My Mom told me that I shouldn’t wish my life away and I’m sure she is right but yet I find myself every week working for the weekend. Today I am tired. I am tired from lack of sleep. I’m tired of the media and politicians (as usual). I’m tired of trying to justify why people have to suffer. I guess today I am asking the age old question of “why?” It seems so simple to ask why...to want to know what the reasoning is that God or anyone for that matter uses to make decisions. I am of the school of questioning. The Bible never said we couldn’t question...and it’s a good thing...because I am a questioner. When I get judged after I die (I always imagine a big screen playing a DVD of all the crap I said or did wrong), in between all the questions...I’m going to try and sneak one in. Why do bad things happen to good people? Seems like old Saint Peter could clue me in to some sort of answer. I don’t deserve it though. All I do in life is complain about trivial things, why should I be so lucky to have a question that everyone in the world would like to know answered. For the past several years I have sort of affirmed to myself that in order to feel happiness, you have to feel pain. Sounds odd but it seems like if you go with the scientific reasoning that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction then you may conclude that in order to experience triumph, you have to know how to experience trial. For some reason, that excuse isn’t cutting it today. I feel like I’m rambling but that is what is on my mind right now. Why?
Instead of providing you paragraph after paragraph of my stream of consciousness, I am going to do us both a favor and change the subject. Today, I wanted to share some foods that I like that are good substitutes for other foods that you love. No substitute is really as good as you would hope but it does help to find some that aren’t just gross misrepresentations. The first thing I want to show you is mayonnaise. I can NOT STAND Miracle Whip. I think it is gross...it’s sweet and tastes like it’s gone bad or something. I also happen to think that light and fat free mayonnaise tastes like Miracle Whip. I like to have mayo on my sandwich and the only substitute that I have found that lacks that sweet taste is Hellmann’s Canola Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise. It isn’t the exact same but it’s not sweet and doesn’t ruin the whole taste of your sandwich. I highly recommend it.
The next food I recommend is Green Giant’s line of Just For One products (especially the broccoli and cheese). It’s a great way to eat a veggie and if you use points, it’s zero points so if you are starving and have no points you can eat it as a snack. I think I’ve mentioned this before and made fun of the fact that even my vegetables were reminding me that I’m single but I really do like them.
This next one is probably my favorite. My aunt introduced me to these...they are Arnold’s Sandwich Thins. The wheat ones are only one point and basically, you can eat them with anything but they are an awesome substitute for hamburger buns.
I also suggest that you try different things so you don’t get in a rut. I often find myself eating the same things every day. When I switch it up, it makes me not feel as much like I’m on a diet. You should try red meat and pork substitutes like turkey burgers (although be careful because some of those are as fattening as a beef patty) and chicken sausage (I tried it...it was OK...strange though). I also love Barbecue Baked Lays. The 100 Calorie Packs of Baked Cheetos are awesome...and there is nothing sexier than having someone tell you there is cheese powder stuck in the corner of your mouth. For breakfast, I like a big ol’ apple or some toast and cream cheese. I also like fiber granola bars (get the generic...to me they are cheaper and just as good). Anyway, hopefully with this you will try and mix it up a bit.
Remember to cheer for the tide this weekend as we try and take down the rebels. Lastly, again, please remember Angel Burnett and the whole Burnett/Pittman family in your prayers...I appreciate it.