Sunday, February 22, 2009

Re-arranging and green things

Woke up to a snowstorm, but nothing as bad as was predicted to hit. We got maybe 2 inches of the white stuff, but a lot of blowing and drifting which made conditions just snarky enough to merit staying home and laying low unless you absolutely had to travel out and about. We had anticipated a much worse outcome, prepared, and were able to just hang at home. Good and bad thing in that. Good in the time together and chance to catch up on projects. Bad in the time together and the chance to catch up on projects. It went something like this. We ate breakfast, then did our workouts, started getting involved in our own projects, assembled for lunch, decided to play a board game and because of a question on the game, wound up re-aranging the living room. One minute you are answering a trivia question about types of wrenches, and the next you are unplugging electrical appliances and moving furnature. Yep. And the move of furnature and electrical stuff revealed more places that got missed in the wall washing of last week, so add more wall washing to your week, and in the process find the love Shack for those mismatched socks and single shoes. As evidenced by the broken toy parts, stray orange rinds and what nots that have accumulated there. Good times !

In my own pursuits of the day I started reveiwing diuretic herbs. I have been faithful to my eating plan, geting plenty of exercise, but still gaining. We have been on a weight loss program for 14 months, and I started to plateau/stall back in June. It is not that I cannot lose weight ever, but things have gotten complecated at the moment. Menopause is the reason. Actually ,that is not a completely accurate term here. The year that you go without having any cycles before you can formally be pronounced as menopausal. During the process of change, your entire endocrine system steps up to take on the role that your ovaries once did, except that your endocrine system will not produce eggs. Your bodily fluid balance goes nuts, your heart rate goes goofy ( this is one reason you get hot flashes), and a whole host of other things. Sometimes your body requires a little help to overcome these changes, and there is nothing wromng with getting some aid. I have chosen NOT to take hormone replacement therapy if I can help it, but I am absolutely not adverse to getting aid from herbal supplements. I am going to be using some well known and safe diuretic herbs for the next week to see if this can help turn things around for me. This explains why you will see some unusual things in my food logs. I do not reccomend that people do this as a short cut or a quick fix, but there are indeed times when the body could use a little help.
So here is my log for Saturday
Bike 30 min
wall washing 30 min

Breakfast- Colon Blow feast (and it indeed works well)
Oatmeal with wheat bran,seed mix,crasins,coconut, flax seed meal goji berries,peanut butter, olive oil
Yo Plus digestive yogert,blueberries

Lunch- busy at home and the guys wanted sandwiches- ave me from the sodium !
Corned beef and provalone on whole wheat roll
celery,1/2 grapefruit, yo plus digestive yogert

Indian grilled chicken (tumeric and cinnamon seasoned), broccoli
tossed salad,whole wheat bread dipped in olive oil
Diet Cherry 7 Up

Pre breakfast- Parsley Tea
AM Dandelion oatstraw nettle tea
Afternoon Parsley tea , sugar free pudding, sugar free jello
evening- parsley tea, pumpkin angel food cake ( it was okay,but not again)

water 14 (112 oz)
Fruits 3
veg 5
lean protien 2
dairy 3
healthy fats 2


Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

LOL! Colon Blow???!!!! You are too funny!

What a healthy eating day!
Are you making the teas yourself, or are they premade teabags? My Gram used to make "hot parsley water" to drink for urinary issues by letting the parsley steep in a pot of hot water; not sure if she added anything else.

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

I make the teas myself. Some of them from herbs I grow, some I harvest out in the wild and others single herbs I buy from reputable sources. I have a teaball infuser that i load up. To make most of the teas I drink, the universal recipe is 1 tablespoon of the dried herb to 1 mug of boiling water, steep for 5 minutes and strain. I do not sweeten them with anything because i really like the taste of the different herbs.Parsley is a very gentle diuretic that helps the entire urinary tract and also helps to shed some water retention issues. It also helps to keep your breath fresh and gives you a good dose of vitamins A and C

Me, Only Better said...

Very interesting (=
YOu are certainly eating well, so weight loss shouldn't be a problem! I am interested to see how the teas work for you.

Calypso Rain said...

Personally, I think you should write a cook book. You always come up with great looking, FLAVORFUL dinners. I'm getting tired of chicken on a plate I tell you, it's time to add some spice and variety! A little tea wouldn't hurt either!

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Truth be told, my family should win medals for some of the food experiments I have submitted them to over the years. My husband never knows if what I ask him to pick up is destined for a science lab or the dinner table.Good news is through the years of experimenting I have found some combos that work for us taste wise, and i like to play with them to get a little more variety. A well armed spice rack and the prospect of chicken once again can make for some interesting meal times !

Rosie said...

Yam Capsules for menopause I've heard. Look into it...

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