Thursday, May 27, 2010

Addicted To Sugar - Day 3

Feeling okay today. For those of you who are thinking of kicking a bad habit, it may seem a daunting task and I felt and still feel that way but I think the important thing is to take it one day at a time. It is such a cliche, but it's true. If you think too far down the line then you just end up feeling overwhelmed again. Plan out your meals, get out there and move, go to the gym, or for a run, and now that the weather is warming up, take up some swimming lessons. The point is to get your mind off of thinking about what your missing.
So this weekend I am going to be at a friends house and I need to keep my focus. I can do this...I can do it because...I can! We are able to make choices every day, this is my choice and the only one that can make it happen is me! I will be back in touch after the weekend.
Have a great one!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Addicted To The White Stuff - Day 2

Hi There,
Well I am in day 2 of no sugar. Just to be clear here I am eating fruit and some dried fruit, some mornings I may have some orange juice. Im really not so concerned with those forms of sugar, because they are healthy and contain vitamins and fiber. I am really more concerned with white sugar, although I have committed to no agave nectar, raw sugar, maple syrup etc...
This is hard, and I can see myself becoming a very unhappy person over the next few days, I feel as though I am missing something, Im not able to satisfy myself with that little morsel of sweetness.
I wanted to have a bowl of cereal tonight, then realized it has added sugar, not much, I do try to buy low sugar cereal, I think it was some kind of fiber flake crunch. I also have shredded wheat, but not as much fun at 0 sugars. So, I had 2 dried apricots and called it a night, going to bed feeling really dis-satisfied. I so want this craving to go away.
Well, day three tomorrow, I will try to eat less dried fruit.
Goodnight! and remember, we are all Ripped Chix inside, whether you are taking the first steps to fitness, or training for an event, or trying to eat healthier, or like me, trying to break a habit, the important thing is your taking that step towards a better you, so rock on!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Addicted To The White Stuff

I know what your thinking but NO, I am talking about sugar. It might as well be considered an illegal drug though for it has absolutely no nutritional value and for some people, like myself is next to impossible to stay away from it's sweet and dangerous clutches.

Yes, I admit it I am a sugar addict, have been all my life, I take after my Mom, who's breakfast usually consist of some sticky sweet danish. Im not that bad but I do see myself there in 30 years.

Through all my experience and knowledge in the health and fitness world I feel pretty good about my daily nutritional choices, 5-6 meals throughout the day consisting of oatmeal and eggs in the morning, protein shakes after a good workout, lean chicken, complex carbs get the picture. However, I can go a few days feeling great about not eating sugar and then the craving starts creeping up on me like a tidal wave, I start fantasizing about a candy bar, or ice cream, in the grocery store I stare longingly at the candy in the check out isle, all the while talking myself down hoping I can beat it this one time. I know all the tricks...drink a glass of water, have a piece of fruit, think of rainbows...blah, blah, blah, it does not work for me.

I know some of these suggestions work for some people, but not everyone, I know what I have to do, but Im afraid. Just like anyone addicted to something the only answer is the complete avoidance of the substance. I do not eat processed, packaged foods so no problem there, it's giving up the beautiful desserts and treats and candy that I have found comfort in all these years. It's like saying goodbye to an old dear that stabs you in the back... but no less still a friend. I've already given up the cream in my coffee, the maple syrup on my protein pancakes, it was just a tablespoon, geesh! AND I refuse to eat fake sugar. NO this is the big guns now, no added sugar in my foods, more candy, chocolate cakes, praline ice cream, baklava, etc...Oh my god what about my occasional rum and coke???

Someday, I may be able to have some of these things in moderation, however right now it's all or nothing!

So, I am going to start today, since I had no sugar in my coffee. I will not eat any sugar for the next 30 days, I know I will see improvements in my tummy at least, Im in good shape but, my tummy has all the tell tale signs of sugar consumption. We'll see, I will keep you posted!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Curried Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

This is such a yummy meal, lentils provide alot of protein and when combined with the whole grain rice you then have a complete protein. The chewiness of the rice, earthy sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and the mellow spiciness of the curry is truely a deliciuos combination, served with my special silver spoon from my friend Laurie and it's...perfection.

2 cups cooked green lentils
1 cup cooked wehani rice, or other brown rice variety
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 small sweet potatoes sliced
1 carrot diced
1 celery stalk diced
2-cups chicken broth, low sodium
2 tablespoons yellow curry
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 bay leaves

In a dutch oven heat oil over medium/low heat
add onion, garlic, carrot, celery, saute until onions are translucent.
Add sweet potatoes, cook another 5 minutes.
Add bay leaves, curry powder, chicken broth and rice, cover and cook 30 minutes.
Add lentils, soy sauce, sesame oil and cook another 5-10 minutes. add more broth if too thick.

Adjust seasonings if needed