Anna, I really like your statement about "trying to act regardless how I feel." That makes a lot of sense. I'm also very glad you're here.
Boots thanks for your encouragement. That word is interesting isn't it? Putting courage into...And I'm definitely trying to make progress. It's funny because you can't progress with this dietary change unless you're honest with yourself. That's what I'm finding out.
So I left out one important instruction about the pressed salad (which is what I realized last night when I made it for dinner and it didn't "press"). You have to mix the salt and ume vinegar in with your clean hands sort of massaging it into the vegetables before placing a weighted plate or bowl on top. My salad was good but it did not taste as good as the chef's did.
I did my strength training yesterday, but didn't walk, so today I walk and tomorrow strength train. In Dr. McDougall's book The Starch Solution, a woman Deb Tasic's story is given. She's recovered from MS and she looks so great. In addition to the McDougall diet, she walks and strength trains. She's my age or maybe a little older and I was inspired by her. I think you can find her story on the Star McDougaller page on this website.
Breakfast tomorrow: oatmeal with raisins.
Lunch tomorrow: leftovers from dinner tonight (tonight I'm making the ff black bean sauce that we ended up not having last night and will serve it over tortillas that are filled with chopped baked potato, corn, and vegetables) or if we don't have any leftovers, I'll have to think of something else for lunch tomorrow.
Dinner tomorrow night: Mary McDougall's Picnic Lentil Salad served over raw spinach with a side of brown rice.
I'm coming to the conclusion that it might be a good idea to buy a microwave. I've never owned one and haven't wanted one, but they seem to be so easy for making quick breakfasts and for things like baked potatoes, defrosting and reheating. Am still hemming and hawing trying to decide since they're not cheap....
That's it for now.
Have a great week