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A Double Blog

My apologies, friends, for missing TWO WEEKS of Blogs! First, there was a surprise trip to see the Eclipse; then there was a whole group of chaos-es, and finally, I must report, that the first draft of my book “The Sane Food Solution” went off for revision.

The eclipse was wonderful; my husband and I had not been away, probably since the pandemic, and it was so nice to have that time and space and an incredibly magnificent eclipse to watch.  I have been writing and thinking about writing this book for more than twenty years so, I am glad to have begun.

What made me begin? Why you did, of course. Writing the book led me to look at self-care papers I had saved for blogs. And one of them pointed out that the core of the recovery process needed to be at the center of our lives, not tacked on at the end.  For me to put my recovery first, then, means for me to be looking at what is best for me to be doing TODAY in the next HOUR, not worrying, and dreaming about the things that are past and the things that are to come. And it means I stop grieving over what I didn’t do right and start looking at what I need to do now, today, in this situation.

I am one of those people who seems destined and determined to put the needs of someone else and some other situation ahead of my own; then I sacrifice myself and my needs for that other thing.  Hmmmm, and my next question will be how to BALANCE these things when they conflict, as they surely will.

So, I get to enjoy the eclipse, deal with the necessary and unending chaos,  and come back here to tell you how good it is.

Three weeks ago, I said there would be a third chapter on weighing and measuring, and one on boundaries. So, let’s get to that.


Blessings to you,

 Theresa

The Next Blog

So, we have been talking about weighing and measuring for two blogs now, and there are just a couple more things I find I need to add, because they have been bugging my brain for the last three weeks.

Are you measuring your abstinent food to abstinent amounts? And what if you are eating not-abstinent foods? Why I want you to weigh and measure them too.

If your food plan says 4 ounces protein, and you weigh your portions consistently to 8 ounces protein that is important information for you to have. And if you skip or scrimp on your allowed fats, that will have consequences too.  So, weighing and measuring helps you see the truth of what is really going on.

For every food plan I write, I calculate the calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrate I am using. Different people have different reactions to the portions of different nutrients in the diet. We need to be careful that we are giving your body what the body needs.

If you try to stop processed foods there may be a few rough days.  You may struggle.  And I can tell you from watching 1,000s of detoxes and relapses and long-term success stories that 100% abstinence is 100% EASIER than “dabbling” with 95% abstinence and guessing how it will affect you.  If you are not sure that a food is “good enough” to be in your food plan, set it aside until you are fully abstinent for a time. Then, when you try it, you will be able to tell the difference.

And one more thing – just a table to tell you a bit about measuring:

Think about the old joke “Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?” The joke being that they weigh the same, but will visually appear to have very different volumes. A cup of lettuce will weigh less than a cup of raw carrots, and a cup of cooked carrots will weigh a different amount than a cup of raw carrots. This is because cooking food changes its weight.  A cup of cooked vegetables will weigh more than a cup of the same vegetables raw because vegetables shrink and gain weight when they cook. Be clear whether the food is to be weighed or measured cooked or uncooked.  Measuring by weight often avoids confusion and eliminates inconsistencies.

There is a difference between FLUID OUNCES and WEIGHT OUNCES.

FLUID OUNCES measure the VOLUME of something and are similar to teaspoons, Tablespoons, cups, pints, gallons, milliliters and liters.  WEIGHT OUNCES measures the WEIGHT of something and are similar to pounds and grams.  You cannot mix volume and weight measurements. One CUP of any food will WEIGH more or less than 1 CUP of any other food.  Choose whether you are going to weigh OR measure a particular food and do it consistently for that food.

Eight ounces (weight) of something will not be 8 fluid ounces (volume) or 1 cup.

VOLUME MEASUREMENTS
Pinch or Dash Less than 1/8 teaspoon  
3 teaspoons 1 Tablespoon 15 ml
2 Tablespoons 1 fluid ounce 30 ml
4 Tablespoons ¼ Cup or 2 fluid ounces 60 ml
8 Tablespoons ½ Cup or 4 fluid ounces 118.3 ml
12 Tablespoons ¾ Cup 180 ml
16 Tablespoons 1 Cup 240 ml
1 Cup ½ Pint 8 fluid ounces 240 ml
2 Cup 1 pint or 16 fluid ounces 480 ml
4 Cups 1 Gallon or 128 fluid ounces 960 ml
 
WEIGHT MEASUREMENTS
1 ounce 1/16 Pound 30 grams
4 ounces ¼ pound 115 grams
8 ounces ½ pound 230 grams
12 ounces ¾ pound 340 grams
1 Pound 16 ounces 454 grams

 

I knew you would love this!

Blessings to you,

Theresa

6 Responses to A Double Blog

  1. Judi May 12, 2024 at 3:20 pm #

    Thnx so much for teaching us and caring so much for us. U r a blessing to all

    • H. Theresa Wright May 13, 2024 at 4:56 pm #

      Thank you. You are right. I do care. Theresa

  2. Christine Filippini May 13, 2024 at 1:23 pm #

    Thank you!  I am looking forward to reading your book.

    • H. Theresa Wright May 13, 2024 at 4:55 pm #

      Wonderful! I hope you love it! Theresa

  3. Emmie Itterly May 14, 2024 at 1:58 pm #

    Thank you Theresa! I enjoy the blog very much.

    I’d also like to mention that it’s very difficult to read the blog. The tan background and tan/white font don’t have enough contrast. I can’t read what is written in white font at all.

    Best,

    • H. Theresa Wright May 14, 2024 at 11:51 pm #

      I am so glad you like the blog. We are working on the presentation problems.
      Theresa

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