Just grabbing a few minutes to sit before the party I am catering tonight. I have been on my feet from 6 a.m. until 10 or 11 every night this last couple of weeks and my feet are tired. I keep forgetting to find a pedometer but I figure I must be getting a few k's in every day! Yesterday I was dragging at work and had to face the stairs for the 50th time and told myself that I am a Dingo and can do it. This is my version of a marathon, just going to work and especially coming home each night to all that awaits me here.
I just finished reading the book Jo recommended too and loved it - and had similar questions. I have given up my morning Chai latte and all other milk - just small amounts of cheese every so often - as well as grain and potatoes 99% of the time - and I have dropped another pants size and my face is not at all puffy any more. I am eating so much - a scandalous amount according to mainstream dieting - but I feel good, exhaustion and stress overload aside. It has been hard getting used to eating meat again but it does make it easier to avoid simple carbs. I am not craving legumes the way I usually do but will eat them sometimes. Mostly I am eating veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds and lots and lots of water and green tea. And yes, the occasional Diet Coke. Of course I know how horrible that stuff is but somehow it keeps me from falling apart some days and that is good enough for me right now. I feel like I am living in crazy-ville in so many ways these days and eating better helps. Thank you so much for the book recommendation!! Keep them coming, please!
Our house, refrigerator and washing machine have recovered from the extra house guests last week. I have been cooking most of the last 24 hours for this party tonight and my house smells great - hummus, roasted eggplant dip, bean dip, caramelized onion dip, strawberry bruschetta, ricotta lemon bites, Greek salad skewers, baked brie (prepped but not yet baked!), Caprese bites, - total yumminess. I bought a really good bottle of balsamic vinegar for some of the recipes and just polished off a Greek salad I made with some of the leftover ingredients before I head over to finish prepping and start serving stuff. If I get a burst of energy I might even do some mascarpone stuffed strawberries while I am there, even if they are just to get me through the evening! I just wish I could be making all of this for a Dingo gathering