Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday Ten: Better Late Than Never Edition

10.  Sorry this is delayed but I forgot to hit publish yesterday, no kidding.  Because I was late getting this going and I was busy at work. So now I've had to use #10 to say this and I have an extra thought for another time.

9.  A lot of bloggers I know who are trying to get away from artifical sweeteners have switched to Agave.  Lately I keep running into articles that are saying that Agave is no better for you than High Fructose Corn Syrup!  And articles like this one, that say it's worse!  Interesting to say the least and controversial too, I'm sure.

8.  I got indignant when I saw this display at the grocery store TWO WEEKS AGO, but evidently their marketing people knew something I didn't...

7.  ...FROST is being predicted for my fair state by the weekend, maybe.  In fact, our overnight temperature Thursday night is supposed to dip into the 40s.  Wednesday after work I'm going to have to pull out long sleeved running gear and check to see if my slacks from last year fit me this year.  Not my favorite thing to do.

6. The reason I'm worried about my slacks is that on Monday I had a doctor visit.  It did not go well.  I will not go into details but suffice it to say my metabolism is not functioning at all right now.  Without changing anything I have gained 15 pounds in the last year.  There is much more involved than age and menopause.  My doctor is referring me to a metabolic specialist.  For crying out loud, I deserve a freaking break!!

5.  A couple of Saturdays ago, Mr. Helen wanted to go out for breakfast.  We went to this restaurant which was owned for years and years by the same family who then sold.  It went through several other owners and incarnations and openings and closings and now, the original family has bought it back, reopened it and judging from the parking lot, I'd say they'll do well.  When we opened the menu, I saw they had a Reuben Omelette and knew immediately that's what I'd order. Here's the description: Three freshly prepared farm fresh eggs filled with tender, lean corned beef with Thousand Island dressing, topped with melted Swiss cheese, served with our red bliss home fried potatoes, your choice of white, rye or wheat toast with jelly; served with your choice of coffee or small juice or a small milk.   OK, so they didn't top it with the Swiss, they tucked it inside and that was probably even better.  I couldn't help but think of Biz, who loves all things Reuben! 

4.  You can choose your friends but not your family.  Fish and relatives stink after three days.  That is all.

3. I'm so disappointed.  I had signed up for a Zumba class through our adult education program and got notified yesterday that it has been cancelled.  Boo!

2.  A Facebook friend recently shared this link.  If you have ever worked in an office with an annoying person, this is a must read.  All I have to say is that I wish I was David Thorne.  After you read that, toodle around on that website.  There's a bunch of belly laughing stuff on there.

1.  "What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul." (Yiddish Proverb).  May we all have a day filled with laughter!


  1. I don’t use artifical sweeteners nor do I use agave. If something needs to be sweetened I use the real stuff a.k.a. sugar or honey. I don’t do low fat products either, the real stuff is so much better, I just eat less of it.

    Frost in September? You’re kidding right?
    But this morning I did decide I’m getting my winter running clothes too because in the morning it’s really chilly.

    I’m sorry to hear your doctor’s visit didn’t go well, you sure do deserve a break from all of this.

    You can choose your friends but not your family. Fish and relatives stink after three days. That is all.
    Nothing to add to this one! It’s not without a reason I hardly have contact with my family on both sides (except for the parents).

    Leave you know with a smile from me to you ‘cause it’s time to go home for me: wooohoooooooo!

    Have a great day Helen.

  2. The agave nectar stuff? I'm not surprised. Anything that becomes popular WILL be corrupted by man's greed. I'm waiting for the ax to fall on all the 'organic' stuff out there. I do have some agave and have used it occasionally. I think its less calories than sugar because its sweeter, and I think it doesn't make me want more, but not sure about that. I'm still the queen of splenda, sorry to say. I don't drink or smoke, though. Does that count?

  3. Forgetting to click on the publish button is something I would do Helen!

    I like to use Agave in recipes, it adds a lot of sweetness. I too have read the pros and cons of it and like everything its all about moderation.

    No signs of Fall here at all!

    I saw some Christmas stuff out at Costco yesterday! Really?

    Sorry about the metabolism issues. At least you are seeing someone about it and will get to the bottom (no pun intended) of it soon!

    Laughter is the best medicine...some days I forget that if I just smile, find something to make me laugh and count my blessings I feel much better!

  4. I have used Agave in recipes and sometimes in my oatmeal but I don't use too much at all. I too had read it likely wasn't any better than all the rest of the stuff - it's still processed.

    That reuben omelet sure looked yummy!
    And thanks for that link - I'm going to have some fun looking around :)

  5. Helen, tonight our low temperature is going to be 36 degrees!

    And just READING the description of the reuben omelet has my mouth watering - I'll need to recreate that at home - after I make a reuben soup!

    Shizz, sorry about the doctor visit - hopefully they can get a handle on it - hugs!

  6. Forgot to hit publish - and then were you wondering why you didn't get any comments? Not that I've ever had that happen to me. OK, I have. Twins? :)

    I actually don't use any artificial sweeteners. Sugar or honey for me, but I don't use a lot of that, so when I do, I don't feel guilty.

    I hope "they" figure out what the H is up with your metabolism. Cause somethin' ain't right. :(

  7. #10 is just my favorite.
    Well, that and you quoting Yiddush proverbs.
    I am sorry about your health situation, that sux!

  8. I don't use artificial sweeteners or stevia.

    I also don't think there is really a difference between table sugar, agave, honey, maple syrup or brown rice syrup. They are all sugar and your body treats them as such. Sorry, but any nutritional benefit from honey or molasses isn't going to happen unless you consume large quantities, which isn't good for you (unless you are a bee and that is all you eat).

    Sorry to hear about your metabolism. I think a specialist is a good idea.

  9. I agree about the Agave. When I bought a bottle of it when it first starting becoming popular (2 or 3 years ago), I read the exact same thing about it. May as well use honey or regular sugar. I think the bottle is still in the pantry. I never touched it again.

    Sorry about the doctor visit and metabolism. That really isn't fair. It's one thing if you eat your way to gain 15 pounds, it's totally something else if because your body isn't working right. Maybe they can give you more thyroid medicine. Isn't that suppose to make you lose weight? I read that somewhere when I thought my thyroid nodules might mean my thyroid had stopped working (it hadn't, I just eat too much).

  10. The temps dropped quickly here too, and you can feel that cooler undertemp in the air that is here to stay. This summer was much too short, but I am almost ready to embrace fall.

    Reuben anything is delightful. Yum.

    My husband LOVES David Thorne's website; he says "He is an absolute JERK but he is unbelievably funny about it." So true!