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Seriously? Kudzu?

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Don’t these people realize this shit is free all over the south??

Maybe I should dig up some roots to sell for twice as much at the farmers market next time I go home. It’s non-certified organic cause I can promise the only fertilizer is “natural” and there’s no pesticides on it since nothing kills it and the south has given up on trying to get rid of it.

What’s it good for, anyway? Anyone know? I kinda consider myself a nutrition geek but have yet to see any literature on the benefits of kudzu in the past year or so that I’ve been rockin the nutrition world wide interewebs, books and podcasts.

Apparently, it could be our next ethanol... but, given the starch component (and the above packaging found at Whole Paycheck Foods, I’m thinking it’s our next High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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September 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm

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Ugh…

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Well, it’s Day 16 and I’ve absolutely been compliant.  It’s hard to screw up when you can’t hold anything down. 

Last night I made the most delicious conch fritter concoction that came out more like a conch patty.  Conch, onion, celery, spices, almond flour and an egg dropped into a pan of coconut oil.  Not exactly deep fried but delicious nonetheless. Dangerous?  I’m not sure but something woke me up in the middle of the night and had me in the bathroom the rest of the night. The conch was canned and I don’t think anything was out of date, but it is curious, no?

Today has been a mostly beef broth and La Croix water kinda day. 

I am feeling somewhat better and need to make sure I have lunch and suppers for the rest of the week so I fixed Melissa’s Thai Beef & Basil tonight.  This is so quick, easy, delish and versatile!  I’m a fan!  It’s simply ground beef with green beans, garlic, basil and coconut aminos.  Served with lime juice, scallions and optional nuts.  I only had a little bit to taste it, but I know I’ll be enjoying it and making this again.

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August 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm

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Being Prepared

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Friday Eve:

Breakfast – 2 eggs, macadamia nuts

Lunch – Shrimp asparagus curry

Snack – macadamia nuts, black olives

Dinner – Shrimp asparagus curry

I noticed that with two eggs only for breakfast I was getting hungry way before I should be and found myself hungry all day.  Not good for me to be hungry. 😀

Watched Expedition Impossible and cheered on the Modern Gypsies. Walked Vixen for about an hour while listening to the latest Robb Wolf podcast.  I live in a very friendly neighborhood where most of us know each other (except the new folks who don’t seem to be as personable – what’s up with that?). This is really nice and I’m not complaining but when I’m walking Vix and listening to my podcasts I don’t like to stop & chat.  On the homestretch of our walk I noticed several neighbors out chatting in one of the yards and reluctantly pulled the earbuds out only to notice they were engrossed in conversation (YAY!). We said our “Hello”‘s and I was free to continue on listening to Robb’s infinite wisdom.

Friday:

Breakfast – 3 eggs

Lunch – Shrimp asparagus curry & salad of romaine lettuce, black olives, one boiled egg, jicama and cucumber with fig infused vinegar & olive oil

Dinner – Bacon wrapped filet

No, I was not going to eat bacon during the challenge but it’s one or two pieces and since it’ll be too floppy for my taste, I prolly won’t even eat it. Why am I even fixing this when it’s not really in my personal plan for the Whole 9?  Well, I didn’t remember to pull the beef out of the freezer and knew there was no Plan B ready at home so I stopped at the store and these were on sale for $1.89/each.  They look good, they’re Whole 9 compliant and require very little preparation time.  Tomorrow I will be reassessing Plan A and Plan B so that I’m not caught off guard again.

I had planned to go to a free movie shorts screening tonight but am feeling weak – not physically but mentally. I’m tired.  I didn’t sleep well last night and know that there’s a bar at the theater and the friends will want to hit one of the many local bars afterwards.  I’m not strong enough to handle that kind of temptation yet, especially not if it’s a smoking bar.

Weekends have been the most difficult for me. But I do have a full schedule tomorrow as a domestic diva. I printed a coupon to Bath & Bodyworks and will stock up on the Wallflower air fresheners.  A nice, clean smelling house should help with the nicotine cravings which, thankfully, are finally subsiding.  When the cravings hit, they hit hard, though.

I try to remind myself of the reasons I want to quit: Blood sugar control being the primary reason weight-wise. Did you know nicotine elevates blood sugar? Why people gain weight when they quit since blood sugar control should be better, I’m not sure, unless they eat more crap as they quit.  I’m hoping that’s what it is because I’m definitely not eating crap. I guess we’ll see, eh?

Obviously, it’s not the only reason.  I don’t want COPD, cancer or emphysema. I really can’t afford to be $moking. I really enjoy my workouts and would love to be better at them and not having to catch my breath like someone who’s an out of shape smoker. I’m a paranoid smoker who doesn’t like to smell like a smoker and I go to great pains to keep my house from smelling like it but despite my best efforts, I do stink sometimes. I know this because I have some brutally honest friends and I’m ever so thankful for them.

So, there we are. Another weekend of spitting nails and taking deep breaths while chomping GABA Calm tablets (with thanks to Julia Ross).

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August 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm