A Dieter’s Journal

Dear Diary,

It’s the 6th of April, the month that I vowed NOT to step on the scale.

Why is it so damn hard?

When I brought up eternity the other day, there was another definition that I skipped right over and it’s pretty applicable right now: a long period of time that seems endless. Yep. This month—or this week even—seems endless.

Bouncing back and forth in front of the scale got me thinking about this lifestyle change. One word came to mind: REWARDS. I realized that the reason I wanted to get on that scale was to see if I had a reward. Why is everything a reward to me?

Food is a reward. When I work… money is my reward. Drinking and smoking were rewards too (or so I thought)! And now… after depriving myself of brown sugar & cinnamon pop tarts, pizza, three scoop hot fudge sundaes with whipped cream and nuts, and good old bleached white flour products, all I can think about is…

Where is my damn reward?!

…to be continued…

Word of the Day Challenge: Bounce

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The Skinny on the Mini

It’s time for another Food Fun Fact!

First of all, I am no nutritionist. I say this because 1) there really ARE experts in the field who can tell you what foods are good for you, and what foods you should avoid, and 2) everybody has an opinion. Part of my lifestyle change involves investigative work; discovering things that work for me… and these are the FUN FACTS that I’m sharing here. That’s my disclaimer and I’m sticking to it.

I think that this mission; finding what works for me personally (or you), is part of the fun. It’s exciting! I gain new knowledge about nutrition and certain foods, I’m figuring out what I can stick with and what will never work, and I’m exposed to foods (or recipes) that I’ve never tried before.

That being said, I found a recipe from Dr. Oz for Anti-inflammatory Toast. It has been around for years (but new to me!) and its anti-inflammatory properties are recommended for the Apple body types.

  • 2 Slices Ezekiel bread—sprouted 100% whole grain
  • Avocado Slices
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Red Chili Flakes

How to prepare: Toast the bread and drizzle with olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Top with avocado slices (and drizzle and squeeze some more). Sprinkle the chili flakes on top and get ready for Toast with Tang and a Bang! That’s my opinion, but I may be a little too generous with the lemon juice and chili flakes.

Here’s what I loved: I LOVE spicy food and never really think about sprinkling chili flakes on food. Now I do and I’ll be doing it a lot. Combined with the lemon flavor (which I also LOVE) this toast is fabulous. It’s super easy to prepare and it’s not boring at all. I DO love bread (It sure seems like I love food!), so I found this to be a satisfying breakfast… with a low calorie count of approximately 188 (but who’s counting?!).

So… here’s the Skinny on the Mini. I’ve been using Mini-Avocados and they’re the perfect size. Mini avocados weigh about 3.5 ounces each, yielding from ⅓ to ¼ cup of avocado—approximately 60 to 80 calories. They’re great for single servings which means I don’t have to worry about storage (or oxidation) of the avocado leftovers.

Today’s variation: Added One Egg, fried in Olive Oil with a heaping spoonful of Feta.

One word: YUM.

Thank you for reading… I hope you found something useful and/or enjoyable here!