Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Changing things up!

I'm still struggling with being tired a lot so, I'm making an effort to switch things up just a bit. If you know anything about me or my journey, I like to tweak things from time to time. It definitely keeps my body guessing what will happen next. So while I was in PHX the other day, I went through the cookbook section. Oh yes. It's another addiction...cookbooks. On the plus side, I probably could accommodate just about anyone's particular diet plan. The title of the book is "Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! Cookbook". My thinking in buying this book is two-fold. One, I know that I have problems with carbohydrates *and I struggle to stay clear of them during that wicked time of month...about a 2 week period*, and my hubby also has a problem with sugary things. 

The neat thing about the book is that there are 4 different types of sugar addicts.  They have a little 'quiz' to see which you are.  For hubby, he turned up to be a Type I sugar addict.  I am a Type III addict.  We both flirt with the Type IV part as well *since it has parts for both men and women.*  It also includes recipes that benefit all 4 types of addicts.  There is definitely a little bit of adjusting, but I think if I can stick to it, I'll lose a few more pounds and will find my energy again.

When I went shopping yesterday, I went to our 'local' whole foods store.  I was kind of excited about going since a friend of mine shared some important information.  That info?  That they have a bulk foods section in the back of the store.  Oh.  My.  Goodness!!  It was kind of like being a kid in a candy store, but with healthy stuff.  I know.  I'm weird.  It's okay, I've always known this.  Moving on.  What they had back there was numerous types of bulk hot cereal, various types of flour, various types of granola, nuts, etc.  I walked to the checkout with:  spelt flakes, Kamut puffs *a breakfast cereal--relatively cheap and pretty tasty*, 7-grain cereal for making bread, quinoa, barley *not pearly, but hulled regular barley*, and a 70% dark chocolate bar *that's one chocolate that I can have that won't set this Type III addict into a tailspin.* 

I came right home and put groceries away while I cooked some quinoa.  I have now officially had my first serving of quinoa and it was wonderful!  It was a bit like rice, but almost has a nutty taste.  It was very good.  Even the hubby liked it.  The short people didn't get a taste of it since hubby had already fed them.

This morning, I had a serving of the Kamut puffs with my almond milk on it.  I also made a scramble that consisted of 1 egg, 3 tbsp of egg whites, 1 minced garlic clove, fresh basil, green onion, some dried oregano, and a teaspoon of olive oil.  After cooking it, I forgot to throw it on top of some salad greens.  Eh...I hope to remember tomorrow.  Lunch was tofu egg salad.  Yeah, it was good.  I'm not sure what I will be adding to dinner for protein, but we're having multi-grain pasta.

Also, it is basket week!  Oh how I love basket week!  It will definitely help in the goal of eating to control sugar.

I can't say that I feel a whole lot of energy yet, but we'll see what a week or two does for my body.  It is trial and error.  I may make one of the soup recipes that's in the cookbook tomorrow for lunch.  It includes barley.  Yum!  I'll keep you all up-to-date on how it's going.


  1. I just read a book called the "Sugar Busters Diet" and they used a lot of these types of grains in them :) Maybe some green tea for energy in the afternoon? Just a thought.

    1. PS. These types of grains do help as they take longer to turn into sugars so the energy burn is longer. You feel fuller longer and you do have more energy:)