Thursday, October 10, 2013

Everything Blew up and A Bowl of Soup

Chicken Pepper Pot Soup

2 Tbs Olive oil
1 cup each chopped onions, celery and green pepper
2 cups chopped potatoes
½ cup lentils
5 cups low-sodium, low fat chicken broth or stock (Swanson’s)
2 tsp Tabasco sauce
½ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp allspice
¼ tsp salt
10 oz boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken tenders

This is my recipe.

Saute the onions, celery and green pepper in oil 5 minutes. Add broth, lentils and all seasonings to a soup pot. Add the sauteed veggies and raw potatoes to the broth. Bring to boil and turn down to low boil. Cook until the potatoes are done. This is usually 15 minutes, but potatoes are unaccountable and sometimes it takes longer. When the potatoes taste done, add the raw chicken that has been chopped into bite-sized chunks and simmer for 5 minutes. This soup is very tasty with a tangy undercurrent. The recipe makes 7 bowls of soup.

Food Item

Bowl of Soup
1/3 c. lentils = 37 carbs 3 potatoes at 115.3 oz total = 37 carbs = 54 carbs / 7 bowls = 11 carbs per bowl
8 oz milk

Whole wheat (ww) toast with butter

½ c. Black Cherry jello with ½ c. fruit in own juice and 2 Tbs whipped cream
Next time we’ll buy the sugar-free jello


I did plan and shop this week. This is our dinner, a bowl of soup, whole wheat toast and glass of milk with jello dessert. We ate the soup three days this week and one lunch. When I made the soup on Sunday afternoon, I made it grumbling, murmuring my way through chopping the celery, green pepper, onions, potatoes and chicken.

My husband has been doing all the shopping and cooking since he retired 7 years ago. I am still working. I use to like to cook. It became readily apparent that I need to change my attitude. Overall since my first blog, I have done really poorly at eating right or exercising. I know what doesn’t work: me trying to change in my own power. I need to slow down, pray, relax and enjoy cooking. Getting control of my diabetes, losing weight and moving more is critical to my health. The purpose of this blog is to change my habits and gain encouragement. I did sign up to receive an email from another food blogger, Tiffany’s blog, The Gracious Pantry. In the email blog I received, “LIFE. SOMETIMES IT GETS IN THE WAY” she talked about gaining control of the physical in the midst of similar adversity. I was so encouraged.

We have had a sword slice through our life and everything has changed. Adversity moves us toward essential things and shakes us out of our short-sighted complacency. The doctor found a tumor in my husband’s pancreas when he was looking for something else right before Labor Day. One of the first things I thought when I heard was that my husband was not going to live long enough to see me thin again. How selfish. My mind was all over the place. Ralph died Nov. 25, 2013.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Beginning the Journey to Change

Photo by Anna Elana Balbusso

I am ready to start the journey to better health and a skinnier me. I don't cook and don't shop. I am 63, have type 2 diabetes, my last A1C was 8.9, I’m 110 lbs. overweight and I am a food addict. But I'm going to succeed and this is my story. My journey is to do a Julie and Julia like thing.  I have a diabetes cook book "Diabetes Meals Made Easy! 2012". I am going to cook my way through it.
Really I’m writing this blog to change my behavior in a positive way to plan, shop and eat balanced meals.  When I succeed, it will be a beacon to others who struggle. My doctor made me test my glucose in the morning and 2 hours after every meal. Well that was enlightening! I found out I was not doing very good. I was using the figure it out in my head right before I eat method. Also to test my sugar two hours after a meal, presupposes that I don’t eat until that 2 hours has elapsed. So the two or three desserts are out.  Also the huge spoonfuls of peanut butter every time I get up in the night are going to have to go.
Meal goal: A pseudo weight- watchers meal plan is a nice balanced plan.
60 grams of carbohydrates per food period
Food periods morning, afternoon and evening
Incorporate at least:

2 tsp oil & some butter

2 servings dairy products

2 servings protein

5 fruits and vegetables

3 servings grains, preferably whole grains

Daily Exercise – Do at least one
Walk for 15 minutes, go up and down stairs at work 2 times, or ride my recumbent bike after dinner for 3 to 5 miles

All this sounds really nice and a balanced plan that will control my diabetes and I will lose weight. There’s no secret, eat less and move more. So what’s the big deal? Why do so many of us fail, even in view of terrible health and self-esteem issues, we continue to eat to feel good. This is where the food addiction comes in. It is a spiritual war and the battleground is our minds. So I will include a thought and verse each week to point to the source of power to overcome, Jesus Christ, the living God. We have to make the choice but we can’t do it in our own strength.
Isaiah 50:10
Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.