I’m loving Jackfruit and WW

Last week I watched my portions and got in more produce.  The result was a 2 pound loss and looser pants.  My usually bloated tummy looks smaller – to me and hubby – and I feel pretty good.  Even the three day migraine didn’t mess things up much.  Yay!

I logged most of my meals on SparkPeople and realized how I regained the weight.  I let fattier foods and larger portions take over my plate for the most part and did not get in the sweat time I need.  Food is a big part of it for me, and I know how to do better.  I am doing better.

And speaking of food, want a recipe?   I’m in love with Jackfruit.  I my first batch of Jackfruit Carnitas last week and made my second last night.  These Enchiladas came together quickly because of the leftovers and convinced me to keep it on hand.  It’s perfect – it’s a non-soy, fiber-rich, all-natural meat substitute.  Yay!

Speaking of SparkPeople, I’m leader of two teams, Charleston Sparkers and Vegetarian/Vegans with 100+ to Lose.  V/V is small, only 6 members, and was a good place for me a few months back.  The leader disappeared, so I stepped up.  Knowing that others are expecting me to help them stay motivated will help me stay motivated.  Join me?

Sodium Hangover

I’m nursing the ‘too much sodium last night’ headache this morning and have my remedy soup on.

Yep, we had subs last night. Firehouse Subs. It was a new experience for me, and I think I may have to leave it at that one visit. It was very good, don’t get me wrong. I’m one of those who need to cut some things completely during certain times or I’ll order from the hormone-controlled part of my brain.

Sub with extra dressing? Sure! And salt & vinegar chips? Yeah, baby! Soda? No, but I’ll get some light lemonade with extras lime. Overall it was not a bad meal, but the sodium! I knew it with the first bite, but it didn’t stop me. I keep telling myself that it won’t hurt every once in a while.

But it does hurt! I’ve had high blood pressure since my daughter was incubating all those years ago. Salty meals spike my blood pressure and result in a hangover complete with the headache and dehydration. Fun times.

I did this. I knew what the consequences would be and happily went along with it. You know, the few minutes of pleasure thing. It was good, yes, but worth the day of bleah? Not even close.

Soul Vegetarian South is back!

I am so stoked!

I loved Soul Vegetarian because it was vegan, healthy, and soul food! It was also not too far from home and I could get there by bus without turning it into an all day event. They closed for lunch for a couple of years and I missed them terribly.

Well, this week they reopened and hubster and I grabbed lunch today. He had the protein wrap (TVP with sauteed onions and peppers) and I went for the kalebone wrap (kick-butt seitan roast with sauteed onions and peppers). We both had the mac and cheese for old times sake and hubster rounded off his meal with the split pea soup. We were not disappointed! Yum is all I can say, people. I couldn’t finish my wrap, so half is sitting in the fridge waiting for me.

Swing by, 11 am – 3 pm weekdays. Same place as before, on Rivers Avenue just south of Reynolds. Don’t let the area scare you – go get a great lunch!

Besides a great lunch, we picked up our first fruit tree today and have a Meyer lemon sitting on the counter just waiting to be sliced. Our home is coming together! Our garden is going to rock!