Health Kick Chick

Join me on my laymen's journey towards better health. Eat. Move. Rest.

I’m now on Tumblr!

Hiya gang,

My desire to have access to the best/newest technology with minimal muss or fuss means that I’m leaving WordPress for Tumblr.  It’s been a fun run but a girl needs to be able to embed videos and add widgets without pulling her hair out.

Come on over to my new Tumblr page.  I’m baking cupcakes…;0)

Mission accomplished: goal weight(!)

Two weeks ago I made it to my goal weight. I didn’t get a chance to post a little more about it because I’ve been busy. Interestingly enough, people have come out of the woodworks to ask me how I did it. Not how I lost all my weight but how I got rid of the last 5.

I have a non-traditional approach to weight loss: the more far out the better. Here’s my process:

Video interview w/ Dr. Ian Smith (of Celebrity Fit Club)

Last week, I was lucky enough to interview Dr. Ian Smith on his thoughts about (pre) diabetes prevention and management.  He gave some really great answers and I realize now that I would’ve loved to ask him about his thoughts on natural supplementation as a treatment.  Next time.  Enjoy!

BTW, I think he jinxed me with his comment about refined sugars.  I know plenty of people who’ve cut it out of their diets successfully for years.  Of course that night I had some Quaker Delights and of course they have HCFS.  The larger Quaker Rice Cakes that I’m used to, do not so I assumed.  
Well, you know what happens when you assume…

Eat. Move. Rest.

Video interview w/ Dr. Ian Smith (of Celebrity Fit Club)

Last week, I was lucky enough to interview Dr. Ian Smith on his thoughts about (pre) diabetes prevention and management. He gave some really great answers and I realize now that I would’ve loved to ask him about his thoughts on natural supplementation as a treatment. Next time. Enjoy!

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BTW, I think he jinxed me with his comment about refined sugars. I know plenty of people who’ve cut it out of their diets successfully for years.

Of course that night I had some Quaker Delights and of course they have HCFS. The larger Quaker Rice Cakes that I’m used to, do not so I assumed. Well, you know what happens when you assume…

Eat. Move. Rest.

I did good! (Dinner @ DBGB)

The other night, I met up with old and new friends at Daniel Bolud’s DBGB.  I looked at the menu online before hand, as is my way, to see what would be the best thing to eat.  Then I realized that I was in serious danger of being in the red this week since yet salacious rendez-vous with Blue Bunny premium ice cream on Friday and a very generous, flirty bartender on Thursday wiped out most of my allotment.  Besides, I promised my hostess I’d attend the celebration and I was curious to eat at his restaurant since seeing him on Top Chef and seeing everyone fawn over his food in general.

So, I made a quick list of five items I wanted and figured out the calories and nutritional breakdown of each allotting for extra due to heavy-handed use of butter, cream and fat (fat tastes gooooooood).  Satisfied, I met up with the group after having eaten an apple with string cheese so I wouldn’t be tempted to overdo it.  My game plan was one drink, 2 pieces of bread and butter, my entrée and a few miscellaneous calories.  Thank God I always plan for irresistible foods because who could say no to this?

That's baked alaska for you non Frenchies

By the end of the night,  for the first time in a long time, I made the event about the company and the occasion–not the food.  I sat at the table for 4 hours with my new and old friends, laughed, talked and pretty much closed down the restaurant.  I’m proud of myself because I feel like small habits like this make me believe that I can do this for a lifetime.

Eat. Move. Rest.

One month without High Fructose Corn Syrup

For the past 31 days, I’ve been high fructose corn syrup (HCFS) free.  It all started last month when my forever friend suggested I try a fast for Easter to clear blockages around my life.  I did a modified fast that week eating only breakfast and a small dinner.  I did not allow any highly spiced or sweetened foods (only the occasional piece of fruit) into my diet at all.  By the end of the fast, I felt like my metabolism had reset.  I wasn’t as hungry as usual and most importantly, I wasn’t craving sweets.

What’s most interesting to me is that my heritage is firmly rooted in the Sugar Belt.  Every type of sugar has graced my table at some point: beet, Turbinado, organic raw, evaporated cane syrup, Sucanat, Demerarra, palm, sugar bricks and the less exotic brown and white varieties.  I fondly look back on sticky summers here I’d pass up a slice of cantaloupe for a 6 inch section of sweet, fibrous sugar cane.  We’d pour heaping tablespoons into the blackest coffees and drown it with creamer to make café con leche or sprinkle over savory foods for an unexpected touch.  Sugar was our friend. And yet, I don’t have a sweet tooth.  I love cake and ice cream but more often than not would rather have tortilla chips.

So then, why was it so hard to give up HCFS foods?  Because they are in everything.  When I made a conscious effort to go grocery shopping, I realized that I couldn’t just pick up foods that looked healthy.  I found the ingredient in everything from crackers to salmon burgers.  Salmon burgers!  I don’t trust HCFS esp. since fructose isn’t found naturally in corn.  It’s manipulated beyond recognition for a quick buck.  So, I don’t want to let a mass producers need for profit affect my waistline.  I’ve tried to avoid artificial sweeteners for some time now and moderate my use of HCFS.  But now, as I’m trying to eat more whole foods I realize that HCFS just doesn’t make the cut.

I’m taking a more active part in cutting it from my diet and have—for 31 days at least—been successful.  I choose more natural sugars like the ones named before and occasionally maple syrup, honey or (iron rich) molasses depending on my moods.  I even slather creamy raw honey on bread with PB for a quick sandwich full of antioxidants.  I’ve yet to try agave syrup and have had brown rice syrup in many of my favorite foods but not on it’s own.  I’ve recently sampled several brands of stevia and would rather go without sweetener than try any of the ones sent to me.  Blech!

At the end of the day, whether HCFS is good for us or not remains unclear.  How timely then, that the Mayo Clinic comments on HCFS in a Q&A today?

Back to basics

I’ll admit it.

I’ve fallen into bad habits the last six or so months.  Not accurately tracking my calorie intake because I rationalize that strength training afterburn will probably make up the difference.  Not taking the time to make at least soup and one meal ahead on Sunday so on a particularly busy day I can grab and go.  Keeping trigger foods in the house, etc.

This weekend, I decided to get back to basics when I bought a bag of Chex mix.  The last time I got Chex mix, I ate straight from the bag until I saw only salt and crumbs at the bottom.  I went on an eating tear that week and gained 3 lbs.  This week, while watching Down Home with the Neelys, I pulled out a few zip top snack bags and a half cup measure, which is equal to one serving.  During the commercial break–all of 3 minutes–I bagged up all 15 servings.  This is something I used to do all the time but somehow I figured I was beyond portion control.  But it took no time at all.

 So since I was on a good habit kick, I decided to plan ahead for the next day when I’d be meeting up with a friend for lunch.  I looked at the restaurant menu online and figured which meal would be the most filling and help me get the best nutritional bang.  I also wanted a side of fried plantains Fried plantain by ashe-villain

because I haven’t had them in forever and that would be my dessert. I had good conversation and a good meal and left satisfied.   That good habit lead me to go home and make 2 meals ahead for the week, do some hardcore strength training and plan around a social event I knew would be full of delicious, calorie laden foods (hello wine and cheese bar).  

It felt like I’d forgotten how to be on track.  It’s good to know that even after all this time, I can remember successful habits.  And the fact that they often snowball into other similar habits.  So, tomorrow when I’m munching on a pear and half of a Luna bar, I’ll be less tempted to lord over the Maytag blue.