Celebrating Around Food – Giving In To The Crave

•May 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It’s so easy to use celebrations for excess eating. The other night I celebrated my 38th wedding anniversary at a wonderful restaurant on the top of Bear Mountain. It was a celebration of the spot prawn, a wonderful creature in abundance in the waters around our part of Vancouver Island. It was actually 2 days after my anniversary because on our anniversary I went out for dinner with 3 girlfriends, celebrating because one was visiting from Calgary and it was the only time all of us could see each other. And..we had been out the night before to celebrate our oldest daughter’s birthday. Before that, Mother’s Day – much celebrating. The Log House Pub celebrated my request for a tequila Caesar! Sigh some many wonderful things to celebrate – around food.

Satisfied Guilt PuppyCelebrating things like anniversaries allows me to order what I crave – prawns, mmmmmm. Whether it’s at a 4-star restaurant or Swiss Chalet, celebrating is a wonderful time to chuck the diet and eat what you are really craving. Yep, fries with that, the hot chicken sandwich with not only tons of gravy but thick white bread. I know it lasted three meals but what about the cheesecake the other night? It was part of the 4 course prawn celebration and Norm ate at least half of it!

But it was all good and I loved it. My fridge was full of chicken, Thai and other leftovers for my lunches all the last week. That’s a good thing, isn’t it? So why do I feel so guilty, still? Because my heart and head are good. And..it turns out I didn’t gain a pound. I guess because I talk so much when I’m out with people I eat slower and get full before I’m finished. I consume less per meal. This gives me lots of restaurant/celebration food to take home for other meals. And, as a bonus, I didn’t and don’t have to cook! Nice! Oops, something more to celebrate. Now, let me see, what am I craving?

Thanks for listening.   ;D

New knee coming up!

I Hang My Head In Shame

•May 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I have been avoiding writing my blog because I have gained weight. Lots of weight. I’m eating all kinds of things I shouldn’t be eating; I’m not exercising and I know what I’m doing is bad. The shame of it. Public service thin

I actually believe that I’m feeling really sorry for myself – again! I’m in pain pretty much 24/7 and I’m trying to get a pile of things done before knee replacement surgery on the 29th of this month. This is s long weekend and if I go out on the deck, it’s right next to the kitchen with all kinds of goodies in it. Blueberries with French vanilla yogurt sounds good doesn’t it? It is and a little more and a little more and…

So, now, by writing and posting this I’m hanging it out for all to see and this will motivate me to stay on my diet and do the things I’m supposed to do. Already I don’t feel hungry and it’s lunch time, not that waiting for a specific eating time ever stopped me before. But I am more aware. Self aware.

I am an emotional eater. My biggest problem is that I am a very emotional person and with every emotion – and there are hundreds – I eat. But I make the choices that go with my emotions. no one else does. I can’t blame anyone but myself. I have problems but it’s what I choose to do about them is what I am responsible for. And if you ask anyone who knows me they will tell you that I am a very responsible person. Ha! I’ve fooled them all!

Not really, I am a grown-up (chronologically) and can act like one. So I will. Back on the good food wagon. I’ll be making love to the veggies and fruit that fill my fridge. Lose weight lose keys

Thanks for listening. ;D  Diane


•May 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

What the hell is “gastroeconomics“? I read it in a blog this morning by . It’s where you look at the calories of something you eat and how the food is going to affect you. You can save calories, burn calories, too much has an effect and too few also have an affect. You can hoard calories for a special occasion and you can go over budget and suffer the consequences. POUNDS!

I’ve never considered looking at food and eating in the same light as economics but it really does work that way. What do you think? Are you over budget, I went over last night so I’ll have to “save” some today to make up for the shortfall. maybe a good walk will work off some of my debt, too.

Thanks for listening. ;D Diane

Carrot Cake

Times-Colonist May 2015

Skinny Jeans – Mine or Oprah’s

•April 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Oprah's Skin Tight Jeans

Oprah’s Skin Tight Jeans vs Comfy Jeans

I’ve been thinking about what “skinny jeans” actually means. The first time I heard about skinny jeans relating to the size of the wearer was on Oprah. She had a pair of jeans she couldn’t wear because she was too big for them so she used them as motivation to lose a ton of weight (not literally but I bet she’s lost and found at least a ton in her lifetime). She called them her “skinny jeans” meaning she would have to be skinny to wear them.

I will never be skinny. I do not have a single pair of jeans in my closet to motivate me. Oops, I lie, I have a pair of size 28 jeans from my heaviest (300 pounds). They are huge but I remember them as a wee bit loose and most 300 pound women don’t have anything loose. They are now my “before” jeans but I haven’t dared to buy any “after” jeans. I truly have not set a final weight goal. I have an “about” goal of about 150 pounds. But 175 might be better for me. I won’t know until I get there.

Back to skinny jeans. No jeans will make me look skinny…ever! But I have 2 pairs of jeans labeled “Skinny”. They have narrow legs, above the hip waistlines so it actually looks like I have a waist, great stretchability and they are size 18. To be under a size 20 is an accomplishment for me. I like them. But my favourite are my jeggings. Jeggings are jeans so tight, stretchy and lighter denim than regular; they are jeans crossed with leggings = jeggings. They do make me look thinner and they also have an elastic waist (mmmm so comfy). But since I bought them I’ve lost a bit more weight so they are not skin tight on me like leggins would be but they are my favourite jeans. I could call them my “skinny jeans” but since I’m wearing them now, they are not that great of a motivator. Sigh. oprah_skinny_jeansPlaces like Lane Bryant and Pennington’s have all kinds of jeans with style names like “curvy”, “flare”, “boyfriend”, “cuffed capri”, and even “genius fit” with the state of the art “tummy tightener”. More sighs.

When I get to where I want to be I will have to find new jeans and they’ll then become my “goal jeans”, but that will be after the fact and the styles may have changed by then to bell-bottoms (and my bottom is not as big as the Liberty Bell but close), boyfriend jeans (Norm’s jeans are way too small for me) or high-waisted boot cut. Now try and get motivated by those!!!

OK, I won’t buy any more jeans until these ones are falling off me either from being way too big or just worn out. And even if they are cut slim and I look great in them, I don’t think they’ll be skinny because I sure won’t be. And according to my daughter, Shauna, being called skinny isn’t as fun as it sounds!

Thanks for listening.  ;D  Diane


Detox Water – Dr Oz and Oprah Will Love This

•April 18, 2015 • 3 Comments

Did you drink your 8 glasses of water yesterday? I did. I love water. I love ice water, Fat flush water, lemon-lime sparkling water, even whiskey and water. And when I see things like Detox Water it makes me feel really good that lots of people are making water even better themselves and others!!!! Dr oz and Oprah are always looking for ways to help themselves like water. And adding stuff to it works!!! I actually have a litre (quart) of fat flush water in my fridge right now. MMmmmmm…

So, how do you make Detox Water?

Detox waterYep, it’s that easy. If you’re using the long English cucumbers you only use half. You’re going to go through a lot of lemons, cukes and mint. I’ve refilled the jug once and it tasted just a little bit weaker. You can even grow the mint in your own garden, just don’t grow it where anything else grows because mint will take over everything.

Try it. Drink your 8 cups of water and feel really good about it. I truly like ginger and lemon water, and limes and ruby grapefruit in sparkling lemon-lime water. It tastes truly exotic and beats pop. Just remember never to use soda or mineral water. They have too many minerals and may have too much salt as well.

Thanks for listening and pass it on to Oprah and Dr Oz. But I’m thinking it’ll show up in their “secrets” episodes.

;D  Diane

No Carb – Gluten Free Salad!

•April 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Low carb gluten free salad

Enjoy! Thanks for reading. ;D Diane

Turkey – The Gateway Drug

•April 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It was Easter Sunday yesterday and I made a turkey for the “Holiday Dinner”. Turkey is the special meal in our family and it can work if you are on a restricted diet. Nothing tells your family how much you love them as whipped potatoes and gravy.turkey meal

I usually do a 20-pounder so there are lots of leftovers but this one was just a tiny turkey, 7 pounds. I’ve made bigger chickens. I made the normal amount of stuffing which resulted in a very full bird and a stuffing cake cooked separately in the oven. 5 pounds of potatoes got mashed and whipped. A mutant yam (seriously huge) was cut up and slow roasted to candied with Fireball and butter. A plethora of carrots were cooked to toothsomeness. I figured I could keep to my diet very well with turkey, a small serving of yams, a smidgen of gravy, and lots of carrots. Sigh. The turkey was wonderful. But it did make me want to add a pile of potatoes and dressing. I didn’t, but I was already at the precipice of craving.

The first sign of temptation was Shauna bringing a beautiful bottle of Black Crow wine. It was very nice and I thought I was doing OK when I only had one glass. Leanne had made a “cake that came with low calories, low fat Cool Whhhip and toasted coconut. I thought I could resist when we all left the table before dessert. But an hour later we all had room for a taste. It seems she had pierced the cake and poured and amazing mixture of coconut cream and condensed milk, I have a severe addiction to condensed milk. BHAM!!! My defenses went down.

I had told Norm “no chocolate” and so the Easter Bunny left me flowers. But Shauna brought chocolate and Leanne gave me Lindt dark chocolate eggs. Sigh, turkey had opened the gateway to all the holiday treats I was accustomed to, and I lost the battle.  I ate cake, chocolate and…as I was cleaning up and storing all the leftovers (and there wasn’t much) I dipped a piece of stuffing in gravy and it was good. Mmmmm – that triptophan high!

Today is a new day. I’ve made the turkey broth and it’s going into a number of containers for future use. I used to make soup – with potatoes and pasta and carrots if there were any left over. Now I can cook with turkey broth instead of fat and make soup if I want it. I can control my cravings for chocolate, cake, mashed potatoes and gravy and as long as I am aware of the gateway message that turkey send out I can fight it!!!!Rock

Thanks for listening. ;D  Diane


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