New Coffeemaker!

I got a new coffeemaker! $23 on sale at Target.

ahhhh... where have you been all my life?

Spark People’s Healthy Reflection for Today:

Are you creating your own life?
 
Take a moment to look at the circumstances of your world. Is it what you want to see? What could you do differently to take one step closer to your ideal vision? We’re all dealt different hands in life. That’s how things are. To change things, you have to first accept that fact, then figure out where to go from here. We should all be able to count on each other for help, but in the end, we can’t expect anyone to change our lives except ourselves. Nor should we want it that way. It’s natural to feel powerless and give up in the face of hardships, but complaining and blaming do nothing except prevent action. Without positive action, you’re giving up your power and asking for more of the same–a world you did not create. Where you start may not be your fault, but the course you run is still your choosing.

I get e-mails from Spark People and this one really stood out to me because this is something I’ve been thinking about for about a week. This topic is part of a series called “Healthy Reflections” and the past few seem to address what’s been on my mind.

I’ve been thinking a lot about making my life what I want it to be, and this one really hit home.

~~~~~UPDATE~~~~~

After I posted this post, I decided to switch the list of Time’s 100 Books of All Time to the list of 100 Favorite Novels by Librarians in my Day Zero list. I’ve been looking at the Time 100 list thinking the books must be good for them to make the list, but they don’t sound like books I’d enjoy. I don’t want to drag myself through reading 100 books, so I found the list of 100 Favorite Novels by Librarians and it sounds so much better. I think I’d enjoy getting through that list.

Dr. Furhman’s Famous Anti-Cancer Soup

Good morning!

So because I knew that it was my last day drinking coffee, when I got home from work yesterday, I had THIS:

hugh jass iced coffee

Then I made Dr. Furhman’s Famous Anti-Cancer Soup, from his book Eat to Live. Look at this!

groovy

Looks kind of scary, but it was exciting. That’s carrot and celery juice swirled together. Kind of groovy in an Austin Powers 1960s kind of way. Or maybe that was a hallucination from the hugh jass coffee I had because I’m quitting coffee. Anyway 🙂

I don’t have the book in front of me, but the recipe basically was — warning, I’m butchering it here — you start with putting a cup of dried beans in the pot with four cups of water and let it simmer. A big mistake I made was that I didn’t check the beans at the end to make sure they were done…. and they weren’t. Then you take onions, zucchini, and leeks and clean them up really well and plop them in whole and let the whole thing simmer.

While that’s simmering, you take 5 lbs — yes 5 lbs — of carrots and juice them. I’ve juiced carrots before without peeling them and it definitely tastes different. The peel is more bitter and earthy tasting and that comes through in the juice, so I stood there and washed, trimmed, and peeled 5 lbs of carrots. It was worth it. Then, you take a whole bunch (the recipe called for 2 bunches, but I only had one) of celery and wash it. And then you juice all the carrots and celery. It was fun! I love my juicer.

And when you pour the juice in the pot, it looked like the swirly picture above.

By that time, the onions, leeks, and zucchini were soft, so the next step was to put them in a blender with some of the broth/juice and blend them up. I did that in batches.

To make the soup thicker, I put in some of the carrot pulp from the juicer. Also so I wouldn’t be as wasteful. It was really super orange cool looking pulp.

And then it was done. It tasted really good and felt really healthy. Well, except for the beans. I couldn’t eat those.

And that’s my lunch today too. See, I’m planning 🙂

Quitting Coffee

i love you

I have a love-hate relationship with coffee. I go through periods where I love it and drink it a lot, and then times when I’m “off” it and try to stay away from it. When I am on it, I have an emotional response when I go to get some and it’s burnt or bitter, or when I think it could have been made better. Crazy I know. I got upset on Saturday because I went to Caribou and got a cappuccino and it tasted like wet dog. It was raining out, which was ironic. I kept trying to drink it because I really wanted my cappuccino, but I couldn’t. I had to throw it away.

All of the books I’ve been reading about losing weight and living healthfully say that if you’re trying to lose weight, you should stay away from coffee because of the toxins it has and the effect that caffeine has on the body (adrenal system, etc).

Since I’ve been in the throes of manic coffee love for the past few months, the thought of giving it up has been depressing. So I thought I would look up damaging/negative info about coffee and caffeine and maybe that would help.

According to this article, the “effects of caffeine withdrawal [can] be classified as a definite psychological disorder” and this article says that the results of a study showed that “those who consumed the equivalent of seven cups of coffee a day were found to be three times more likely to have hallucinatory experiences than those who consumed less than a single cup a day.”

Then I remembered a photo that I saw in National Geographic a long time ago that showed how much sludge comes out of coffee when they decaffeinate it. It was NASTY. I tried pretty hard for at least 30 minutes to find this photo so I could post it but it was NOWHERE. Like it disappeared. And then I started thinking that maybe (and this could be a coffee-induced hallucination because you know I had my coffee this morning) that maybe the coffee industry is trying to suppress that photo… like other multi-billion dollar industries like oil and tobacco that have tried to protect themselves by burying evidence that makes them look bad. Coffee is addictive, like tobacco. It doesn’t seem like it would be much of a stretch, you know? But anyway, I’m getting off track.

I’m going to quit. The hardest thing about quitting is that it’s more of a psychological addiction for me than a physical one. Just the thought of having my coffee in the morning and then having it close by during the day is really nice. I’ve quit smoking three times and it was the same way. I have the same tendency with food too, but I’ll blog about that another time.

If not for my health and to help me lose weight, when I start thinking like a conspiracy theorist, it’s time to quit. So tomorrow morning I’ll have a tea latte (caffeine-free!) and keep the ibuprofen close by.