Sunday, July 24, 2011

Let's Talk "FOOD"

 We need food to give us energy to complete the tasks of the day. Travel back just a few years. Let's say 1875, Our relatives from this era spent their day working hard at what ever they did. Food was what was grown, raised, or bought at the mercantile. There were no "nutrion lable then. You ate what was put before you and in most cases was very grateful. The nearest "fast food" was the deer that got away. Now let's travel back to today. Fast Food has became a "staple" food, when beans and potatoes use to be now you have bean burritos and french fries. Now I don't blme the outlets because after all they employ million, and ultametly it is our choice to eat or not eat.

I about fell over when I found out the calorie count on my favoite lunch meal, double cheese burger, large fry, and a super large Cke [that I never finished] was 1800 calories. That is more than a whole days worth of calories in one shot. Stop by the gas station pick up a candy bar (excuseme? 4 candy bars) and a 20 oz Coke. (20 oz pops are 2 1/2 servings by the way) So then supper of who knows what and don't forget the snack while watching the latest rerun of Star Trek The Next Generation. Of course to round off this nightmare I did not eat the one meal I should have "Breakfast". So my body is saying starving all morning and then when I do feed it it hangs on to all that fat for dear life, then spike my sugar levels with that snack, Body dumps in the insulin; then it is just freaked out by supper and another snack so sleep is little if any. WOW it is a wonder that I am here to write this!

Well today is a NEW day. As I have said before I have cut all the sugar and sugar substitutes out as much as possible, (all food these days seem to have one or the other) Breads, Pastas, White Potatoes, and Sticky Rice. I have added Lean cuts of meat, (mostly Fowl and Fish) (no pork) I won't go into all the reasons but look up how swine filter there intake. I have started walking and lifting weights. I started walking 3 months ago at 100 yrds and now I am up to almost 1/2 a mile a day. I started out lifting a 6 lb dumb bell (ladies that is a weight not your husband) [Forward curls, Side curls. and presses] 10 time each, I am up to 35-40 times each now. I know you have heard this but I am serious when I say "If I can do it so can YOU".

I will share with you what I have been tols, at my weight; what my intake should be: between 1500 - 1800 cals a day, consistinf of no more than 5 g of fat per serving, 50g carbs a day, and 90 to 100 g of protein a day. Ask you physician if there is a dieticion on staff or that they can reccomend. Most doctors do not specialize in nutrition and it is better to have someone who does also most office do have a dietion specialist on staff these days.

I heard a sad report the other day: staticts show that for the first time in a long time our children life expectacy is less thanours, it is because of obesety. There was another news story where a Governor [don't remember which one] was try try to pass a law that if your children were overweight the stste would take them away. What? lets just add to the deficit that every state has, that makes since. Hey Gov I have an Idea, leave the kid's home and teach the parents nutrition. Most do not have the simelist Idea of what that is. Now they are cutting extra carricular sports, PE andd any other "non-essintial activities. What????? Can anyone say WHAT??????????????????????????????????  The only health and nutrition I got in school (and very little then) was in PE. So no active activity mean more obese children and yet there is an obesety problem now, just wait!

OK enough soap box. I found a tastey looking recipe to share so I think Sunday's will be share a recipe day. If you have one to share please do so in the comments and I will approve and post them. (remember I have a screener set on comments just so I can keep ugly, hurtful comments out. If you dissagree with anything her and do it in a respectful way I will post your comment.( So here we go:

Lettuce wraps

 Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 1

1 cup Iceburg Lettuce
1/2 cup Chopped Cucumber
1/4 cup 1 Cup Chopped Carrots
1/2 cup Ground Turkey
2 tbsp Asian With Sesame & Ginger

Tear leaves off of the Iceburg lettuce. Rinse well, put on a plate and set aside.
Chop the cucumber and carrots into small pieces.
Coat saute pan with non-stick cooking spray, and heat on medium temperature for 1 minute.
Put cucumber and carrots in the saute pan for 5 minutes. Then remove from pan and put into a separate bowl.
Re-coat the saute pan with non-stick cooking spray and continue to heat on medium temperature for another minute.
Put ground turkey meat into the pan and cook for 10 minutes or until brown/ cooked all the way through.
Add the chopped cucumber and carrots into the saute pan with the turkey. Stir well until the cucumber and carrots are completely mixed in with the turkey, on low heat.
Remove saute pan from heat and pour 1 tablespoon of the light sesame-ginger dressing on the turkey and vegetable mixture and then stir until the dressing is mixed in.
Pour 1 more tablespoon of dressing into a small bowl for dipping.
Take the plate of lettuce you prepared earlier and place about 1/4 of a cup of the turkey mixture into each leaf of lettuce.
Dip the lettuce wraps into the sesame dressing for maximum flavor.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 4 lettuce wraps
Amount per Serving
Calories 251
Calories from Fat 108.7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.08g
Saturated Fat 1.01g
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 400.5mg
Total Carbohydrate 12.57g
Dietary Fiber 2.4g
Sugars 8.45g

Protein 23.8g
Est. Percent of Calories from:

So I hope you like it. It sounds good, I have not tried it yet.

Words Of Wisdom:
"Thank you" is the essence of nonviolence. It contains respect for the other person, humility and a profound affirmation of life.

Stress Reducers:
Get up 15 min early. That way little set backs won't get in the way.
Lay out your clothes the night before
Prepare for the morning: Make lunches, Set table, Etc. the night before.

My Prayer is that you would Keep The LORD in your Heart and Mind Always

Until Next Time


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