Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shhh...be very very quiet

(pssst....over here....yeah you.....I gotta tell you something.....)

WHY IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY, DOES ALL THE PRODUCE IN NJ SUCK?

Ok. Whew.

Last night I went food shopping. I barely hit the aisles anymore, as the outer ring gets me everything I eat as food and the house stuff is a separate Costco (read: expensive) trip. Yesterday, however, I found myself wandering the aisles because the produce section looked as if it was filled with cast-offs of the veggie wagon. The zucchini and squash were tiny and brown in spots, the tomatoes looked like sorry excuses, the potatoes even had sad little eyes (get it? Eyes..*cymbal crash*). There was little by way of organic as well. I know I should have hit the farmers market right?

Turns out it was the same story. Piles of aging produce next to nearly empty bins of greens. I guess the summer has taken a toll on produce all around. I am going to have to bite the $buck$ and go to Whole Foods. Even if I am paying double triple for the produce, at least the colors and quality is inspiring.

But getting back to those aisles...I wandered for a while since I couldn't find fresh stuff I liked, and you know what? I found myself disgusted at the number of "convenience" foods and over-processed Frankenstein foods out there. I used to buy some of this almost passable for real food stuff, sure, but since I started reading and practicing the good-in, good-out you-are-what-you-eat mentality, I couldn't imagine having canned soup again, let alone Lipton's Pasta Side Express (Made with Real Cheese! A Serving of Vegetables in Every Box!). Ugh.

Knowing now how fresh food makes you feel, and how home cooked doesn't always equate with labor-intensive, the choice over Big Industry Frankenfood or my own laboratory (read: kitchen) experiment is clear.

Let's just hope Igor (read: my Hubby) doesn't mind being the test subject.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Guess Who's Back?

Hello World, it's me, the I-said-juice-was-a-daily-part-of-my-life-then-avoided-juice-for-a-month girl. Yeah, that's me, and I am back. I just made a great pineapple-apple juice to start the day off right.  I am not fasting, per say, but am juicing again. And I am blogging.

One thing I noticed is that the daily blog kept me both honest and on track. I found that writing it out aided in my attitude and in my organization.  So I think I am going to spend the next week or so getting back into the swing of things, juicing daily, and trying to ween off the damn coffee (as I sip this fine Hazelnut home brewed deliciousness).

In all, since my surgery (damn gall bladder), I have felt pretty good (minus that blow-out with the hubs which lasted exactly 24 hours).  I picked back up, slowly, on the coffee again.  I don't know about you, but I love the taste, the smell, the buzz, of a good ol' cup of Joe/java/jitter juice.  Perhaps it is partially the associations I have with coffee - the brooding writer, the coffee shop, the Folgers and Maxwell House coffee commercials from my childhood.


I have indulged the coffee cravings...you got me.  I have also had some junk food in the past few weeks, but not nearly in the same league as before. A slice or two of pizza, not 3 or 4, not every night. I have yet to have drive-thru fast food (the thought makes me sick actually). I can not imagine eating at a fast food place again. I will also never eat Chinese Food, for the single reason that it was what I ate that faithful night of my gall bladder attack. I have never in my life felt such pain and I will forever associate it with Chinese food. Not even steamed chicken and broccoli (my standard go-to meal) will pass these lips.  I would rather steam my own veggies than ever order that out again. Sorry to my Hubs, as it was his favorite take-out place.

In other news, Hubs wants to start the 6 Week Body Makeover again. When last we attempted this, my sis, Hubs and I were all Gung-ho, sis and me cooking and portioning all the food for the 3 of us on Sundays, enough to last a week.  It was a great plan, though got a bit boring as we sometimes repeated and repeated favorite (and fastest) recipes to save time and ingredients.  Maybe it will be for sis and the Hubs, with me substituting some meals as juice. We shall see as the week progresses.  I have vacation coming up in a few weeks, so the pre-game is on.

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