February 27, 2008

Braces and Chocolate Chips

I took Bones to the orthodontist today. Bad news is… he genetically inherited part of my mouth. The good news is early orthodontics will take care of most of the problem. No pulling teeth and braces for 3 years like when I was a kid.

The bad news is he starts head gear at night on Tuesday. The good news is this first phase of head gear and braces will only last a year.

The bad news is he will whine a lot and I’m bracing myself for that. (No pun intended.) The good news is… well. Hmmm. I’m not past bribing him to get him to comply and to stop whining… and if that means lots of milk shakes and smoothies… I’m game.

Speaking of milk shakes, I have not cheated since I started the ‘no sugar’ for Lent. I have lost 4 pounds. That is the only positive in this whole thing.

I am fantasizing about food. Homemade chocolate chip cookies to be exact. Fresh out of the oven. Everyone else will be breaking into their Easter baskets on Easter morning and I’ll be making chocolate chip cookies for breakfast.

And lunch.

And probably dinner.

People have asked me, “So do you have more energy?”

No. Not at all. As a matter of fact, I feel lethargic at times and the grapes just aren’t doing it. I truly miss refined sugar. I’ve tried all sorts of fruit and nothing is a substitute in any way shape for form for… chocolate.

Or any other carb.

Overall, I honestly don’t crave it. The only time I had a tough time was when I had to make a chocolate cake with my homemade chocolate buttercream icing. We had to take the cake somewhere and I said to my husband, “The cake gets eaten there or thrown away. It does NOT come home.”

And yeah, I did take a taste of the icing. It was too much… but it was one little taste and I don’t feel bad for it.

The kids asked for breakfast for dinner tonight as their Dad was out. I made bacon, scrambled eggs with cheese and ham, blueberry crepes and waffles… and did not feel the urge to cheat at all.

But those chocolate chip cookies… hot out of the oven… are all I can frickin’ think about.

Easter morning. They’re mine.

Posted by Boudicca at February 27, 2008 09:54 PM | TrackBack

Talking of cakes, look what I found for Easter!


Am very much looking forward to making Easter dinner now!

Posted by: Peggy U at February 27, 2008 10:06 PM

Can you come to my house and make that?! And I want when you cut it, that it gushes out chocolate, like those little cakes in the ramikins.

That would be AWESOME. And vanilla ice cream on the side. Maybe some strawberries...

Food Fantasies. It's becoming a problem...

Posted by: Bou at February 27, 2008 10:22 PM

Baked 18 dozen cookies last night. I had...one half of one cookie. But no lie, in my dreams, there were plates of cookies everywhere in the background. So, yeah, I get it.

Oh, and I have been gifted with the best dark chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. You know I'm not a dark chocolate lover and these were fantastic! I'll send you the recipe on Easter morning......

Posted by: Tammi at February 28, 2008 08:05 AM

I made oatmeal walnut coconut cookies yesterday. No chocolate.

Giving up chocolate has been so much more difficult than giving up blogging. I'd no idea how much it was a part of my DAILY life! If I had to give up refined sugar as well... just shoot me.

By Easter evening I'll probably be sick to death of chocolate, or at least I plan to be... :)

Posted by: pam at February 28, 2008 09:15 AM

It's about this time of Lent that I start to have major problems with not eating chocolate.

And yes on Easter I usually am sick by noon because of all the chocolate I shovel into my mouth. I think my family has a pool every year to see when I will get sick.

It's nice to see other people suffering with me during Lent through, usually it's just me.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at February 28, 2008 09:24 AM

I've been eating fit & healthy since last May - have lost 35 pounds so far. My cravings have changed significantly. While I still fervently believe that chocolate is nature's perfect food - I crave things like hard boiled eggs now.

Bou - try increasing your protein intake whilst on your Lenton Fast. It might help with the lethargy. Try some Kashi cereal or my beloved hard boiled eggs. Even protein powder in skim milk with some fresh fruit would be good.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at February 28, 2008 10:05 AM

honestly not trying to be mean (I've given up chocolate for lent multiple times.. its HARD! ) but if you want chocolate lava cake on easter, this recipe is really good and really easy... I always bake it in coffee mugs.


Posted by: S at February 28, 2008 04:44 PM

I'm so glad I'm a Baptist. No lent!

Posted by: Sugar Britches at February 28, 2008 07:43 PM

Good God, S. Holy crap. I saved it in my favorites... I'm dying.

Posted by: Bou at February 28, 2008 10:31 PM

Both of my girls are going through orthodontics and both had to wear the nightly head gear. The whining came and went and actually they did pretty okay with it!

I hope you both have similar luck!

Posted by: Richmond at February 29, 2008 09:29 AM