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Things I’ve Noticed While Sick

Posted in Musings with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2014 by Dena

Firstly, yeah, I’m seriously sick (well, “seriously” in my little world of being a mostly-healthy person). Mostly congestion, but I also felt just generally crappy yesterday and ended up being light-headed shortly after getting home from work. My husband has it worse–he has a full-blown flu with nausea and fever and such–but I’m pretty sure what I have is different, tho I guess it’s possible that my body is just fighting it off somewhat better.

Anyway, more rambling about sickness in a bit–the stuff I’m noticing:

  • I’m sure that by the time this is over, I will have drunk my weight in tea. I don’t quite consider myself “a tea drinker”, but it’s one of those things I keep around for when I am in the mood for it. It’s also good for when I’m trying to avoid desert–that single spoonful of honey is nowhere near as bad as eating cake or something like that. It’s also–big shock here, I’m sure–something I like to have when I’m sick. My sick “diet” used to consist of almost nothing but orange juice and chicken broth. Now that I no longer drink orange juice (too much fructose–it’s more sensible to just eat an orange), I guess I’ve more or less replaced it with tea. I do find hot tea to be kind of comforting. Not a tea snob, by any stretch–I usually get Celestial Seasonings’ herbal tea, usually in the sampler box–no caffeine, since I normally drink it in the evenings, when I do. I usually like it with about a spoonful each of honey, lemon juice, and Truvia.
  • I really like the smell of menthol–I find it oddly comforting. I think it’s because … well, as I said, I’ve generally been a pretty healthy person, but at one point I started getting a really bad flu-like cold about once per year (usually around the holidays–fun!). The upside to improving my eating habits is that that seemed to stop shortly afterward and, up until a few days ago, I haven’t been sick since–so this is the first time I’ve been sick for something like 3 years? Not a bad track record. But anyway, as I said, I used to get sick at least once per year, mostly during the time when my husband and I lived with his parents. What they always did when one of the kids got sick is that they’d set up a vaporizer. I had never used one before, but I came to really like it. Which is weird–shouldn’t the smell of menthol bring up memories of feeling crappy? I guess, instead, it reminds me of staying home from work and napping. The fact that my job was REALLY stressful and I was doing tons of overtime around that period probably has something to do with it too.
  • Possibly craving fruit more than usual (?) Not sure, tho. I have been really enjoying the strawberries and blueberries I had left over from July 4th. Maybe it’s because they’re another substitute for orange juice? Or maybe it’s just because they’re strawberries and blueberries  XD

Well, I guess that about wraps up my sickness ramble. Taking today and Friday off of work in hopes that I’ll be up to going back on Monday.

Chocolate Cherry Recipe Type Thing

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , on July 27, 2013 by Dena

So I’m kind of training myself for giving up dairy today–trying to think outside the box a little and not just grab something dairy-based because I’m in the mood for it or because I want to eat something in a hurry.

Earlier, I was craving chocolate, and I went as far as pulling out a square of 60% dark chocolate, then I read the ingredients on the label. Yes, I know, it’s only a small amount of dairy, but, like I said, I’m trying to challenge myself a bit. So I got to thinking about posts I’d seen on the MDA forums and I remembered someone mixing coconut oil with unsweetened cocoa powder … couldn’t remember what else they did, so I just winged it after that, and this is what I came up with.

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Ingredients

  • 4 spoonfuls of coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 heaping-ish spoonfuls of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 spoonful of Truvia
  • 2 frozen black cherries.

Directions

Combine everything but the cherries in a small bowl (only downside is that the truvia won’t really dissolve–I suppose you could heat it, but I was too lazy).

Chop up the still-frozen cherries into small pieces. By then, they will have warmed to the point where they’ll basically just be very cold, no longer frozen. Stir chopped cherries into the chocolate mixture, which will solidify and coat them.

Eat with a spoon and enjoy. End result is kind of like a crumbled fruity chocolate bar.

OMG, it’s so good. Lots of calories for what it is, unfortunately, but no sugar (other than what’s naturally in the cherries) and low carb.

Here’s the breakdown I got when I entered it into MyFitnessPal, but not sure how accurate it is, since I just measured with a regular spoon, which I’m pretty sure isn’t a full Tablespoon measurement–I basically used Tablespoons for entering the recipe, then halved it.

257 Calories
9 Carbs
1 Protein

So I totally caved on the Berries-with-Whipped-Cream

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by Dena

Incoming crappy picture–sorry, don’t know where the regular digital camera is, and the camera on the camcorder isn’t that great when the lighting isn’t perfect.

It looks kind of festive with the red, white, and blue, and this amount of whipped cream has so little sugar that it comes up as zero on MyFitnessPal, and only about 2 carbs.

Also, I added a little Truvia to the strawberries since they’re a little more tart than I’d like. Blueberries are nice and sweet, tho.

berries cream

Happy 4th, everybody!