I just read your post above about hospital food and I agree so very strongly. It is absolutely criminal the way people are fed in hospitals. I really shouldn't even get started on this. Last week a person was admitted who had just had a heart attack - he was given a 'heart-healthy' diet tray. All refined carbs. All processed. Really, shouldn't this man get some high quality protein to use in healing his damaged tissues? And he is lying in bed. He doesn't need 300 g of carb, all in the form of sugar and white flour. As I already said, don't get me started!
On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful that I am at home and not in the hospital, being sick and eating horrible food!
Amen sister! You preach it! I am amazed at how quickly I am healing after giving my finger a serious slice the other day. I almost cut the tip of my pinky finger off - but only a small slice on the outside, the rest of the damage was inside. I have never healed this quickly before. It really is pretty cool to watch!
Had a lovely day ... even though DS is fighting off a cold and has been miserable all day as a result. We had omelet for breakfast, an apple and cheese for lunch and then early dinner of roast lamb, roast potatoes, steamed green peas and carrots, roast garlic and onion all with gravy :) YUM. Then for dessert I made an orange cake which we had with heavy cream!! Also a hit with the family - first time and now I have another for the recipe box. The roast potatoes (3 times a year) were perfectly heavenly!!! I had a whole russet potato and enjoyed every bite :) Usually my roast potatoes don't work out that well, but today - oh yeah! My feet are sore and I am tired after lots of time prepping food ... looking forward to bed tonight.
Giggling to myself here. Our dog is so funny with extra special treats ... ever since she was a pup she has a panic attack if I give her something she considers fantastic. SHe will run all over the place whining and crying while she tries to find the perfect hiding place. Well, this evening I gave her raw deer meat, and it turns out it was too much. So she gives me her little signal that she is done with her dinner and ready to get out of her crate. I let her out and she is carrying a BIG piece of meat around (covered in a layer of her own fur - she sheds year round!) I mean, she is so pathetic, she has this terrified look on her face as if someone is chasing her to get her treasure. So I sent her outside hoping she would eat it. Nope, I call her to come in and she comes in still panicky and now the meat is covered in dirt as if she buried it and dug it up again! Put her in her crate so that she feels safe and can eat it in peace. No, she is 'digging' up her pillow and blankets and trying to bury it there. So, I offered her a piece of chicken jerky and managed to get it away from her. Silly pup is very entertaining when she is doing this. Offending piece of deer meat is now in the refrigerator waiting for breakfast time.... We'll see if she copes then ;)
Ok, I have had some time of floundering along. Today is the first day of a 21 day challenge ala Coll style. I like Judg's thought of really keeping focused for a few weeks and then relaxing and consolidating whatever ground you have gained. I just don't seem to be able to keep up the intensity indefinitely. So I am going to track my intake, eat only 85% chocolate (occasionally!) Try to gradually incorporate more exercise ... DH wants to join me on that so that should make it more fun. I am going to try and get into the habit of eating veggies at every meal. And I want to try and take supplements every day. Now that winter weather is here there is definitely hardly any vit D3 from sun exposure. I have to confess that I don't enjoy cod liver oil, but the good kind I get in liquid form is so much cheaper than the ones in capsules that I just need to suck it up and take it. DS can't bear the taste so I have a good kind in a gel capsule that he swallows without hesitation. Can't afford to do that for all of us though. I also need to take the time in the next couple of days to make up more capsules of some of the supplements we have run out of. It really is a time consuming process to get a bottle of capsules put together, but I am so grateful to be able to do that and have good quality supplements for a fraction of the cost of buying them.
The cut on my pinky finger is healed up enough that I don't need to cover it anymore. But I obviously sliced a nerve as there is a numb area and another area that is very sensitive and some strange sensations as well. :( Hopefully the overly painful area settles down as that is a finger I use for playing the bagpipes.... I am hoping the whole thing will be back to normal eventually.
OK, how funny!! It has been a while (months) since I practised my chanter and today I was determined to get going again - the pinky finger that is so grumpy is the one and only that I DON'T use .... how silly of me. Gracious me!
I made some fudge babies today (little balls of processed dates, almonds, cocoa, vanilla) which DS did not like and DD and DH definitely do. I also made some mini -muffins that were a flop. However, hubby has told me that he will eat them nonetheless, so at least they won't go to waste ... Poor guy, shows how starved he is for baked goods ;)
The orange cake from Thanksgiving was finished today - but DS has told me that he wants one for his birthday, he had originally said that he wanted a carrot cake. DD has requested a chocolate cake - found a recipe on Elana's pantry, really hope it is a good one as I just don't have the time to make a trial one before the big day. December is such a busy month with both of the kids birthdays on top of Christmas. Going to head up in the mountains early December to go and cut a Christmas tree with the kids and one of their cousins. Should be fun.
Had a piece of cold German sausage for breakfast with some baby carrots and a mushroom. Lunch was a pretty good chunk of leftover lamb - just love cold lamb! A couple fudge babies, a couple mini muffins (coconut flour based). A couple mugs of black tea with cream. Dinner is meatloaf and berries for dessert. I need to do some foraging tomorrow. Finished a number of veggies the last couple days so the fridge is looking bare indeed. Need to make kale chips tomorrow - family will be thrilled. The meatloaf has lots of veggies in it and I don't really feel like making another veggie dish this evening. I have been trying to keep the munchies at bay today - kept wanting to tour the cupboards looking for more food. Such a bad habit! I need to find a replacement activity when I catch myself doing that. Fortunately I don't have much around that turns my crank as far as snacks go ... not so good for the kids though.
I am feeling far from creative lately when it comes to food. DS is such a picky eater that I get tired of trying to figure out what to feed him. Everyone else loves the food I make and is happy to chow down most of the time. He will just go hungry if the food triggers his gag reflex - and it seems that a lot of tastes and textures will do it. I have to say though - his repertoire has expanded quite a bit since we went primal. He eats way more protein than he ever did before and is at least willing to try things - before he was VERY resistant to even trying new things.
Really tired tonight. Looking forward to bed :) I have been doing a bit better lately with getting to bed at a good time. Makes a huge difference in so many ways. I ran around outside this afternoon for a while rolling up hoses and picking up tools and that kind of thing. Prepping for winter (and eventually a move to our own place - hopefully!)
Fighting off some kind of bug... my chest is achy and got a little cough. Tired, dizzy and not feeling great. Just downed some raw crushed garlic, elderberry syrup, zinc lozenges, echinacea and some extra Vit C, and some homeopathic bits. We'll see if that helps fend it off. Early night for me tonight - slept almost 9 hours last night. Ate reasonably well today, not hungry this evening - just a couple slices of bacon and that was plenty. Spent the morning making herbal heat/ ice packs for the craft fair. Kind of wonder if I am wasting my time - but it is fun and hopefully I make enough to make it worth my while. Kind of testing to see what folks are interested in.
Sorry you're not feeling well, Coll. I hope it settles back into place quickly.
Just keep chipping away at things. Change one small habit here, one small habit there, and you will eventually get there.
When I was preparing to lose weight pre-Primal, I would ask myself continually, "Is there something else I could eat/drink that would be better but just as much fun?" I knew I wanted a better lifestyle that I could maintain for the rest of my life, so it had to be joyful. Bit by bit I found those better ways. Sometimes it was just to eat a smaller helping.
I recommend not eating too many starchy things. I do have potatoes occasionally or a bit of rice, but I try to keep it infrequent and small helpings. And I try not to have more than one starchy food a day. Bananas and sweet potatoes are included in there. And when I'm in active weight loss mode, I cut them even further, and eliminate desserts, even allowable ones. It's only temporary, so it's not too intimidating. It's amazing what you can do when you know when it's going to end.
Hope you are feeling better today. Seems like half of us are down for the count right now.
I seem to have kept the bug at bay with all my various dosings of garlic etc. Little bit of a drippy nose but otherwise I seem pretty much fine - grateful for that indeed! Just been busy doing school and life. Trying to keep going with school almost 6 days a week at the moment so that when the time comes to move I have leeway and don't have to do school at the same time. Nothing worse than trying to pack up a whole household and keep kids focused on school - talk about a recipe for insanity (for me anyway!) Just struggling with having the munchies lately. Just got to keep on trying though....
Will the old dieter's trick of munching on celery and carrot sticks help? You're allowed to add fat to them now. Celery and nut butters or seasoned Greek yogurt, carrots and mayo or guacamole... Broccoli or cauliflower florets. Veggies to the rescue!