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What’s on the menu for tomorrow’s big game? We traditionally just watch it together as a family here rather than doing any big gathering, so we’re keeping it simple. I have one of these Hormel party trays that has been sitting in my fridge since they were a deal in December (they have super long expiration dates…), and clearly the kids have designs on that. I’ll be happy just to get it OUT of there, lol.
Other menu requests include chips and guacamole with, of course, my favorite Goya Taquera salsa — love that stuff, so picked up a new bottle at Caputo’s today — and I’m making easy Instant Pot chili tonight with a couple of the cheap pub burgers from Jewel yesterday, so will either just have that as is or make up a batch of chili cheese cups tomorrow.
I think the Super Bowl might be the first time we’ve watched over-the-air TV since the election — we pretty much just stick to Netflix and Prime anymore!
So, what’s on your menu tomorrow?
This week I started collecting the coins I find in the dryer, and I’m up to $.36 so far. I figure all the laundry change pretty much comes out of MashupDad’s pockets, so if I save these up for the rest of the year I’ll have enough to buy him a Chanukah present with his own spare change in December. How much do you think I’ll end up with? 😉
Good morning, all! And happy birthday to me — or, more precisely, to Mashup Mom. Today marks eight years into this mad mashup experiment, so thanks for coming along for the ride. Thanks especially to those of you who have stuck around during the recent changes as I settle in to a new path in the New Year, and welcome to all of you who have found your way here recently.
Birthdays are a time for reflection and perspective: Eight on its side is infinity, so let’s make 2017 a year of possibilities and growth. As Mashup Mom continues to evolve it may not look the same by the end of the year as it does now, but I’m excited about the journey and what the future has in store.
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I meant to have a thoughtful post all ready to go in the New Year to talk about how refined sugar fits into some of the ways Mashup Mom is changing focus in 2017, but I lost… well… focus. Blame it on the sugar. 🙂 So here’s the off the top of my head version, and we’ll continue unpacking this over the next few months.
So I’m seriously limiting refined sugar this year
I’ve tried giving up (most) refined sugar before, and made it two months and down 12 pounds earlier this year — which is when I felt great, relaxed my guard, fell of the wagon, went sugar crazy over the holidays, and now am back where I started. I’m now four days in to trying this again, and am so far down three pounds (yes, even after our New Year’s Steakstravaganza) and just slightly irritable.
I figure that posting here and checking in occasionally with you guys will help me with accountability, and also that some of you might be interested in playing along.
So here’s what I’m doing
I’m giving up desserts with refined sugar, and most processed foods with added sugar. Some of the things I’ll be talking about here include:
- Balanced snack ideas
- Reading material
- How it’s going
- What’s been frustrating
- Affordable whole foods
- Reading food labels and finding alternatives
And I’d love to hear experiences and suggestions from you guys along the way! This broad sugar-y theme will also influence some of the newer blog topics for the New Year, like certain of the Make It or Buy It posts.
So here’s what I’m not doing
I’m not substituting in artificial sugars, I’m not avoiding carbs in general or natural sugars, and I’m not cutting out all processed foods, just most of them. Fruit? Good. Potatoes? Not going away, guys. Lightly salted bagged popcorn is my fiber filled friend, canned beans are a time saver, and bread and bacon bits are great, in moderation. After a month or so I also intend to start adding minimal sugars back in (a little local honey in a homemade marinade or dressing, for instance).
I’m also not interested in being militant about this. Even Costco rotisserie chicken has added sugar — but at .5 g per serving and given how far one stretches, I’m OK with that. Potatoes and strawberries and rotisserie chicken don’t trigger sugar cravings and mindless eating for me, but crackers and cookies and cereal do. Your experience may be different.
And, I’m not doing away with the subscribe & save deals & printable coupons in the daily Morning Mashup posts, or stopping the weekly ALDI meal plans. (But note that I’ve always tried to weight the bulk of that ALDI meal plan budget towards fresh meat, dairy, and produce over processed packaged goods).
So who’s trying this with me?
If your experience parallels mine at all, the first week of sugar withdrawal will be especially bad — with days 2-3 being the worst. Here’s just a taste what you might get:
- Stabbing headaches
- Crazy hunger pangs
- Body aches
Last time I gave this a try, though, I felt great a couple weeks in. Here’s a taste of what you might get:
- More energy
- Better digestion
- Better mood
- No mid-afternoon slump
And — take this from someone who hasn’t been skinny for 35 years — you might see some weight loss, without being hungry all the time. Last time I tried this, I dropped the most weight in the first week but then it continued to come off slowly and steadily after that.
So everyone’s different
Sugar is my downfall, but it might not be yours. I know it’s super trite to talk about this in January, but it’s been in the back of my mind all through the craziness of the holiday season — and I figure I can’t be the only one. 🙂 What’s your own eating plan for the New Year?
Maybe we’re just getting older over here… but my idea of a good time on New Year’s Eve pretty much revolves around enjoying these gigantic steaks MashupDad picked up at Costco, while sitting in front of Netflix with the kids. Who’s doing something similar tonight? Have you watched anything good lately?
We also had some broccoli, and I made mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot with what was supposed to be a bag of small yellow potatoes. Which of these things is not like the other…? lol
Yes, I’m easily amused. Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a great 2017 — onward and upward. 🙂