Friday, March 8, 2013

Weekend Reading Plans. Blueberry Refresher Smoothie.

Good morning! I hope you all saw my last post about night time eating and the comments that followed. Although there was a good response to the post, I have a feeling that this problem is a lot more widespread than the number of comments would indicate. So if you haven't weighed in on the topic yet, please do!

As for me, I'm deep into the book The End of Overeating by David Kessler and I don't think I'll be able to put it down this weekend. It was recommended to me by Emily over at Triumph Wellness in her blog posting Can You Moderate? Or Must you Eliminate? It had a profound effect on me and I immediately ordered the two books that she talked about in the posting. The first book, The End of Overeating arrived yesterday and I've been reading it ever since.
Let's just say I think I understand my problem with trying to moderate. And I think my days of trying to moderate have come to their natural end. I've read a lot of information on the subject of addictive food, but nothing quite puts in all together the way this book does, combining the science and the emotion of it all.

It's not our fault. Period. I struggle, going back and forth with eating no sugary/fatty foods and then losing it and trying to eat my trigger foods in moderation. There are some extremely complex things going on in our brains that we can never change. One thing that stood out for me is how I salt my food, but just a little bit! But even that little bit of added salt to a dish makes it so much more palatable. And when food tastes great, it feels great to eat it, and of course, I eat more of it. I eat past being full many a time. I wonder what would happen if I just stopped salting all together? Would my "appetite" decrease on it's own because the pleasure center in my brain would not be stimulated in the same way? I'm pretty sure it would be.

This book will make you feel understood while at the same time giving you the understanding that you need to fight back.

And now onto a lighter subject, breakfast. Believe it or not, breakfast is my most challenging meal of the day. I know that I'm supposed to be eating oatmeal, but I rarely have the desire for it these days. Green smoothies are another option, but those too, after a while, get "stale."

Sometimes I just need to indulge my fruit tooth. I spotted a recipe on Pinterest, and made some tweaks as I was preparing my own. The result is a radically delicious and refreshing smoothie, and not all that unhealthy either. I can be happy with that.

Blueberry Refresher
inspired by this recipe

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1 cup coconut water
1 frozen banana
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
juice of 1 lime
2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
1-2 Tbsp walnut pieces
fresh ginger, minced or microplaned, to taste
a handful of ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Have you read The End of Overeating? What are your thoughts on it? Did it have an effect on you? 
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