Unofficially single. Returned from an 8 day stay on Guam where an uncontested divorce takes only 7 days. Still waiting for the official paperwork to arrive. When I returned to Bangkok from Hawaii, I learned the boss was relocating to the US and I was left "in charge". Company has not been profitable and though there are potential new business, it's uncertain, maybe 35% chance of happening. So I now have the unpleasant task of downsizing the company. Stress is the major challenge. Getting back on track with exercise and nutrition, so hopefully it will help me keep life in balance. Still working on losing some of the February weight. Stumbled on the concept of primal, so will be truly eliminating wheat to see if that helps.
One of the challenges when you change your eating patterns...small frequent meals, is having something fast & available. One can't do food prep 6 times a day. Early on, I figured out at my height, under 5 feet, that my portions needed to be somewhere between 200-300 calories. This is also the period when I was diligent about figuring the calorie counts in everything. Now I don't bother unless I'm developing a new recipe. What I try to do is bulk cook, then freeze or package in single meal portions. Tools I find that help are the silicon cupcake trays and small plastic containers. Here in Bangkok, we have Daiso, the 60 baht shop, similar to the dollar stores in the US. I think most countries have some version...years ago in Taipei, I think it was the 10 Taiwanese dollar store. At Daiso, I've found lots of useful tools, inexpensive timers, small plastic containers, thermal lunch bags and more. My daugher returned home after college and is now training to be a dancer. Her schedule means she eats on the run and she needs to eat every few hour as well. For her, I'll take store bought hummus, repack it into small single serve containers, then slice up cucumbers and pack those into single serve containers as well. I make batches of granola as well and repack these into single serving packages. It's always available to grab and go and she can buy yogurt to add a bit more protein. One of the fun treats are what I call healthy cookies. I found a biscotti recipe that uses no butter, but gets it fat from the nuts. The original recipe used hazel nuts, but living in Thailand this is imported and expensive. I tweaked the recipe to use locally grown cashews, and added a bit of dried fruit. for sweetness. I make this up a few times a month and because the cookie are dry, they keep well. I tuck a few of these in my purse when running out of the house so that I'll always something. And of course, here in Bangkok, there is the ubiquitous 7-11...
If there was ever an eye opener, Jamie Oliver's Eat to Save Your Life is it. Pictures speak volumes. What was most interesting is how food has changed over time...even whole foods like carrots have become sweeter. So one really needs to pay attention. The autopsy in the eighth segment really brought home what could happen if one doesn't exercise some control. I'm now worried more about some of my friends as they may be cutting years off their lives. Wish I had a magic wand to wave so I can help them. What isn't covered is why, although we know some foods are bad for us, why we'll still eat them. The emotional aspect of eating can be serious and there needs to be techniques to beat them. I know for myself, I will stress eat. I counter this somewhat by making veggie pancakes that I allow myself to overindulge in. I figure overeating these are better than chips.