Category Archives: Nutrition

5 Cold Comforts

Kittens cats five things

Dr. Tanya continues her #5Things series by asking what are our favorite cold remedies. Here are some things I do to feel better…

1. Medicine. I’m a huge fan of helpful drugs, such as decongestants, ibuprofen, cough drops, etc.

2. Hot tea. I drink this multiple times a day anyway, but it’s especially comforting when I’m sick.

3. Hot soup. I’m not normally much of a soup fan except when sick. Then it’s the best thing in the world. I like Campbell’s chicken soup with big fat noodles or Progresso’s Manhattan clam chowder.

4. Cozy blankets. I’m always cold anyway.

5. Mindless TV. When I’m not feeling well, I want to cuddle up in a blanket, drink hot tea, and watch dumb romcoms.

That’s it! Stay well, peeps. 💕

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The Monday Peeve 67

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

Wow, only a couple more peeves until 2021… and then a whole new year of peevery shall commence. Pretty exciting, no? Okay, so let’s get on with it. Today’s peeve is about things I like… and then they disappear or change form. Not talking about dating, but stuff in the grocery store. It’s so annoying! Years ago I discovered muffaletta (delicious chopped olive mix) and fell in lurve. Over time, it became harder to find until it ghosted altogether. Suddenly, there was olive tapenade everywhere, but that is not the same! Those olives are like pulverized. Muffaletta has pieces of olives; it’s not pureed into mush. The other month I found some and was in heaven… and now it’s gone again. WAAAH! I see it’s available online, but for insane prices. I just want the normal muffaletta for a reasonable price. 😦 This has happened with other foods I love, such as Oreo ice cream. When it first came out, it had luscious cookie pieces in it ~ so large you could taste the middle! But now? It’s all pulverized into nothingness. Meh!

5 Guilty Pleasures

Five kittens

Dr. Tanya continues her 5Things prompt series by asking us to name our favorite guilty pleasure foods. 😋

Disclaimer: I try not to think of foods as bad or good because of eating disorder issues. I don’t want to feel guilty if I eat something yummy and then spiral into believing I’m a bad person for it. That’s a recipe for disaster. However, in general, there are foods I try to limit because even though they are tasty, I want to stay healthy.

1. Ooey gooey pizza!

Pizza

2. Five Guys mushroom cheeseburger with extra crispy fries!

Mushroom cheeseburger and fries

3. Cheesecake! Hmm, I’m sensing a theme…

Cheesecake

4. Fish & chips with tartar sauce!

Image credit to Simply Delicious Food

5. Peanut butter cups!

Reese’s peanut butter cups

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5 Healthy Noms

5 kittens

Dr. Tanya continues her prompt series by asking us to list our 5 favorite foods that are good for us too.

Blueberries and mango

Blueberries (1) and mango (2). These sweet, delicious fruits contain Vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants, and other nutrients.

Avocado

Besides being yummy, avocado (3) has loads of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fat.

Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes (4) are full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fiber. They are also super tasty and an excellent vehicle for other veggies!

Eggs and toast

Eggs (5) are a great source of protein and can be cooked in all sorts of versatile ways.

I know it seems like I eat only cookies and cake, but in fact I rarely do. I just like talking about them. Any of the above healthy noms are more likely to appear on my plate. 😋 Not the kittens obv, though a feline or two is usually lurking about…

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Moo [SOCS]

Bitmoji milk & cookies

[Written Friday night.]

Milk was the last thing I put in my fridge. I’m not having cookies… but I did nom up some PB cups earlier. Yum! I took out the milk to splash in my tea and then put it back. Black tea with orange spice is my tea of choice at the mo, and I do drink it at night, though I’ll switch to herbal for my last cup of the day, around 10pm. Caffeine does not affect my sleep. In general, I don’t have insomnia ~ but it can take me a while to wind down. Other times, I’m completely sleepy by 11pm. And I will get up early even when I go to bed late. Usually, I’ll sleep solidly once I’m out unless Gatsby starts howling like a maniac. 🐈‍⬛

Not everyone puts milk in tea. I didn’t use to, but then in my 20s plain tea began to make me queasy, especially on an empty tummy. So does coffee. Easy fix: add milk! But there are a lot of choices. I tried to like non-dairy milk, but I failed. (At work, I have Coffee Mate.) In tea, nonfat milk tastes best, but in coffee I like whole milk or even half & half. However, the fattier milks in tea are gross. I compromise with 2%, since I’m not buying 2 different kinds of milk for one person. Two percent is also best on the rare occasions I eat cold cereal.

Cereal milk blueberries

My fridge is pretty empty right now.

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Striking…

…a happy medium is supposed to be a good thing (but make sure she doesn’t sic an evil spirit on you).

bitmoji crystal ball fortune teller

I’ve also read that striking a mildly unhappy compromise is better than one person getting their own way and the other being miserable even if the idea is that next time you switch (yeah right). Mostly I give in or give up and walk away. I don’t like to argue and I don’t like trolling. People used to troll me over being vegetarian/vegan, not that I ever was, at least not for any appreciable length of time. Back when I ate steak, I’d get mine medium rare. It’s not that I have a rule about not eating steak these days, but steak eating simply doesn’t happen. I don’t want to cook one and I no longer go to restaurants. So, by default, no steak. I think I’m better off eating very little meat anyway.

Generally, I wear a size small but sometimes a medium for certain items. I don’t like tight clothing. Plus, if I’m ordering a sweater, I want it roomy enough to wear a tee shirt underneath. Yes, even in SoCal ~ it can get into the 40s sometimes. Brrrr! My shoes are “B,” which is medium/average, though sometimes they’re a bit loose. Yet, I need room for socks because brrrr. I almost always wear socks to work because it’s cold in offices.

bitmoji cold

Medium is a website that contains fiction, essays, etc. I subscribed for a month or so and then quit. The problem was if I “liked” something, they’d only show me more things like that. But the whole point of being there was to “like” articles (by sending applause). I tried changing my interests, but no. They decided I could only see relationship related articles. Ugh! One of my friends writes for them and encourages me to try too. But I have enough going on without wasting time plopping my writing into more venues where it won’t make money. Pffft! 😜

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Images from Bitmoji

Truthful Tuesday Food

Bitmoji buffet

PCGuyIV has some delicious questions for us today…

  • Are you an adventurous eater, or do you prefer to play it safe when you’re feeling peckish?
  • Do you prefer dining in or dining out?
  • When you dine in, who does the cooking?
  • When you dine out, do you tend to stick to places you know, or do you look for new places to try?

1. I’m not super adventurous. The edgiest thing I tried was raw fish back in 1987. I really liked it, and sushi/sashimi became one of my favorite dishes until I began reading so many articles about parasites (that was the biggest reason I waited so long to try it in the first place, but then was persuaded it’s safe here). However, in 2016 a poke bowl made me sick for a month, so I haven’t had any raw fish since. Mostly, I eat the same things, or slight variations, day after day.

2. I like eating at home, though it’s nice to occasionally have dinner out with people (not so much during a plague). The issue with restaurant food is that it’s oversalted and otherwise unhealthful. The portions are gigantic, so even if I don’t finish something salty and unhealthful, I still end up eating too much of it. 🙁

3. Who cooks? This guy…

Handsome chef

I wouldn’t call what I do “cooking” these days. I’ll make a salad or sandwich, maybe an omelet or a grilled cheese. I’ll nuke a veggie burger or some other frozen goodie. When I was still going to friend-events, sometimes I’d bake a cake or some cookies.

4. If it were up to me, I’d stick to places I know and like, but others sometimes want to try new restaurants. Generally, I will order something familiar even at a new place. I do want to try a new restaurant I saw the other day called Plant Power. It’s all veggie fast food, mostly burgers. Mmm.. 😋

Burger and fries

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5 Favorite Sandwiches!

Dr. Tanya returns with a #5Things prompt for us. This week it’s about sandwiches, which is a tasty topic indeed. No burgers allowed in this one, since they’ll have their own day. Here are mine…

1. Lox and cream cheese on a bagel with capers (tomato and onion optional). This has been a top fave of mine forever, and I often eat it open-faced. I like an onion bagel for this, but plain or sesame is okay too.

lox cream cheese bagel capers onion

2. Grilled cheese and tomato on rye bread. So, so yummy!

Grilled cheese and tomato

3. The old trusty peanut butter and jam! My favorite jam is blackberry, but strawberry is good too. Either wheat or white bread is fab for this sandwich.

Peanut butter and jam

4. Tuna! Okay, this one is a bit of a cheat. One, I don’t mix my tuna with mayo ~ instead I use guacamole. Two, I like this mashed up in a warm flour tortilla. It’s my latest invention and it’s delicious.

5. Egg salad with sweet and spicy pickle slices. I do use a little mayo for my egg salad, BUT! I also use mustard. Yep, I’m weird. What kind of bread? Rye again or whole wheat.

Sorry, I don’t have pics of the last two.

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5 Things [Fave Food Combos]

Yaaay! Hooray! 😀 Dr. Tanya is bringing back the #5Things prompt. Here are my 5 fave food combos with my very own photos…

1. Seafood & Pasta

Seafood pasta

2. Peanut Butter & Blackberry Preserves

Peanut butter & preserves

3. Lox & Bagel

Lox and bagel

4. Sweet Potato & Broccoli

Sweet Potato and broccoli

5. Grilled Cheese & Tomato

I know you were expecting me to have cake or cupcakes, or maybe cookies or pie, and here I go posting normal food, so like what’s up with that? Welp… There’s no combo with cake. Cake stands alone. Same with the others. Sorry, but I’m not a fan of ruining my desserts by glopping ice cream over them. Nothing against ice cream! Love ice cream. But it’s also a stand-alone.

That’s just how it is.

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Images are mine.

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Memorial Day Sharing

Bitmoji USA flag pledge

Melanie asks some topical questions for today’s SYW…

1. In your opinion, does patriotism require the belief that one’s country is the greatest on earth?

Absolutely not. That’s jingoism. Patriotism is supporting your country to help all of its citizens live good lives with quality education, healthcare, and employment opportunities. It also means helping to protect your country’s natural resources and wildlife. You can love something without denigrating everything else. You can also love something despite its flaws, while hoping they will be repaired.

2. Why is patriotism considered by some to be the highest of virtues? What is so important about love of country? Shouldn’t we be more concerned about humankind, or the planet as a whole, rather than a single country?

I don’t know why some people think that. I’m not gonna get into the weeds with a big lecture on what other people should do. Personally, my values are to first support my family and myself, pay my bills, take care of my pets, and just generally not be a jerk or a burden to others.

3. What is the relationship between decisions and consequences?

It depends on the context. Bad decisions often have bad consequences, but good decisions don’t always show good results, at least not immediately. For example, I could spend the weekend overeating and see an immediate gain of three pounds on my scale, plus feel bloated and gross on Tuesday. Bad decision = bad result. But I might spend the weekend eating only nutritious foods and taking walks, yet three days later nothing changes because good results take so long to show up. Bleh!

Bitmoji nachos yummy

4. What is social justice?

Well, my knee-jerk response was to say that this is a term used on social media to mock people who earnestly stand up for things such as gay rights by calling out those who violate the earnest peeps’ principles. But apparently there is an actual definition, or a few variations thereof, which is the movement toward a society where the distribution of resources is more equitable and all people have the the right to live in physical and psychological safety. Sounds nice, in theory…

5. What’s one body part you wouldn’t mind losing? (told you.  Silly).

I don’t need my uterus any longer, lol…

6. What is something that made you smile during the past week?

Pictures of my adorable granddaughter! 💖

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Images from Bitmoji.

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