Monday, 27 February 2012
If I don't eat at restaurants when I'm on vacation, how will I get to know other people? I'm always interested to meet new people in different places.
My reframing was: since when do I make new friends in restaurants? Maybe that could happen occasionally but not most of the time. My mountain biking and kayaking hobbies take me off the beaten path and usually involve conversations with other people from the local area.
I've had a few experiences on my current vacation that demonstrate there are other ways to meet new people in different places than in restaurants. First, yesterday in Whole Foods I had a lovely conversation with the college student who checked my groceries. She told me all about her interest in how the indigenous Chinese are reacting to domestic tourism. Boy did I learn a lot! Today was an awesome experience though. I was riding my mountain bike on a trail and realized I was going in the wrong direction when I met up with a guy at an intersection. We got into one of the most enjoyable conversations of my life. He was like a sage to me. Okay, this is just one of those right place in the right times kind of things, but he is wiser than me in things I'm very interested in, and I got some of the best advice I've ever gotten. One thing he said was, he tries not to define who he is because it limits who he can be. An example he gave is some recent songs he wrote that are completely out of character for him---because he had defined a character for himself. And when he writes songs, he doesn't know where it will take him--I find that with my writing too. And he had lots of wise meditation advice. He sang me a song inspired by meditation. Then we said goodbye and headed off in our respective directions. Then later on I came to another intersection where a difficult trail went off from. I asked the two guys there how hard it is, and got into another very fun conversation. I just really liked these guys--I'm kind of sad I'll probably never see them again. I saw them two times later (they checked up on me after I did the difficult loop and then later on at the parking lot). We had a hard time stopping our conversation each time. They also gave me lots of tips on mountain biking and kayaking. It was so fun. That reminds me of another time I was riding near Amarillo, TX in a cool canyon and ended up riding with these three guys and had lots of fun. These were guys I probably wouldn't have normally interacted with in daily life. We probably have different politics, religion, all that labeling stuff.
Well, this is probably a bit off-topic, healthwise, but it shows that my negativity was uncalled for---why it's good to monitor your thoughts!
- monitoring my thoughts to find out what my negative thoughts are. This is not as easy as it sounds. Meditation is a good way to learn to do this. It teaches you how to be aware of your thoughts.
- reframing my thoughts. This was easy and fun for me. You just have to make sure you believe your reframing.
- practice my reframing. This takes remembering but is reasonably fun since it's positive.
- Regarding healthy eating and weight loss, I don't know if this will work but I'm going to try this: be happy with myself when I do well, and to refuse to be unhappy with myself when I'm not perfect.
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Here's the lettuce cut up and put in three bowls (8 cup bowls!). a giant bunch of kale is next (half for tomorrow, half the next day):
I like to add in my seed mixture to the lettuce and stir it around. Tomorrow when I add the vinegar, it will get soaked by the seed mixture and won't all sink to the bottom"
okay, now the kale is on top of that:
local tomatoes, yum!
okay, this probably doesn't go at all with tomatoes but I don't care. I can eat the tomatoes first. This is fresh local strawberries, plus some blueberries and raspberries from far away. Most of the blueberries and raspberries are in a separate bowl for travel companion:
add in a can of chickpeas:
tomorrow I'll add vinegar to the salads.
Friday, 24 February 2012
- I am no better than anyone else
- (therefore) I don't deserve to feel good about myself for eating healthy [what???]
- people must think I'm weird (work lunches, business travel in bars and restaurants)
- I wish I could join in in the fun (beer, popcorn, ice cream at terrace, popcorn at movies, etc)
- (when delicious SAD treats are available that I used to love): I want some but I can't have any. I'm in nutritarian prison.
- my foodie friends may not want to be friends with me anymore
- I wish I could eat that
- I'm a weirdo and extremist for preparing salads in my hotel room.
Now to reframe these negative thoughts:
- considering all the negative messages I've given myself, I've done incredibly well at sticking to my guns
- I'm passionate
- I'm a trailblazer
- I have discovered the secret to health and long life
- I'm smart for figuring this out
- not only to do I know what to do, I am doing it
- I am successful at eating healthy in an unhealthy world
- I deserve credit for my success, I deserve to compliment myself occasionally
- I am proud of what I'm doing
- I have nothing to apologize for
- I enjoy preparing salads in my hotel room, and I enjoy even more eating the food I prepare
- (while traveling, parties, restaurants:) I'm proud of how I eat; I have no reason to apologize, my food tastes better and is better for me. It's a free country!
- (when delicious SAD treats are available that I used to love): I want some but I can't have any. well, I don't really want it because I'll feel like crap if I eat it. it's a pretty minor thing to give up for feeling good every day. what else do I want to do? mountain bike and kayak. permission granted!
- If I had to eat SAD food every day, THEN I would be in SAD prison
- what are people's most common new year's resolutions? eat better and lose weight. so why am I weird for doing that?
- my foodie friends appear to still enjoy my company
- thank goodness I don't have to eat that
- (regarding food prep in the hotel room): I'm the world's greatest nutritarian road warrior!
Let me just preface this post by saying that everyone at my place of employment has some kind of cold or upper respiratory illness. This means I am slathering on the hand sanitizer like nobody’s business and using bleach wipes to clean my desk every day. Germs!
This makes green smoothies packed with greens, fruit, and oats especially appropriate. I drank one on my way to work the other day, and I’m sure everyone was wondering what sort of green sludge was hanging out in my to-go tumbler.
One of my coworkers ate chicken noodle soup the other day, which I thought was pretty brilliant considering the cold weather and cold illness going around, so I decided to make my own version +/- a few ingredients.
anti-germ vegetable soup
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots or sweet potatoes, chopped
- 1 T butter or oil
- 1 cup quinoa or noodles of your choice
- 1 cup kale
- 5-6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
Sauté onion and celery in butter until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add carrots or sweet potatoes (or both) and cook for a few more minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and heat until quinoa or noodles are cooked.
And when I feel a bug coming on, I usually do the following:
- drink tons of water or hot tea
- take vitamin C
- eat more fruit and vegetables (natural nutrients)
- get lots of sleep
- cut out sugar
What’s the theory on sugar and infection? This one is up for debate, but some experts think that sugar inhibits the body’s natural defense against invading pathogens and promotes an environment favorable to the growth of pathogenic organisms. Others say the similar structures of sugar and vitamin C create competition for uptake into the body’s cells. Whatever the proposed theories, I have certainly found this to be true.
What about zinc and vitamin C as immune boosters?
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, oral zinc may help reduce the length and severity of colds, but it also has potential to cause side effects (GI effects) and participate in drug nutrient interaction. Intranasal zinc should not be used due to risk of severe side effects.
Vitamin C has not been proven to prevent colds but may slightly reduce their length and severity.
So, while everyone else is stocking up on puffs plus, I’m having another round of wheat grass [oh joy].
what are your go-to strategies for preventing the plague of death?
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Turn on the oven to 350. Throw a bunch of asparagus on a baking sheet. put in the oven for 30 minutes. take out. let cool. chop into smaller pieces if you want.
Boy is this ever good. It has a sweet taste, and the tops are crunchy. I'm going to put it on my salad tomorrow.
So what do you call that: baked, roasted, or grilled?
Monday, 20 February 2012
So overall, eh, it was okay, I can't say I want anymore cookies right now, thankfully. I'm ready to go back into prison. I know if I kept going I'd get addicted because that's what sugar and chocolate do to you. So I'm ready for some walls to protect me. sorry, like I said I'm having fun with this. It kind of fits the situation: You try to stay in prison as long as possible. Well, how easy it that? Probably not so easy. That reflects reality pretty well for a lot of people I think. When you leave prison it's probably both a happy and sad event. When you go back in, maybe it's happy, maybe sad, maybe both. At least maybe you don't have so much negative judgment against yourself---what's to judge about leaving prison? It turns the shame on its head.
Update the next morning: Last night I stepped out of prison again to sample a few more things: Let's see, a small piece of white bread (from a "demi-baguette") with a dab of jam, a small bowl of spaghetti noodles with tomato sauce, a few lightly salted peanuts, 2 pieces of chocolate, and a few lightly salted chips. Really, not a binge of any sort, just some taste tests (it was okay, nothing to write home about). But boy do I feel different today. wow, what a reminder. truly fascinating. the chocolate interfered with my sleep. I definitely look forward to returning to prison today, and feeling normal again tomorrow. Interesting too how I conveniently forgot about the consequences even though I've experienced this plenty of times to remember. That's the power of addiction. I hate to be stark but that's what it feels like to me. Well, I have too many things to do to think about it anymore. Have a great day everyone. I plan to despite my brain fog!
I suspect that was a controversial post, but I'm not done with the idea just yet. There's something about the limitations worth exploring.
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Well, after several years of being a nutritarian, I sometimes feel like I am in a prison too. I am so used to eating healthy that I can't tolerate the unhealthy stuff. I find it easier to go 100% healthy than 90%. But that means I eat differently from everyone else, all the time. This is easily twisted into feeling that I'm not allowed to eat what everyone else eats, and feeling sad about that. They are all provided snacks and catered meals from one of the best restaurants in town, and I am not! They are raving about the food and I can't have any! Rationally, I know I likely wouldn't like the oily, salty food, and the snacks are mostly junk.
Rationally I get positive messages all the time that I am doing what I want to do. At one point today we were supposed to meditate on pain and I was one of the few people in the room with no pain to meditate on. I'm probably one of the few who doesn't take medications. My lunch and snacks were yummy.
So why am I still after all these years experiencing jealousy? Maybe it's just a last step of dredging up some old feelings so I can shed them like a snake sheds skin. Would that ever be a relief.
The workshop was great by the way. This is definitely a fun new adventure for me. Hard to believe I'm saying that about sitting around doing nothing. haha.
Saturday, 18 February 2012
I didn't really want to celebrate by eating the sugar/refined foods. so I celebrated with some of my favorites. Here were the ingredients:
That's essene (aka manna) bread, banana, raw pecan/cashew butter, frozen sweet cherries.
First we have my version of peanut butter and jelly; that is, essence bread topped with the nut butter, and frozen sweet cherries (thawed in microwave along):
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Umm, this is not a valentine’s day post. Sorry for the disappointment, but I feel like there’s enough schmooze going around the interwebs this time of year. Not that it’s a bad thing to celebrate love, but I think every day is a good day to love the people in your life…
So, let the swappage begin…
1} $9 wraps at the deli hurt the wallet and the soul
Good news; you can make your own. Roasted red pepper hummus + lettuce + grated and cooked sweet potato, onion, lentil, and egg mixture + feta cheese on a whole wheat wrap. And it doesn’t cost a kidney.
2} goodbye office supplies of boringness and monotony that make me want to poke out my eyes.
This is my work survival stash: crazy colored post-its and highlighters courtesy of my very thoughtful boyfriend, gum, chapstick, inkjoy pens, peppermint tea, and lots of lined legal pads.
3} bad restaurant food that makes your insides want to die.
I recently met a friend for dinner at the electric cheetah. Black rice with green beans, fresh mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and grilled tofu = extremely simple but delicious. One of those meals that I’d like to replicate at home.
4} work clothes of uncomfortableness and varying shades of taupe.
Who decided that tailored trousers and uncomfortable tops and blazers were considered more work appropriate than say…colored skinny jeans, Toms, and cardigans?
And thus, I end my rant for the night. What sort of things are you swapping out these days?
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Well, hello February.
January was a busy month as evidenced by my lack of blogging. This warm winter has been fantastic, though, especially because I walk to work. A couple of weekends ago we did finally get some snow, but it’s completely gone now.
I don’t know if you’ve tried lentil hummus yet, but I’ve been a bit obsessed with it lately. It’s also really inexpensive to make, probably even less expensive than homemade bean hummus ($0.12/oz). The last time I did a comparison this = 3x cheaper than storebought hummus.
With the new month, I’ve noticed a change in breakfast patterns. I have been on 3 different breakfast kicks since starting this blog during grad school in 2009.
- [2007-2010] oatmeal in every way imaginable
- [2010-2011] egg + toast
-  green smoothies are making a comeback
I have to admit that this latest kick has been inspired by convenience and trying to streamline my morning routine.
Overnight, I refrigerate directly in the blender container:
- 1/2 cup oats,
- ~1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup of raw kale
- 1 T peanut butter
- 1 banana
- cinnamon, and a little vanilla extract
In the morning, I just turn the blender on, and breakfast is served in 2.5 seconds.
Do you eat the same thing every day for breakfast?
And I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about food and the standard American diet (SAD), how nutrition is a simple yet seemingly impossible solution to a wealth of diseases, how we have the power to take control of our health yet continually choose quick fixes, and how we have to make decisions about whether or not what we buy at the grocery store is real food. Nutrition isn’t simple stuff anymore.
The ready availability of energy dense, nutrient poor junk food and fast food doesn’t help anything. I know a lot of these thoughts are coming from frustration after reviewing a lot of diet records filled with processed products, but it just makes me sad that so many people truly don’t know what it looks like to eat things that don’t come out of packages and boxes…and for that matter, why the American Dietetic Association even promotes some of these products. Personally, I find that incredibly shameful, and it’s part of the reason I’m no longer a part of that organization (still a registered dietitian, just not a formal member of the ADA).
But enough on that…in other [good] news, my ankle is nearly healed; thanks for all the well wishes. Running is such a huge outlet for me, and I’m glad that it can be part of life again. And I’ll try to be more careful this time. ;)