Gotta log gotta log gotta log!!! Wanted to last night, but sat sleepily in front of the computer and finally gave up. Now I’m getting a pretty late start to my morning, but I want to write just a bit. So I ran out and put the first load of laundry in, warmed my coffee up, promised Noah I would be out there ‘in a minute’ (time does not pass for dogs the same as it does for us, so technically I was not lying,) and here I am for a quick post.
Warning: Junk food talk ahead.
Yesterday was an odd food day. Plans to have family here for dinner fell through. That part was fine with me. I had it in mind that I wanted some Wor Won Ton Soup. Years ago I had this at a Chinese restaurant and I LOVED it. Full of big chunks of beef, BBQ pork, chicken, shrimp, as well as veggies, and of course won tons. Please, no one needs to tell me Chinese food has sodium. All in all, it seemed like a nice, relatively low-cal treat for the day.
So after church I headed out in search of wor won ton soup. It was almost funny, because I zig-zagged back and forth across town, going to the chinese restaurants in the order that I thought MIGHT have the best soup (because I have not gone out for chinese in years now.) The only restaurant open was my third choice. And I was right. It was definitely third choice. Just not that good. Oh well. Before I went I was searching the nutritionals online, and I came across a recipe for it. I might try to make it myself, although I am not too much into prepping and stuffing the won tons.
Okay, I have to admit it. Once I decided I was going to have soup for my main dish, I gave myself permission to have two desserts. So the whole day did not go to pot, but I did eat more ‘junk’ than I like to, and I did feel ‘icky’ for a bit. A good reminder that the way I eat now is a GOOD THING.
One funny/good thing is this. My mom, my sister, and I used to LOVE the Palmer’s hollow chocolate easter bunnies. And as I grew I would get myself the BIGGEST Palmer’s hollow chocolate bunny that they made. Which you all probably know is quite large. So this year I looked at several stores for just the right Palmer’s hollow chocolate easter bunny. And I found the smallest, cutest bunny that they make. I have to admit, I thoroughy enjoyed him. But now he is gone. That day is done. And I am definitely ready to get back in the saddle again. I went to sleep dreaming/thinking about exactly what I would eat today, spaced out into 6 small meal/snacks. It is pretty spare–a good challenge. We’ll see if I can do it. Here’s the list.
Custard oats/quinoa combo.
Fish/veggie combo and roasted asparagus.
In writing it seems do-able.
Along these same lines (junk food) I came across this fascinating article about rats eating junk food, and the possible conclusion that junk food is actually addicting. Of course this is what David Kessler already said in his book ‘The End of Overeating.’ I hope you will look at this article. I can’t really review all of it here, but these statements really struck a cord with me in regards to our question ‘why can’t we stop eating the junk?’
As they plumped up, eating became such a compulsion that they kept chowing down even when they knew they would receive an unpleasant electric shock to their foot if they did so.
When deprived of the sugary food, they showed signs of anxiety and their brains acted as if they were withdrawing from alcohol or drugs.
In the current study, the rats were raised on healthy foods, but their preferences quickly shifted when offered junk food. Throughout the day, they snacked and nibbled, rapidly bulking up. And the more they gained, the more they ate.
Yikes. The similarities are eery.
So today, along with the laundry, a couple of walks with Noah, and a bit of quilting, I will AGAIN purge my house of some of the junk food stashed away. Because, as my friend Vickie says, if it is in the house, it WILL be eaten.