more on choosing food

April 29, 2009 at 11:30 am (diabetes, food) (, , , , )

I really enjoy food. I like cooking it, I like eating it, and recently, i even like growing it. But I really don’t like obsessing over it. But I have diabetes, so I have a lot of choice in the matter. A few weeks ago I wrote about avoiding HFCS and trans fats. Which I have done. However I did buy two products that have one of the offending ingredients. one was Fiber One Toaster pastries , the other is the high fiber version of Quaker chewy granola bars. ( 5 and 9 grams of fiber). if you count carbs, you can subtract one gram of carb for ever gram of fiber. That’s one of those things that makes fruit good, but fruit juice not so good. Fiber is good for you , not just in cleaning out you system, not just in making you feel full, but also — it moderates the flow of carbohydrates into your system. Less up and downs, less sleepy, less cravings.

My definition of junk food is highly processed food. Brownies from home are better than brownies from a store because you do some modifications and control ( and give half away if need be). So the two things I bought — junk food. They won’t be standard fare. But with the fruit toaster pastries , I can eat one and stop ( that never happened with pop tarts) . ( the chocolate ones are another story…) And that granola bar after lunch — kept me away from the cookies on the lunch table. I really was too full to eat more.

So why write about this? Michael Pollen was on NPR this am . I actually believe that what he says makes sense and is true. So I was feeling guilty. ( Which I believe is never a good thing about food). So I just had to remind my self that sometimes the practical has to win over the ideal.

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In Defense of Mrs. Bennett

April 27, 2009 at 1:35 am (books, fun) (, )

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Currently I am reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I am finding it really funny. But it also reminds me that I often find myself defending Mrs. Bennett. ( If you don’t know P&P, she is the mother of 5 daughters) She is loud, silly, and narrow-minded. And her only concern is to get her daughters well-married. Now add some zombies to the mix. Really, you begin to see that not only is marriage the only option for a well-bred woman of the time, but it might also be the only thing that stops her daughters for continuing their slaying/zombie hunting. Put your self back in time and in Mrs. Bennett’s shoes… Which life would you prefer for your daughter?

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Today’s ice cream

April 26, 2009 at 7:14 pm (domestic life, food, fun) ()

Today’s ice cream recipe — sort of :

See three bananas that are looking somewhat over ripe. Mash them, squirt them with a little lemon juice ( tablespoon? ) , sprinkle with brown sugar ( 1/4 cup? ) , add some dark rum ( 2 TBSP? ), and dash a little cinnamon over the top. Remash so everything is close to smooth. Add enough half and half to equal about 4 cups of stuff. Leave in the refrigerator while you are waiting for the ice cream maker to freeze. ( if you didn’t leave your bowl out of the freezer — you do you need the pre-ice cream to be cold — it freezes more evenly that way.) Freeze acc’ding to the manufacturer’s direction. Move to a container and let it get hard in the freezer. Eat. YUM. A little larger crystals than in most ice creams , but that is because of the low sugar content. I can deal. I might amp up the rum and cinnamon.

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Sunday leisure

April 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm (books, cats, food, fun) (, , )

Today was another one of those Sundays — meaning leisurely and fun . I went up to Berkeley to have lunch/ brunch with some of of my BTVS friends. After some tamales and a tasty margarita a few of us went walking to some of the book stores . One of my favorites The Other change of hobbit is a science fiction bookstore — that has cats . ( one of which liked my scarf). We also went into Comic relief, a huge comic book store and Half Price books , which is a chain , but some how never quite feels like one. Food, walking, books , and conversation.

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brrraaainns

April 24, 2009 at 4:30 pm (books, cats, fun) (, , , )

funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures

Is this where I mention that I got a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for my birthday?

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weather confusion

April 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm (domestic life) (, )

Today it is over 90 degrees. By Thursday, we will be in the low 60s. I know spring can have broad temperature fluctuations, but this is crazy.

For the next few days it means water the vegetable garden every day ( poor baby plants ) and think cold suppers.

Then back to soup and occasional watering…unless it rains

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