Depends on where you look

I was walking my pooch this morning and all the sudden it was raining.  It’s May, it’s cold, it’s raining… again.  I looked up… dark clouds… to the right and front of me blue sky.  What the heck?

I started to feel like a cartoon character where the rain stays right over that guy..  and no one else!

Wait a minute.  I am not a cartoon character.  I can choose to go to where it’s blue sky.  So I did.

May you look for and find blue sky today. Then go for it!!!!

 

Sweet nibblets!

Seriously… rhubarb… my best friend!  If you haven’t tried it, look up Janeva’s recipe for strawberry rhubarb.  Page 45!  I didn’t have the strawberry sauce but I had blueberry Walden Farms Syrup!

I made vanilla ice cream with premade vanilla, Walden Farms Marshmallow dip and ice…

combine the soft serve ice cream and rhubarb… all I can say is WOW!!!!

And this is why I plan

today everything got away from me.  I ran out of lettuce, veggies ofcany kind… I couldn’t find my chocolate drink mix… I had meetings on top of meetings.  The dog had a vet appointment I nearly forgot.  My first meeting was at 7am and the last meeting ended at 5:30… so at 6 I was standing at the fridge… angry and hangry.

i figured out food… I had canned chicken (my emergency stash) a little egg white and some diced dill pickle… chicken patties in a jiffy… but this… right here… this is what I need to avoid.  Because I was gunning for some poor choices!  One thing saved me… I didn’t have any crappy food in the house!

And I will not go to the store starving!  So once I fed the beast who was threatening to come out… I felt better.  Bought some lettuce… made lunch for tomorrow… and received a painful reminder…

Plan… it’s what can make or break me.

Carbs are NOT Created Equal

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All carbs are not created equal. Overeating carbohydrates goes hand in hand with over consuming sugar, says Jason Ewoldt, R.D., wellness dietitian at the May Clinic Healthy Living Program. “Generally, most people are not over consuming fruits and vegetables or even whole grains but rather processed and enriched carbohydrates including foods with added sugar.” Over consuming sugar and refined carbohydrates can create a whirlwind of unpleasant symptoms, including these common side effects:

  • Carbohydrates naturally bind with water in your body. For every gram of carbs that you consume, you also hold on to three grams of water. So after you eat a carb-rich meal, your body retains excess water and you look and feel puffy as a result.
  • Many common sources of carbohydrates cause abdominal gas. Carbonated drinks, for example, and foods rich in fiber are common gas producing foods.
  • Sugary carbs cause your brain to release dopamine, a pleasure hormone. The more sugar you consume, the more dopamine is released and the more your body seeks the reward. Some scientists refer to it as an addiction.
  • When you overeat carbs, you may be more likely to overconsume calories. You may feel energized short term, but you will get hungry quickly. Refined cabs don’t provide the same level of satiety as complex carbs, healthy fats and protein. The result is that you will feel hungry and then low-energy soon after eating. Long-term this will lead to a pattern of over eating and weight gain.
  • If your skin isn’t clear, fresh and radiant, changing your diet will help. Studies have found that eating a diet full of sugary, high glycemic foods can aggravate acne and cause breakouts.
  • Dental problems? Your carb intake can be to blame. Health experts point to an increase in dental work in people that overconsume sugar.
  • One of the most noticeable short term effects of consuming too many carbs is the effect on blood glucose. Glucose levels quickly elevate providing a surge of energy, then take a nose dive as insulin shuttle glucose into the cells. These ups and downs cause a change in your energy, appetite and even your mood.
  • The fatigue caused by high carb consumption causes a “carb crash” that can have a long-term impact. David Sack, MD, wrote in Psychology Today that “research has tied heavy sugar consumption to an increased risk of depression”. He goes on to say that “the roller coaster of high blood sugar followed by the crash may accentuate the symptoms of mood disorders.

Resource: muscle and fitness.com

Working for the weekend

Today I am taking advantage of time.  It’s a gift I don’t often appreciate.  I have a fantastic boss, and she made me promise to work on my work life balance.  So, I worked hard all day and was done in a reasonable amount of time… so I found a little extra time to start prepping so I could have even more time and fun over the weekend!!!

I made a lovely chicken and veggies, I baked IP bread and my IP brownie bites (Janeva’s Texas Muffins made in large batch, and switch out half the caramel mug cake for milk chocolate pudding.)  http://www.janevasidealrecipes.com/

I sampled a brownie… yum!