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I don't like diets

I find them restricting and complicated. I need something simple, just like, what do I need to eat to be healthy and how much? A drag and drop system would be lovely, and maybe I’ll make one someday. I went to the library the other day and brought home 4 books, remarkably, after flipping through most of them before coming home, the most helpful (so far) has been Food Rules.Food Rules
It’s kind of…perfect, and freeing. I was almost lamenting the other day about how if I’m really serious about this (and I am), it seems so complicated that it’s probably going to turn my life on it’s head and I’m going to need to become a food/nutrition guru just to be healthy. Unfortunately, as nice as that is…it’s not really my personality and the idea of putting all of my energy into some kind of plan just seemed…daunting and a bit suffocating.

Library Books

Especially with the books I brought home. Admittedly, I brought them all home for different reasons. Food Rules seemed like it’d be a great guide (and it is!), the Mayo Clinic book has colorful charts, and The Perfect Body Diet I ironically didn’t get for it’s diet, but because it lists and describes some interesting exercises that I think I can do in my second floor apartment. Ideally, I’ll get a $10 yoga mat, because I don’t like slipping on my hard floors. The um, encyclopedia I got because it’s an encyclopedia and seemed handy, though it’s remarkably hard to hold open.

Maybe I’ll garner up the nerve to watch Food Inc. on netflix. Food Rules was great in that it explained everything clearly and took off a lot of the pressure I was feeling to focus on individual elements in food, rather than how healthy and processed it is as a whole. So while they’re important I feel less need to think “okay, I’ve eaten 8 grams of protein and now I need to eat 12 grams of  vitamin __” because honestly, that was just stressing me out.

As much as I want to lose weight, I want to be healthy more. I’m not sick, but I’m definitely not exactly healthy either. I think that if I can eat well (which sadly means cooking, but I’ll be 21 in February so maybe if I drink a glass of wine while torturing myself by cooking, it’ll be more tolerable…and also healthy. Though I guess it’s better to have with food…but I’ll experiment) then my weight (and possibly hormones) will start to balance out as well.

This weeks’ diet of frozen dinners and ramen noodles has definitely angered my system enough for me to be open to change (I don’t think there was any chicken in my nuggets :S). The biggest and most helpful thing I’ve gleaned from Food Rules is basically that the biggest thing is how processed everything is. If you can stay away from as much processed stuff as possible and eat small/proper amounts (and lots of plants) of food in moderation, then you’re good. Which for me means I’m not restricted with what I make or what I eat, as long as it’s in moderation (which I kinda have down, because I get sick if I don’t :P) and as un-processed as possible.

While I don’t feel the need (or have a big enough wallet) to go to whole foods every week (as ideal as that would be) I’m okay (now) with spending more, for better quality food and shorter shelf life. Food Rules in combination with this article kinda helped with that. I tend to be a bit uptight when it comes to buying food…since I don’t particularly enjoy it anyway.

So that’s a step.

Noms

I’m not a huge fan of food. Basically, I eat because I’m grumpy if I don’t and then I confuse feeling hungry with feeling sick. So I’ve been working on eating – most of the time I eat breakfast, usually throw something together for lunch, and then we make or get takeout for dinner.
But I’m tired of spending lots of money on food during the week, but I dislike cooking everyday equally as much. Half of it, is because I feel like I have to spend too much time thinking about dinner way earlier than I want to (like, before I’m hungry for dinner…or lunch).
So my mother-in-law let us borrow this cookbook, that has meals by week and shopping lists. So next month, I think I’m going to try that. And it makes food for 4-6 people which means we’ll have leftovers.
For the rest of this week though, we decided to experiment with Ramen. We got a lot of little things of Ramen for lunches, because they’re cheap and should last until we can go grocery shopping while saving us from going to Subway or Amato’s every day for lunch.
I’m hoping, that if we end up eating out less (keeping it to weekends) then maybe we’ll be able to save a little more for all the things that we’re realizing we would like to have/save for. Moving steadily up to the top of that is a car…although, it’s still beneath my 27″ iMac.
But imagine if we just ate Ramen….
…we’d probably get really sick, so that’s out.

Anniversary Leave

Our 2nd anniversary is on Memorial day, so I probably won’t be posting until Tuesday.
Today was warm, really warm – we might put in our AC soon – although now it’s drastically cooling down and we’re under a severe thunderstorm watch, so I’m almost shivering. I didn’t paint anything today, but I did exercise and play with my hair (which should be an art of it’s own, really, because the most creative I usually get with it is pigtails, ponytails or hats). I made a weird side braid that I then attempted to twist into the rest of my hair to make a bigger braid. It didn’t last long in my greasy hair, but it was kind of fun, I’ll have to play with that a little bit more.

I’ve been working my way through some of the programs on Your Shape for the Kinect and well…..my muscles are working I think, found some I didn’t know I had. I feel good even though I’m in a little bit of pain and my legs feel like jello. I like that there are programs and routines and whatever that take place over time, and that I can mix it up if I want to – they even have things for getting bikini ready, which I haven’t downloaded yet (I don’t have enough points or something?) but I would like to, sometime, after I work through the beginner levels and into the other slightly more intense programs. Right now I’m just sort of trying to get through the easy stuff.
I’m hoping that all the walking and sit ups and working out I’ve been good about since March will pay off soon, but my hormones are all nuts so I’ve actually gained 4 pounds instead of losing. I hope they figure themselves out soon, or I might look into donating them (if that were ever a thing). I feel like the medical procedures I make up should exist and have no harmful side-effects, but alas…
I also made soup today, which was fine until I couldn’t lift the pan with rue-d veggies without hurting my list and had a breakdown in which I swore off cooking ever again. I can only take so much of it, and then I flip. I’ve cooked more in the last month than I have in a lonnnng time and I started getting stressed. It smells good though, I feel like I should take another long break, but I don’t know. We need to eat, and I don’t want to eat out all the time, and frozen stuff is only so good when neither of us feel like cooking. I like it when Alex cooks. ^.^
Anyway, all that to say, I (probably) won’t be around till Tuesday. Have a great Memorial Day everyone!

Sluggish

I thought I was tired yesterday. I’m beginning to think that I need the sun to like, live and stuff.
I can’t seem to muster up the energy to do much of anything. I did play World of Warcraft until the lag or connection or something overtook it and I was wandering around Azshara waiting for snipers to come out of trees and they never did, and my companion stopped following me, it wasn’t until I tried to exit my machine 30 minutes later that I realized something must not be working right.
It’s that kind of day. My brain is slow.
So, I went on a walk, and came back and decided I didn’t want to make soup for dinner after all, and I didn’t want to do the dishes, and I didn’t have the energy to paint (seriously, the last time there was a *glimpse* of sun was sometime last week) because it would involve doing dishes so I could clean my palette.  Although, I did come up with a brilliant idea of *what* to paint when my energy returns to me.
The golden snitch! It’s yellowish. When I paint again, and consequently, use my last canvas – I want to paint something bright…and Harry Potter related. The Snitch is perfect for that.
I’ve spent the time since then on Pinterest -where I’ve been finding cool artistic things and pinning them. I have a board for things to inspire me, and things that I like, and house things, and cool things. I’ve had way too much fun with it – you can even follow me here: http://pinterest.com/kiery/
Lastly, dinner is frozen steak fajitas from TGI Friday’s, because…….I’m freezing, tired, and neither of us feel like actually cooking.

I need sun! (and also, dinner adventures)

Today was just one day in a string of dismal, misty, cold, wet, days. Unfortunately, it’s not the last either – although at the moment the weekend is looking a little brighter. Needless to say, it’s taken it’s toll on me. I’m not used to this much lack of sun. I feel like winter hasn’t ended yet even though it’s been in the 40’s and 50’s. So today I was lethargic. I didn’t end up painting or doing all that much. I did one interesting though, in hopes of brighter days ahead. I took all my shirts and all my jeans and all my jackets and scarves and hats and put them together in ways that I *hope* I’ll remember to wear them this summer and maintain a look of artistic cuteness as opposed to this-shirt-was-at-the-top-of-my-drawer-and-it-matched-ness.
I get tired of how I feel in my clothes – I feel like I should probably put a little more thought into it than I currently do, because I want to look and feel good about myself in what I’m wearing. Hopefully this will help, and I can always do it again if I need to.
The other, slightly less interesting thing I did was make dinner. I got Alex hooked on this version of Shepherds pie I made up a few weeks ago.  Mostly because I made an inside gravy/sauce thing.
Which is roughly this:

1/4 c water
1/2 packet beef bullion
1/2 tsp cornstarch
3-4 drops worcester sauce
season to taste (or smell)

(I used a little more water this time, because I made more filling). Basically I just eyeball it to make sure all the meat/peas/corn are coated and then I put in some cornstarch so it’s not all watery.
I also cheat and use Bob Evan’s mashed potatoes that I microwave for 6 minutes and then put on top.
Tada!
/this has been dinner adventures with Kiery, tune in next time.

Infographic

I need someone to make an infographic of all the vitamins and things you need to have every day and what kinds of food to find them in, that way I can look at it and figure out how to make food that has all of it in there. Something that I could draw lines between to make a meal would be super fun. I really wish I remembered the things from my nutrition dvds in highschool…
Also, an info graphic on how to adjust my eyes and nose to cat hair would be cool too. I don’t think the weather outside is helping at all either. It’s too cold and wet to open the windows for long. I did just sweep up though, so I probably got some more furs on me. It’s nothing unbearable though, just not used to it yet. Tonks is so worth it though, he’s adorable.

sidebar: I did some more screenwriting in my office on my comfy futon. I think I’m going to finish the dishes and paint to Harry Potter, and if there’s time, do some questing in Northrend before I finish the laundry and go grocery shopping. (Dinner adventure consists of applebees because we already ate the tasty salisbury steak for lunch).

Dinnner

Been cooking a little more off and on, I suspect I’ll probably be cooking more often this week and or least until Alex isn’t working late as much.
Today I made hamburgers because our tomato was going bad – I made the last of our natural frozen fries and added carrots for some crunchy vitamin A or whatever it is.
I need to go grocery shopping…
We had leftovers for lunch, and we’ll probably have the left over casserole that my mother in law sent us home with tomorrow (THANK YOU!).
/this has been dinner adventures with Kiery. Tune in next time.