Inspired by allyo, I have jumped back on the cult bandwagon. When I was nursing constantly, the cult worked really well for me because I got an extra ten points each day. I was eating plenty, I was perfectly happy with what I was eating, and I was rarely hungry. Sounds great! but the deal when you're nursing is that you get those ten extra points! There's no scaling back as your little one nurses less, you just get ten extra points. Can you see I was a little fixated on those ten points? They were great.
But now that the lentil only nurses once each day, and perhaps someday soon will nurse even less, I've started gaining weight again. I am such a sucker for those dang chocolate cookies! Gah! (this is supposed to sound a little like Napolean Dynamite. just so you too can hear the voices in my head.)
So I am back on the cult. This time, I'm working the core plan. Here I have so many foods I can select and eat sensibly from. It's a good list. Any list that includes unlimited supply of avocado is a good list. Yes, I know I'm supposed to eat sensibly, and only to where I'm full but not sated. So what. I could only eat avocado all day, and then I would be full but not sated and still eating unlimited avocado.
But that's the problem. I know the cult well now, and I know how to cheat. I know a little too well. I know that the foods we eat are made up of ingredients, and frequently I can justify why a decidedly non-core item is really a core item, it just didn't make it on the correct list. For example, millet. We have a lot of millet left over from when we ground up the lentil's breakfast cereal and really cared about what he put into his body. What do you do with a bag of millet? Even though the cult tells me that millet is worth something ridiculous like 4 points a serving, I decided that whoever made that designation doesn't really understand what kind of millet we're serving here. this isn't some processed, chain-store, bleached and additive-laden millet we're eating. We're eating organic millet, cooked in the way of the rice that is brown. It says on the instructions that it takes 40 minutes to cook. The rice that is brown also takes 40 minutes to cook. The millet is not super hulled, much like the rice that is brown is not hulled. Rice of the brown family is considered a whole grain, and therefore is a core food. Our granola-crunchy organic millet? I grant thee honorary core status.
That's how it works.
So yesterday, as I was making my ill-fated "vegan" brownies (I forgot the eggs) I reminded myself that these just aren't so good for the cult diet. But then I started thinking about it. What are they made of, anyway? a little oil? maybe some flour and eggs? Eggs are core. So they can't count in the whole points calculation (never mind the fact that my brownies didn't have eggs at all), and the flour I'm sure was meant to be whole grain. It just got sifted funny. As I thought of this I saw myself in the future. Not too far in the future, just like 28 minutes in the future. I saw myself in 28 minutes, chocolate smeared all over my face, fingernails brown and caked with brownie crumbs, looking up from my just baked tray and saying defensively, "what?! It's core!"
But I mistakenly omitted the eggs and ended up with something resembling chocolate brittle instead. It's yummy, but not nearly as binge-able as a big tray of brownies. Sweets spent about an hour last night scraping the muck out of the dish and salvaging whatever he could for his chocolatey treat, but I ate maybe a tablespoon-full of the stuff. It was good, but it wasn't the same.
If you only eat a tablespoon-full, then can it be core?
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