Thursday, March 27, 2008

Those who can't do, teach

I'm not sure where that quote comes from, and I don't necessarily think it holds much truth, but it may just apply to me pretty soon. A friend of mine, in a state of desperation and obvious poor judgment, has asked me to coach a soccer team. You don't remember me playing soccer, do you? Of course you don't. I never played soccer. I have never even watched an entire soccer game. I don't know the rules, or the jargon. But these are 6 year old kids, and apparently all you have to tell them is: Run! Kick the ball! Go that way! So I may help out, at least as an assistant coach. Could be fun. Could be a source of blog topics, anyway. We'll see.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Warning: Soap Box Ahead / Meat lovers beware

I have a radical new (radical to me anyway) way of eating and I feel awesome. My taste buds have changed, just like this way of eating (I refuse to call it a diet) promises. Water tastes really good. Fruit tastes amazing. Cravings are down. I'm not hungry -in fact, I'm completely satisfied. I think this is the healthiest, most sensible that I have ever eaten.

Here's what I have cut out:
Milk (gasps from the audience)
Meat (more gasps, a few snickers)
Sodas (I can't believe this one)
Coffee (Really shocked at this one, too)
Most processed foods

Already this week I have had more oranges than I have had in probably the last 8 months. I've had bananas, pineapple, and strawberries. I've had squash, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, onions, red, yellow, and orange peppers, carrots, water chestnuts, sweet potatoes, spinach, chard (a leafy green vegetable that I cooked like turnip greens, wasn't bad at all), broccoli, black beans, and brown rice. I've had peanuts, pistachios, whole grain cereal, chai tea, and soy milk. And that's just this week.

There are so many wonderful and healthy foods out there. But we don't want them because our taste buds are all screwed up from the processed crap that we eat. We are so used to foods filled with high fructose corn syrup that natural foods just don't taste right. We don't really think about what we eat. We get our nutrition advice from TV- we drink milk because the commercials say it does a body good, -and the dairy manufacturers paid for the ads. We eat lean mean like chicken because it's supposed to be good for us -and the poultry people paid for those ads. We use Splenda and Equal and Sweet-n-Low and other fake sweeteners, even though there is scary, scary research out there about each and every one of them -like it took aspartame something like 8 times to get passed by the FDA. But wait, don't be fooled into thinking those things are so bad that you'll just have good old natural sugar. Good old natural sugar isn't good - or natural. It's been uber-processed, refined, stripped of any good qualities it once had, and then bleached because apparently they think people wouldn't buy sugar if it weren't white.

We don't really think about what we put in our mouths. We eat meat because it's there. Because we have always eaten it. And I know, I have an advantage here. While some of you really and truly love meat - I can tell from the visceral reactions I have got from people when I tell them I am trying to give it up - I really could take it or leave it. I do enjoy a good grilled hot dog. I love BBQ. Occasionally I crave pork chops. I like bacon. (Noticing a pattern here? I'm a real pork lover, eh) I used to say that I loved chicken, but the truth is it's the most tasteless meat out there, and what I love is what's on the chicken -like honey mustard, or BBQ sauce, or cheese, or spinach, etc. So it's been relatively easy for me to give it up. I'm not saying I will never have meat again, believe me. I had some this past weekend. But I'm definitely trying to avoid it for the most part.

Why? Because you do not know what you are eating if you eat meat. If you eat meat you are eating growth hormones and antibiotics. Every time. It's not the old days anymore, and your chicken did not come from Farmer Joe. It did not eat corn in a grassy field before being carried to market in a little red pickup truck. In all likelihood it sat in a cage barely big enough for it to fit in and was fed antibiotics to stave off the infections caused by its nasty living conditions, and hormones to make it bigger so someone could make a buck. Little girls are entering puberty at a much, much younger age now than ever. The culprit? Hormones in the meat they eat.

I'm sure many of you will think I have gone off my rocker. That's OK, that's nothing new. And while I suppose that everything above that I have read might not be true, it sure makes sense to me. Besides, I'm quite the animal lover. As Sandy says, I'm a hormone away from PETA. So when I think about what I am really eating - a COW, not a burger, or a CHICKEN, not a chicken tender, a PIG, not a pork chop, it's even easier for me to say no thanks. Especially when I think about how many animals I eat in the course of one year. Ew.

So, that's that. If you are interested in reading what I read (actually I listened to it on CD) to come to all these conclusions, it's a book called Skinny Bitch. As you might could tell from the title, the author has a little potty mouth -admittedly for grabbing attention, but a potty mouth nonetheless. So if you can look past that part there is some really, really interesting information in there.


Obviously there is a spy

reading my blog and reporting to Kevin. No way he just happens by every time I mention him, but it happened again. So, who is it? Which one of you is selling me out?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sorry for the delay in posting.....

It's Kevin's fault. OK, not really. But that's what he gets for not reading this. So watch out - if you stop reading I might randomly blame things on you, too. The last time I made a comment like that, Kevin happened to read it the next day. So, we'll see if he happens by again....

I've been busy! I am "training" to run a 5K race. I am walking one in April and running one in June, hopefully. It's been (gasp!) nearly 20 years (IS THAT RIGHT, CAN IT BE POSSIBLE THAT I AM THAT OLD, HOW CAN THAT BE?????????) since I last ran 3 miles without stopping. We'll see how it goes. I'm not a very good runner. I'm one of those that just....stops. I don't necessarily stop because I get out of breath. I actually am pretty good at controlling my breathing. And I don't stop because my legs are screaming with pain or anything. I just always.....stop. I lose concentration or something, and I say well that's enough, and I'll just stop. Not very good at fighting the fight. Kind of quick to give up when it comes to running. So we'll see how this goes. Feet don't fail me now. (More accurately, knees don't fail me now.)

I'll keep you posted.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Oh my goodness, this blog cracks me up. This guy takes a picture of himself every morning at 9:09 a.m. I put a comment on his blog that it's a great idea for a blog and a clever way to have a reason to take a photo of himself every day. I take pictures of myself all the time, but I have no reason, so I just end up looking vain. Brilliant, this French guy.

Good advice

Your destiny is not tied to the people who walk away from you.
-Joel Osteen

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Real stories from real moms

Check this out. Real moms submit funny stories about being a mom. Winning stories are featured in episodes portrayed by Jenny McCarthy, Chelsea Handler, and Leah Remini. Funny stuff on here.

What a great idea for a blog

Wish I would have thought of this one. Check it out.