I like updating a lot recently.
I made the lemon tahini dressing. I'll see how it is on salad pretty soon. I was thinking I could also add it as the lemon flavor for my hummus. I want to be careful though and not make it too much of a main food item, even though it's watered down. As Dr. McDougall says,
The fat you eat is the fat you wear.
And I have quite enough fat, thank you very much.
I'm "ok" with my weight but I don't feel like myself how I am, not fitting into most of my jeans.
I'm now realizing that in the past my weight was really kept in check by activity/exercise and my (ahem) food indiscretions did not show. However I have also done really well McDougalling strictly in the past. I want to work on getting there and staying with the good eating habits. A lot of it had to do with preparation.
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That book I'm reading is interesting although I have some feeling it is not making the point enough about the impact of diet on health. It shoots off into other realms quite often. I am in agreement with Dr. McDougall that a healthy (by McDougall standards) eater could have a type A personality and deal with a lot of stress and still have clean arteries. For instance I am thinking of the difference between the Asian young men and the Americans during that study that took place after (during?) the Korean (? maybe it was Vietnam?) War. (Sorry I am fuzzy on the details.)
What's important was that the Asians, eating a plant-based diet, had arteries clean as whistles and the young American soldiers had signs of atherosclerosis. Now my belief is that no matter what side you're on, being a soldier in a war zone would be scary and stressful. So I feel Dr. McDougall's views hold and that by simply changing your diet, you will take care of your problem. Not that stress management won't also help, because the heart does have nerves and is affected by how you emotionally feel. But I think the greater
effect comes from cleaning up the diet. And the more thorough the change (i.e. McDougall, Esselstein, T. Colin Campbell's recommendations, etc.) the better the cardiovascular clean-up will be. (Note that Dr. Ornish was not as strict as the other doctors I mentioned and his patients did not have the same impressive results as Esselstein's at least in the documentary I once saw about his -Ornish's- program a while ago.)
I put the soup in the freezer. 2 days and I'm sick of it. I bought potatoes, salad, and some orchids tonight to cheer me up. I have fresh broccoli in the fridge and an assortment of frozen veggies to get to. I also have brown rice ready (and it's a yummy kind, sticky brown rice. Very good.) Tomorrow morning I'm going to cook some mushrooms (cooked mushrooms are yummy in salad) and buy a red bell pepper on the way to work for my salad (which I'll try with the tahini dressing.) I'm taking potatoes too.. I love potatoes.
So the soup can wait. It just has too much in it for my taste. The best part of it is the shittakes. And I still have 3 big bags of the stew mix I'm not crazy about. Next time I'm taking out the big onions, the celery, and a handful of the carrots. Which leaves potatoes and some carrots I think. And for the smaller veg mix the green beans are going and possibly the lima beans. Which leaves carrots and peas, maybe corn. After all that work at least I'll enjoy my next creation more. No point in suffering.
I'm going to try to be STRICT like I used to be (except I'm allowing myself Jeff's tahini dressing) and look forward to reporting good progress.