Thursday, July 14, 2011

I have good news and good news

Good news # 1 is that I did stay entirely sugar free and white flour free yesterday!  It's the first in quite a long time.  There have been plenty of days when I didn't binge from eating sugar and/or related high processed crap, but any day I did binge it followed ingestion of the first bite of the aforementioned evil stuff.  Coinkydink?  I think not! :)

Even after one clean day, I woke up feeling a little more energetic, less fogged in before the coffee that helps chase the sugar haze away, and very grateful!  The journey of a thousand years begins with the first day.  I'm not shooting for a 1000 years, but now I'm shooting for Day 2.  Will keep you posted.  I just effing KNOW I can do it.

Good news # 2 is that I've "discovered" (from many blogs) about how you can mix uncooked old fashioned rolled oats with yogurt (or milk, which I hate so would never try) for only 10-15 minutes, and the oats take in enough moisture to soften and become kind of doughy and VERY satisfying to this blogger! 

I've read several blogs where people make overnite oats, mixing equal parts oats, milk and yogurt in the fridge overnight, but it never occurred to me to try it because I thought it would be a too-cold gloppy mess that would bother my sensitive teeth.  I like my oatmeal hot, but this summer I've been burned out (no pun intended) on hot oatmeal, and wasn't having luck finding a good cereal to mix with yogurt that had high protein, fiber and no sugar.  Then I read in one of my regular blogs (can't recall whose) about how the oats just need 10 minutes to achieve yum level of mushiness, and yesterday I tried it.  LOVE! 

I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup Trader Joe's Greek nonfat plain yogurt with a splenda, and a cup of fresh pineapple.  It was definitely a thick glooping goopy mess, but just right for me!  I think I'll be doing this for awhile, and hopefully I'll keep finding good fresh pineapples because the taste and texture with the glop is perfection.  Oh - and I added a skimpy Tbs. of chia seeds which made it heavenly grainy too.

Hopefully you're not gagging at the thought of this concoction.  If so, just breathe in and out slowly for a few, and it'll pass.  I'm just always excited to find a breakfast combo that suits me and so this morning when I woke up, after reflecting in wonder over my first sugar free day, my second thought was to my mix.  At least for the moment my food obsession is focusing on a healthy item!

Good news # 3 (bonus) is that we have an absolutely perfect, beautiful late spring feeling day today, with no humidity.  High in low 80s!  We'll have a few of these before the next heat wave, and I'm taking advantage.  I plan to walk my 5 mile loop this afternoon as soon as I get off work.

Finally - I'm curious.  I'm love carrots, but confess to being a carrot snob.  I hate baby carrots.  They don't taste near as good or have quite the same crunch as good old California REAL carrots.  But a friend told me I'm ridiculous, so I'm taking a very scientific poll:  Baby Carrots or Adult?  Inquiring minds want to know!


  1. I'm going to try that oats and yogurt thing! I have been making my own Greek yogurt and have been looking for more ways to use it.

    I probably like baby carrots the best (though I've read somewhere that they are really adult carrots pared down???), but usually buy the adult ones because I assume (never really figured it out) they are cheaper.

  2. Wow! Lots of good news. I wish I would like oatmeal, but I don't. I have tried. Great weather is always good news and I like baby carrots.

  3. Congrats on the successful day yesterday!!! Here's to another one! :)

    Your yogurt mess sounds pretty awful, but I am taking your advice and breathing in and out slowly, lol. But yay for finding something that works for YOU.

    I like baby carrots, but am a bit of a snob - I prefer the ones that are really slender. No short stubby baby carrots for me. I also love a good adult carrot, peeled and cooked *just* so. Geez, now you've got me craving carrots. What have you done, Leslie?!?!?!?! ;)

  4. Woo hoo for you! Now you need to come back and reread this post often, to remember how great you feel:)

    I agree - baby carrots do NOT taste as good.

  5. Regular carrots do taste much better, but We eat a lot of babies for the ease. I really prefer the petite babies over the regular babies

  6. I'm a faux baby carrot lover.

    Congratulations on a great day! That is awesome. Don't you love the first-thing-in-the-morning-feeling when you have NOTHING to regret?

    I am going to try to oatmeal thing. It sounds yummy to me - and maybe throw in some flax seeds as well.

  7. I love mixing oatmeal with yogurt and fruit and if you let it sit overnight on the regfrigerator it's even better.

    Regular carrots are so much tastier, sweeter and more moist! Hands down-no contest. I'm just sayin-they are the best!

  8. Full-sized carrots for me. I, too, have heard that "baby" carrots are peeled and manipulated into baby-sized vegetables. Also I only buy organic carrots. They're soooo much sweeter and better-tasting than non-organic. The best, of course, are home-grown, but I'm only going to have a handful this year. Not too many germinated.

  9. Very good for you!

    You know, I've previously done well for several days in a row and then have that crash--foggy, hard to concentrate, weak, very low kind of depressed hate-my-life feeling.

    And I used to drink a Diet Pepsi to pep me out of it. But now, I quit drinking soda because of acid reflux. So I don't know how to get out of that crash while staying on a very healthy diet.

    So if anybody knows how to effectively deal with the crash, I'd really appreciate if you would please comment your advice to me on my blog. Thanks.

    :-) Marion

  10. Anonymous14 July, 2011

    I like baby carrots but probably just because it's what I'm used to. I like to cut up 'real' carrots in pot roasts, soups, stews, etc because they add more flavor and heartiness to a comfort food dish like that. But for snacking and dipping in peanut butter or ranch - I like the babies!

  11. I don't think I could bring myself to try that oatmeal concoction but I've never been much of a cold cereal lover. I have noticed that once again I am not eating hot oatmeal very much during this summer.

    So glad you had a day where your eating left you feeling better inside and out!

  12. Good job sticking to your carb free day!

    I prefer the adult carrots, I am just too lazy to clean them. I don't like the baby carrots if their slimy.

  13. adult, even my kids turn up their noses at baby carrots.

  14. ADULT for sure...and from the farmer's market!! Just stumbled on your blog! Great news on this post...

    I've been watching the show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
    Monday nights on ABC at 10pm/9c...and last week they dealt with food addiction and OA...really floored me to see a show on TV touch on that...

    Anyway, look forward to reading more posts! Thanks!

  15. Adult carrots if purchased, baby if pulled straight from the garden. Well done on sugar and flour free day :) I have been two weeks today without flour or sugar and have not had any crashes, headaches or indigestion!!! I eat a similar breakfast but cook my oatmeal with flaxseeds and then mix with yogurt and 1 tsp (precisely measured) of olive oil. The yogurt makes the oatmeal cool and the olive oil adds no flavour but a divine texture. I also think it is helping me not crave fat which leads to craving bread to put butter on and it is a downward spiral from there ...

  16. Anonymous18 July, 2011

    Love all the goodness in this post Leslie!

    I definitely prefer adult carrots to baby carrots - I even buy the ones at the store that are "loose" and still have the stems on them - they are definitely more flavorful - tell your friend she's wrong and we are right! :D