Brussels are Back!

Thanks for all your comments on my last post about Comparing Yourself to Others. So many of us do it!

I challenge you: the next time you find yourself checking someone else out to compare yourself to them – Stop, name three great qualities about yourself and move on.

I made myself buy broccoli instead of Brussel Sprouts last week. And I did enjoy the broccoli – it’s great to roast too, plus there are more options for adding it to recipes and eating it raw.

But, I am very happy that Brussel Sprouts are back! I roasted them up with half an onion and had it with leftovers. Yes, I ate half an onion with dinner, sorry Ben!

I also ate the last of the Tofu Taco filling with cheddar cheese and used a taco shell to scoop it up.IMG_5575

While I was cooking dinner I had a few bites of Ben’s Chinese food and carrots with hummus. Last week I kept a notebook of my eats and it really made me aware of all my undocumented eats. But, I forgot yesterday and today and realized there were a lot more random bites. I’m going to continue for at least a month or two so I can learn about my habits and be more aware of the mindless eating.

I babysat after school today and while I was there enjoyed some blueberries and Chex Mix.IMG_5572

I brought this HFCS filled yogurt to eat there too, but ended up saving it for after dinner. I was very surprised by the bright pink color! I actually have never had good Red Velvet Cake, so I can’t tell you if it tasted like it. But, I would suspect not. I topped it with trail mix for added enjoyment :)IMG_5578

Overall this choice was a FAIL because HFCS totally affects my blood sugar and makes me want to grab handfuls of sugar and go to town. I don’t know if it’s just in my head, but it happens even before I realize something has HFCS (example: Fiber One bars, which I really wish I could eat, but also make me want to eat 73 more!).

Now that my ITB Syndrome is diagnosed I’m super excited to start healing and moving forward. I’m tempted to visit, but I’ll try to resist until I have a better idea of my recovery time :)

Now I have got to go – LOST is on!!!


  1. says

    Yay for Lost!!!

    That depresses me that you have never had a good Red Velvet Cake. Have you been to Georgetown Cupcake? They have one in Georgetown and Bethesda and are supposed to have an amazing Red Velvet Cupcake (which I totally plan on trying when I go up there in April!)

  2. says

    I don’t think I’ve ever had good red velvet cake either. I don’t really know what that means though. I’ve made it but apparently it’s the “real” red velvet cake.

    Sugar/HFCS gets to me too. When I don’t have it, I don’t want it. When I have even the tiniest amount, I can’t seem to stop. For right now, I’m avoiding added sweeteners.

    Ahh Lost is back on!

  3. Kellie says

    I journal all my food and it does seem obsessive, but I really can see what and when I eat. I also am too lazy to want to write down one bite of something, so I just don’t eat it.
    You have to get a red velvet cupcake. My favorite!

  4. says

    I wish my dining hall had brussels on the salad bar line :-( Broccoli isn’t a bad fall back, though
    I wish that yogurt were so much more natural; otherwise I’d be all over it. I used to LIVE off the boston creme pie

  5. says

    I keep a notebook of my eats and have on and off for years now. I really, really like having a reference for my eating habits. I use mine mostly to see what is lacking in my diet-so if I’m not getting enough veggies, milk, etc. It’s really helpful.

  6. says

    I am really glad you mentioned having a ‘notebook of your eats’. I used to do this back in the day (and lost 25 lbs mind you) and you’re so right- you don’t realize the small things that you forget about or don’t realize add up. I think I will join you in logging my eats. This will help with my blog as well, as I don’t note everything right now and notice many people do.

    Thanks for a great idea! :)

    ~Christie (

  7. says

    Is it bad if you look at someone and name things that you are better than that person? I tend to do both. I tend to look at someone and point out the obvious great qualities they have and then look at someone else and point out in my head the not so great qualities. And then think about how I feel about myself hah. That sounds cocky!

  8. says

    Its amazing how bright in color some of those yogurts are! It looks so fake…but I always get sucked in my the flavors (strawberry cheese cake, coconut cream pie…).

    I hope you enjoyed LOST. Ours is saved on the DVR for Friday night….we are such nerds!

  9. says

    I actually have managed to train my taste buds not to like flavored yogurt. Now I’m not happy if it isn’t plain greek yogurt. I’m amazed at myself.

  10. says

    I think keeping a notebook is a great way to keep track!

    I love lost but think there’s something wrong with me when I tell friends I already have plans for Tuesdays…

  11. says

    I’ve been keeping a food notebook since New Years and I think it’s definitely helping. It makes you accountable, you know? I’m a lot less likely to eat that candy bar knowing I have to write it down. When I first started I was SHOCKED by how high my calories were–and that was after cutting back on the eating! Now even on days I go higher than I’d like I think about how much higher it could have been and feel a bit better.

    Red Velvet is my favorite. I make cupcakes from a recipe I found on that are really good. Or Cheesecake Factory has Red Velvet Cheesecake–layers of RV cake and cheesecake. It is sinfully delicious…I had to spread it out over 4 days to ease the guilt of eating it :)

  12. says

    I love the way that you are so honest about your likes and dislikes. There seem to be so many bloggers that are afraid to say that they had a bad day, or didn’t like something. It’s refreshing to get a someone’s true feelings about food…what’s good, and what’s not so good! :)

  13. says

    In a way, I miss my daily Yoplait, but then I think about Pom Chobani and I don’t miss it anymore! Yoplait does have some fabulous flavors. But, it definitely accelerates my appetite for more and more sugar! Your brussel sprouts always look great, how do you roast them without being mushy?

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