Saturday, January 14, 2012

Another Update, and Lentil Soup

Second blog post for today :)

I finally feel like my brain has turned back on. As of this afternoon, after a lunch of turkey sausage and celery, it's like the bulb went back on instead of flickering on and off like it's been the past four days. I think my brain was fried from extreme stress. I wish I could tell you what was/is going on with one of my kids; then you'd understand. But I respect his privacy so I won't say more. I think anyone would lose it dealing with this kind of thing. The last time I was this stressed was back when I had the cervical cancer scare with a LEEP surgery. Yikes. Talk about stress. I guess it is a natural response to stress, but I hate the feeling that I am not running on all cylinders and my brain is shorting out! The migraines were awful and there was a recall on Excedrin this week, meaning I had nothing in the house that I could take to quell the pain. I am much better now, no pain medicine needed!

Scale still says 200. I think my body likes to get stuck here for some reason.

Doing Plan B today and going back to A for the rest of the month tomorrow. I am making a pot of delicious lentil soup for dinner! Easy:

3 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
3/4 cup dry lentils
1 stalk of celery with leaves, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
3/4 cup of canned diced tomatoes and their juice (5g carbs or less per half cup)
1 teaspoon olive oil
a few shakes of thyme and a few grinds of black pepper

Throw it all in the crock pot, give it a stir, and cook it all day on low. I give mine a stir halfway through cooking. Add sea salt to taste at the end. Partially puree with a stick blender if you like a thicker texture.

Makes 6 servings:
70 calories
1 g fat
6 g protein
14.5 g carbs
6.5 g fiber

Yummy, soothing, nourishing, and not as high in carbs as I had imagined. This even fits into my plan B and allows me to keep my calories and carbs low.

The sun is shining outside and that brightens my mood even more! And now I am going to watch my daughter practice ballet and help my son with algebra while the old dog naps and the pup chews her bone.


lisa~sunshine said...

Enjoy your weekend.. I'm glad your feeling better..

Anonymous said...

There's not much harder, more fear-provoking, and heart-aching than our kids having trouble. The older they are, the more helpless we feel. Tough stuff.

And, yes, the brain shuts down as a self-protective response. People often describe it as feeling as though they were drugged.

Nice to hear the lift in your spirits.


Anonymous said...

Came by to see how you were Lyn. Sorry about your son's circumstance and I completely understand respecting his privacy. You are doing awesome!

I heart lentil soup. Lentils rock.

I'm keeping you in my thoughts this weekend.

Thrice Blessed said...

:( Sorry you're going through all this stress, but glad your headache went away. I hope the stress lessens soon.

Greta @ Staying Lost said...

So sorry to hear about the stress of your son's situation. Your lentil soup looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

it is good you eventually get better,,,
lentil soup is one of my favorite dishes to add more protein to my diet, try to add some ground cumin it is amazing and helps in controlling "side effects" of lentils :)

try to make lentil salad some day it is a great choice also for protein and vegetables...

keep up the good work