Sunday, August 23, 2009

Shop chop day

Kind of an off day as far as exchanges go, but there will be days like this. One perfect or imperfect day does not classify a life, nor does it define a lifestyle.

Today was shop and chop day- hit our local produce store , bring it home to prep and then finish up the paper whatnot prep for the week ahead. Sounds simple enough but it has to get juggled in between laundry , some other errands and my husbands need to have the car to travel a half hour away to sing at a 4 pm service. 4 pm is nice for the elderly, but for a not so old family it cuts right in the middle of any Saturday possibilities. So it's a kind of weird juggling day timewise.

For breakfast the guys requested pumpkin oats. It has been kind of decided that we should have pumpkin oats every weekend morning for now. Per person you take 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats, 1 cup of water and 1/3 cup solid packed pumpkin, 2 tsp brown sugar . Bring it to a boil and let it cook for a minute or two while stirring. Then in the bowl 2 t olive oil, 1T almond butter , 1 T coconut, 1 T sunflower seeds, 1 T crasins, 2 T ground flax and 1 T mix dried pineapple and dried blueberries. Coffee with cream on the side as well as water and supplements.

We grabbed lunch at the deli of the produce store- something that just works out really well for us. I decided to try something different this time, with the intention of perhaps inspiring a new option in the future. I got a half of a spanish roast chicken with mushrooms and roast peppers on the side. I did not eat the whole thing, but shared some with the guys and ate till I was comfortable. My though is perhaps next week I can talk them into building green salads, and then ordering one of these and shredding it to put on top of the salads. They thought this might be a good option, but we shall see if it holds out.

I wound up snacking on some celery, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower while chopping, so no pics of these.

Dinner was one of my favorites- stuffed portabellos and a tossed salad. I take portabello mushrooms, snap off the stems and fill the cavity with raw italian sausage- for two small caps it winds up one sausage link to fill the both. I cover these in foil and bake at 375 for a half hour, then put a slice of cheese on top. The cheese today was smoked swiss, and it added a really rich flavor to these. Salad was Romaine, cucumbers and more Campamari tomatoes. Our market has them dirt cheap right now, and they are really good !

Desert ( we have a desert on Saturdays) was part of a transition from a long standing habit. Throughout this whole weight loss thing we have saved our 35 extra points through the week for gelatto. According to the Weight Watchers plan with points, this is okay- and was for about six months. Nick is Autistic, and patterns and habits are about as easy to break as emptying the ocean one thimble at a time. He has come a long, long way with dietary intervention( most results we have seen have been through supplements and that allowed enough of a grip to increase the variety offood, and from there more improvements have come). After the first week of HELL with getting him to eat things in balance I mentioned that we could have one treat on Saturday night to use our bonus points. It worked to stop a meltdown, get him on board fully, and since then it has been a custom. I have worked hard to convince him the gelatto is nice but not the best option, and finally 3 weeks ago he came on board, so deserts have become things to supply the mouth feel of the old but transitioning into the new. For the record, last weekend for our anniversary we got Blizzards , and saw a weight loss this week, so it's not off track. This week was a carton of pre made pudding ( those things you toss in lunch boxes) with a cup of fresh raspberries and an explosion of whipped cream from a can. Yeah , too much whipped cream, but as I said it is a move to transition from one thing that is much higher in calories to something healthier. It is a journey and learning a new balance.

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