even more answers.....

When I get tired and stressed, I give up blogging and vegetables. ~grins~

I am still plugging along--still no flour or sugar. I really have not missed them and that still just blows my mind. I did gain back some ounces last week and that put me back into the 180's. ~mutters dammit~

Miss Smarty Pants asked a question that I think she already knows the answer to:

What is your favorite new thing to eat that you never really ate before?

cous cous....lol...until you and I figured out it was wheat. LOVE it but I only eat it every once in awhile.

I have always liked veggies but I am learning to eat them in different ways. I have been eating roasted asparagus and broccoli. YUMMY! I also learned that I can roast squash in the oven and it is good! I used to only like squash battered and fried.

Adrienne wants to know:

I'm a run for the border kinda gal ... what do you eat when you are faced with yummy chips and dip? Gracias ;-)

My word veri was covet ... I covet some cheese dip and tacos de pollo asada - what do you covet?

I EAT yummy chips and dip when I want them. Tortilla chips are made of corn so they are safe. I just don't eat the whole basket. As long as what you are dipping them does not have flour or sugar in it then...you can eat it.

I also LOVE tacos...especially carne asada ones. I still eat them...but with corn tortillas.

What do I covet? bar b que ~grins~

I was thinking the other day that I needed to tell y'all the two things that I have NOT given up. I do still use mayo every once in awhile. I love chicken salad and it is nice and cool in these 100 degree days we are having. Mayo does have some sugar in it. I am sure if I lived somewhere where my grocery stores had some sort of a selection I could get some without sugar but I don't and I can't. So I use it every so often.

The other thing is bar b que sauce. I use that about once every two weeks. Not gobs of it but enough to feel like I have not given it up or hurt its feelings.

Cynthia asked:
I am not really trying to lose weight right now, although I could use it. (You know that I was just recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and that I am trying to deal with all that right now. Your non-posse folk wouldn't know that.) But in the midst of the whole medication changes and lifestyle changes going with all that, I am eating healthier stuff. I do a Mediterranean diet. Lots of whole grains, veggies and fruits, healthier fats (olive, etc), and, since meat makes my RA flare up, I am eating it very sparingly. If I weren't bloated from the gigantic doses of prednisone they had me on I would be losing weight. I am going to go sugar/flour free when the medications are stabilized. What is the best trick for that first week of going cold turkey? Or should I taper off?

I can only tell you what I did and what I believe, COLD TURKEY. Your body will detox itself when you stop eating those two things. To me, if you are still putting some of those things into your body, you are not giving yourself a chance to truly detox. I think that you will suffer the side effects of detoxing for longer is you prolong it.

Sugar has never been my big thing. I think that is why I can have mayo and bar b que sauce in small amounts and not begin a craving thing again.

I have realized that flour immediately makes me tired and makes me want more of it. If I have a little bit of flour today, I will be hungry the rest of today and into tomorrow. I will be hungry even if I have eaten so much that I know that there is no possible way that I can BE hungry. It is all in my head.

That is why cold turkey worked best for me.

...has not made her bed in 4 days. For the peeps that know me...THAT should tell you lots!


  1. I think your suggestions are right on!!! You are inspiring me to get off sugar and flour. I just don't know if I can give up my one coke a day! What do you think?

  2. Hey, friend!

    Have you tried quinoa? We LOVE it, and it might be a nice non-wheat alternative to couscous.

  3. Thanks Mindy for answering more questions, and hey do not get worried about the ounces you were up, in the long run you are doing really good!

    Take care and look forward to your posts.


  4. "When I get tired and stressed, I give up blogging and vegetables."

    You are SOOOO not alone!

  5. why cant I give up sweets and being lazy when I get stressed LOL!

  6. I LOVE roasting veggies with a bit of olive oil. All kinds seem better when roasted. I like roasting mushrooms, onions, red and green bell peppers, YUM. I haven't roasted cauliflower yet, but I heard it is good. And I like sweet potatoes roasted too. Hmmm... I need to roast some veggies!

  7. Sorry you are having a rough time. :(
    I LOVE reading your answers (very informative) and I also love me some squash. Spaghetti squash is probably my fav. I cook mine in the microwave, super fast!
    Hugs to you, friend!

  8. So that's the trick ... I'm a clean your basket kinda gal ;-) Ps - I dig bbq too!


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