Book Talk.

Book Talk.

I’m giving a book talk about The I’m Possible Journey: Learning to Live with Sugar Addiction. It’s tonight at 6:30 pm at the East Hampton Public Library in (where else would it be) East Hampton. It’s the library where I first found validation for my sugar addiction and hope to manage it (instead of it managing me).

I found it interesting that our local NPR station had an interview with the author of that book this afternoon. Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD, sent me an email (I’m on the mailing list, we’re not personal acquaintances) telling about the Colin McEnroe show and her appearance on it. I didn’t listen to it live, but I did figure out how to listen to the podcast of it later. Here’s the link if you’d like to listen to it, too. Sugar Show Podcast.

I’m not sure how many people will be at the talk tonight. I think there will be at least six. The librarian put on the flyers that I would be serving no sugar added treats. Perhaps that will be a draw. I have chocobanana seed crackers, apple spice cake, and almond macaroonish candies. All with no sugar added. My testers have approved. Will I see you there?

I did some practicing for my talk that included me recording myself reading a poem. I uploaded it to YouTube and it’s What about guilt?

I have my baked goods prepared. I have a stack of books and a pen to sign them should anyone want to buy a copy or two or three! I have before pictures and after pictures, but the big picture will be me in my healthy weight range managing my sugar addiction into a seventh year.

It wasn’t impossible. Because I found out what I could do and did it. I’m Possible. And you are, too!

 

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Doing the Write Thing.

Doing the Write Thing.

I’ve been doing my writing on the Weight Watchers Connect site lately. It’s not my favorite place to write because it’s a bit awkward typing on my phone and there’s not much interaction with people. But then again….

Here’s something from this morning. I woke up in rhyming mode. Put on your life preserver. This is stream of consciousness rapid rafting. Or maybe it’s rapping. Continue reading “Doing the Write Thing.”

Searching for answers. Bing vs. Binge.

When I wrote my blog post yesterday, I was not thinking of search engines. But this morning, I realized I’d neglected to remember one of Google’s competitors.

I haven’t used Bing very much. It was preloaded as the default search engine on one of our computers. Or maybe it was just the web browser we were using. I’m not very techno-savvy. I have, however, used (and still do use) Google. A lot. It’s easy to binge on Google once I get going with a curiosity. Perhaps it’s part of my addiction. Or not.

As I type this, I seem to recall a sound with Bing. Continue reading “Searching for answers. Bing vs. Binge.”

Explosion in a Spaghetti Factory.

Explosion in a Spaghetti Factory.

This is a phrase a dearly departed friend of mine used to say when things seemed messed up beyond belief. And it might be the most apt description of some of my thoughts last week. (I didn’t get back to this post until a week or more later than I started it). I’m just going to add to it, though. Because I think it is telling.) Continue reading “Explosion in a Spaghetti Factory.”

Things I do Write.

Things I do Write.

Sometimes I feel in a downward trend

With addiction and its wiles

While all around me are things that are good,

Good, in spite of any trials.

My auto correct changed up “things” to “thanks”

And perhaps that is something that’s right.

Thankfulness growing within my heart

Crowds out a discouraging blight.

 

I could type, for better or verse,

Lots of things I’ve done wrong

And though I like the color blues

It’s not my favorite song.

Dwelling on the negative thoughts,

I feel myself starting to sink

When what I need is a positive feed

To write on my focus or think!

I was thinking about whining this morning. It doesn’t take much to change it into winning”

There’s no need for “whining”

Or sour grapes

When what I’d rather is win

I’ll knock the “h” down and switch it around

To “winning” right from begin!

I had a good day today. Among other good things, there was no grazing on my part. I was able to laugh when I drove by the sign for Mooween State Park on my way home from Rhode Island this afternoon. (Just in case you don’t see it, Moo-ween is awfully close to my name when I’ve been grazing like a cow. Moo-reen Maureen!) I took the back roads because I was driving the Miata. It felt right. Things are looking up when I drive the Miata. At least, I am–there’s nowhere else to look!

 

 

Laws on Ya.

Laws on Ya.

I thought I made lasagna a few weeks ago. I didn’t have lasagna noodles, but thought it would be okay to substitute layers of chickpea fusili that I had on hand (and in the cupboard). It had the layered effect, but my husband said it wasn’t lasagna. I think he was teasing. Sort of. He had no complaints regarding the taste, just the title of the recipe.

But sometimes people can’t tolerate regular lasagna noodles. When you’re celiac, the laws on ya are: no gluten. I’m not celiac, but I’m sensitive to processed grains (too close to sugar for this addict).

So this time when I wanted to make lasagna, I decided to try making the noodles. It was an idea I had leftover from making seed crackers but instead of seeds, I used canned chickpeas, flax meal, and a little water. “Water you doing?” you might want to ask, but I thought these three things were up for my task. I was using my noodle as far as I thought. Instead of finding out where they’d be bought.

The pictures at the bottom of this post are what I captured in my phone when I remembered to document what I was doing. As I was working on making my recipe (literally and figuratively), a friend called to see if I’d like to do yoga with her. We agreed to do it at my house and she agreed to test the lasagna for lunch! It was a win win plan for both of us. Especially since she enjoyed the lasagna. She said it wasn’t exactly like traditional lasagna, but it was a good substitute! That works for me. (It might have been more like regular lasagna had I used Italian sausage instead of chorizo.)

The true test will be at dinner this evening.  Lasagna, whether or not the laws on ya.

This recipe isn’t in my trial cookbook. Yet. But I think it will be once I tweak it a bit more (e’en).  If you’re interested in looking at my trial cookbook, leave me a message and I’ll get you a link to my Shutterfly site. The super special deal for purchasing a photobook with free extra pages and 40% off expires October 18, 2017. That’s today.

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Ready for first noodle bake.
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Ready to layer.
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Ready to bake