So, here’s the deal …

I had a dear friend call me yesterday. She was looking for what is, in our society, an obscure ingredient for a new 30-day cleansing diet she was doing. OMG, it’s Thanksgiving – what a tough time to do something so drastic – kudos to her for doing what is right for her.

I, on the other hand, one who has also done what was considered drastic to some all in the interest of health, have found that I no longer want to be pinned down to someone else’s version of what is right for me. It’s an age thing, I’m sure. For years I have read about doing it this way or that. And, you know what? I usually failed. Oh, I lost a few pounds or tightened up a muscle here or there or I felt better for a while but I always – yes, always – ended up right back where I started.

So, how am I doing, I hear you ask. I am exactly where I should be at this moment in my life. I’m loving real food. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Whole grains. Good oils. I avoid those foods I have found to make me unhappy – high frutose corn syrup, processed foods, most anything labeled “natural” (‘cuz it probably isn’t). I like to know from where my food comes, though that is proving to be very difficult. I eat seasonal food, avoiding those foods that are grown and picked too early just to be forced to grow in a controlled environment for use eighteen months or longer and labeled ‘fresh.’ Even wonder why apples don’t taste the way they used to when we were kids … yeah, well … now you know.

1.17.2015 / The hardest thing …

… about Dr. Phil’s 20/20 Diet is portion control, but that’s how most diets work, right? While I have enjoyed the majority of recipes provided and the easy to follow procedure, I have only lost three pounds. Is it the diet’s fault … ah, no. It’s my obsession with sweets that is my downfall. But, I’m not gaining and that’s a good thing.

I have determined that I have a poor relationship with food as a whole. I can, without difficulty, eat as instructed and enjoy it and I can bypass sweets all day long … until I have a small piece. Then, all bets are off. I’m out of control and I know it. I have had a couple of days where sweets got the best of me but that was then and this is now.

We went out for lunch today and true to myself, I had grilled salmon with a side of steamed broccoli and grilled zucchini. It would have been easy to eat it all, but I asked for a togo box early and divided my entree into two meals. I’ve tried to chew completely – very difficult for me – and put my fork down between bites and I had some luck with that, my I still finished my half meal way before my husband. Got some work to do there, for sure.

But the other half of my meal is in the frig for lunch tomorrow.

My clothes seem to be fitting differently – nothing major – but changing. I’m thinking losing just a few pounds isn’t so bad so long as I don’t gain. Plus, I still hate to exercise and therefore, do not. Certainly would help, I’m sure. I guess I’m not there yet.

Quinoa and Coconut Bars

I’m always looking for a way to incorporate quinoa, a super grain, into my day. And, I get Quinoa Coconut Granola Bars- Super Healthy Kidsoverjoyed when my grandchildren like what I make, as well. When I offered them one of these nutrient-rich treats I saw that ‘OK, Grandma, what’s in them?’ look that quickly turned into “OK, Grandma, can I have another one?’ look. I love those kids!

Get the recipe, which, as you will see is from Super Healthy Kids blog … a blog I have bookmarked!

Note: I omitted the chocolate due to allergies and they were still fabulous!