Food and weight-maintenence blog for the POST diet girl

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!

For my final post in this blog (bringing the post count up to 365) I thought it appropriate to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and here’s to a splendid New Year! The past year on here has been such a marvelous learning experience. I couldn’t have done it without your encouragement! 2012 has been one of the best years of my entire life. Thank you so very much! May your season be filled with loving family, good friends, good food, and your 2013 be a fresh start for your mind and body! This time of year is stressful for us retail workers, so I will start my new cooking blog after January 1st. Don’t fret, I will be back soon! Take care of yourselves!

 

Don’t forget to eat lots of cookies!!!

Happy one year anniversary.

Actually, I think my anniversary was yesterday, but that is ok. What matters is that I have won. I have been successful in managing and overcoming my anxieties. Save for 1 missing week while I was moving, I have written every day.  I was as faithful as possible to the idea of taking pictures of my meals so you could share in my journey and help keep me accountable. It feels as though it was a very long year. So much happened. My life changed entirely. And all of you had the opportunity to see how grandiose life events affect a person’s eating. Things could have taken a turn for the worse very, very easily. But my freshly acquired confidence and boost in self-esteem from making the decision to get better aided me through the roughest patches. I received the most views here during the month of July, the month I began dating G. He has helped change my life for the better. I have someone who really cares. Someone to keep me accountable. I thank all of you for your encouragement and support through my divorce, current relationship, and recovery. I cannot believe how much you have witnessed. Every single one of you were, and continue to be, absolutely vital to my current state of health, mentally and physically. None of you realize how much the little comments meant to me. Even just something as simple as “That looks delicious!” brightened my day so very much and made a huge difference.

Thank you.

Breakfast:

Apple Cinnamon Maple Muffins

Still experimenting with my “shredded additives” base, attempting to get a better rise, I included shredded apple and cut the liquid down a little more, weighing the maple syrup instead, and reducing the milk and oil added. I also upped the baking soda measurement to 1/2 t. As you can see, I did achieve a much better rise, though still not perfect. They were in general much improved from the last 2 attempts.

I had a sandwich for lunch along with some candy corn.

I took hours today for a co-worker who really needed the day off. He and his girlfriend are having a baby and they needed to tour the hospital, you know, just to know where to go and what to do the day of delivery. Which will be extremely soon. I could not deny this to him, so I took the shift. I also got to work with my lovely, which always greatly encourages me to take hours for someone else. I walked to work. It was a GORGEOUS day. I surprised him. He had no idea that I was going to be working. He is adorable when he is surprised.

I had 2 cups of soup for dinner at work.

G took me home. I brewed some coffee and we talked, somewhat accidentally, late into the night. Before we knew it, we had been chatting for 3 hours. He left at around 1 AM. I enjoy that 6 months into our relationship we still never, ever come close to running out of things to talk about. I hope that lasts.

Don’t worry, I will be back.

2 more days

My 1 year anniversary of this blog is tomorrow. It will be the last day I update with the same format. I must admit, I am not too sad to see this one go.

Breakfast:

Carrot Cake Muffins

For this, I took my “shredded additives” base, took out a little of the liquid, and used the last of my molasses. These did not rise very much, so I still have experimenting to do! Next time I shall up the amount of baking soda (to counter the extra acidity in the molasses) and cut out even more of the other liquid. The extra wetness makes them very moist, which is great, but keeps them from rising.

I got lazy for lunch. I had a sandwich, but didn’t feel like taking a picture because I didn’t feel like I needed to. I no longer feel obligated.

I also did not take pictures of dinner. It was just soup at work.

When I get a real recipe worked up, I’ll go into more details in my new blog about my muffin experiments. ^_^ I am so sorry about the lack of details in my updates. I need some time off I think before starting my new one. Everything is okay. I’m just tired.

 

 

Closer

Coming closer to my 1 year has left me much lazier in updating this. I am spending too much time thinking of a name, the new content I want to write about, what my first entry will be, how I want to approach it, that I’ve become behind again by a couple days on here. I promise you it will be worth it.

Breakfast:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #5 – Molasses Muffins

I ought to have perfected my base recipe first before deviating so much, but I was interested in working with liquid sweeteners as opposed to granulated sugar. Here were the results:

2.8 oz Flour (I experimented with Whole Wheat)
3.3 oz grated Vegetables/Fruits (here I used a combination of carrots and apple)
1/3 cup Molasses
1/3 cup full fat Milk
Heaping 1/8 cup Oil
1 Egg
1/3 t Baking Soda
2/3 t Baking Powder
1 t Cinnamon
1/2 t Ginger
Fresh grated Nutmeg (about 1/4 t)
Pinch of Salt

These hardly rose at all. I figured it was due to the insane amount of liquid in it. I should have taken some liquid out elsewhere in the recipe when I added all that molasses. The result, though, ended up on a very tender, moist, and fluffy muffin. Odd! Even though the batter rose better yesterday, the flatter muffins have a MUCH better texture. I will try again tomorrow.

Before lunch, I went flea market shopping. I need a coffee table. Something small, low to the floor and unique. I found an old painted army trunk. It was painted black with gold swirls on top. Some of the paint has chipped off because it is old. I love it. I could buy one and paint it myself, but this one LOOKS antique since is IS antique. That’s the look I want! I bargained with the man over the trunk and a very large oval-shaped mirror with a gold, ornate frame. He tried to offer me $28 for both, but his wife became rather cross, yelled at him in Spanish, and the man muttered, “I am sorry, my wife wants at least $30 for them…” The poor man. I took them anyway. to be honest, the mirror alone is worth nearly $100 new, and the trunk worth close to $70 as it was painted and had love and work put into it as an art piece. I tried to hang my mirror in my living room and just hated how it looked every place I put it. Then it hit me. I don’t have to hang it in my living room. I now have it hanging in my kitchen where it reflects the windows in my little nook. It is beautiful.

Lunch:

I ate this and also had an extra muffin before I leaving to go work out. It had been a long morning and I just wanted a little extra pick-me-up before going back for the first time in 4 months!

Going to the gym was WONDERFUL! I was so excited about being back, I couldn’t keep my heart rate down! The music my mp3 player chose to play were FABULOUS! I missed running! I missed spacing out for an hour! I missed relaxing my brain and just letting the workout take me. LOVED IT!

Dinner:

Pasta with Broccoli, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

Taken from: http://www.creative-culinary.com/2011/04/pasta-con-broccoli/

Ingredients

2-3 cups broccoli florets
12 oz spaghetti noodles (I used angel hair because I prefer it)
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 Tbsp butter, melted
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
More Parmesan to sprinkle on top
ADDED:
Minced Garlic
Fresh chopped Parsley (for garnish)

Preparation

Simmer broccoli in approximately 2 quarts of salted hot water for a few seconds.
Add uncooked spaghetti and cook for 8 minutes. (I prefer thin spaghetti…so adjust accordingly if you do and add to water after a couple of minutes).
Put mushrooms and tomatoes in bottom of serving bowl.
Drain broccoli and spaghetti in colander and put on top of vegetables in bowl and let it sit for a minute.
Add Parmesan, butter, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss together and serve with some additional Parmesan grated on top.

*This recipe was a HUGE surprise to me! HUGE! I just wanted something easy and simple (because I was DYING to start watching “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” with Jeremy Brett, who is positively swoon-worthy) and I randomly found this recipe that used all the ingredients that needed to be eaten before going bad and being wasted. THIS was fantastic. I will be making this many, many more times in the future.

Exercise: 1 hour at the gym

Exciting things!

I explained to G today what I am doing with this blog. He is helping me think of a new name. I will be archiving this one soon. I told him that I no longer need this blog for 2 big reasons:

#1) I understand that not everybody believes in “recovery”, but I trust I am now fine. I don’t obsess. I don’t count calories. I don’t dislike the way I look in the least bit even though I am 20 lbs heavier than my lowest weight. I am not depressed. I eat well and regularly, not overeating, not undereating. I curb my sugar cravings naturally, just eating a little here and there, not binging and not denying myself. I am a perfectly healthy and acceptable weight. I maintain it with a naturally active lifestyle, a retail job, walking, yoga, and visits to the gym 3 times a week. I am no longer disordered.

#2) I have someone to keep me accountable. Him. We are honest to each other about what we eat every day. We discuss what we’ve eaten/cooked/thought about eating literally every single day. We eat together a lot. These are all things my ex-husband never did with me. I couldn’t trust him to care. I couldn’t share with him that I had a problem because he would have just said “Well, I liked you better fat anyway, so what the fuck is wrong with you?” and that would have been his solution to the issue. G actually gives a shit. He cares. He doesn’t see it as weak. He loves me. No matter what size I am, what diet I am on or not on, if my clothes are too big or too small. But he still wants to help me in any way he can. If I wish to lose weight, he will help me. If I wish to gain back weight, he will help me. As long as I am eating balanced meals every day, he is willing to be supportive through whatever journey I choose.

I can’t wait to reveal my new site! I might even purchase a domain. ^_^

Breakfast:

 

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #5 – Chocolate Mint Walnut

Now these gave me a very startling result. I made these with a first draft of what will hopefully be a good muffin formula. These were made with:

4.1 oz Flour
1/3 t Baking Soda
2/3 t Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
2.6 oz Sugar
A heaping 1/8 cup Oil
1 Egg
1/3 cup Half and Half
1/2 t Peppermint extract
2 T Cocoa Powder (half dutch process, half Hershey’s dark)

I also tried to fill them with chocolate syrup, but it didn’t turn out, so I won’t post that.

The results were interesting. They rose REALLY beautifully, which I was not expecting. They had perfect domes that I have since not been able to recreate 3 experiments later. The only problem was that they were a bit dense. Not as light and fluffy as usual. And not quite as moist. I am not certain why. I ate 4 of these.

Lunch:

You shall be seeing far less of these!

For dinner tonight, I got lazy. I was visited yet again (when SOMEONE should be writing instead of seeing me…) to watch more Doctor Who and some Portlandia. He stayed until somewhat late and I didn’t feel like making a crazy dinner. I just wanted a bowl of cereal and maybe a muffin. So that’s what I ate. I was happy.

I took some hours at work for (the friend formerly known as) PFH#2 on Saturday of this week and of next week. This is my slow time of year with my business, so it is best I stock up on hours at my retail job! And I am ALWAYS willing to do him a favour. Anything in the world, I will do for him. He is an extremely close friend and one of the best people I know. In the morning: MORE MUFFINS!

I had a whole bunch of stuff written here, and WordPress didn’t save it. Wow.

I’m mad, so I’ll skip trying to remember it. It was a lot. I will just get meals out of the way for today, then maybe in the next couple of posts I’ll try to sum up what I said.

Breakfast:

AB’s Parsnip Muffins

I’ve used this recipe a ton of times, weighing the ingredients really seems to do the trick. I also would like to point out that the bottoms look PERFECT! Not overcooked whatsoever! Just beautifully, lightly browned! This is because I used a lighter muffin pan. The color makes a difference! The darker pans retain and hold more heat for longer than lighter pans. These were baked at 375 for 19 minutes. I topped them with pine nuts instead of almonds because I did not have almonds. They rose very pretty with nice domed tops. They were nice and moist and not too dense due to the oil.

Lunch:

For Jess.

Dinner:

Quick Spaghetti Sauce

I chopped a tomato and threw in all the usual tomato sauce culprits, tomato paste, water, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, sliced mushrooms, fresh parsley, fresh rosemary, dried basil, dash of cinnamon, large pinch of sugar, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, a splash of lemon juice and a little added Parmesan on top. Simmered all of that for about half an hour. The only thing that could have made it better would be for me to peel the tomatoes next time and blend them. This will make a smoother sauce. Otherwise, it was fantastic.

I was visited today for a short while. We watched some classic Doctor Who, which I am simply ADORING! I knew that I would, though. I have 3 shirts with the 4th Doctor on them even though I never saw one episode with him in it until now.  I tried sending my darling home early so he could write, but I’m fairly certain little to no writing actually occurred. I need to encourage him more.

 

Election Day

Voting is EXTREMELY important to me. I was up at 7 AM and out the door by 7:45 to go vote. I went to do this before even making breakfast. My dad would be mostly proud of me.*

Breakfast:

Miss P’s Test Kitchen: Muffin Experiment #4 – Strawberry Muffins

These were clearly a massive failure. Well, not massive. They still tasted great. But as you can see, they did not rise at all. This was because I packed them full of strawberries, which caused them to be too wet, and subsequently caused them to not rise properly. I still learned something, but remembered why additives aren’t always a good idea.

I accidentally skipped lunch today. I had a late breakfast and so was not hungry when lunch came around. So I did not eat it. I figured I’d just have something from the cafe at work later.

I got to work with what was PFH # 2 today. He’s so fantastic. We were trying to explain to a newer coworker of ours that he knows literally EVERYTHING that has happened to me in the past 10 years of my life. Everything. I mean it. I tell the guy absolutely everything. He’s incredibly trustworthy and he’s been my walking, talking diary for a decade now. We had fun chatting and not getting any real work done. Because that’s just what we do.

I had half of a turkey sandwich and chicken dumpling soup for dinner.

When I came home, I turned on the news and waited patiently for election results. I also had a bowl of ice cream. I passed out with my computer still streaming live coverage. G sent me a message at one point hoping that I was still awake. I always feel bad when I am not there when he needs me. I wish he were just here all the time.

 

 

 

 

*I’m certain I now cancel out my dad’s votes.