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Pass the veggies……

Posted in bathing suit season, eating healthy, famous people, flab flab and more flab, food, losing weight, south beach diet with tags on May 16, 2008 by erin

It’s not as bad as I thought. I did it. I stepped on the scale and I only need to drop about 10 lbs. (of pure flab). I even measured my waist, thighs and hips to see if I lose inches. I plan on spending a lot of time at the pool this summer with Petunia and I really don’t want to be concerned with my figure. I’m not looking for a figure like the MILF (not me, personally) Heidi Klum but if the Lord wants me to look like her I would not argue.

So I made the shopping list for the next week and guess what’s on there? A crap load of vegetables, meat, some cheese (low-fat) and eggs. That’s pretty much it.

Ever hear of a glycemic index? A food’s glycemix index is the amount that it increases your blood sugar compared to the amount that the same quantity of white bread would increase it. The foods with lower numbers will cause your blood sugar to rise then fall more slowly then the high numbers. Low-glycemic foods will satisfy your hunger longer and minimize your food cravings better. I took a peak at this glycemic index in the book. Um yeah, pretty much everything I eat has a really high GI. Like 95 and above. See, I told you I had a sugar problem.

So for now no fruit, no graham crackers, no angel food cake, no cookies and no Twizzlers. Even my beloved Cheerios isn’t a great choice. Wow, this Dr. is no fun at all.

My husband said he would do the SB diet with me and then everyday he comes up with another reason why it will be a challenge for him. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Guess he’s not as dedicated as I.

We’ll see how dedicated I’ll be come Monday evening, heck Monday morning for that matter. I do get ricotta cheese with a sugar substitute for dessert, I mean seriously, what’s better than that? Oh, and of course sugar-free jello.

I just keep thinking, it’s only two weeks. That’s nothing. Then of course I can’t go back to the way I ate before. No. That would undo all the good I did. I’ll have to lay off my favorites for a while and eat them sparingly. I think it’s a good eye opener to my poor eating habits. So thank you South Beach. And maybe this year I won’t hate myself in a bathing suit.

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Chocolove

Posted in chocolate, eating healthy, flab flab and more flab, food, losing weight, south beach diet with tags on May 13, 2008 by erin

Here I am talking about The South Beach Diet in one post and chocolate in the very next. No wonder I have issues with pudge. I am addicted to chocolate, there’s no doubt about it. So I stopped at Vitamin Cottage today and picked up a bar of my fav. chocolate since in just a few days time I will no longer need this delicious dessert every day. But when the time comes for a treat this will always be my first pick: www.chocolove.com. I hope they sell it in your area so you can enjoy the decadence.

Spring Fever

Posted in chocolate, food, hair, spring, starbucks with tags , on March 5, 2008 by erin

I have many things floating around in my brain so I’m just writing them all down.

  • How many times can I post about spring’s arrival? It seems A LOT! And I’ll keep posting about it even when it’s here, I heart spring.
  • Have you tried the honey latte at Starbucks? Pretty dang good. I tried it first with soy but it was a tad sweet so the next time I went with skim milk. I don’t like my coffee too sweet or sugary but I think the honey latte has a good mixture.
  • I cut my own bangs. I haven’t done that since 3rd grade when my friend Kristy chopped off one pony tail and my bangs. Why did we both get in trouble? She’s the one who did the cutting. If you are one to trim your own hair try to prevent the teeny tiny hairs from going down your shirt. In my case these hairs have now made into my underpants and bra so I feel as though I have ants in my pants (and bra)!
  • I made up a song today, it goes a little something like this (to the tune of rain rain go away)
    Snow snow go away

    Little Petunia wants to go outside and play

    (and so does her mommy)

    Maybe not original but fun to sing none the less. You probably get that it snowed yet again. I shouldn’t be surprised, we do live in Colorado and March is the snowiest month. I have cabin fever BIG time! I’m aching for spring and spring is toying with my emotions-last weekend the temp was SEVENTY-FOUR. Why are you so mean spring?

  • I put a Feedjit on my blog cuz its fun to see where the readers come from (most of the traffic is myself, it seems I stalk myself). I’ve noticed it on other people’s blogs and thought that’s neat and now these people know I am stalking them. Can’t help it, I am addicted to blogging.
  • Cadbury mini eggs are going straight to my hips but I can’t stop eating them. URG. Note to self: Stop purchasing Cadbury mini eggs!

That’s all the mush my brain can muster today.

 

Diet Myths-Debunked

Posted in food with tags , on January 31, 2008 by erin

I am a sucker for any article/information regarding Nutrition. It’s what I majored in in college, it’s one of my passions. And although I haven’t used my schooling (much to my disappointment and not for lack of trying) in the “real world” I devour any information I can get my hands on. I happened upon a great article about popular diet myths and why they are in fact myths. Now it’s been a long time since college and I have found I get wrapped up in the whirlwind of “fad diet myths” but as I was reading this article it was like I was back in nutrition class sitting in the second row (it was a small class-there were only two rows so I’m not a brown noser!) looking at the overhead (an overhead projector-do you remember those things?-geeze I’m old). So anyway, I’m sitting there once again in my running outfit with my timbuk2 commuter bag and my Starbucks travel mug filled to the brim with delicious black coffee and learning all about nutrition. Ahh, the memories.

Reading this article reinforced what I learned so long ago and made me realize again why I love nutrition so. The article I found is in the February issue of Real Simple and the diets myths are these:

  1. Don’t eat afer 8pm
  2. Eating small, frequent meals boosts your metabolism
  3. Pasta makes you fat
  4. Coffee can help you lose weight
  5. Milk can help you lose weight
  6. Going on a diet is the best way to lose weight
  7. Eating protein and carbs at different meals will help you lose weight
  8. To lose weight, you need to cut calories drastically
  9. Diet foods help you diet
  10. Eating makes you fat.

Maybe you already knew this, maybe not. If you don’t already have this copy of Real Simple and are dying to know why these are myths leave me a comment and I will get back to you, or you can pick up your very own copy for $4.00 or something at just about any store. I feel healthier just reading this and it’s reiterates my motto “everything in moderation”. Except maybe chocolate. 🙂
Happy Eating!

Chocolate

Posted in food with tags on January 22, 2008 by erin

Question: What time of the day is it socially acceptable to eat chocolate? Is it like beer, 5pm unless it’s happy hour and then 3pm is okay? I guess some people eat chocolate for breakfast but I don’t like ingesting sugar topped with sugar first thing in the morning. I like my breakfast healthy. I don’t like to mix my chocolate with coffee either, like in a Starbucks mocha. I like them separate, although having a piece of chocolate along with coffee would be okay. Can you have desert after breakfast? My husband does, he’ll eat eggs and toast and then have a cookie with his coffee. We have this fancy chocolate we brought back from Sweden. It’s okay but I like Dove Dark Chocolate better. Have you tried the Dove chocolates with carmel? Melt-in-your-mouth-goodness. I just found these lovelies and I will have a large supply in my house until the day I die. I think anytime after 9am is a good time to have chocolate, but that’s just me.

Yoga and Tokyo Joes

Posted in food, yoga with tags , on January 14, 2008 by erin

I have found my Sunday night ritual.
Yoga then take out from Tokyo Joes.
If you have never eaten there I HIGHLY suggest it.
Healthy, Fast and YUM! I think they are only in CO though.
So when you visit, eat here.

In a completely seperate thought: While in yoga class last night, after doing bridge pose 4X, our instructor asked us if our hearts were more open. I took this to mean more than just physically. Metaphorically, was my heart more open? Interesting thought. Something I need to work on each day. My heart, is it more open?

Tea

Posted in food with tags on January 10, 2008 by erin

I love tea. I’m always excited when the weather cools a bit and I can make a steaming pot of tea, curl up on the couch with a great book and read all day. Who am I kidding? Reading all day only happens in my dreams these days, but every once in a while I do get to enjoy a cup of hot tea.

I like the act of making tea. I don’t put H2O in a mug and “zap” it. I love the lengthy process of filling the tea kettle, heating it on the stove, filling my little tea pot (with it’s cute little tea cozy) and steeping the tea to perfection. Plus, I have the perfect tea mugs we always purchase from Canadian Tire when we visit. It has now become a tradition for us to collect these mugs.

Tea makes you feel healthy, doesn’t it? I always feel healthy when I have a “spot of tea”. Like I’m filling my body with goodness. I don’t know why I’ve grown to like tea so, maybe it’s the Canadian in me (can you be part Canadian when your mum was born there?)

My favorite brand is Republic of Tea, favorite flav. is Ginseng Peppermint.

My second favorite is Aveda tea.
Once I tasted this I fell head over heals.
This is good tea, so sweet and minty. So yum!

If you are ever in Boulder, CO I highly suggest a tour of Celestial Seasonings. It’s free and really cool, even the kids would like it. And go into the mint room, I guarantee your nose will be clear for a year after that. You can also buy Celestial Seasonings Tea for a lot less at their plant.