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February 28, 2013

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My computer is home and alive. Hallelujah! I missed writing. I tried on the phone but it was hard. I would hit the wrong thing and then it looked like I couldn’t put two words together. So here I am clicking away on these magical keys.

I drank more water last night! Yay! But then I (head hung in shame) ate a pork chop gravy biscuit this morning. I stopped to get tea. I just wanted tea! Then they asked, “Would you like to try our new pork chop gravy biscuit this morning?” and before I knew it I blurted out, “Yes!” And then I ate it and it was so flipping good. What kind of moron am I? I knew I shouldn’t but I did it anyway. I swear to God that should be the theme of my life!


Kind of fits actions, men, friends, etc. So screw it! I ate the damned biscuit. I’ll do better later. I won’t eat another one! I will be better tonight.

I WILL behave! I have to behave dammit! No more biscuits of any kind! This is the bad part of being Southern. We were raised on good food. We were taught to eat these fried delicacies that tantalize and torture us until the only sausage you see is us looking like a sausage as we fill our clothes too tightly.

So no tremendous guilt. Just better behavior after a setback. And the upside is I did drink mostly water last night and only have a slight headache.

What’s So Bad About Diet Soda?

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You hear all these negative things about soda and usually pooh-pooh them. Well I have been really thinking about them. Mind you, I am NOT an expert. I am a caffeine junkie. I live off Diet Mountain Dew. When I used to smoke, I jokingly said my main vitamins were caffeine and nicotine. Now it is just caffeine. Frankly, I don’t think caffeine is still so terrible. Quantity is what we should watch out for. I shouldn’t have the quantity that I use, but I work at night and I am fighting my natural rhythm.

So why am I wondering about what I love so much? I have noticed how thirsty I am lately. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I have been sick most of 2013. I have had sinus issues and if any of you have dealt with that, you know you have to drink a lot. I have drunk my trusty ol’ Diet Mountain Dew and I need more and more to feel satisfied and my tongue feels like sandpaper. Also, I have found that I have had some swelling, mostly visible in extremities. This made me wonder if it was related to the extra soda. I think it does. I feel like it may be making me dehydrated even though I am drinking a lot.

I have a sneaking suspicion I am going to have to start cutting back on something I have been drinking 2/3 of my life. Do I like this? NOOOOOO!!!!!! I’m not cutting it out cold turkey. I already have headache issues. I’m not going into withdrawals. I am going to start cutting back. I am also going to start substituting lots of water and tea. (I am Southern after all! We like our Sweet Tea! And yes, it will be LIGHTLY sweetened with sugar. I am not heavy-handed with the sugar but I don’t like brewed dirt.) So I think I have to look at this issue and fix it.

I found an article titled the same as my blog at Diabetes Mine. Check it out and see what you think.

Walk Off the Weight

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I wanted to look at something that was more than me lollygagging along and walking around. I thought this might be helpful to me and you. It’s from Ladies Home Journal and they’re pretty particular about promoting anything. I’m strongly considering one of the programs it has listed. Let me know what you think!

Crockpot Pinto Beans

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pinto beans

Southerners love pinto beans! This is a different way to make them than how I was taught. It’s a little more frou-frou, but I think Mama and Daddy would approve.

1 pound dried pinto beans
10 each pearl onions (I use frozen onions)
4 cloves garlic, whole
4 cups water
1 cup chicken broth
1 each bay leaf
1 tablespoon sea salt
pepper, to taste

1. Soak beans in enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches for 6 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, use the quick-soak method: Place beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.)

2. When ready to cook, put beans and rest of ingredients except salt in crockpot. Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.

3. Add salt and stir. Turn crock pot off. Wait 30 minutes to serve. Pull bay leaf out before serving.

Servings: 6

Notes: If you want, you can fish the garlic and onions out.

You can also put beans in a large Dutch oven and boil vigorously to reduce liquid and then use stick mixer to mash beans with onions and garlic coarsely.

You can also use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make it vegetarian.

Make sure to do the soak and boil in step one! This will help make them less gassy!

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 305 Calories; 1g Fat (3.7% calories from fat); 18g Protein; 58g Carbohydrate; 21g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 1413mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 3 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable.

February 20, 2013

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I’m writing on my phone because my computer is sick. I meant to take it to the doctor this morning but I fell asleep when I got home. I suppose I passed all my germs to computer. I don’t know. I just know neither of us are happy.

Through this blog I’m finding a lot of other great blogs with wonderful people and ideas. It amazes me at how alone I felt for so long with these feelings towards myself and food. I didn’t know others felt that way, too. Some days I’m fine and others I could eat everything! Well, not everything…if you set a bowl of peas in front of me I would pass. But like lately I have been craving McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches (yes, plural). No tartar sauce. Who in their right mind craves that?! I mean there’s lots of great food in the world, but Filet-O-Fish? Really?

Do y’all crave like that? Food that is ridiculous and bad but that is what you want. BTW, I have to have a few salty fries and real Coca Cola (fountain drink) for the craving to really be satisfied. Oh! Don’t forget the Heinz ketchup!

I know I sound OCD. I’m not. I wish I was a little more. Maybe my house would be neater! And there are only a few food combos I’m really picky about. That’s one of them. Like I don’t care if foods touch. Sometimes they taste better combined. I will try odd food combos. (Grape jelly and bbq sauce in crockpot make great sauce for little smoked sausages.)

But I guess what I really wonder is why I go berserk every now and then. I’ve tried figuring out if my body really needs something or what. I don’t know. I just know I still want that damned Filet-o-fish!

Slow Cooker Lasagna

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

Lasagna anyone? In a slow cooker? And low-cal (compared to most lasagnas)? Triple threat! I found it on Eating Well. Actually, it is a quadruple threat because it is also vegetarian. How’s that?! Wooohooo!!!! I would personally add spices to the tomatoes. Sorry, I’m a spice girl. Not like the singers. I do like their music,though. I just like lots of flavor!

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 15- to 16-ounce container part-skim ricotta
  • 1 5-ounce package baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large or 4 small portobello mushroom caps, gills removed, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 15 whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 12 ounces), uncooked
  • 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella, divided


  1. Combine egg, ricotta, spinach, mushrooms and zucchini in a large bowl.
  2. Combine crushed and diced tomatoes and their juice, garlic and crushed red pepper (if using) in a medium bowl.
  3. Generously coat a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with cooking spray. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the tomato mixture in the slow cooker. Arrange 5 noodles over the sauce, overlapping them slightly and breaking into pieces to cover as much of the sauce as possible. Spread half of the ricotta-vegetable mixture over the noodles and firmly pat down, then spoon on 1 1/2 cups sauce and sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella. Repeat the layering one more time, starting with noodles. Top with a third layer of noodles. Evenly spread the remaining tomato sauce over the noodles. Set aside the remaining 1 cup mozzarella in the refrigerator.
  4. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on High for 2 hours or on Low for 4 hours. Turn off the slow cooker, sprinkle the reserved mozzarella on the lasagna, cover and let stand for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.

Serves 8.


  • Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker
  • Tip: The dark gills found on the underside of a portobello mushroom cap are edible, but can turn a dish an unappealing gray color. If you like, gently scrape the gills off with a spoon.


Per serving: 414 calories; 14 g fat ( 8 g sat , 4 g mono ); 63 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 28 g protein; 7 g fiber; 641 mg sodium; 829 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Calcium & Vitamin A (56% daily value), Vitamin C (39% dv), Iron & Magnesium (26% dv), Zinc (25% dv), Potassium (24% dv), Folate (18% dv).

Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 2 1/2 medium-fat meat

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What do 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce, 3 cups of air-popped popcorn, and six saltine crackers have in common?  They all count as one starch exchange in the diabetic exchange system.  A question that came up on the Reader Survey was, “Would you mind writing a post about the exchange system you use and why it’s helpful? I just don’t understand and not really sure where to start.”  Thanks so much for asking!  I’m happy to explain!

The diabetic exchange system is essentially a set of lists of foods which are interchangeable.  Designed in the 1950’s to help those suffering with diabetes make better nutrition decisions, the exchange system is also useful for weight loss and maintenance.  There’s a list for starches, one for milk products, one for proteins, and so on.  Within the lists, the foods are pretty much interchangeable.  As listed above, 3 cups of air-popped popcorn are roughly…

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