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An Oatmeal Kind of Day

23 Aug

Good Morning!  Well, at least it was after I sent Olivia back to bed for a few extra minutes to think about her poor attitude.  Once she realized I wasn’t kidding, she got up with a smile on her face and a tummy ready for some breakfast.  I made oatmeal for all three of us.  I’m also using oatmeal in two other recipes today, granola and granola bars.  Better get going while it’s still cool outside. 

Started with the finest ingredients.  Ok, well the pretty darn delicious ones.  Justin requested the addition of butter and like the good wife I am, I obliged.  Pecans were also involved.

 

“Mama, I’m hungry.”

I think she likes it…

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Different Can Be Hard

19 Aug

Today has been much better, but yesterday…well, that’s a different story.  Anyone who has gone on a diet knows the first couple of days are rough.  Even though I’ve been eating whole foods for some time now, I still allow myself a few treats and this past weekend was no exception.  We had friends over on Sunday afternoon and of course a there was a ton of food!  Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t go crazy but I overindulged, even on the “good” stuff.  Then on Monday I had Justin bring home dinner…pizza (traditionally my favorite, but it wasn’t that great.  I really wanted it to be good).  Then there was just a little bit of ice cream left in the freezer, so we both had a some of that.  And then…I felt gross.  I hadn’t eaten like that in a LONG time and I was so sluggish, tired and just did not feel good at all.  What a good reminder of why I changed my eating habits in the first place!  But, even though it had only been a few days of going back to the way I used to eat, it’s still been tough to get back into the swing of things. 

Justin and I both had headaches yesterday, which I largely attribute to ridding our bodies of junk.  I really feel for Justin, since he’s making some pretty radical changes in a short amount of time.  I’ve gradually changed what I put into my body, but one thing I did cut off completely and cold turkey was any kind of soda.  It was so bad at one point that my brother told me that he didn’t know I actually drank water, only Diet Coke.  My usual at Sonic was “half and half Coke”, so I was still taking in a lot of sugar.  Since the beginning of May I haven’t had a single sip.  It’s still hard for me to avoid craving it, especially if I see one that’s nice and COLD, but honestly the best part about not drinking it anymore is not having that dependence.  You know…it’s 2 o’clock and all drinks are 1/2 price!  And it’s hot outside! It’s just a two-minute car ride and I don’t even need to wear my shoes!  And if I don’t have it, I’m just going to go NUTS!  Yeah.  It’s nice not being that person anymore

Knowing that my husband might abandon ship if I don’t get him something sweet and stat, tonight I made granola bars.  I even let him have some of the batter.  Ok, I had some, too.  I made this batch with walnuts and almond butter and I’m eager to see if I let them sit out overnight if they will stay together a little bit better.  It’s been a while since we’ve had them, but I had been waiting on an order from Azure Standard.  This time I ordered 25 lbs. of organic oatmeal.  Yep.  I know I sound like some crazy food storage nut job (Glenn Beck, anyone?), but I really think we will eat it all.  I’m eager to see how long it will last around here.

Curious what we’ve been eating?  Some really good stuff : sautéed gulf shrimp with whole wheat couscous, roasted chicken with red onions and potatoes, and tonight we had salmon, green beans from the farmer’s market (with BUTTER) and quinoa.  I’m also looking forward to tomorrow’s lunch with a friend or two; I’m making taco salad with grass-fed ground beef and a homemade cilantro-lime dressing.  YUM.