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Eating to live

September 19, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
It’s been difficult keeping up with this blog over the past few weeks and I don’t know if it has to do with summer being so busy or with myself getting off track.

Yes, I have to admit, I have been bad over the past month or so since my vacation. I haven’t stuck to any particular program, especially MyPyramid, which worked so well for me in the spring.

The summer was quite busy. Not only do my weekly garden features take up quite a bit of my time, but I made a promise to myself that by the end of this summer, I wasn’t going to be the one who said, “Where did the summer go?”

It happened last year. We didn’t vacation all summer long and it seemed as though every weekend was tied up with either work or another commitment. This spring, I decided that I was going to enjoy the season more and by the time it came to an end and cool weather crept in, I was going to be ready for it. I wanted to look forward to snuggling up for the winter instead of missing summer.

I have to say my goal was successful. I am more than ready to wrap up in an afghan with a hot cup of tea on a cold winter night. I’m looking forward to it actually.

I hope everyone survived the windstorm we had last week to usher Hurricane Ike out of the country. We lost power at our house for about 14 hours, but I understand some folks were without power for several days. It goes to show how much we depend on electricity. We have natural gas at our house as well, so I was able to light the stove and heat up water for tea the morning after the storm. But I couldn’t use my curling iron or hair dryer to get ready for work that day, so what everyone saw was what they got. Thank goodness for a good hairdresser and a good haircut.

Now that I’ve made the commitment to get back on track, I realized that I’m completely out of fruit and fresh vegetables at my house. We’ve run the gamut of tomatoes and peppers from our garden; we’ve dug all the potatoes and picked all the herbs. A couple weeks ago we bought a few dozen ears of local corn and spent a couple hours blanching, cutting it off the cob and stuffing freezer bags, so we have plenty of frozen corn for winter use. Homegrown corn, like tomatoes and other vegetables, always tastes better, even after being frozen. But tonight, I’ll have to make a quick trip the grocery store on my way home from work to stock up on healthy food for the way back to eating healthy.

I can’t say shame on me for getting off track. I would only say that if I wasn’t jumping right back to it. So stay with me while we continue to eat to live instead of living to eat.

Breakfast this morning was two scrambled eggs, toast and a little butter. I’ve been getting my eggs from a local farm and they are too fresh for words. Keep on the lookout for a photo of the wonderful brown and green eggs we’ve enjoyed most of the summer.

Since my husband had to come to town to run an errand, we met for lunch at Fat E’s at the Eastwood Mall. Remembering I was back on the healthy wagon, I ordered a chicken wrap with sweet potato fries. I like my sweet potatoes on the savory side rather than sweet, so I asked them to leave off the sugar and cinnamon seasoning and instead requested a container of ranch dressing. I only hate half the wrap and nearly all of the fries, but I left the pickle. I like pickles. I just wasn’t in the mood today. It happens.

I misplaced my camera at dinner time, so was unable to get a photo. My husband prepared a dinner of grilled pork chops, noodles sauteed in olive oil and corn from our frozen stash we preserved a couple weeks ago from a local grower. Statistics are: 4 ounces meat, 3 ounces grains; 4 tsps. healthy oils; 1/2 cup vegetables. Later for a snack I had a Honeycrisp apple for another 3/4 cup fruit. Honecrisps is my new favorite apple variety and they are early, so get them while you can.


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Breakfast: 2 ounces meat, 2 ounces grains, 73 discretionary calories (butter on toast)