The Numbers: 2-5 questions–you must know how to say forty and fifty
Getting to know someone
Adjectives being used a student example
AR VERBS OLYMPICS
First, a song
Now the Words:
***These are all materials gathered by me, but not created by me. Thanks to the Spanish Guy and Mrs. Shirley
Hey Spanish Classes Here is some serious review. If you are not yet able to say these things with some degree of fluency and ease, it’s time to practice! Don’t hold your classmates up!
I have been quite out of it. Lazy as can be, and not feeling like making fabulous plant based meals. I gave my dentist 600$ this month! So definitely no nipping down to the amazing Juice places to drink 11$ juices and pretend I am independently wealthy!
But the pain does wear off, and the Vicodin bottle does empty, so I am back on track. No more filling up on vegan junk food (box of crackers anyone? only 1.99$ for a over 1,000 calories, almost as good as fast food)
Actions that suggest I am coming out of the slump.
- I got my juicer out of the closet and am drinking green juice! Right now.
- I am no longer obsessively watching Netflix five hours a day
- I went to the library. I walked to the library and made plans to walk to the book club.
- I started listening to Neal Barnard “Power Foods for the Brain” which is kind of like a religious person reading their sacred text.
- I made a giant salad and corn at 10 pm at night so I could crunch on that, and my whole family did too, and the crackers were safe. (I know, I should pitch the junk food. Baby steps. Baby Steps.
And the wisdom teeth out? Surely they weigh something? My scale’s batteries are dead. Which is just as well, considering the two week hiatus from making myself accountable here!
Juicing is a big craze right now, but it’s one of those reasons I love it when hipsters and wealthy people move in. They have the best coffee, and the best craft food products. This revolution is not happening all over America (drive back roads all the way to Missouri from Michigan some time and you’ll see a fast food plaza in every small town, but not much else)
But the young and wealthy didn’t discover the fountain of youth and invent this juicing thing. Knowledge of the plant based diet benefits have been the subject of very careful study by renowned heart surgeons and researchers who have been helping people to reverse heart disease and many other illnesses. (Esselstyn, Fuhrman, Ornish, Campbell…some of the heavy hitters)
Cold pressed juice is when all juice (but no pulp) is extracted from fruits and vegetables to create a very concentrated and nutrient dense drink full of protein, vitamins and mineral. One of these green juices has more protein than a hamburger. (Yep, plants have tons of protein)
Anyway. These are expensive. Very expensive. But quite habit forming. I use these kinds of juices because they flood the body with nutrition, and for me, they help cut down on cravings for those foods that are everywhere. Salt. Sugar. Fat. I drink a green one every day, and sometimes one with beets or carrots in it as a treat.
I don’t use these to replace eating fruits and vegetables, after all, they don’t have much fiber. But as a way to get nutrients, fight of colds and cravings, these are the best. I’m going to make some of my own today.
For more ideas, check out the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”
Here’s where I’m going these days for encouragement on the plant based life style. Also I am listening to her book on audible.com on the way to work. The Happy Herbivore
Cheats this week:
- That bite of veggie tamale. Who knew it had cheese?
- That bit of Tdziki sauce at the Greek restaurant.
- That butter sauce on the frozen vegetables. Come on! Who puts butter sauce on frozen veggies? I don’t throw food out, so I added half a box of mushrooms and shared it.
- I forgot to ask for no mayo on my sandwich at Jimmy John’s. (the number 6 on the square bread, no cheese)
- I tasted that corn bread I bought my family for dinner. (Yes I lied and told the girls at work I made it from scratch. No, I don’t know why I lied. I just like lying sometimes!)
- The honey in the tea
- Ummmm the shrimp? Definitely not a plant. It’s a headless, tentacled bottom feeder. But delicious in a squishy cholesterol free fall kinda way
So. As a result. I have not lost any weight, but nor have I gained, and I’ve been doing precious little exercising since winter came back for a week long sneak visit this week and my back is injured. (slowly, slowly. It’s getting better. I went swimming today)
The big question is. Can I earn a free water bottle and t shirt at the YMCA by going 12 times in April? That’s what I’m going for. And will I ever break my plateau? I think it’s a mental thing. If I had any readers, I would ask them for tips. How did you break through your plateau?
One bite of cauliflower at a time, I suppose.
So when in doubt, go hang out with a kid. Your own if you have one, if not borrow a niece or nephew or kid of a friend. This darling kid gave me good advice at the delish restaurant. When out and about and you’re starving and you don’t want to eat oil soaked veggies and white rice, ask your child this:
What to eat? Camarones a la parilla. Yes I ate shrimp with piles of veggies, and I didn’t need to rob the vending machine afterwards for more treats. I was full.
I have a waist. Sort of. My back brace makes it look like I have a waist. But, every time I exercise hard my back hurts again, so it’s back to the couch and slow walks around the block.
And back to the veggies and plant based: Here’s a cheeseless pizza I made with a pre-made crust from Trader Joes’s, Mushrooms, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and too much pizza sauce. Yum. Pizza stones are over rated by the way. They turn the crust into a cracker, but this was actually pretty good! I shook a little nutritional yeast on for a cheesy taste. (I know, it seems weird at first, but it actually adds a little savory taste!)
I have stalled on the brink of my previous weight plateau, which is frustrating, because I was doing great with the exercise until I decided to do the whole rowing thing. I should really stop obsessing about food, but it is sooo pretty. Maybe I should be a chef as my second career!