One week down, 11 to go on my 12 week challenge to get my blood sugar under control. It was a good week. My goal is to feel good, be healthy, and lose a few pounds while still eating incredibly good and interesting foods. There are a few foods that save me from overeating. The egg is one of them. I just love eggs. It might just be my favorite, single, satisfying ingredient. Five days a week, egg whites, scrambled or as an omelet, are my “go to” breakfast. Egg salad is a favorite filling of mine for a tea time finger food, and, if for some strange reason, I’ve missed a dinner time meal, scrambled eggs are a fulfilling meal for me. The use of eggs fits well into a balanced diet.
Eggs are good for you. According to various studies, eggs help your eyes due to their cartenoid content (lutein), they also can lower the incidence of cataracts, breast cancer, and stroke. They contain lots of protein, naturally occurring Vitamin D, nine essential Amino Acids, mostly “good fat”, and promote hair and nail health due to their high sulphur content. Wow, after reading this, I might eat more eggs.
Peeling hard-boiled eggs sometimes drives me crazy. I am not the most patient person in the world, so, when I am doing a big batch for some event, and can’t whip through peeling due to tearing the whites, it frustrates me. I have read many tips on how to peel hard-boiled eggs, of which I have tried several. Most show good promise, then fail to fulfill on that promise. In clearing out old food magazines, I came across this tip in the March 2008 Bon Appetit Magazine. I’ve tried it twice and it really worked well.
“After draining hard-boiled eggs, return them to the saucepan, put the lid on, and shake the pan to crack the shells gently. Dunk the eggs in ice water for two minutes so they shrink away from the shell. Then peel away.”
It doesn’t take much to make me happy…learning how to make peeling one of my favorite foods more easily did just that for me this week, made me smile. Oh, and I lost one pound this week. It’s a slooow process but it’s progress. Got my portions under better control this week and still had awesome foods.
Stayed within my “balanced diet boundaries” and still had creative, tasty foods. For me, choosing whole, seasonally fresh foods and not eating too much of the more caloric items usually works. Depriving myself completely doesn’t work.
I can actually feel a difference in my energy level this week. Plan to add one more exercise routine going forward. Will keep you posted. Am off to make a cup of organic jasmine tea to go with my egg salad, with veggies for lunch.
See you next week.