September 13, 2011

What Is the Worst Thing to Come out of Greece, Other than Their Economy?

I'm back to eating healthy after my very bad no good summer. One cannot subside on doughnuts alone, although I'd sure as hell like to try.

For breakfast I eat an egg, one slice of whole wheat low cal toast and a cup of coffee. Every snack after that, about every 2-3 hours, I keep at 100 calories, until I get to my main meal. I eat a LOT of fresh vegetables.

My brother in law, my husband's younger brother, is a health nut. He has the potential to have my father in law's build, a man that was 5'6" and weighed 280 at the peak, and he is ever vigilant to stave off the health problems Pop had. So my bil works out all the time, lifts weights, and is constantly reading about health foods, protein, lean meats... etc.

If you were to see him, you'd be amazed at what great shape he's in... probably the most fit 47 year old man I know. He is dedicated...

So when I have a health food question, I ask him, and being also crazy smart, he always goes into some sort of dissertation about amino acids, and on and on, to which I hear, 'blah blah blah', until he gets to the part I need to know... what I need to eat and why.

(I'm getting to a funny story. I promise.)

I'm also back in the gym. I'm lifting light weight, running on the elliptical, walking in the neighborhood, and riding a stationery bike to round it out. I do about 30-45 minutes of cardio, with light weights after. I lost a lot of muscle mass in the Spring and I'd like to bring it back.

To the story...

We were in the kitchen for family dinner and my bil inquired about my work outs. (He always asks and is sincere. We compare notes.) I said, "I read that eating Greek Yogurt is really good for you, so I've been eating one for a mid morning snack. It's 110 calories, not too much, and my body is handling it well. Do you think the fact I get it with fruit already in it is bad?"

He said, "Nah, but it's not the best for you. The best is buying it plain and adding your own..."

I finished if off and bought 6 little cups of plain vanilla Greek yogurt. And a peach.

Yesterday morning I sliced up my peach and poured the yogurt on it. I took a bite and...


... fought the urge to spew it all over. I managed to choke it down and I txt'd my bil and I swear this is how it went.

Me: I just took a bite of yogurt with fruit and I'm trying really really hard not to puke.

Bil: Oh yeah. I can't eat it like that; it's gross.


Me: Wait. You told me this is how to eat it!

Bil: I can't. I turn it into a shake.

So here I thought this is the way HE ate it, instead he converts his into a frickin' shake? And being the cheap Scot that I am, I decided that I WILL finish those other five cups.

This morning I decided it just needed more fruit. I would drown it in fruit. I was in the kitchen at work washing my peach and strawberries when some of the guys walked in. I told them about my bil and the fiasco the day before when one of them said, "And... you think the strawberries is going to... help?"

I said, "Good Lord, I'm hoping. It's all I can do to choke this crap down..."

Back in my cube, strawberries, peaches, yogurt, mixed together, I took a bite and... my body started to rebel. Something deep in my brain was screaming, 'POISON!'

I walked out of my cube, mouth closed, teeth clenched, over to where the guys were (two cubes down) and stood there. One of them said, "The strawberries didn't work... I can tell..." I shook my head no, grimaced and swallowed.

I told them, "I think it needs chocolate..."

Tomorrow I'm adding blueberries. I have four more of those crappy little cups to eat...

Posted by Boudicca at September 13, 2011 09:35 PM

Healthy for you? Maybe. But a lot of what I've read says it's best to eat foods that look like the original unprocessed, natural food. A seed. A fruit. A dead critter. Yogurt looks like something that spewed out of one end or the other of an infant. -:) I'll pass.

Posted by: George P at September 13, 2011 10:56 PM

D - I can't do yogurt. At all. I finally realized that my Asian heritage won't let me eat spoiled milk. Go lo-carb. Way easier. Avoid the "white" carbs - potato, rice, flour, sugar. Don't worry about fat. Oh, and don't fret over little "hidden" carbs like in ketchup, BBQ sauce, and so forth. I've lost so much, people at work are worrying about me. (I don't weigh myself, so have no idea how much I am down.)

But yogurt? Ugh. No way. Spoiled milk, is what that is.... YMMV

Posted by: kay at September 13, 2011 11:01 PM

You might try adding some honey. Honey is actually good for you moderation. Probably the yogurts you were buying with the fruit already mixed in also had some kind of sweetener. Also, chocolate syrup is good too. We use Fox's U-Bet brand. It's kinda hard to find, but it's good...and fat free. And chocolate is supposed to be good for you too...or at least, that's what they're saying for now!

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at September 13, 2011 11:05 PM

Try bacon! :)

Posted by: Graumagus at September 14, 2011 04:49 AM

Poptart... I'm telling you a poptart would go well with it. hahahahaha.... or use it like sour cream. I did. Works well.

Posted by: vwbug at September 14, 2011 04:51 AM

I read this stuff is great for your digestive system! I don't know.

Bonus for me, it was a FOUR cup pack and not a SIX, so I only have this morning and tomorrow and it's done. Someone did tell me to try honey and I might go that route.

I'm surprised my body isn't upset by it since I'm lactose intolerant for the most part. I only drink lactose free milk. Otherwise I feel awful...

Poptarts I could do... bacon? Not so much! *shudder* Heh

Posted by: Bou at September 14, 2011 06:07 AM

You had me at 'doughnuts'. I WISH.

I eat yogurt but never tried Greek... thanks for the warning! ;)

Posted by: pam at September 14, 2011 06:35 AM

I eat plain yogurt with a quarter cup of old fashioned, a quarter cup of dried cranberries and 2 T chopped walnuts for breakfast a few times a week. It took a while to get used to, but now I love it.

Greek yogurt, on the other hand, is the devil. It even tastes like the devil. I agree, worst thing to come out of Greece. Just throw it away. No amount of chocolate will ever make that taste good...

Posted by: Jody at September 14, 2011 07:02 AM

I hate active cultures. I can't get past the "active" part. It's a mental thing.

And a taste thing; I hate the taste of yogurt.

I recently obtained coupons for free activia greek yogurt, and so came home from publix with the freebies. I forced myself to choke them down at work as a snack, but I will never, ever, ever, ever buy it. Blech. Absolutely dreadful.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at September 14, 2011 08:38 AM

No question.
When your mouth goes numb after the first bite, the rest is no problem...

Posted by: Versatek6 at September 14, 2011 10:47 AM

I even make my own Greek style yogurt (it's just thicker than regular yogurt). Plain yogurt doesn't have any sugar - THAT's what will fix it. Just put a little sugar in with your fruit - it won't be so horrible to add a little'll taste great.

Posted by: Suze at September 14, 2011 12:24 PM

I've been eating the Greek yogurts, too. Found one that was 'Key Lime'. With vanilla wafers or graham's almost like pie.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 14, 2011 09:56 PM

Live in Southern California and there is a brand of yogurt here called Brown Cow. They have a plain flavor that is called creamy top. This is the only plain yogurt that I have tasted that is more than palatable, it is actually delicious.

Posted by: Jim at September 14, 2011 11:39 PM

I just about spewed red wine all over my keyboard. That is the funniest thing I've read in weeks. And I love yoghurt.

Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: Calvin A at September 16, 2011 09:25 PM

Use the cups and make the shakes. I did smoothies when I was unemployed.

Plain yogurt (I like Dannon and Yoplat) add fruit and juice, blend and wala a shake. It was yummy and adding in exercise I lost 10 pounds in one summer, then gained it back during winter and lost 15 the next spring only to gain it back in winter. You can subsitute milk or other liquid in place of the juice.

I think I see a cycle here hmmmmmm

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 19, 2011 11:55 AM

Or you could just use the plain greek yogurt, cut the peach (or whatever fruit) throw in blender then it's blended, could be better that way.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 19, 2011 11:56 AM