I’ve seen a few lists on the internet and I have Opinions. Here are my thoughts. Sadly, I am not in charge of the world, or a nutritionist, or a scientist; so my opinion only counts if you want it to count. I don’t really care what you eat. Yes, you can complain about you weight and eat ice cream. Just don’t do it at the same time, enjoy you ice cream.
1) Fast food.
I’ve eaten fast food 2x in the last 3- 6 years. most of it isn’t that tasty. And it is gigantic amounts of calories that are not really balanced in the nutritional sense. and I swear there is something in the food that makes you crave it It is odd that the more you eat it the more you want it.
2) Over-processed food.
the definition of processed – is sort of interesting – because chopping up a veggie is processing it. So lets just say stuff that is very shelf stable because it has lots of extra stuff in it. Or added colors. or neon colors. I’ve read a bunch of articles that suggest preservatives and some of the other food additives cause inflammation. Asthma, diabetes, and heart disease all have inflammation . Yes I eat Doritos and Pringles – but don’t think I should.
3) added sugar.
I’m not talking cakes and pies and cookies – you know what they are. but peanut butter and beans? they don’t need it. Cutting out added sugars – will , over time , reduce your sweet tooth.
4) artificial sweeteners.
They taste bad. And the research on them puts all kinds of things like – messing with your glucose levels, inflammation, and cancer. And even if they didn’t do anything – they can increase your desire for sugar.
5) things you don’t like.
Seriously, If you are not a veggie eater, find a few to eat and add some fruit. Throw some chopped spinach in your spaghetti sauce. Be a grown up and figure out how to get some nutrition in your diet
but if you hate Kale- don’t eat it. Those really sad danishes from the grocery store – that aren’t really good , don’t eat them. don’t like beef , don’t eat it. Eating food you don’t like can lead to overeating because you aren’t satisfied and sometimes if you don’t really like something your body is saying something .
What should you eat? Good, tasty food. Prepared with care , not corporation. Organic when you can. As close to a natural state as makes sense. and always with enjoyment.
Smoothies are tasty. of course, that pack a lot of nutrition into an easy to swallow meal. If you make them at home, you can make a lot of choices about what goes in them. There is also a little magic. If you have read about green smoothies – you know that you can add leafy greens to a smoothie and not really know they are there. ( spinach being the green that is used most)
I have found that once a week – when I work the later shift – that is a good day for a smoothie . I am not really hungry , but I might not get a chance to eat before 5 , so I need something. However, I have diabetes and if you look at how most smoothies are made – it is fruit, fruit juice, leaves, yogurt and sweetener. While tasty, it doesn’t work for me. Too many carbohydrates at one meal and depending on the smoothie , maybe too many for one day. Also, because of diabetes, I have spent a lot of time trying to train my palate to prefer less sweet foods. So I am looking for ideas for more veggie-based smoothies.
Today tried one that is part fruit/part veggie. 1 cup of blueberries ( 30g carbohydrates aprox.) ( which is the top end of what I want) 2 cups spinach , 1 cup water, large spoonful greek yogurt (1/4 cup?). With that mix you get a fair amount of green flavor,and blueberry – which goes together well. It is not sweet but not overly vegetable juice. The recipe ( I know,smoothie recipe) had no yogurt – so it might have been more vegetable-juice like. It also had ginger, which would have been tasty. It was a successful experiment.
So I am on a quest for veggie smoothie ideas – any ideas?
When I was a child I wrote poems. I grew up with poetry: Mother Goose, Robert Frost , a. A. Milne, Robert Service, Lewis Carroll, and Robert Burns are the earliest poems I remember. In books, on playgrounds, in school, and at the dinner table. So I wrote poems. Once I learned to write, and learned that I could write a poem, I did. Somewhere in my teen years, I stopped. I know I was hyper-critical of myself back then, but I also knew I was writing sappy, sloppy, somewhat ridiculous stuff. I tried again in college, but it wasn’t good.
I know what happened in college. I studied too much about symbolism, and more importantly, I was not willing to expose myself. My poetry had me hiding behind words. It is hard to express things when you hide behind a wall of words.
The worst thing about not writing poetry was that I stopped reading it. It stopped talking to me. It was no longer part of my life.
Then came the internet. Youtube, and Blogging and Facebook. Part of my job in the library was to post stuff. April is national poetry month which gave me something easy to post. Lots of classic poetry read by beautiful voices. And on Youtube, there was spoken word. Real, honest, accessible, emotionally strong words. new poems.
So I’ve been thinking about the Zombie apocalypse, as one does. What would I need and what would be the winning item to have the corner on. I have a cold , so my first thought was guaifenesin. But then I thought , the person that corners the market on steam is the winner. It is good for colds and asthma and sore muscles and cold weather. It is also really good for cleaning, especially if you have a microfiber cloth. And of course it can be used as a power source. I’m pretty sure with the current tech in plastics and metals we could do stuff that was more useful than early attempts at steam power.
( and no, I’m not so worried about vampires – they are smart enough to know they need people – so they will do what they can to keep the cattle happy )
No Angel Helen Keeble (LB) funny ya — I don’t read Angel fiction, but this was funny – even though I’m sure I missed some of the jokes. – but I did get the ‘twisty passages looking all alike ‘ reference.
Undead / Kirsty McKay(LB) zombie stuff . parental betrayal . ok I have the second book , but not sure I want to read it
Steelheart / Brandon Sanderson (LB) great. through an event ( which I forget ) people have powers . Or some people do . And those with powers – use them to control the rest of the world. When he was 8, David watched his father be killed by an epic. David wants to kill the Epic that killed his father.
Witchy Business (Witch Detectives #1) [Kindle Edition] blah. short . witch doesn’t know the strength of her powers and finds out from a man.
Cabinet of curiositiess Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child reliable fun adventure tales
Life’s a Witch (Witches of Karma) (Karma’s Witches) short – big time jumps a lot more tell than show
Loud, awake, and lost Adele Griffin (LB) desk skim – after the physical recovery from an accident – Now you have to recover your life.
Extraction Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs (KS)short …so I happen to be on a kick.
Reliquery Preston and child -(LB) monsters in the sewer of NYC
so 8 in December so 81 for the year.
I know I’ve missed writing some down this year