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One for vegans

The weather being seasonal for the Northern Hemisphere, I am on a soup kick. With me, this involves using whatever I happen to have on hand. Soup de jour was a cream of asparagus and celery. About four servings

8 spears of asparagus as that is what I happened to have left over. Chopped and the tough end bit discarded.

4 sticks of celery. This would be the tender inner bits as that is the loose celery I buy and I pick through it to get the good bits. I think it works out to about one and a half cups.

I small potato peeled and chopped.

1/2 parsnip peeled and chopped. I did say it was on hand, didn’t I?

About two teaspoon full of chopped parsley, fresh.

3 green onions chopped.

I tablespoon of margarine.

2 vegetable bullion cubes

I cup of white wine.

Sweat veggies in margarine until soft. Dump in cubes and I pint water. Purée, add pepper and wine, bring to the boil and ready to serve decorated with the leaves of the fresh celery reserved especially. Goes well with fresh bread sticks.

Health tips. Asparagus is good for the liver and celery is a mild diuretic. The wine is just nice. I am sure I could justify it if I really had to do so. Enjoy.

Diet is working!

My pants don’t fit anymore, as in falling down. O-O. Still, this is a good thing. The diet is working really well for me and cutting out the starchy foods has made me feel a lot better. I am not hungry, or irritable and I am also not terrible active, yet the weight is falling by the day. Getting on the scales in the morning is now a joyful experience.

Yes, I am supplementing with vitamins. I take selenium, zinc and probiotic capsules. I am also drinking watered down grapefruit juice for vitamin C and eating fruit. I find I really like the coconut Silk as a milk substitute in my coffee, but it is becoming more difficult to get. Still, there is one store in the nearest city stocking it. Yay. Cheese is a protein, so fine in moderation and full of calcium. Oh, and I am allowed one square of dark chocholate a day if I feel the need. I am not a chocholate fan, so this doesn’t really bother me, but some might find this important. On a roll, here.

No calorie counting, or portion control. No special little frozen dinners, shakes or ‘health’ bars. It is a modified Atkins diet/thyroid diet, basically cutting out all processed food. I am also cooking with virgin olive oil, so I suppose there is a tad of the Mediterranean diet in there, too. I honestly expected to gain a few pounds this morning, after a supper of steamed asparagus and a baseball steak, especially after I cheated and put gravy on the steak, but no, I was down two pounds this morning. I admit I couldn’t eat it all. It was too much and I always stop when I start to feel full.

I have hated clothes shopping for a while and now I find I am beginning to look forward to getting something that doesn’t make me look like a zeppelin. Not that I was ever huge, but it is all about body image and I hated mine. My heaviest was 185lbs. Yuk, yuk, yukkity yuk, yuk.  I had gotten to the state where I was eating so little that my capacity was possibly less than a child’s needs. Obviously, something wasn’t right, as the weight was totally undeserved. Here speaks a person who doesn’t much care for chocolate and candy, cookies or desserts. Nor did I browse on unsuitable things like potato chips. I don’t and never have snacked. I think it is all about finding the right diet that is also healthy.

My goal is to look darn good by the time my new book, Shadow Over Avalon, goes live on Halloween. I hope to have dropped thirty pounds by then. This is looking doable.

Very happy camper!

Another great diet item on my menu.

This is mine. On a bed of fresh and well washed raw spinach leaves, put cooked beetroot cubes, diced, hard-boiled egg, walnuts and diced apples, previously soaked in fresh lemon juice. Serve with a raspberry vinaigrette. The flavor explosion is something else. This is a low cost meal that give a wealth of protein, fibre and a load of essential minerals.