Chicken Soup for the Soul

Well I think I have figured out that its my shoes that’s been causing my foot problem.  Over the weekend I wore my beloved flip flops.  My right foot pain was really driving me crazy, and I wasn’t even sure I would be able to work out at lunch.  But I wore my Born shoes to work yesterday, and the more I walked in those shoes, the better my foot felt!

And by the end of the day, my foot pain was almost non-existent.  I know Lori, you’ve said the doctors you transcribe for always chastise their patients who wear flip flops all the time, and I think I am ready to listen!

Breakfast yesterday?  Delicious, but fugly.  I didn’t have any Pam yesterday morning so didn’t spray my pan, but I thought “it’s a non-stick, my eggs won’t stick!”  So my leftover beef roast, spinach, cheese and egg white omelet looks like it took a dive to the plate – at least I put it on a pretty plate though!  And Mom and I split a cantaloupe from the farm stand we went to Monday – holy cow, best I’ve had all summer.

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I decided to do the exercise bike at lunch so I didn’t put too much stress on my foot.  I watched The Chew while I biked 9 miles in 40 minutes.  I did “random” but made sure that my RPM’s never went below 95 no matter what level I was on – it was tough!

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I love making chicken noodle soup with leftover grilled chicken.  It gives the soup a slightly smokey flavor that you otherwise wouldn’t get.  Like most people and their chicken soup, I don’t really have a particular recipe, but I’ll give you my tips.

  1. Put the whole carcass, skin and all in a stock pot.  Using a 1 cup measuring spoon, add enough water to cover the chicken by about an inch.
  2. However many cups of water you added, add a bouillon cube – this last time I used 8 cups of water, so I used 8 bouillon cubes.
  3. The last time I made soup my carrots never cooked through – even after 2 hours of simmering on the stove, so I cooked those separately and added them at the end.
  4. After about an hour of simmering the carcass, take it out, making sure there are no bones or skin and let it cool.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, pinch of salt and pepper.
  6. Turn the soup over medium high heat and  once it starts to boil, add 3 cups of dry egg noodles – cook according to package directions.
  7. Remove the soup from the heat, add the carrots and chicken back in and taste again for any added salt.  I usually add celery to this too, but I was out.
  8. I never, ever put onions in mine. Open-mouthed smile

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There is just something about chicken noodle soup that is so comforting.  My Mom tried some when she was here and gave it thumbs up, although she thought it would be better with onions. Open-mouthed smile

Work was busy so I was happy that it went by fast.  Although all day long it felt like Monday.  I had pasta with grilled Italian sausage on the menu last night.  I decided to make alfredo sauce for Tony, and added 1 teaspoon of basil pesto I made with some basil we got at the farm stand.  Tony doesn’t like basil pesto, or any pesto for that matter – I don’t add nuts in mine either, it’s just basil, olive oil, garlic salt and pepper.

I used my alfredo sauce for two, and I had 1 cup of cooked pasta, 3 ounces of the Italian sausage, 1/2 a cup of leftover grilled zucchini with the added basil pesto to mine.

Um, look who came to dinner while I was taking my photos – Kyle!  Didn’t seem to min\d me taking pictures enough to interrupt her eating though!

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I can’t even remember the last time that I cooked wagon wheel pasta – maybe when Hannah was little?  I knew I was going to have an hour Insanity later after dinner, so I only took 4 units of insulin since this is a carb heavy dinner.  I didn’t test my blood sugar before I worked out, but 30 minutes after it was 121 – perfect!

Taking a couple days off I have to admit Insanity started out really hard – amazing how refreshed I can feel after I rest my body and how much I feel I’ve slipped in my endurance in just a couple days.  I kicked Shaun T and Tania’s butts though.

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It’s funny but I was thinking the same thing about doing well during the week and then thinking to myself “it’s the weekend!” and thinking I don’t need to be as strict and as on track as during the week – Mari was saying the same thing on Instagram last weekend – why should we treat the weekend any different than during the week.  I think that’s why I’ve maintained my weight before this summer because all the good I do during the week gets offset by all the extra tastes, licks and wine I have over the weekend.  I need to break that cycle if I want to continue to see results.

The website that I enter my food in is down this morning, so I’ll update my stats later on.  It felt good to move again, and I’ll be wearing my comfy, supportive shoes today!

Question of the Day:  How do you treat your weekends?  Food frenzy, or just an occasional extra treat?

Make it a great day!

Oh, and my brother thought it would be funny to put this on Facebook – he’s always trying to be Mom’s favorite!

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38 thoughts on “Chicken Soup for the Soul

  1. If you like flip flops, save your $$ and buy yourself a pair of Orthaheel flip flops. You can find them on QVC or Amazon. They have built in foot support and even my podiatrist approves of them! Expensive but they last a long time and worth every penny.

    I love the Pioneer Woman’s Italian Chicken Noodle soup. It’s just about the only one I make any more. So delicious.

    When I am in weight loss mode, I stay in it except for one treat meal, usually sometime on the weekend as that’s when we tend to meet up with friends or go out for dinner. That meal can include a cocktail, dessert, whatever. But it’s ONE meal not day after day. I know for a fact, when I start having even just one glass of wine every day, my metabolism stalls. It’s just not good for me!

  2. Your chicken soup looks delicious! I can tell it’s getting to be the end of flip flop season for me because my feet are killing me from wearing them practically all summer. Interesting – I was just having this discussion with my friend about why I’m maintaining and not losing – it’s because I go ape shit on the weekends and track during the week. I remember allowing myself one cheat meal on the weekend and somehow that’s gotten up to every meal being a cheat meal on the weekends. This past weekend I decided to stop doing that and gave myself two cheat meals for the weekend. I physically felt so much better, and even though it’s a struggle, I’m going to try to keep it up!

    • I am kind of the same way in that since my breakfast and lunch usually is one meal, I tend not to care what’s in that meal because the overall calories are probably less than if I had a separate breakfast and lunch. 😦

  3. You make chicken noodle soup the way I like it – lots of noodles!! Funny picture/caption of your mom!! (I’m sure you are the favorite!!)
    Way to keep kicking Tania’s ass!

    • Tania deserves it! But now I follow her on Instagram, and she has a son and seems to do fun things with him, so I feel a bit bad beating her up while I am working out. 😀

  4. I had terrible foot pain a few years ago, and I think it was all from wearing flip flops all the time one summer.

    I love chicken soup. Great lunch.

    I used to use “special occasions,” including weekends, as an excuse to eat more. But that really doesn’t work for weight loss/maintenance. I had to work hard at separating special occasions from food. It was hard at first, but it’s easy now. We bbq’d on Monday for the first time in a couple years. As we brought everything out, hubby asked if I wanted a glass of wine. Since January, I have had only about five glasses of wine total. But in the past, I would always have wine when I bbq’d. It’s funny that even he associated me bbqing with drinking wine. I had my new usual drink these days, lemon water, and was totally fine and didn’t even miss the wine.

  5. Chicken soup is a great cure-all for a lot of ills. Yours sounds great!

  6. It seems like everyone falls prey to poor shoe quality at sometime. As much as we hate to admit it… we need to pay for quality shoes. I keep “nagging” at my daughter, the flip flop princess. (27 pairs) to wear other shoes. I’m going to check out the Orthaheel for her . Thanks to your reader Helen for the info.
    Mmmm soup looks good. My food habits on the weekend depend on what is going on in the environment. (Holiday, people visiting, time restraints, etc).

  7. PS. If you talk to Sonia at Burp & Slurp tell her I miss her blog. It won’t let me on with her virus thing attached to her site.

    • She actually closed her blog! She’s moved on with her life and that “blog” part of her life of recovering from an eating disorder and finishing college is the past. She thanked all her readers for keeping up with her these last five years!

      I was so happy to have had dinner with her when she was working in Chicago this summer!

  8. always onions…always! haha Too funny that caption Charlie put on your mom’s picture! Awe…kyle joined you for dinner!

  9. Oh my gosh, how adorable!!! I love that you had a visitor. 🙂
    I haven’t had wagon wheel pasta in forever either! It is one of my favorites!

  10. I’m seconding Helen’s Orthaheel recommendation – I bought my first pair over a year ago and love them…my feet feel so good in them. I’ve since gotten Jeff and my running buddy Julia to convert – they both were having PF issues, and love the Orthaheels, too.

  11. We made chicken soup last night too! It really is just so good… so homey.

  12. Ah…chicken soupa sounds good!!! But I made that wonderful Lasagna soupa today 🙂 (#7)
    My feet always hurt, I guess it is the shoes I have worn over the years….but now even more so, wondering, does diabetes effect the feet too??? I thought maybe some Dr Scholls shoes might help.

    I eat pretty much the same, during the week and on week ends. Not much change. Now that my blood sugars are down…my weight went up. Before medication my blood sugars were up and my weight down….just can’t seem to get the two working together.

    Have a great day 🙂

    • I took out leftover lasagna soup for my lunch today – I made extra wagon wheel pasta for it! You are catching up to me!

      Diabetes effects the feet if you don’t control diabetes – the nerves start to atrophy, and when that happens, its hard to get it back – that’s why so many diabetics lose their feet. 😦

      It’s so hard to figure out diabetes Louise – I feel your pain.

  13. All depends on my mindset. If I’m feeling good and in control, just an occasional treat will do. And I usually have more time on the weekends to exercise so it balances out. But if I’m in a ‘what the h3ll’ kind of mood, I might eat everything in site and not move a bit – and that could carry over to a few months (or sadly even a couple of years once). Getting better though, haven’t done that in a while! I’m trying to look at food differently, more as fuel than reward. And also I’m getting better at remembering how crappy I feel after eating poorly. 🙂

    That soup looks awesome! 70s here tomorrow, maybe I’ll make a pot!

    • Yep, that’s what I feel when I eat a McDonald’s quarter pounder. I love them, but I call them a “colon cleanse” for a reason – it literally is in my system for all of about an hour – but once a year I am an asshole and think “this time will be different!” Not.

  14. Glad you finally have an idea of what’s causing that darn foot pain. I used to wear heels all the time but after having so many back issues the past few years, I no longer wear them except on special occasions. Even then, I can only last an hour or two before I have to switch to flats. I pretty much live in minimalist footwear (Vibrams, etc.) now…

    I have a similar method for chicken soup, except I do it in the crock pot. I’ll cook a whole chicken in the crock pot during the day; pull most of the meat from it while we have supper. After we eat, I put the carcass back in the (cleaned) crock pot and turn it to 12 hours on low. Right before I go to bed, I add the veggies (ONIONS 🙂 carrots and celery) and the bouillon cubes. When I wake up in the morning, I finish picking the carcass of meat and add the noodles. Keep it on low another few hours and its perfect.

    Gosh that sounds good; I need cooler weather so I can make chicken soup! It’s supposed to heat up again this weekend…

  15. Flip-flops, no bueno LOL! I never liked anything between my toes, so I never wore them. I guess that isn’t such a bad thing.

    I have treats on the weekend because we bike so much. Once biking season is over, the weekend treats have to be cut waaaaay down without that calorie burn.

  16. I wear flip-flops but, they are a support kind by Nike. I love them! I’d rather go bare foot but, I’m too afraid of snakes, spiders and caterpillars! Love chicken noodle soup, my fav 🙂 That picture that Charlie captioned is too cute!

  17. Glad you solved the foot problem. I wore flip flops for the first time in forever the night of that storm and fell down the deck stairs. Forgot how slippery they get when wet. Ouch! But I do love them.

  18. Glad you figured out what was causing your foot pain. My podiatrist hates flip flops and I can no longer wear them – they cause too much pain.

    Delicious eats all around!

  19. LOL, I love that! What, you ask? The squirrel (KYLE??) and your mom. Hilarious. I’m definitely my mom’s favorite. And my dad’s 😉

  20. UH OH.
    Im the bad flipflop person too….

  21. When I did Weight Watchers (which was holy cow a long time ago) weekends were a food frenzy. Now they are more like the rest of my week. Hey I just wanted to drop by and say hi as I saw we are both going to Chicago in October for Livewell 2013! So, Hi! 😉

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