Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Weight. Fiber. Healthy Stuff.

Blessings Darlings!

Book reviews are coming - but life's been busy lately.  Very busy.  My husband has a new contract that's a bit of a death march on timing (so much to do, so little time to get it done) - so I'm doing all the housework except the bathrooms (our spawn does those.)  I'm also doing a lot of support work on the project, since, after all, I am the co-owner of the business even if I don't do the programming.  And then there's the keeping him fed/coffee'd, etc...

Meanwhile, I've got a butt-ton of my own goals that I'm working on.  Not just the reading, but increases in magical practice and ... there are a lot of health goals in play.  So the rest of this post is going to be whining about problems manifesting the sometimes contradictory actions to reach an assortment of health goals.  Just ONE part of ONE thing I'm doing - getting at least 10,000 steps a day - takes me a lot of time.

Still with me?


I'm old, chubby, and out of shape.  Actions are underway to work on those things.  Part of the problem is insulin resistance due to metabolic syndrome.  For that - increase exercise, reduce weight, reduce carbs in my diet (especially highly refined ones.)  Being a woman over 60, I'm also supposed to get 21 grams of fiber a day.   That's the fiber in about 4 cups of cooked broccoli - one of the BETTER vegetable sources of fiber.  A cup and a half of salad mix has only 1 gram of fiber.  The double serving of spaghetti squash I had for breakfast had only 2.2 grams of fiber!

The only good food sources for fiber are ... starches.  Sweet potatoes. Cooked dry beans.  Cooked barley.  Exactly the types of food I'm trying to reduce in my diet.  The foods I was heavily relying on (and getting heavy from!) during the last decade of Broke Ass Eating.

I feel personally betrayed by this, even as it makes clear what I'm going to have to top my salad with.  And I might end up buying some fiber supplement to add to water/coffee/whatever. Because I'd really like to have fruit as my carbs - I really like fruit.  I don't mind beans, but fruit is, well, sweet.

Yeah.  First world problems - losing weight and making sure I poop regularly as I age.

Frondly, Fern

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