•January 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I did not write one resolution this January 1st! This was my most promising accomplishment of the new year. Resolutions have created many closed or closing doors to me and have caused undo stress and worry and, I am trying not to have these two things in my life right now.
Times-Colonist – 8 January 2017
I like this cartoon because it truly reflects what many of us do at the beginning of the year. I often feel put upon because I have two beginnings every year. There is the traditional New Year and then there is the September start of school. Both are great times to take stock and make resolutions for my future. But are the SMART?
SMART are goals that I can set that can(will?) be achievable. I use them with students so they can work on the parts of their learning that are manageable. It can be very overwhelming when a goal is huge such as: “lose 25 pounds” or “graduate”. But if I make it specific (S) and measurable (M). I can agree and achieve (A) to lose a pound a week (T) in 6 months. These types of goals are much friendlier and harder to sabotage. I’ve decided not to list my first 3 SMART goals in this post. I want to make sure I wrote them correctly and I’m always sensitive to those of you amazing readers who are better than I am at this and those who will support me no matter how good or bad I am.
I was off over Christmas and New Year’s Eve for 16 days and did not do a lot except baking and cooking. The holidays were very relaxed and comfy. Too many times the holidays become full of stress, bad calories and the seepage of money. My Mastercard is paid off. There is only turkey stock in the freezer as leftovers and I watched two Netflix series from start to finish. I DID NOT beat myself (or anyone else) up over treats, turkey, drinks, or lack of walks. I did not gain any weight. Or, if I did, it came on and off over the two and bit weeks.
I feel good about this year after the year from hell last year. So I WILL keep up with my postings and will make you smile with me in the coming months.
Thanks for listening. ;D Diane
PS This is the Post-turkey No-guilt puppy!
•December 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment
WOW! I was very skeptical when I first read this on Facebook. The website article is: A New Study Shows That Drinking Tequila Could Actually Help You Lose Weight.
I read it and it made so much sense I researched it. Agave produces a great sweetener for everyone with special benefits for diabetics. Tequila is made from agave, therefore tequila is good for us. Agave syrup is full of agavins, a natural fructose that actually lowers blood sugar levels and makes us feel fuller – then we lose weight.
I’ve seen agave syrup in all my local grocery stores and there’s all kinds of tequila in the liquor stores, too. But I would worry about whatever I was mixing with my tequila. Most mixers are high in sugar, too. But I have discovered that tequila makes a great Caesar!
45 ml (1 1/2 oz.) tequila
120 ml (4 oz.) Clamato juice
A few drops of Worcestershire sauce
A few drops of red Tabasco sauce
1 lime quarter
1 drunken bean
Frost the rim of a highball glass with the celery salt.
Combine all the ingredients, except for the lime quarter and the bean, in a highball glass containing a few ice cubes. Stir using a mixing spoon.
Garnish with the lime quarter and drunken bean.
They are delicious and count as a vegetable serving, more if you add more beans. So I’m going to try the agave syrup instead of su
gar but I don’t personally use much sugar so it might have to be the tequila. As it is regular, distilled alcohol has no carbs so maybe I’ll end up a skinny alcoholic!
Thanks for listening and limit your alcohol! ;D Diane
•December 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment
WTF – Where’s the food? Diets are notorious for restricting what is available to eat. Then there are the Crave Morsels that call out to you and you go an extensive kitchen forage. The fridge has some Leanne’s Favourite; a bit of unstuffed cabbage rolls (I’ll have that for breakfast); two mandarin oranges; two blocks of cheddar (for the Christmas cheese balls); but not anything I can just have by the handful. The carrots are wilty and going into the stew. Then the snack basket – chocolate coconut flakes (nah); whole grain tortilla chips (no salsa); and that’s all. It’s a relatively empty basket right now. See, I’m denying my salt craving. The bread basket only has bread in it. I’m not craving bread. OK, I’ll try the cupboard. Cereal; tons of things that need to be cooked or opened with a can opener; and crackers. Crackers might do but, now that I’m aware of my foraging, I feel guilty and will not be snacking right now.
How about the special Christmas goodies that are everywhere! Christmas Crave Morsels can be even worse, because they are available for a limited time. Nanaimo bars, peppermint bark, tarts, cookies, chocolates, veggie and shrimp rings. Sigh, there will be a lot of food but I’m delaying the baking, making and buying until the family complains – a lot of food.
By the way, are snacks really food or just empty calories? Thanks for letting have my mini rant. ;D Diane
•November 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Here’s a present for everyone! No alcohol is in the finished product just flavor! ;D Diane
Diane’s Fireball Yams
2-3 pound of yams or sweet potatoes – peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
dots of butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 ounce Fireball
1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple sSec (don’t use Blue Curacao or you will get turquoise yams! Another story)
Slice the yams(sweet potatoes) into a single layer into a relatively shallow dish or casserole. Sprinkle with brown sugar and dot with butter over the whole thing. Then, pour the Fireball and Triple Sec over the whole thing and add to the oven at 325/350 F for at least 1 hour!!!! The alcohol evaporates but the flavour remains – big time! Enjoy!
•November 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment
I just came back from a quick run to the Super Store. I needed a prescription and had to kill 40 minutes before it would be ready. So, I picked up a few things that we needed, such as: toilet tissue, air freshener, a new winter sweater (it is a “super” store) and 50% off all Halloween candy. OK, I didn’t buy any more candy. We still have Hawkins Cheezies in perfect snack size bags and a few Hershey’s treats.Who can walk by a 50% off sign and at least ask themselves if we need it, whether we do or not?
And, Christmas oranges were on sale for less than $1 a pound. These are the only oranges I like. They are easy to peel (none of that gross bitter pith under my nails and edible fibre between sections not like regular oranges) as well as being sweet and juicy.
Grocery shopping is hard. Before we even get to the store we’ve already been swamped by so many advertisements on TV. Low fat margarine; healthy, genetically modified probiotic yogurt; and gluten free carrots are just a few of the products we’ve been told are good for our modern diets. Seriously, Hershey’s labeled their cocoa “fat-free”. Duh! if it had fat in it it would be chocolate not cocoa! Then there’s the new probiotic in Activia yogurt. “In addition to the live bacterial cultures used to make all yogurt, Activia contains Bifidus Regularis, a trademarked name for an organism normally present in the human intestines called Bifidobacterium lactis DN-173 010.” Now you cannot trade mark a living organism unless you have changed it. Yep, it is genetically modified, just a tiny bit, so they can trademark it. GMO and based on the same bacteria in human poop!
But, it is marketed very well. There are very happy cows on the west coast, TV tells us this so milk products and cheese here are good for you. Facebook wants us to buy 210 calorie “energy bars” with 7 grams of protein, 26 grams of carbohydrates and only 1 gram of fibre. Fibre is the good carbohydrate not sugar (the 26 grams)! And gluten is protein that is indigestible by people with celiac disease. It is not fattening, the starch carbs in wheat are what is fattening. Don’t eat it if you don’t want the weight!
Sigh. I bought some high carb grapes, good-carb oranges, fat-free carrots and newly approved for diabetics – coffee! I also bought a sweater that looks pretty good on me. That also happens when you’re out waiting for prescriptions and get bored, you buy things you really need.
Enough of this rant. Thanks for listening. ;D Diane
•October 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment
It’s full fall here and on Sunday we roll our clocks back and grab an extra hour of sleep. And fall always gives me visions of apples; tastes of turkey and the smells of pumpkin spice. My amazing neighbour has a bumper crop of apples this year and he has been sharing with everyone. We took a whole bunch and I was set on making apple sauce (unsweetened of course) but we ate them instead. I’m not sure if they are Spartans or McIntosh but they sure are delicious. I’ve also taken about 30 pounds of them to work for people to eat or take home and they didn’t last very long. But one of my favourite ways to enjoy them is to cut one up (skin too) and put the slices and a couple of cinnamon sticks into a water bottle and fill it up. Nice!
Apples are one of those plain but amazing fruits and are so useful. Applesauce can replace sugar and oil in baking, one a day keeps the doctor away and I want to be the apple of someone’s eye! But… and mine’s a big butt. I am the worm in my own apple. Are you like me and putting off the shedding of the carbohydrates and embracing the goodies like apple pie?
Yes, it’s sabotage. I saw my bariatric surgeon the other day. He was also one of the surgeons in my huge cancer/hernia operation this past spring. Well, I don’t look pregnant anymore and I’m cancer free. I was told not to “diet” just to eat well and recover. Don’t diet? That’s like being told to eat everything that’s bad for me. Well, it was a post-operative check and my first weight check in a year. I got onto the BMI scale dreading my potato chip – Kit Kat Chunky weight. I had lost weight. Whaaa? I couldn’t figure it out. Then I realized a couple of things, I don’t eat at night any more and I’m back to work. Work has stairs and walking back and forth down a long hall. But, this week, trying to actually diet now, I’ve screwed up. Shauna bought a dozen croissants. I had one right away before supper. Then, when Leanne made an almost completely carb-free lasagna (with zucchini pasta), I ate the accompanying garlic bread, too, sigh, and then apple pie.
I’m not going to wait until next Monday but start the low carb this morning. Two scrambled eggs for breakfast, an apple (just an apple not the pie) for snack, a day-long mug of apple cinnamon water, cheese and sausage for lunch then beef stir fry for supper. I will join the school walk at afternoon break and sleep well tonight. I do not need to be the worm in my own apple. Pictures always show that worm as very happy but we know better. They’re WORMS! So, don’t be the worm in your apple.
Thanks for listening. ;D Diane
•October 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Have an amazing day! ;D Diane