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CSA challenge: Celery
I hate it raw on its own since the texture/ stringiness is really off putting for me (I love cream cheese and peanut butter, but even then it's hard for me to eat it unless I am practically using the celery as a means to eat the other stuff almost straight, which I try to avoid doing usually because I know that's counterproductive for weight management). However, chopped finely and mixed with some kind of salad (tuna, chicken, potato, etc.) or sauteed it doesn't bother me at all. Granted I don't think I'm really getting the benefits from it when I'm using it as an ingredient in pot pie or stuffing. :P At that point I think it's more about adding flavor to braises or stews than nutrition. Maybe adding it to a stir fry would serve your purposes better?
by MrsTofu (submitted 4 weeks ago)
Truth be told
:)
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Unkind remarks
[quote=meskinnyagain]My weight journey has not been easy, and when I happened to mention to what I considered a "friend" that I feel as if I had lost weight because my clothes feel looser, her remark was "Your just not putting your pants in the dryer anymore" and then she laughed. I played it off but the whole time I was thinking, how rude and unkind. People and their thoughtless remarks...unbelievable!![/quot... What you say is true...people can be really cruel and thoughtless. HOWEVER, in your position I would suggest first asking her what she meant by her statement. She may be jealous and may not have been trying to be nice, though perhaps she didn't realize how deeply she hurt you and done more damage than intended. She may not deserve it, but I think it's worthwhile for your sake to offer her the benefit of the doubt. (I remember saying some really dumb, messed up things without thinking that really offended people I cared about.) It can suck that once something is said, you can't really take it back. But, if you aren't being completely self serving (you as in the general you, not specific to OP or anyone here per se), it can be valuable to both parties to have the opportunity to atone and reconcile. If she still is out to be toxic, then shake off the dust of your sandals and move on. Don't try to repay her with contempt and other unkindness. That is the tactic of small people- people who stand to have very unfulfilling, miserable lives because they've chosen to forsake opportunities to grow as individuals, so their compassion and awareness doesn't extend much beyond themselves. They probably don't even like themselves because they know what they choose isn't good, but are unwilling to put forth the effort to have what would be good. Whether she is willing to acknowledge your progress, the more important thing is that you see it. Congrats on what you've done so far! :)
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Dieting – Is It The Right Thing To Do
[quote=wholefoodnut]Mrs tofu, I agree that's why I put on a diet in quotes. [/quote] :( Yeah. I sort of wish I knew if/ how it would be possible to hijack the word back to its neutral meaning instead of just letting the people who want to distort or negatively connote the word for their own foolish uses and run with it. *whine, whine, grumble, grumble, moan* :(
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
20 lbs in 3 weeks
[quote=marissawillbeskinny]...... my sister has been doing it for a month and has lost 18 pounds. It really does work. [/quote] And here is an example of borderline reckless behavior. Could this work? Well, that depends on is your goal a number or a way of life? He explicitly states this is a 3 week program to jump start results. Atkins and South Beath seem similar in the focus on [b]explicitly short term[/b], drastically reduced/ restricted eating to jump start progress before transitioning into a less restrictive, life maintenance WOE. I get his explanation of carbs, but I thought it was backwards from what I had heard previously. I thought simple carbs were the more processed grains and higher starch veggies and complex ones were what he called the freebies- higher water and fiber content stuff like greens. In any case, I get it. Low carb, low fat, low cal for 3 weeks to lose a lot of weight. Technically it may "work"- I cannot confirm or deny that- but it seems poorly motivated and reckless to me. The mentality seems like do whatever it takes to [b]look[/b] successful. Sprint to the check point then switch to this other plan. That doesn't seem healthy IMO. :(
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Dieting – Is It The Right Thing To Do
What is interesting to me as an amateur linguist is the use of the word "diet". It's sort of a pet peeve for me to see words with broader literally meanings sort of hijacked by a particular common use to the exclusion of other facets of the definition. "Diet" is a good example of this, IMO. I believe diet just refers to food consumption, medically or scientifically speaking. However, culturally it seems to mean a practice out of the ordinary for impacting weight/ body comp. I don't like this because it sort of makes diet a "dirty word". Not unlike political "correctness", it seems to miss the point and starts rabbit trails without contributing to substantial progress/ goal attainment. (Ironically I hope that statement doesn't do just that too much.) [i][b]IF[/b] your question is which is better[/i]: -to superficially impose a certain set of habits/ rules for the end purpose of reaching a specific, single dimensional goal (i.e, a certain weight)? OR -restructure your habits holistically to promote a better ongoing, condition overall? THEN: I believe the answer is the latter, hands down because the former is not a matter of health but vanity (both in terms of pride and futility). What I wanted to share, besides those observations is two ideas that came to mind reading the previous comments. A) You absolutely CAN lose weight, and more importantly lose weight in a healthful way, by changing your WOE ONLY...it's just a lot slower that way than if you are supplementing a healthful WOE with increased, safe/ smart physical activity. B) I was thinking of the hijack aspect of the definition of "diet" because I see from time to time people abusing structured diet protocols to manipulate their "progress". [i]If the goal is purely weight loss[/i], then there are 101+ BAD ways to do it at varying rates. [b]However, if the goal is improved health[/b], it confounds me to see people doing reckless things to get there. That doesn't make sense to me, but it's common because I know it appears faster and it caters to people's impulsivity or other vices. I realize that some may feel that the end justifies the means, but it seems to me that is faulty reasoning because they are at odds, like gambling/ playing the lotto to get out of debt. I am glad that FS is an relatively open, supportive community. Usually when I see a Jane/John Doe admitting or boasting to reckless behavior, several other members will call that person on it. You can't make someone listen if they don't want to, so I am not surprised these admonitions often go disregarded by the recipient, but at least passersby are getting better info so largely the focus here seems to really be on having a healthy lifestyle, however that may look in different people's lives.
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Missing journal entry?
:-/ Thanks Janie! If it is the site enforcing moderation/ censorship (vs members deleting their own comments), I wish I could have an explanation as to why. Personally it seems to me that it would save more time that way. And if someone was persistently defiant of site conduct guidelines they always have the power to ban an account outright, or so I'd think.
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Missing journal entry?
[quote=Janie52]... I am reluctant to post it again, in case it was found to have offended someone, and "policed" out. Don't want to get banned for intransigent behaviour.... [/quote] I am of the opinion that there are two kinds of ways to offend people- through commission (i.e, deliberate effort) and unintentionally. I understand and agree that we should avoid being outright offensive. However, I think everyone should be allowed measures of grace to offend unintentionally. What I mean by this is NOT that we shouln't be careful with what we say and disregard the possibility of being misunderstood if our communication is less clear. Instead, I think it's better to have the premise that things said that were offensive were bungled attempts to share well intended thoughts. In which case the same kind of treatment applies- clear warning for the first offense, increasing penalties for subsequent, conscious/ explicit transgressions. TL;DR: I was attempting to convey that ideally good intentions should be considered the default until proven otherwise, and if you are not meaning to offend you shouldn't have to worry that your post would be removed without warning. :)
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Missing journal entry?
[quote=Janie52]I saw your Spanish post, but didn't read it, other than to notice it was in Spanish. What a shame it vanished after all your effort. I posted something earlier today, it took me quite a while to think about and type, and it was there, but now it is gone, and although I do ChristyLA's thing with ctrl c, so I do still have it, I am reluctant to post it again, in case it was found to have offended someone, and "policed" out. Don't want to get banned for intransigent behaviour.... [/quote] THANK YOU! It's simple but kind of amazing how comforting your testimony is. It helps me know that I'm not going crazy...or at least I'm not alone in that regard. :P Is there a site moderator we could contact directly to ask questions like these? I imagine the disappearance was a fluke in your case as well. Though if something was being banned, the smart thing to do from a moderator stand point would be to tell the offender what was offensive and give a warning that further violations would result in restrictions/ penalties. Otherwise it seems unfair to expect changes when there is no clear direction or explanation for what's happening.
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Missing journal entry?
That's right. I wrote something in Spanish and I KNOW it was published. I even commented on it myself to offer a description of my background in Spanish, but the whole thing is gone now. I had wondered if it being not English somehow flagged it for removal like you say if the system suspected it was spam or something. I see other members sometimes write bilingually. I hadn't asked before if they had similar experiences, but it just seems odd/ poor design for that to be the reason. I am trying to understand it myself and I'm not having much luck. :(
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Missing journal entry?
Christy, I don't know if that would actually help in this particular situation, though that is a good strategy in general. My experience was that the post was successfully published and now it's gone, no indication of it ever existing only a day or two later. As I mentioned earlier, this particular entry wasn't some prize jewel of writing or anything. It was somewhat experimental because I was writing in Spanish to try and hone my skills (my keyboard is equipped to do the correct accent marks, but I don't know how to access the symbols as it's a secondary or tertiary option, so I don't know if it even read intelligibly to a native or more advanced Spanish speaker). Not having that is mildly disappointing, but more than that I start getting a little paranoid. What's to keep my other journal entries from just vanishing? I know and mostly realize this is over-reacting...I think, but my journal is my main resource from this site. It's what I use to track my progress and reflect on personal growth (literally and figuratively). I just get nervous being more vividly aware of how tenuous this support is because it has helped me in good measure. Maybe nothing is really different and I was happier in my ignorance, but the reminder of it being beyond my control is a little hard to swallow. :-/
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Missing journal entry?
Blech. That sucks. I figured it was likely due to some technical error; I was sort of hoping there was a recovery option. It's not like it was anything revolutionary or life changing, but retyping stuff is annoying. :-/
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
Missing journal entry?
I was looking at my journal and it seems like a recent entry I wrote is not showing. Could it have been deleted without my knowledge?
by MrsTofu (submitted a month ago)
What to do with all these shallots?
[quote=shmiller]@Hoser: I'm not a grammer-pickey snob ;) It's the lovely use of the literary term hyperbole. Love it. And I don't know what Stilton and port-wine caramelized onion topping is for a burger, but I'm so going to find out right now and have THAT for dinner. [/quote] Lol. I would say ditto, but I needed to cook some haddock I had thawed already. That sounds SSSOOOooooo yummy! :)
by MrsTofu (submitted 2 months ago)
What to do with all these shallots?
[quote=Hoser] My first instinct is a French shallot soup...[/quote] I was thinking the same thing. Someone else suggested sauteed as a burger topping. I think you could probably do both just by taking some of the shallots out before adding the sherry and broth. The roasted veggie idea sounds yummy too. As does pickling them with other veggies, but French shallot soup would be my first pick.
by MrsTofu (submitted 2 months ago)
Need ideas for more PROTEIN please!
While they're higher in carbs than other animal sources of protein, lentils are a good source of fiber as well as protein. Animal sources of protein include eggs, canned tuna, fish in general (watch out for mercury though...the bigger the fish the higher the Hg content usually), cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and kefir, etc. Plant sources of protein: soy (tofu, tvp, tempeh, etc.), quinoa, beans/ legumes, lentils, etc. Nuts and seeds likely won't have as much protein, comparatively, but they also offer healthful fats and some fiber, both which help with feeling full. Good luck! :)
by MrsTofu (submitted 2 months ago)
needing a buddie
This was well said, and except for certain glaring discrepancies (namely, the fact that my age and sex are very different from Brian's :P ), this is goes much the same for me. If I have some background/ experience or if I think I know something I may share ideas- especially things that have helped me, but I neither expect nor want my counsel to be given more credence than merited. [quote=Bwy39]I am a 72 year young re-cycled teenager and just like you I am doing my best to ditch the excess I carry around my waist. I can offer you all the encouragement you can take. I can offer you a shoulder to cry on. I can offer you a sympathetic ear. I can not offer you advice as I am not an expert. I can be a friend. I can be your support. I can be honest with my criticism if you go off the rail. I can not be a councillor as I am not qualified. I would welcome you as a buddie as just like you, I need encouragement and support. Brian[/quote]
by MrsTofu (submitted 2 months ago)
I need to lose 40lbs, and I need some motivation. Anybody in my same boat, want to help one another
I'm not at the start of my journey, but my weight loss goal was to lose about 40lb (I was ~170lb at the time about a year and a half ago, then I inexplicably started losing weight gradually before learning I was pregnant with my second child.) If you'd like I can try to offer accountability and encouragement. Having experienced both a significant weight gain (40lbs in ~ 6 months) and weight loss (20lbs over the course ~6 months on two separate occasions), I know that starting out it is easy to be discouraged when there doesn't seem to be much return/ progress in terms of energy investment. So, if I can help you overcome some motivational inertia, I'm willing to to put forth the effort on my end. Good luck!
by MrsTofu (submitted 2 months ago)
Appetite Killer
Megmuff, thank you for sharing. I am sorry this is a painful time for you right now. I am glad that you at least got to talk to him and tell him you loved him shortly before your dad passed. I came across a blogpost very recently that I think you may be able to relate to: http://www.kveller.com/blog/pa... I hope that might have some encouragement for you. I wish I had some other words of wisdom/ encouragement to share, but I don't quite have the experience to draw from. (My mom's been gone for years- maybe half my life- but both she and my dad are alive. That's part of the trial of schizophrenia- she's there, but not.)
by MrsTofu (submitted 7 months ago)
Anyone else having issues editing their bio?
I don't know if this issue is more unique to me or not. Either way it is a little frustrating. I've tried to save the same body of text as my bio at least half a dozen times. Every single time I've done this an error message comes up. I've reported it to the site in hopes that whatever is wrong will be fixed, but no change yet. Is there a character limit for the bio field on the user profile? If so, what is it? Thanks in advance!
by MrsTofu (submitted 9 months ago)
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