  We went to an environmental discovery center.  They have an under water dome inside a pond!  You can observe pond life with a “fish’s eye view”!

You walk down a hallway that opens up into a large dome.

Here I am in the dome.  You can see some fish behind me.

Here is the view from the dome back out to the entrance.

It’s really cool, and my daughter loves it there!  Once in a while people clean the outside of the tank.  We saw more fish today than ever before!  It was a good day to go, they had decent visibility.

I went to library for some food inspiration and found Mark Bittmans new book.  I love the looks and ideas of his books.  Sometimes I think the recipes are just so so but it gives you a good starting point.  I like to make recipes as they are and then tweak it the next time.

I like his ideas on eating.  He has a good idea on what he calls sane eating.  It basically comes down to this:

  1. Eat fewer animal products than average.
  2. Eat all the plants you can manage.
  3. Make legumes and whole grains part of your life.
  4. Avoid processed foods.
  5. Everything else is a treat-and you can have treats daily.

Sane eating to him is about moderation, not deprivation.  You know that I am working on intuitive eating and this fits right in.

You may have noticed I have not been posting my eats for the entire day.  I am sorry if this is something you enjoyed about my blog.  When I post that way it makes my day feel like it revolves around food and food is the center of everything.  I am still eating healthy and good food is important, but I want to focus on other things in my life and have food just be food and not the focus, if all that makes sense.  I still want to share some dishes I have tried, snacks that may be new, or places I have gone.  I hope you stick with me.  It’s just what I need to do right now.  With that being said on to some new Bittman recipes!

Dinner was a whole wheat pasta with spinach, tossed with butter, oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese!  I loved this dish!  I will make this again!  No disappointment and no tweaking either!  Simple and delicious!

There goes the last of my “Managers Special” spinach.  I am sorry to see it go!

I had a bunch of bananas to use up to and I made another Bittman dessert called:  Tropical Oatstacks.

The description is a cookie that falls between banana bread and macaroons.  I would say that is spot on.  There is no added sugar only:  butter, three mashed bananas, vanilla extract, oats, cashews, unsweetened coconut, baking powder, and salt! I loved the idea of that!  They are pretty good but are not very sweet wich has its place too.  They came out better than I expected.  It’s a fun healthy treat.

That’s it for the night.

Have a good one!

Dinner tonight was interesting.  I have a giant “Managers Special” container of baby spinach to use up.  I was eating peanuts, trying to figure out what I wanted for dinner and I decided I would try to combine the two.

I searched the internet and tried the first recipe I found for peanut dressing.  It is from Cooking Light Magazine and it goes like this:

Cooking Light Magazine, May 2009

Dressing:

3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 teaspoons dry roasted peanuts

It was better than I expected.  I loved the mix of veggies I used:

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • carrots
  • edamame
  • broccoli

I liked the dressing but I was disappointed that it was from Cooking Light Magazine.  I have never had the full fat version (or any version for that matter) of this type of dressing, and would have liked to try it, before a lighter one.  It was good, and a new combo of flavors to me.  I will make it again!

I hope you have a good night!

Have you ever had a peanut dressing?  Do you have a good recipe for one?  Please share.  🙂

The first meal my husband ever made for me was a cheese ball salad.  We had just met in college, and were hanging out quite a bit.  When I saw him prepare it, I was pretty sure it was going to be awful.  Green olives and cheese balls?  I could not believe that all together the salad worked!

It’s something we enjoy from time to time. It’s mostly healthy. If you are looking for a salad treat, it sure is fun and tasty too.  I like the nostalgia of it as well!

Layered on is:

  • Leafy greens
  • deli ham thinly sliced into strips
  • diced tomato
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • cheese balls
  • pimento stuffed green olives (a must!)

It is all drizzled in Catalina dressing.  Out of the bottle is ok, but here is my favorite recipe for it:

  • 1 c ketchup
  • 3/4 c white vinegar
  • 3/4 c olive oil
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

The recipe makes a ton, you may want to cut it in half!

Enjoy!

We finally made it to the cider mill this morning!  In preparation, we stopped for breakfast.  I did not want to go to my favorite donut place on an empty stomach.  It would have been a bad scene!

It was raining where we were and I was bummed, thinking today was not going to be very fun and a little too muddy.  A few miles west and it was clear and dry.  It was going to be a good trip!

When you drive in the apple orchard you see trees loaded with apples like this!

From the parking lot you can see the main building of the vineyard/orchard.

They have wine and tasting, sell pumpkins, all things apple, and my favorite donuts!

I am a very picky donut eater.  I don’t like them anywhere but here!  I eat them once a year with a vanilla cappuccino!  The donuts are made right in front of you and placed into bags.  They are always hot and they get bought up super fast!

Off to the side there are picnic tables so you can enjoy all of your goodies!

This is what I wait for each fall!  I am happy to say I only had one.  🙂

On the back side into the orchard they have a giant play area for kids.

It spans a huge area!

It has tons of stuff to do and animals to see, including a corn barn where it is full of dried corn for kids to play in like a sand box.

It was really fun and I am glad the weather held out at least in that area!

I hope you had a good day!

Hi there!

This morning was beautiful!  Mid 50’s again but sunny and crisp!  I started the day out with some cereal.

Uncle Sam (original and strawberry mixed 50/50), frozen banana, frozen blueberries, and pecans.  I poured over a mix of unsweetened almond milk and skim milk. (50/50).

I know I have told you before but it all freezes and makes a soft serve like combination in your bowl.  You have to chop it up and it’s thick and wonderful!

I took everyone for a one mile walk.  I dropped the dogs off and took my daughter in the jogger for a three-mile run.  It was super slow, but I’ll take it. Not really any pain, just stiffness in my hips.

For lunch I had something similar to yesterday.  It was my chick pea mix on top of a bed of baby spinach leaves.

I also had the last of my giant Ginger Gold apples.  I need to find more before there are no more for the season.  Maybe that is part of the allure!

That’s it so far.  I’m not sure on dinner again.  My husband is working today so I am going to get cleaned up from the run and take my daughter to the park.

I am feeling very well about my eating lately.  This happens to me often.  Just when I think I have this intuitive eating thing down, something happens and I get off track.  I really think if I keep up being full on real food (then I don’t have room to go crazy on sweets), and exercising moderately (If I exercise a ton, it makes me want to eat a ton!) I will be ok.  I hope I just did not jinx myself.  🙂

Have a good rest of the day!

I can’t sleep.  My tummy is trying to tell me it’s hungry.  Ok, ok, I get it.

One last little meal for the night!

Cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, and a cherry on top!

Here’s to you grandma!

Have a good night!

Hello!

Happy Fall!  It is officially here!  The weather here sure did cooperate too.  Mid to upper 50’s and drizzle.  I still love it!  One of those sleepy days apparently because my daughter and I both woke up pretty late today.

I started the day off with the last of my prepared steel-cut oats.  I kept it simple and topped it off with banana, strawberries, and pecans.  You can never go wrong with that combo!

I did my circuit workout.  I made my own up today.  They were full of Gabby Reece moves.  I did 12 exercises at 1 minute each for three rounds.  I am still feeling very weak.  I’ll give the new medication one more month to kick in and then I am done with it!

Lunch was light.  I had a giant apple sliced up and a salad that I have not made in a while.

It’s super simple (not very fall like) but light, and deliciously clean tasting!  I made it up one day and I do love it.  My husband will even eat it!

Into a medium mixing bowl:

  • 1 can of Garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • Onion (1/4 cup or to taste) diced (I like red and green, whatever you have works)
  • 1 can of drained (water) chunk light tuna
  • Half of a lemon juiced
  • 1 TBS olive oil

Mix all together and enjoy!  It’s great by itself or served on a bed of mixed greens.  A mix of spinach and iceberg gives it a great crunch and good color, not to mention all the other health benefits.

For my snack today I had some greek yogurt with honey, unsalted peanuts, dried blueberries, and dried cranberries.

Yum!

Dinner was out tonight!  We met my husband at the mall near his work.  We went to a coney there.  I had an awesome dinner!  Maybe I was just super hungry, but the meal hit the spot!  I loved it!  I had a baby greek salad with grilled chicken on top, a bowl of lemon rice soup, and warm pita bread!

I don’t have a picture which is a shame.  I did not plan on going out to dinner since my daughter and I got to the mall at 3:00 pm!  We were there until 7:00 pm!  We had a good time!  It was a good way to spend a drizzly fall day and evening!

I hope you had a great fall day and evening too!

Talk soon!