Monday, January 7, 2013

Sustainability...ARGH!

So, the detox was a four-day one.  And that fourth day was this past Saturday.  That meant that Day Five could be a return to regularly scheduled bad eating habits...

Wait.  What?  No.  Urm.  Did I say that out loud? 

I knew, deep-down, I was not ready for a long-term commitment to this detox diet.  Four days without coffee, wine, meat, and a little sugar?  Boy howdy, no!  I'd go crazy within the week.

However, I was loathe to undo all the good work I'd spent the last four days doing.  I needed a compromise - and it looked something like this:

- stay off the soda.  Both of us.  However, I could do coffee, though not to excess.
- resume eating as usual, with keener attention to preparation, recipes, etc.  The idea was to keep meals as simple as possible.

Sunday involved a trip to our state's capital, to an Olive Garden, and the newest, showiest grocery store in the state.  I felt that I did well...the Unlimited soup, salad, and breadstick combo deal...I mean, that seems like a decent way to ease back into everyday eating, right?

Then, I learned (after the fact, of course) the dressing on Olive Garden's iceberg lettuce is composed of the following ingredients: 

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup white vinegar 
1 teaspoon vegetable oil 
2 tablespoon corn syrup 
2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese 
2 tablespoon Romano cheese 
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or one clove garlic, minced 
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
sugar (optional)

Huh.  Mayo?  Corn syrup?  Huh?  Why do those things need to be in my salad dressing?  I'd planned on the salad's health factor to hedge my bets on the bowl of creamy Zuppa Toscana and two breadsticks.  So much for that, really.  Then, after going to a season premiere of 'Downton Abbey' party last night (light snacks only)...it's no wonder the scale went up nearly a pound this morning.

I shrugged and went on with the day.  I'd figured it would go like that...but it's time to search for the balance somehow. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Day 3 of the Detox

Basically, here we are, day three of our four-day diet cleanse, and here's the insights I've gleaned so far:

1. Day One was a breeze...because we were high on the idea of cleansing, getting healthy, etc., and that carried us through the day. 

Side note: Let it not be forgotten, though, around 2:30 p.m., Brent and I were hit with terrible caffeine-withdrawal headaches.

2. Day Two is not a breeze.  We came down from our beginner's high, and spend much of the day either tired, headachy from lack of food/caffeine, or thinking about food.

Side note: This is good.  It's our body's way of punishing us for the crap we put into it over the last few weeks/months/decades.

3. Day Three is mostly awesome.  No headaches from caffeine withdrawal, and we feel pretty confident that We Can Do This...Though, Not Forever.  We have more energy, are more alert and with it.

Side note: Also, bowel movements become regular...like, once a day.  We're not craving foods that are mostly bad for us.  This is good.  Our body is on the road to forgiving us for the damage we've done.

Stay tuned for the finale tomorrow!

By the way, want to read more about detoxing?  Check out Natasha Uspensky's blog here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Food: The Worst Habit of All?

I know, I know.  The title of this blog and the title of this particular blog entry seem to be at odds.  And I should clarify.  Food itself is not a bad habit, but it can become so.  Especially when it comes to habits and routines.

To get rid of the sluggy weight we've been lugging around over the holidays, Brent and I are doing a 4-day detoxifying diet cleanse.  I pieced together some things I found online (found here The Organic Beauty Blog), and basically, here are the primary concepts:

1. No processed, refined, artificial foods (this includes processing done at home).
2. No caffeine or alcohol.

It sounds simple, and really, it is the way we should all be eating (although I've missed by proteins).

This morning for breakfast, we both had a smoothie, which consisted of mostly greens like spinach, arugula, etc., raspberries, pineapple, and a little agave nectar for flavor.

Lunch was a garbanzo bean salad wrapped in romaine lettuce.   We had a snack this afternoon - a red delicious apple.

Dinner tonight will be a vegetable soup that contains cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers.  Our kids won't be forced to go as austere as we are - they'll get a sandwich with their soup.  :-)

So yeah, we're off the meat, the flours, the soda, the wine for four days.  But, it's funny.

When our food intake is limited, suddenly food is everywhere around us.  And old habits die hard.  Especially the bad habits.  Like my husband's nearly daily trip to the local gas station for a 32-oz. Diet Mountain Dew (Diet Coke for me, too, if I happened to be around) after he'd dropped the kids off for school.  And that little trip was sorely missed this morning....especially around 3 p.m., when our caffeine withdrawal headaches hit full-on.

But, the first day's the worst, right?  So we soldier on.  Because the kids were back in school, we had a free day, so we went to see 'Lincoln'...and found ourselves staring another bad habit down its cost-inflated, butter-coated throat - buying popcorn and soda. 

It was a bit sad, really, buying only one measly bottle of water at the concession stand.  But, we paid $4.50 for that bottle of water, and suddenly we were glad of the money we've saved by not spending it on food that would be eaten before the previews were over.

And as I've just finished my vegetable soup that reminds me of something Charlie Bucket would have eaten, I'm reminded of all these other habits I have when it comes to food.  Like usually craving (and eating) something sweet after dinner.  Or when we stop at a gas station for gas, I usually bop inside for something to drink (usually a soda).  And there are others, I'm sure, that will come to light in the next few days.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Is Here, and So Am I!

Laissez les bon temps rouler...as the French say...let the good time times roll!  One of my New Year's Resolutions is to seriously think about (and then enact) a real and present purpose for my two blogs here at blogspot.  Honestly, I haven't blogged at http://wishyouwereherehdnelson.blogspot.com/ for several months now, and I'm hanging on by a dear thread here at Be Food.  And while I don't like the idea of discontinuing the blogs, I'm trying to simplify things as much as possible around here, especially while I'm in school. 

Anyway, onto the pictures.  This year's Christmas Day dinner theme was Cajun.  We spent the holiday in Texas with my brother, and he and I went back and forth on a theme.  Italian - no.  Mexican - no.  Eclectic - no.  He finally let slip that he was deep-frying the turkey Cajun-style, and I said that's it...there's the theme. 

And here's the menu:

The turkey attempts to put up a fight before going into the fryer


Here's the appetizer spread: crabcakes, muffaletta bites, and Cajun meatballs

Shrimp etouffee
Sweet Potato Pie

Caramel Apple Cheesecake


Everything pictured here is from scratch (the rice for the etouffee was from a bag), and I forgot to get pictures of the Buttermilk Biscuits.  My sister in law made a green bean casserole, and we all let the good times roll!