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Therapy: On Feeling Better

25 May

My latest therapy session was a good one. We spent a lot of time talking about simply wanting to feel better and using that as motivation rather than relying on a number on the scale or the size of my pants to dictate my mood.

I’m feeling all of my 42 years plus about 10 more these days. I shouldn’t struggle so much to get up off my kid’s floor, be winded after climbing a few stairs, or be so stiff that I have to literally roll off the bed and hobble to the bathroom because my joints haven’t “warmed up” yet.

Realistically, the goal of having a taut, lean body are long gone. I’ve lowered my standards and they are twofold.

1. Feel better physically overall.

2. Belly less protruding than boobs.

That’s legit it, and I really don’t think this is unachievable. Until I actually try to do it. I sounds like the cliched broken record here but, do you know what I had for dinner tonight? Leftover pizza and raw cookie dough. I KNOW that is not going to make me feel better physically and yet I do it again and again and again. Which tells me that this is more of a mental struggle than anything. Conquer the mind and you conquer the body, right? So how does one do that? I have zero clue and thus the cycle continues.

Dr. B and I talked about just focusing on doing fun things that I enjoy and that are active. Indoor rock climbing and cycling came to mind. I’ve done both and enjoy them, as much as I’m going to enjoy any physical activity. A further stretch is getting back into a dance class – maybe belly dancing even. I mean, I already have the belly so I figure I have a head start on that one.

I dunno. I tend to think that I should have this figured out by now and I feel really dumb for still struggling with this stuff at my age. I’m trying to ward off an impending funk but all I can think about as I stuff junk food in my face is how I’m getting fatter and fatter. Which carries over into my confidence in other areas and down the rabbit hole we go. Maybe there will be pie at the bottom.

Photo by Bekir Dönmez on Unsplash

minestrone soup

24 Nov

I’m trying this recipe today. I chopped up the ingredients last night and so it was a quick throw into the crock pot this morning. Hopefully our dinner will be tasty and veggie filled.

Minestrone Soup

UPDATE:

Delicious! And colorful. Because that’s important.

Minestrone Soup

Omelet you know…

21 Mar

Omelet…that I made a very ugly and somewhat overcooked, but very tasty breakfast for myself this morning! And because I’m nice and like to share, omelet you see it.

Somebody stop me.

Recipe from Cooking Light
Omelet with turmeric, tomato, and onions

Almost as good as chocolate cake. Almost.

13 Mar

strawberryshortcakeI have no idea what got into me the other morning before work. I got all ambitious and began making a no-bake strawberry shortcake. Of course I didn’t read the recipe all the way through or I would have learned that I had to freeze it for 3-4 hours before finishing the whipped cream and icing it. But I had to go to work, so I left it in the freezer all day and hoped for the best. It was completely fine and kiddo helped me finish it up that evening. Delicious and pretty. As all desserts should be.

Oh, I made meatless sloppy joes in the crock pot that morning as well. Those turned out ok but not my favorite. Hubs seemed to like them pretty well though.

Bon Appétit!

Soup’s on!

1 Feb

soupVegetable soup happened today. I was all systematic and stuff (which is NOT like me) and had my grocery list organized by aisle thanks to our store’s mobile app. I got home and threw all the ingredients in the crock pot and went about my day.

Sidenote: my crock pot was a wedding gift so it is a smidgen less than 15 years old. It works fine but is a bit smaller than I would like. And is as bare bones as it gets. Low and High are your only options. Is it a terrible sign of getting old that I would really like to receive a new crock pot for any random gift giving occasion that you might be struggling with for moi? That is all.

Anywho, it turned out really yummy and was as easy as it gets for this non-cook. I’m posting the recipe I used here because I will lose the link otherwise and never find it again.

Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup
http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-hearty-vegetable-and-bean-soup/

Servings: 6 | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 3 | Calories: 183 |Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 |Cholesterol: 47 mg | Sodium: 253 mg | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 6 g

Ingredients
1 sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used about 4 because yum, and vampires)
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1” cubes (optional, white or red potato) – (I used red)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1” pieces
2 stalks celery, diced
1 cup whole kernel corn (optional) – (yup, did the corn)
Kosher or sea salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf (didn’t use because my grocery store didn’t have any)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste (can be substituted with cayenne pepper)
2 cups frozen or fresh green beans
4 cups vegetable broth, low sodium (chicken broth can be substituted)
¼ cup freshly chopped parsley
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (navy, black, pinto or chick peas can be substituted) – (I used one can of black and one can of cannellini)

Directions
Add all the above ingredients to the slow cooker, stir to combine, cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until carrots are tender.

Note: To make this a meat dish, simply add 1 pound chicken fillets (cut into 1″ cubes) to slow cooker along with the other ingredients.

Tip: If you prefer a thicker soup, near the end of cooking time, remove 1/2 cup of soup (liquid and veggies) and combine with 1-2 tablespoons flour or corn starch, puree and return to the slow cooker. A fork works well to mash the ingredients along with the flour or cornstarch. Be careful not to allow the hot mixture to spin out. Continue cooking until soup thickens, about 15 minutes. Minimum Slow Cooker Size: 4 quarts

I caved

14 Nov

Doctor appointment tomorrow because apparently, it is important to be able to eat.

Hiya August

1 Aug

Photo on 8-1-13 at 2.19 PMI’m not going to say “time flies” because I hate it when people say that. It doesn’t fly, it passes at a constant rate. Its your perception of events within that time that make it seem to “fly”. But whatever.

So, August 1. Like most other days, although made much nicer by lunch at a favorite hole in the wall joint with a friend who gets me. I talked his ear off and he listened and shared and we ate and laughed. Good stuff, friends like that.

I booked a hotel for next weekend. The Accountant and I are going away, although not very far, for a kid-free, adult weekend. I have no idea what we’ll do but I’ll check out what’s going on around town and we’ll figure something out I’m sure.

I’m a quarter of the way done with It Starts With Food. So far so good. Although, hello, I should be dead by now. I eat like crap. Favorite gems from the book so far…”There is no food Switzerland – every single thing you put in your mouth is either making you more healthy or less healthy”….”You cannot out-exercise poor food choices and the resulting hormonal disruption”…”Genetics loads the gun, but environment pulls the trigger”…

I skipped the gym last night, just wasn’t feelin’ it. A run tonight? That is the plan stan.

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