things of note

I’m sorry to have left you with my unending hatred of Splenda all weekend.  I am still torn between feeling grateful that dieting people have a no-calorie sweetener alternative and being annoyed at the companies marketing chemical additives to the unsuspecting public.  But, whatever, it’s their choice, not mine.

Speaking of sweetener alternatives, apparently stevia will now be marketed officially as a sugar substitute, under the name “Truvia”.  I find it ironic that in order to market stevia they also added erythritol, but I guess it’s also a natural sugar substitute?  I wonder what percentage of Truvia is actually stevia.  If anyone tries it, please let me know how it tastes.  If you tell me it tastes exactly like sugar, though, I’m going to call you a liar.

Speaking of diets, I am horrible at diets.  While I’m good at self-control, I don’t like the idea of certain foods being off-limits.  I also don’t really eat a lot of snack and junk food, so when most diets start off by telling you to just cut out your daily snack of two cookies, I don’t really have that.  I think this means that when my jeans start to get a little tight, my only real option is to start burning more calories.  I actually did 30 days of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, to see if you could really get all fit in 30 days, just doing 20-minute workouts.  I did more or less the full month of workouts, but I certainly didn’t alter my eating habits.  I think I lost 5 pounds… I don’t think I lost any real inches.  Her videos are pretty convenient, though, since they’re all about 20-25 minutes long.  If I can find time to squeeze in a half an hour of exercise, I think anyone can.  Plus, 20 minutes of exercise is better than none!  What I don’t enjoy, though, are her random burst of hilarious laughter.  It doesn’t make sense… it’s kind of like she’s just cracking herself up thinking about how much money she’s making hopping around for 20 minutes for a DVD.  Anyway, if you’re looking for an exercise video to add to your collection, I’d recommend any of hers (like the ones from her Biggest Loser set).  I started with renting some from Blockbuster.  Netflix probably has them, too.

I am also pretty sure that I will forever be stocking my kitchen with cornmeal and eggs.  I made a batch of polenta (or whatever you call the polenta-ish stuff that is made with simple lowly cornmeal) and then spent the week eating leftover polenta, leftover cooked veggies, and a fried egg for dinner.  It’s so perfect.  First, it takes no time at all because you’re just reheating food plus frying an egg.  Second, there is no better food than something coated in runny egg yolk.  Third, well, it’s just delicious and so easy.  For the rest of my life, if I’m ever at a loss for what to have for dinner, I’m just going to make polenta and a fried egg.  Chances are, there will be something else in the house that can be added to that.  Except, maybe not Spam.

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