I get daily informative and motivational e-mails from SparkPeople. This morning I read more about probiotic yogurt here.
Dairy products with added 'good' bacteria aid digestion. As I've aged, my digestive system has become quite a bit less, um, efficient. so I'm looking for every available advantage. Unfortunately, the widely advertised probiotic yogurt – Dannon Activia – is laced with sugar. Fructose is the fourth ingredient, and sugar is the fifth. If and when I do eat sugar, it had better be in something that tastes better than grocery-store yogurt.
I've weaned myself off flavored yogurt entirely, and now prefer the plain variety, which I mix with wheat germ and sliced almonds as a sanck. The non-fat kind available at the supermarket is okay, but there's something about the texture that's a little off-putting to me. Especially since I've had the pleasure of eating good yogurt at a Middle Eastern restaurant.
My daughter-in-law gave me a two-pound tub of good, Greek-style, Byblos-brand yogurt last weekend. I'm in yogurt heaven. While it has more calories, because it's full-fat, it tastes so good and is so filling that I've had it for dinner twice this week. And since I'll be gone over the weekend, and the expiration date on the package is tomorrow, I'll be enjoying it today, as well.
It's not a low-carb food, at 20 grams per 8-ounce serving. I recently switched my eDiet plan from a low glycemic-index one to their so-called 'Atkins Nutritional Approach,' and yogurt is not on the menu. You know what? I don't care! Now, if I were eating brownies instead of plain yogurt, I'd surely get in trouble, but somehow I can justify having yogurt instead of yet another grilled chicken salad.
All in all, I'm enjoying this new-to-me plan. The higher protein content really does fill me up. I have a couple scrambled eggs with either Canadian bacon or low-fat cheese in the morning, and I don't think about lunch until well after noon – sometimes 1 or 2 o'clock! That's when I eat a salad, topped with either grilled chicken, chicken salad or tuna salad. I haven't missed fruit so far, and am supplementing my diet with both a multivitamin and extra vitamin C.
It seems to be working, as my daily weigh-in shows a two-pound loss this week already. I'll be eating in restaurants all weekend, though, so we'll see if I can hold onto it for my official Monday-morning weigh-in.
I started one of the baby sweaters last night. [No, I'm not finished with the cable border for the Seville Jacket. Yes, I'm mightily bored with it. I'm guessing I have about a yard more to do.] The sweater is a simple cream-colored cardigan with some rose-and-green Fair-Isle patterning at the lower edge. I'm doing the back and both fronts all at once, and will separate them at the underarm, then join the shoulders and side seams and pick up stitches around the armsceye and work the sleeves down from the shoulder. I found a nice jade green for the accent color on the boy twin's version. I'm not using a published pattern, but I might write this up as a freebie when I'm finished. It's going quickly on size 6 needles.
I also am going to make one of these Bunny Blanket Buddies, to see if I like it well enough to make more. I don't have any of the yarn called for, but I found something soft and cushy in the yarn closet that will substitute well.
I wonder if Beth will ever be back? There's quite a big void in the weight-loss blog world since she quit posting.