Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

The last time I made banana cake pops, I forgot to add in the sugar. The funny thing is, nobody noticed! That's right. They were missing 1.5 cups of sweetener, but were only slightly not sweet enough. That's probably because I had an extra 1.5 cups of mushed bananas, which are plenty sweet.

This time I did a better job, adjusted some of the quantities, made some different substitutions, and I think the result was orgasmic. If I do say so myself.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cake Pop Land Revisited

The last time I posted about cake pops, I was having issues with my cake pop maker. I couldn't get round cake pops! Well, I just wasn't ready to give up so I noodled on it a bit and had this thought: why would tons of people have no trouble getting round cake pops while a small minority just can't get round ones no matter what they do? What could be different between their cake pop makers?

My answer: how hot they get!

I figured we all had the same size holes and we were using the same recipes (as many were using the ones from the book or just using a box of cake mix). So heat seemed to be the only variable. I figured the quality control on these things can't be that great -- mine only cost $9 after all -- and, if mine wasn't heating up enough, then the cake wasn't being baked enough and it would not be done rising when I took the pops out. Plus, some of those pops did seem a bit underdone.

So I started cooking my pops longer and longer until I was cooking them 7-8 minutes instead of the recommended 5-6 minutes and - voila! -- round cake pops.

I got so excited that I went on a cake pop making spree. Whee!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Changing my beliefs

I decided to finish off posting about the "50 Tips" from "The Rules of Normal Eating" by Dr. Karen Koenig that I started just over two years ago. So I fired up the document and looked at the next section called "Beliefs to Change". This is something I was excited to write about because it's something I've been thinking about lately. But then I read the beliefs we are supposed to change and what we are supposed to change them to and, for a number of reasons, they bugged.

Starting with:

From "I need to diet to lose weight" to "Diets don't work long-term"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Our endless quest for perfection

I see a lot of people, especially women, online and in real life, who are constantly beating themselves up about their weight or their looks or both. This distresses me because so much of it is completely unnecessary and because it's so mean. Yes, they are being mean to themselves, but it's still being mean. I don't think it helps and I've always suspected it actually makes things worse.

Then, one of the nuggets I read during Fat Talk Free Week said that women who talk negatively about their bodies are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors. So it seems that I was right in my suspicion: Beating ourselves up and striving for an unattainable state of perfection isn't "holding ourselves to high standards" (which is how I used to justify this behavior to myself) and it actually makes it harder to improve!

I think everyone has to be honest with themselves about how much they are willing to do to manage their weight. How much they are willing to exercise. How much they are willing to deprive themselves of treats. How much they are willing to follow the rules. How much they are willing to put up with hunger. Some people are willing to do quite a lot and some people aren't willing to do much at all.

Once you figure out what you are willing to do, then you have to accept the weight this leaves you at.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Eating butter didn't give Paula Deen diabetes

There's been a lot in the news a few months ago about Paula Deen going public as having Type II diabetes. I have to say, in spite of often agreeing with the substance of these articles (I think the way she chose to handle things is indicative of much that is wrong with our culture and with maintream medicine), I find myself being exasperated by a lot of these articles. That's because they almost always end with something along the lines of:
Butter is bad for you? Who knew?!
Because everyone knows that butter is bad for you. I mean eating too much saturated fat gives you Type II Diabetes, right?

Um, no.

US Nats: Wrap-up

I didn't want to leave people hanging but it's almost a month since US Nats were in town and I haven't written about the Mens, Pairs Championships or the Exhibition. Which means I'm probably not going to.

I do have a few things to say.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

US Nats: Championship Ladies

It's been over a week since the US Figure Skating Championships ended and the Exhibitions have finally been shown on TV so I guess it's pretty clear that I'm not going to finish detailed reports on the rest of the Championship events. That's okay. There are plenty of bloggers covering the Senior levels; I much prefer giving some attention to the younger kids.

 Which is not to say that I haven't got thoughts on these events. I always have thoughts! So here's a quick wrap-up of the Ladies, with Pairs and Mens to follow hopefully by the end of the week.