Seems to me that fruit has been bandied about the blog world a little more than usual lately. Helen doesn’t really like it, Shelley has the market on WATERMELON, and Lori can get blueberries cheaper than either Shelley or myself!! Then there was that bit about blueberries being a negative calorie food, which all us foodies had a good laugh over. Of course there are those who think fruit is to be limited/avoided, etc. Then, occasionally, I hear someone comment that they could eat 12 servings of fruit in a day!! Are you kidding me?
I LIKE fruit. Duh. Its sweet. But I am rarely tempted to overdo on fruit, and it just seems normal for me to have 2 servings a day. I don’t think about it or count them out, but that’s usually what it turns out to be. Once in a while a day will go by and I will realize I only had one serving.
The thing about fruit is that, by itself, it just does not hold me that long. It is so pleasant to eat, very enjoyable at the time, but it does not appreciably satisfy my hunger. I usually have fruit with some kind of protein, most commonly with cottage cheese or yogurt.
All that said, this is the time of year for the most wonderful fruit. I try to limit the amount of fruit I have in the house at one time so I do not feel pressured to eat it ‘just because its there.’ Right now I happen to have a LOT of really great fruit in the house. So I decided to try something this morning. I made a fruit salad. Four types of fruit, cut and put in a bowl. Four servings, approximately 400 calories. I wrote that down on my food journal this morning.
Here’s how I had the first serving, over a half cup of Wal Mart cottage cheese. This is the world’s best cottage cheese!
At first I thought, yep, it didn’t hold me, but then I realized it had been 3 hours since I ate, so I had a second breakfast–very low calorie English muffin French toast. With Smucker’s sugar free syrup. That is the only sugar free syrup I like. I really try to soak the muffin in the egg mixture so I get a decent amount of protein in there.
Had the second bowl of fruit for my afternoon snack, with a 3M Chia muffin (10 grams protein), and I had the last bowl for dessert tonight. All in all, a very satisfying experiment. But I don’t really need to eat that much fruit. And overall, I think I like eating one kind of fruit at a time.
But we should all eat fruit, don’t you think? One of God’s great gifts to us. Full of all those good nutrients (you’re gonna have to look elsewhere for what exactly those nutrients are…)
So earlier this week I was involved in what could only be called a QUILT OBSESSION. Quite a while ago, I put together these various assortments of simple squares using my boxes of pre-cut strips and squares. And then I switched gears and started working on the housetop quilts. But I was determined not to let those orphan squares go to waste. So I pretty much worked non-stop on this quilt for a few days. I had the idea of zig-zagging the squares to a background instead of sewing them together, since they were odd sizes that wouldn’t exactly fit together.
You can see my ‘zig-zag technique’ in this photo.
I did realize that all that sitting and sewing was making me quite stiff. So I did get in some walks every day. And I did actually make it to the gym three days this week! But the biggest source of exercise for me this week was FUNCTIONAL exercise. Yeah, where you actually USE all those muscles you’ve worked so hard for. I FINALLY returned to the garden, and bought some plants, and actually planted them. Planting them involved moving around a lot of big heavy pots full of soil, bags of soil, and all that. Its so nice to have flowers in the garden again. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Noah seems to be leaving them alone. He does still like the plastic pots that they come in.
THEN, more functional exercise. I did a lot of housework, and I cleaned off the back porch and the deck and took a load of stuff to the dump! You know, keeping busy like that keeps your mind off of “what’s next to eat?”
So, speaking of what’s next to eat, I found a really interesting product at Trader Joe’s the other day. Literally has three ingredients: honey, chocolate liquor, and oil of peppermint. Quite decadent. And interesting, as I don’t think the chocolate is sweetened. About 50 calories each. I find that one mint usually satisfies my sweet tooth. I also like the Russell Stover sugar free mints.
So, I don’t know what got me in the mood. Maybe it was my dingy socks and my filthy shoes? Anyway, I started looking around the internets for those darn Newton’s Running Shoes, and I found that they sold them on Ebay! So I sprang for a pair. Free shipping, and they accept returns, so I’ll only be out about $5 if they don’t fit and I have to send them back. And I also ordered 10 pairs of my all time favorite socks. These really are THE WORLD’S SOFTEST SOCKS! I love how they feel, I love how they stay in place, but they aren’t too tight around my ankles. And they last a pretty long time.
Doggie love. That Bess is a cutie. We had a little emergency with her earlier this week. She had a scar on one eyeball when I got her. Not that unusual for a pug, I thought. But somehow it got irritated, and overnight it looked really terrible. I think the vet gave me NEOSPORIN for the eyeball, along with a little steroid. She has certainly made herself at home here.
And Mr. Monk, in a particularly energetic pose.
Sophie’s version of a big stretch. Isn’t she cute?
And the latest completed housetop quilt, with two of my favorite verses on it (Matt. 11:28-29, and Psalm 23.) I think you might be able to see the writing if you click on the picture and enlarge it.
Oh, I was reviewing my pictures from Paducah today and I ran across this great picture. This garden art was in what seemed to be an abandoned lot. Isn’t it great?
Wow, I should really blog a little more often. Well, you could save this and read just a little every day…