Monday, November 15, 2010

Toxic Sludge for Breakfast

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that Barry and I changed our eating habits for the better about a year ago.  We cut down on fat, sugar, and salt and increased our intake of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  We both lost a lot of weight and felt healthier than we had in years.  On this trip, though, we've been backsliding.  I dread stepping on the scale when we get back home.

Normally Barry eats whole-grain cereal with low-fat unsweetened yogurt and fresh fruit in the morning.  I have the cereal and fruit with soy milk or substitute whole-grain toast with organic sugar-free peanut butter.  On our vacation, unfortunately, we've been staying at hotels with sausage, fresh waffles, and biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  Barry calls the sausage gravy "toxic sludge," but that hasn't stopped either of us from eating it.  We've also had fast food for lunch a couple of times just because we were driving through areas where nothing else was available.  We had planned to eat low-fat cheese, apples, and whole-grain crackers for our lunches, but the weather has been way too chilly for picnics.

Add in a grandchild suffering from a cold, and both Barry and I feel like crap.  We caught the cold, we have canker sores for the first time in months, and our clothes are starting to get a little tighter.  We've eaten whole-wheat flakes with raisins for breakfast the last two days, but we probably need a couple more weeks of healthy eating to clear the remains of the toxic sludge from our systems.

"McDonalds announced it’s considering a more humane way of slaughtering its animals. You know they fatten them up and then kill them. You know that's the same thing they do to their customers, isn’t it?" ~ Jay Leno

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