A Post about Food

I just shared this post on another site that I write on.  (www.mylot)  But I figured I would share it here as well.  I need lots of reminders:


Those who successfully diet often journal their food daily, keeping track of their progress, their successes, their failures. I’m so disorganized that I just don’t do it. But…. As I move into my 4th week of my cleanse of processed sugars & cutting of portions, (i.e. I’m eating healthier!), I realize I wish that I would have been keeping track of some of the amazing things I’ve made the last few weeks. I’ve had some delicious meals. So in the spirit of sharing those ideas, both with friends and with my shoddy memory, I decided to attempt to just jot down the ones I remember right here, right now. 1. I made a really yummy tuna “noodle” casserole subbing riced cauliflower for the noodles. Riced cauliflower has quickly become my new love. It’s versatile & tasty. The Tuna Casserole was a hit! My family devoured it. 2. One of my favorites is the night I roasted some shrimp in the oven seasoned iwht lime juice, garlic, chili powder, and salt/pepper. I served with a southwestern salad, and yes, you guessed it, riced cauliflower. The riced cauliflower with this meal was the star. I had roasted the cauliflower with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper. Then I sautéed it with some good salsa, adding just a little cheddar cheese at the end. It seriously tasted like the rice you get at a good Mexican restaurant. Amazing. I’ve done that twice. 3. There was the homemade peanut sauce meal…. First time, it was chicken with peppers and green beans, and once more, served over that riced cauliflower. I can’t remember what I served it with the second time. I think I just made the family normal rice which I skipped. 4. Fish… I love tilapia cooked with lemon juice and onions. I’ve done that a couple times. This week, I served it with roasted brussel sprouts. My kids LOVE brussel sprouts! It was yum. 5. I have done my usual healthy meal of roasted veggies with pasta. I’m limiting my pasta portions, but still enjoying something I love. Occasionally, I’ll make the family some rice pasta instead of normal. 6. One night I made us some delicious potato broccoli soup. It was creamy, topped with just a little bit of crunchy bacon bits. Fantastic. 7. Veggies are the key for me. So I’m doing a lot of roasting of veggies serving with either pasta, rice, et. 8. One night, I made some roasted potatoes with more veggies. We all enjoyed that. I probably had chicken or fish with it. 9. Oh yeah! I remember now what I did with the leftover potato soup. I roasted some butternut squash and zucchini. I added that to the soup. It was AMAZING. 10. Last night’s did was so unexpectedly delicious. So I made chili for the family which is fine for me to eat, but I didn’t want to fill up on meat and beans. I needed some veggies. So yes, I roasted riced cauliflower again. I put a healthy serving of that on the bottom of the bowl, topped with a small serving of chili, then added fresh cilantro and avocado. Wow. 11. Last, but not least, I have been eating some amazing salads…. I try to vary it from day to day, usually a base of spinach and arugula, try for some protein if i have some. Add a few different veggies. So good. For dressing, I always just use lemon juice and olive oil. Well, there you have an abbrieviated diary of my last three weeks of good eating.

Lack of Willpower versus Alcoholism


I was thinking today about my drinking problem.  I don’t actually have a drinking problem (no, this is not DENIAL).  What I have is a willpower problem.  (I also have a laziness problem, but that is a whole other post)

I enjoy an adult beverage.  I also enjoy coffee.  I love tacos or anything other mexican food. Pasta, chocolate, and Jelly bellies are a few of my other weaknesses.

And that’s what these things are for me:  weakness.  Indulgence.

And I have a willpower problem.

In the summertime, moreso than in the spring, I crave a glass of wine in the evenings.  There’s something about the hot summer weather that makes white wine (especially bubbly white wine) sound so appealing.  Come fall, I’ll be too busy with kids’ activities to even think about having a glass or two (or three) of wine every evening.

Then the holidays will hit and I’ll start craving again.  That usually lasts through Christmas or New Years depending upon the year.

Then, once again, kids’ activities will reign supreme and I won’t have time to indulge in adult beverages.

I always manage to find time to indulge in tacos, chocolate, pasta, and coffee.

But I was really contemplating on my lack of willpower today.  And I was thinking of those who are alcoholics.  And I wonder when that fine line is crossed.  I’m thinking I was probably pretty close after my son died.  I was definitely using alcohol to escape during that time.  I was definitely getting close to a point of NEEDING the alcohol every night.  I was close.  I know I was close to that line.

Thankfully, I stepped away from the line.  I think how easily I could have crossed that line into a different messed up world.   Now I simply live the life of a busy mom who often gives into her cravings, be they tacos or wine, when she has time for them….

I would love to have more willpower.  I’m not gonna lie to you.  Perhaps I could shed these pesky pounds that seem to stick to me like super glue if I didn’t drink wine, eat chocolate, inhale tacos.


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