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April 11, 2005

life is a dance, get out on the floor!

Okay, I am looking for new breakfast foods. I am bored with cereal, and it has too much sugar usually since my family is predisposed to diabetes. Bah. Humbug. I am not industrious enough to bake whole grain bran muffins. Plus I think I need a little protein in the mornings. Any suggestions? While I love leftover pizza, the goal here is to lose some weight. What? Exercise? Are you kidding? :)

The only exercise I am getting right now is dancing. You'd think this would be enough, but it really isn't. I have slacked on the yoga and am getting stiff, so dancing isn't as strenuous as it probably should be. However, I did get to perform with my dance buddy Jess last night at a Romanian restaurant. There was a "Romanian" feast, too, but it seemed a lot like Greek Salad and chicken and rice with an artichoke sauce. It was delicious, but not what I consider Romanian. Where's the mamaliga? Where's the tochitura? Okay, not that I really want to eat tochitura. Now sarmale....I love sarmale. Meat rolls in saurkraut leaves. Yum. With the mamaliga.

Anyway, the restaurant. It was the site of this month's Harem Night. We danced a skirt dance that was a big hit. Then Jess danced a great solo, but the words to the song were controversial and she offended someone. No more dancing to that song in public, which is a shame. It's a great song. She got several tips! We will perform the skirt dance again at the next hafla. We have also been asked back to dance at the next Harem Night, back at Stratos on May 5. Stratos has a better dance area. We are going to try to come up with something in the next month, but we'll see how that goes. We may fall back on something we already know. I'm kind of excited, really.

I am waiting to hear back from the few job opportunities I got last week, so keep your fingers crossed!

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I make whole-grain pancakes with an egg and a 1/4 cup of milk (for 3 pancakes). I put fruit right in the batter - a mashed banana (spiced with a bit of cloves, cinnamon & nutmeg) and chopped walnuts; or finely chopped strawberries (w/a little sugar); or apple shavings (w/cinnamon). Then I don't use syrup, because they're sweet enough with the fruit in them. It's pretty fast to make. Substantial. You can add flax seed meal if you want.

I make my own mix wheat-free, but you can buy good mixes. (I use: 2 cups oat flour, 1 cup millet flour, 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, dash of salt.)

Posted by: leslee at Apr 11, 2005 11:53:32 AM

I've always been of the opinion that breakfast foods are cultural. Soup and some really good bread is a breakfast I try to enjoy when I'm trying to lose weight, which admittedly should be more often.

Posted by: *Name Hidden* at Apr 11, 2005 1:38:31 PM

Ever try eggs? One egg has 70 cals, gobs of protein, and won't hurt you on any diet. Have an orange or 1/4 cp orange juice with it--no more, too many calories and too much sugar. Coffee or tea. A piece of melba, and you're off and losing.

As for exercise try Callan Pinckney's Callanetics. Easy combo of yoga, stretching, ballet, and deep muscle work out. You don't even break a sweat, but you lose inches like crazy. Three times a week is all you need.

Good luck.

Posted by: Pam Hawkins at Apr 12, 2005 12:56:46 PM

I'm guessing the point here is something you can fix while waiting for coffee . . . South Beach Diet Cereal Bars. Chocolate Crunch.

** deep, healtfelt sigh of pleasure **

** drools **

Not gritty and nasty like the Atkins bars.

Actually good, and actually tastes like something you would want to eat. Preferably with fruit, also allowed.

And you can chew the wrapper off with your teeth while you are staggering around the kitchen moaning "Coffee!! Coffee!!"

I do. ;)

Posted by: Anne at Apr 13, 2005 10:14:55 PM

That sounds good too, Anne. I am wary of most diet bars, but I'll take your word on this one and try it out.

Leslee, I am waiting for my bananas to ripen so I can make some of your pancakes.

NH, soup sounds like a great breakfast food. I'll just have to make some that I wouldn't mind eating in the morning, like a vegetable something.

Pam, I love eggs and do eat them occasionally. They are quick and easy.

Posted by: Alicia at Apr 14, 2005 8:50:26 AM

I've started having porridge (oats) and find it gives a good start.

Posted by: jon at Apr 22, 2005 2:05:20 AM

I tried the wheat banana pancakes and I love them! I also do like oatmeal, but not by itself and I hadn't yet figured out how to sweeten it or something without adding a lot of sugary stuff. I need to rethink that because oats are good for breakfast.

What does anyone do that is non-carby? Is there really anything besides the incredible edible egg that is even semi-healthy?

Posted by: Alicia at Apr 22, 2005 9:29:35 AM

I recommend whole-grain oatmeal. I do mine in the microwave. Plump raisins over the top; cinnamon & nutmeg to taste. A spoonful of brown sugar optional. Oats are low GI (glycemic index) so you don't 'crash', and cinnamon helps you metabolize sugar.

Posted by: A. Noël at May 8, 2005 12:57:52 AM