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Do Taste Buds Change?

26 Nov

Ok, I already know that they do, but still I pose the question to you, do they change? Like, for real? And if so, how much? And why? And will they go back? Is it just they get used to things, or trained, and when you change what they are exposed to they adapt therefore making what you used to eat seem unpalatable?

This is a serious concern of mine. It may seem like a stupid concern but it matters to me.

Here is the situation:

I have a sweet tooth, more like a mouth full of sweet teeth lol I like sweets. I looooove pastries! But dessert type things are my favourite, all the time, anytime of day. I will gladly give up all food for a day if it means I can eat a doughnut, or cinnamon bun, or lemon tart, or slice of pie, or or or…basically any dessert.

I have never been that person who is all “I’m scraping the frosting off my piece of cake because it is too sweet” or “I’m not buying a cinnamon bun because there is too much cream cheese icing on it” or “oh wow, isn’t this so sugary?! I can’t eat it” I have never understood when people say stuff like that. Too sugary? Too sweet?? Too much frosting???? Are you from another planet? There can never be too much! The whole reason I always want the corner piece from a cake is because there is more frosting! I pick the cinnamon bun with the most icing. I want the sugar! It’s dessert for heavens sake, it is supposed to be sweet! What is wrong with your tastebuds??

Well tonight, the most distressing thing happened with my tastebuds, I ate and drank two different things and both were gross because…they were too sweet. What?! Oh my gawd did I just say that?! I feel like I need to change my identity and move to another country because I have just written the unspeakable. *ducks head in shame*

I stopped at a Starbucks. Bad idea right there. Now, my fave drink is a chai latte but I thought I’d branch out. Why would I branch out? Because I love pumpkin. What? You mean writing that didn’t immediately fill in the blanks? Weird… 😉 I love pumpkin, it is fall, this means pumpkin flavour stuff is still everywhere, Mmm! I have never ever ordered a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks because, brace for this, I don’t drink coffee, in any form. Ick. I had heard though, if I want the pumpkin flavour get steamed milk with the pumpkin flavouring and I can get my pumpkin sans coffee. Brilliant! Since I got told that I haven’t been in a Starbucks so I thought why not try tonight? So that dear internet is what I ordered *looks around guiltily* crap! fine! I won’t lie to you…that isn’t all I ordered…I also got a chocolate chip cookie *gasp* I know! I know! Horrible! Bad! Stupid move! I have berated myself over it quite enough so rest assured I feel poorly about my well, poor decision, and will work hard to do better in the future. Does that sound apologetic enough? Yeah, I think so. 😉

That steamed pumpkin drink was the most disgusting thing ever! I had it made with soy but it wasn’t the soy that was nasty. It was the pumpkin flavour, it was hideously sweet, as in, I managed 4 tiny sips and called it quits it was that undrinkable. Not only did I not love something pumpkin flavour I also thought something was too sweet! This is unheard of in my world!

This is the dreaded cookie.

This is the dreaded cookie.

The cookie was slightly better. It was a soft chocolate chip cookie that I still can’t figure out why I ordered, the words “I’ll also have a chocolate chip cookie please” just slipped out of my mouth easy-as-you-please and before I could somehow retract them without looking the fool the cookie was in a bag and in my purse. In. My. Purse. Like I had to hide the evidence I bought a cookie. Oh wait, I did. *rolls eyes* I ate it while sitting in my suv in the parkade cause apparently I am in to eating secretly in my vehicle now. Maybe if I eat in my suv the calories don’t count? 😉 The first bite was good, not great, but not horrible. The more I ate though the more I didn’t like it. The chocolate was in too big of chunks, the sweetness level was hurting my teeth (hey, I have sensitive teeth, don’t judge!) but not only that it was almost immediately making my tummy feel not well. Didn’t stop me from eating it though…really wish it had. I know I’ll never be ordering it again because of how icky it made me feel. It was just too sweet. It left me feeling sickly, like I’d eaten a whole bag of halloween candy or something, my stomach hurt, I felt nauseous, it was just not a good experience at all.

I have never eaten something and been all, “nope, it’s too sweet” but that cookie? That cookie was too sweet. And so was the pumpkin drink.

Which brings me back to my question, can tastebuds change? And by how much?

Is this “oh ick stuff is too sweet” thing a phase? Is it only because I’ve been eating such small amounts of sugar, and for the most part what sugar I have been eating is what is naturally occurring in fruit, that my tastebuds (and my tummy) are become not as used to sugar as they once were and are therefore having trouble dealing with it? How sad would that be? *pout*

Could it be *gasp* part of growing up? That is a scary thought!

Could it be a one off and nothing to worry about?

I don’t know.

I do know my tastebuds have changed in the past. I used to hate asparagus, now it is one of my fave veggies. I used to hate all dried fruits, now I like dried cranberries (great salad topper!). I used to love then I hated then I loved again baked beans. So over the years I know my tastes have changed for various foods but never have they changed in regards to how sweet/salty/savoury I like or dislike my foods to be.

I don’t want to stop liking sweet things, like cookies and cakes and pie and pastries and just in general all the wonderous desserts out there. I think that would be sad. Might make losing weight easier though…but it’d still be sad!

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Oh Ack, That Was Disgusting! blech

20 Oct

I have been baking with pumpkin all through October…well, ok, saying “all through” makes it sound like I was baking everyday when really it was once a week but whatever. lol. So, I have some left over and was saying at work I might turn it in to scones, cause yum to pumpkin scones! Well, AB at work suggested I turn it in to soup and she told me how…

I put the pureed pumpkin in a pot (the pureed pumpkin came from a can – I didn’t puree it myself), I add milk until it is at the consistency I like my soup, I heat it, depending on my preference I add suger or salt to taste, and voila, pumpkin soup.

Well, I did that – did exactly what she said…and when I went to taste it I gagged – it tasted like warmed thick milk, ugh. Note to self: don’t attempt to make pumpkin soup like that again.

Experiences like this are why I stick to baking, lol. 😛

Today I ate:

29 grams Special K Vanilla Almond = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 small banana = 1 point

1 cup mixed fresh fruit = 1 point

1/2 cup cottage cheese = 2 points

1/2 cup Heinz Original Baked Beans = 2 points

1 Body Wise bagel = 2 points

2 triangles light laughing cow cheese = 1 point

1 Ricotta and Spinach Chicken Breast = 3 points

85 grams Alexia Sweet Potatoe fries = 3 points

mixed veggies = 0 points

1 Activia = 2 points

I have eaten 20 points so far and am looking forward to enjoying 2 shortbread cookies, Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!

Actually, I am still feeling fairly hungry…not sure why, I have eaten a normal amount of food by this point in the day. shrug. I will probably eat the cookies and see if after those I still need something, sigh, I may be dipping in to some flex points! Isn’t it weird how some days you are just more hungry? I was alright during the day but, shrug, towards the evening my tummy apparently decided it was empty and being mistreated. lol. 😛 silly tummy!

Buh-Bye Salad Bowl *sniffle*

18 Oct

I have this rockin salad bowl, seriously, the best salad bowl a person will ever come accross. I inherited it from RA, she didn’t want to pack it up when she moved so I got to keep it.  🙂 Well, it has had a good life but tonight, sigh, it passed on. I am not even sure how it happened…just one of those things I guess, bigger sigh. I put my dinner in it and then noticed a crack, not just a little crack but it went right from the top edge of the bowl to the bottom and completely through the width of the dish, I could actually make the crack wider by how I manipulated the bowl. Sadness. I of course ate my dinner out of it, cause hello? my food was already in it but that will be the last time it gets used.  😦

For me, and most people (I think), presentation of food is a big part in the enjoyment of the food. I always enjoyed building my salad in this bowl and it was big enough to hold a freakin huge salad, lol. Guess I will just have to find another one…this one was made in Boonton NJ – didn’t even know that was a place, I will probably pick up the next generation of salad bowl at The Bay lol.

So enough about salad bowls! I took the Pumpkin Tarts to work today and they were quite the hit – they didn’t all get eaten but that’s cause I made a freakish huge quantity.  😛 I am sure they will get finished tomorrow, or at least they better cause I am not bringing them home! I don’t want the temptation near me cause dude, even I think they are good and I am uber critical of my baking.

My dinner tonight was waaaay too late for my tummy’s comfort. tsk tsk to me. I got home and put the oven on right away cause I decided to go the baked potato route for dinner, well the stupid thing took forever to bake through! It was getting so bad I cut it open so it’d cook faster…it didn’t seem to help much. sigh. Now, I know that potatoes can be baked in the microwave but for some reason potatoes are one of those foods that I don’t like cooking in the microwave, shrug. Normally I am all over doing things the fast way but when baking a potatoe I prefer the oven…although I might use the microwave from now on! Seriously, I was so hungry by the time it was done I was certain it woudn’t fill me up cause I had waited too long, and that is when it is topped with cheese and baked beans! I waited a while after finishing it before I went for a snack cause I ate way faster then I should have and my stomach hadn’t realized it had been fed a proper amount.  Oops!

I still ended up having a snack of bread topped with margarine and light peanut butter – I originally was going to try some of the pumpkin pudding from yesterday but I needed something way more filling, so bread and pb it was! Maybe I will try the pudding tomorrow…we shall see. 🙂

Today I ate:

29 grams Special K Vanilla Almond = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 small banana = 1 point

1 cup carrot soup = 2 points

1/2 Dempster’s Body Wise Bagel = 1 point

2 triangles light laughing cow cheese = 1 point

1 Activia yogurt = 2 points

1 peach = 1 point

1 baked potatoe (12 oz) = 3 points

1/2 cup Heinz Baked Beans original flavour = 2 points

2 cheese slices = 2 points

1 piece bread = 1 point

1 tsp margarine = 1 point

1/2 tbls light peanut butter = 1 point

That puts me at a total of 21 points, I am going to have a 1 point candy after I finish writing this so that will put me at my daily 22. 🙂

The half a bagel I ate at lunch, I didn’t intentionally only eat half a bagel, it got burned beyond redemption in the toaster and I could only save half of it. Very sad…and smelly. lol. The half I got to eat was pretty good, it’s only a 2 point bagel which rocks and it’s a decent size – bigger then the weight watchers bagels. 🙂 I found them at Wal-Mart for way cheap which is a happy bonus. I didn’t want to eat a bagel everyday so I have stuck them in the freezer and if I think I am going to want one  the next day I take it out the night before and give it time to defrost. This means a bit of planning ahead, something I know a lot of people hate doing when it comes to their meals, but ah well, it’s one of the tools you end up using when trying to lose weight. shrug.

Three Days In One Post

17 Oct

So I don’t normally go two days without posting and it’s not even like I was doing stuff that was so overwhelmingly amazingly exciting that I just couldn’t stop to post, I have just been busy with no extra time to sit with my computer. It happens. 😛

Let’s see, Friday, I went over by 0.5 points so not too bad. I went out that evening with KL but I had time to go home after work and eat a nice big salad for dinner. Which is good cause otherwise I would have ended up eating sushi and going over – *scared face*. lol. I got to watch KL eat her sushi and man did it look gooooood but I managed to resist eating any of it – for which I will be eternally proud! 😛 We were going to go see the movie The Social Network but by the time we got in to the theatre the only seats left were the really crappy ones at the very front, uh, No! So we swapped out tickets and went to see…um, shoot, what is it called…google! lol. Oh right, it’s Life As We Know It. It’s not too bad. Way predictable but ok. There were funny laugh-out-loud parts which is good, and man, the main guy is Hot! Yum Yum Yum 😀 Hey, if you can’t oggle a hot guy in a movie then there is clearly something wrong in the world. lol.

So Saturday, slept in, duh, and was having a lazy start to the day knowing I was nannying in the evening. Now, I thought I was nannying at 6:30pm so at 4:30pm I go to double check the print out from the agency with the address etc and noticed that I had the time wrong, Crap! It was a 6.5 hour booking, not 6:30pm start time! I actually had to be there 5:30pm. Sure, an hour earlier might not seem that big a deal but the place is minimum a half hour away and my hair was still wet and no makeup on, double crap! I can’t remember the last time I got ready so quickly. lol. I had just enough time to get to the job which is good cause if you are late company policy is you work the first hour for free…ick. The place was sweeeeet and the people fairly rockin. It’s always nice when the parents are cool cause it usually means the kid isn’t a wack job either. hehe. So that job finished at midnight – and they actually came home on time, quite the rarity! I was 1 point under for the day which isn’t such a horrible thing. shrug.

Then today, Sunday! I am over my points but I am not certain by how much yet…lemme explain. I baked, sigh, I should really stop doing that! I am baking pumpkin tarts – basically pumpkin pie but put in to tarts instead so I can take them to work and there is no hassle with cutting  a pie. I thought it’d be safer to make a double batch cause no way one batch would make enough tarts if one pie wouldn’t be enough for everybody, right? Ha! There is soooo much filling it’s crazy. I bought 60 tart shells which seemed like too many but they are sold in packages of 30 and one package didn’t seem like it’d be enough, I figured I’d have some left over and eventually find a use for them. Oh how wrong I was! I have used all 60 shells and have lots of left over batter, sigh, I have had to pour it in to a corningware dish and stick it in the oven with the last batch of tarts. sigh. I can’t take that in to work so I guess the roomie and I will have pumpkin pudding? I dunno about that but I’ll let you know how it tastes tomorrow. lol.  Oh! The whole point of this was to say why I am over my points, lol, well, I ate one to make sure it tasted ok – I have never made this mixture as a tart and wanted to make sure they were baked through properly without being dry and I have yet to figure out how many points one tart is. shrug. I am not sure how I will figure it out either cause the online nutritional calculator I use needs you to put in to it how many servings the recipe makes and I don’t really know how many it would have made since I ran out of tarts…why didn’t I buy more tarts!?!?!?!? Argh! I will put the recipe info into the calculator after I finish this post and do my best to guesstimate how many tarts could have been made if I had enough tart shells…hopefully they aren’t too many points. And I suppose the “pudding” will be less points cause no shell, right?

Here is what I ate today:

2 pieces toast = 2 points

2 tsp margarine = 2 points

1 small banana = 1 point

1 Activia yogurt = 2 points

29 grams Special K Vanilla Almond = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 Uncle Ben’s Rice & Sauce Sweet and Sour = 7 points

1 root beer = 3 points

1 timbit = 2 points

1 pumpkin tart = ?

So, without the tart I am at 22 points, it would have been so perfect! sigh. When I was figuring out what to have for dinner I hadn’t realized I had forgotten to put the root beer and timbit in my food tracker so I thought I had more points to play with then I really did, oops!

tasty but way high in points!

The Uncle Ben’s dinner thing wasn’t so bad, I don’t think it is worth 7 points because it’s only a couple hours after I ate it and I am hungry again, so while yummy and lots of flavour it’s too many points for something that didn’t fill me up. I guess if you are allowed more points per day then I am and need a really quick microwaveable meal they would be a good choice, only 90 seconds till it’s ready to eat…can you believe that? I didn’t really think after 90 seconds it would be ready but it was – I will give the Uncle props for that at least. lol. Oh, and they are kinda pricey but I had a $1 off coupon which yes, I know, isn’t a lot of money, but every little bit helps. 🙂

For weigh in deets, I realize I haven’t mentioned my weigh ins for a couple weeks now, it’s cause they have been uneventful and slightly depressing. sigh. Last week I lost a whopping, get ready for it now…0.2, amazing right? 😛 Then yesterday when I weighed in it was the same, a loss of 0.2, sigh. But today I thought screw it, I am weighing in again! This is always a dangerous thing to do cause what if you gain weight, or at least don’t lose…then do you take the first weigh in result or the second? Hmmmm. Dilemna. lol. So, today, when I weighed in I had gone down 0.8 from yesterday which is 1 pound lighter then last week. See, dilemna. Do I take the weigh in amount from yesterday since that is my official weigh in day or do I take the happier number from today? Well, unless you’re crazed you probably guessed correctly that I took the number from today, hello? I gotta keep my self esteem up here! lol. So, yah! I lost a pound since last week, wOOt! It’s not a lot but it’s better then it could be (like oh say, 0.2 :P) I will try to do better with posting my weigh in results – I guess when they are such low numbers I feel it’s pointless to post them cause who but me will care about 1 pound? But then I thought how blogs I read where people are working at losing weight I like hearing the weight loss amount no matter what it is sooooo, it’s only fair you get the pay-off after reading a week of posts to get a number, right? Right. lol.

Gotta go attempt to figure out the nutritional info for those tarts…cross your fingers the number isn’t too high! 🙂

EDIT:

Alrighty, I figured out the nutritional info as best as I can, the tart shells are 2 points each (that came from the tart packaging) and the filling is 2 points per serving. So, not great but could be a lot worse. lol. The pumpkin pudding I am making will be better cause no crust – takes away about 2 points, altho it’s not like there is a huge amount of filling in each tart which means if I actually eat the pudding in serving amounts equal to that in the tart crusts it’ll take for frickin ever…I am sure it will go bad before I can eat it all. lol. Ah well, I’ll figure something out…now if only it would finish baking so I could go to bed, oy!

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