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stress baby

i’ve determined, that since stress is known to make you produce more cortisol and cortisol is found to increase ‘brown belly fat’ – the fat that you gain around your midsection is a stress baby… just like you have food babies?? well… i have a stress baby… and i posted a pic on Facebook and all my friends are like what?!? there’s nothing there and getting upset  with me for complaining about it… but when i look down and see my stomach protruding as much as my boobs do… that’s a problem… so it doesn’t show up on my pic… it’s still there and it’s causing me distress. .  . . hence the juice diet.

although today has been so stressful i’m about to change my juice diet to just wine.

that’s juice.

it’s fruit.

just fermented.

same difference right?? fermentation is better for you right?? see: kombucha.

anyways. whatever.

last night i took the zucchini I had that was about to go bad and the rest of my kale that wouldn’t last much longer and a lemon I happened to have on hand and juiced that… this morning I added it to my breakfast juice/smoothie along with some chia seeds, wheatgrass powder, carrot juice, 1/4 avocado (good fats – ya know?) and 2 tbsp of my greek yogurt.

it’s 1:42 pm … I just ate (drank?) it… that was my breakfast. outside of my coffee.. it was pretty good…

i’ve been adding water to the juices to make them a bit thinner and fill up my mason jars… haha

i didn’t weigh myself yesterday before i started this diet. . . journey… hell? haha

today i just want to eat ALL the bad foods… i’m so stressed.

i used to never be a stress eater… i couldn’t eat if i wasn’t hungry – it made me sick…

age changes things i guess… i don’t like it.

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Juicing; round: who knows

So….I have gotten pretty fat since I injured my ankle in December of 2014.  If you weren’t aware – that happened, and it didn’t get better until August 2015; but during that time I was getting out of active duty navy and moving back to florida and dealing with all the stressors surrounding that (including homelessness and joblessness!! fun times!!)

I have attempted to run again a few times, but, while i have the motivation (looking in the mirror makes me want to vomit) i don’t have the willpower or energy. I am still exhausted all the time… i thought it was due to the navy; and while it very well may be; according to the dr i saw a couple weeks ago – it will take my body a few years to get over the beating it took … i was hoping it would end. . . now my job is even MORE stressful than NCTAMS ever was… and i don’t get paid much to deal with it…

my ankle still does actually cause me problems when I run… if i don’t wear a brace, and sometimes even when i do…

i’m making excuses. just get out there and do it fatty. . .

i know. i need to.

i need to. i want to… i just….. can’t bring myself to do it…

so anyways; i’m starting a juice diet in the hopes of helping elevate my energy levels…

which to normal person might not make sense. – on the outside it looks like i eat healthy, i don’t eat tons … i don’t partake in junk food THAT often, and when I do – I try to keep even that healthy… but… i’m at a certain weight… i’m actually maintaining that weight sort of… just fluctuations that are normal…

anyways

so juicing.

which is a hassle and it is messy and it is time consuming…

so we were at the store last night to get some random stuff we needed and i told husband hey i’m going to get produce so i can start juicing again… he said well wouldn’t it be more cost effective to go to sam’s ? well, probably – so he says, why don’t we do it this way for now – see how it works, and picked up 3 bottles of pre-made juices… from Bolthouse farms.  one of them is carrot… just 100% carrot juice… the other two are mostly fruit… which is not how juicing is supposed to be —- for an effective juice regimen you need to do 80% veggies, and 20% fruits… so; my plan is to cut the juices with the veggies I *do* have right now (namely kale and spinach) so this morning i “made” six juices… maybe… maybe only 5.

my breakfast juice/smoothie consisted of 8 oz of carrot juice and a handful of spinach, a handful of kale, chia seeds, wheatgrass powder, and 2 tbsp of vanilla greek yogurt.
it was decent… thicker than juice, but thinner than a smoothie…

i then combined kale and spinach into 8 oz of the blue goodness and green goodness (separately) and then i combined 6 oz of green with 2 oz carrot and some more kale and spinach…

they aren’t bad. I hope they do some good at reducing the constant bloat i have been dealing with; and the lack of energy i have, and then some weight loss…

I was going to walk this morning, but it was storming, so that didn’t happen….

besides… it’s so difficult to wake up!!!

but, we’ll see how this works… if i get a chance, maybe i’ll update this … but maybe not…

nice talking to you readers 🙂

forgive the scattered incohesiveness (is that a word?) of this blog and the typos and lack of capitalization …

at least i got all i wanted out of my head!!!

 

DIY Blueprint Juice Cleanse

I’m on day 4 of this juice cleanse… it’s a diy blueprint cleanse — as the bpc costs hundreds of dollars (insane!!) and there’s a plethora of diy stuff online, I figured I’d find one myself… and didn’t realize that last year when I researched juice cleanses I had decided this had too much fruits… it doesn’t really… as I got all the stuff together and there were only some apples and lemons, so I’m not sure why I had that thought last year…
so I’m on day 4, and I’m down 4 pounds… granted most of it is probably water weight, but… yesterday when I looked at myself (didn’t take/post any pics) my stomach was a lot flatter than it has been lately…
not that I’ve been eating inherently unhealthy (often) but it’s just really fat lately… it’s disgusting…
and before you get upset b/c I’m saying something on me is fat – note – -my fat is different than your fat. my body – different than yours, my ideals for myself are different than yours, or the ones I even judge others by… I have body dysmorphia (sp?) big time… it might not truly be severe, but **shrug** I don’t know, I just know that I see myself VERY differently than others see me… we are our own harshest critics and all that, but this goes above and beyond that…
anyways, I was unable to work out for a few months due to an ankle injury and my weight just ballooned. it’s disgusting… I look in the mirror and want to cry… I can’t run still, but I can work out, and I’m trying to do cardio, but it does hurt… I should try swimming, but then I’d have to put a swimsuit on, and I can’t do that…
anyways, so day 4 is a 24 hour shift at work. the actual cleanse itself calls for no solid foods for the duration of the cleanse, which actually might be only 3 – 5 days, but i’m trying for 10…
but it’s a 24 hour day… that I’ll be awake.. .ALL. DAY. and NIGHT… so, I cut up a lot of fresh veggies and will supplement if I need to… but, I’m hoping I don’t have to…
I figure if I do, then at least it’s healthy stuff!! carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and mini peppers
no fruits – so no extra sugars (yes I’m aware that some veggies have a sugar content, more than likely the carrots and peppers over the cauli/broccoli) but…. it’s all natural, so it’s at least healthier than added sugars…
I’m craving all sorts of things, and I have strayed . . . because my schedule is wonky and I have appointments all over the place and trainings and such, so I don’t get to drink a prescribed juice at a certain time… I haven’t been awful, but on Friday, I had a cracker during the day, and 3 French fries that night, we went out, I was up much later than normal, and didn’t have my last ‘juice’ of the day (which is a home made cashew milk) so I was STARVING and husband ordered some fries… (loaded… omgggg) but I thought only 3 fries was a pretty good feat given that I’m a potato fiend!!! and the cracker was during a training during the day b/c I couldn’t grab my juice since it was in a different building. . .
on Saturday I had a couple of cashews, but I figure this isn’t so bad b/c they’re part of the milk I make for the end of the day… I just grabbed a couple out of the ones I was putting aside for the mix… so, last year when I did the cleanse, I beat myself up if I strayed… this time, i’m not doing that… my sanity is more important … so, i’m not even eating a quarter of a serving of the 3 times I strayed, just a bite basically… **shrug** judge me if you will… tell me it defeats the entire purpose, but failure would be not finishing it, and I have every intention of doing so…

ACV & Me

acv

so, a couple weeks ago i read a post that a friend had put on her facebook page touting the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
everyone knows that acv is good for so many different things…
i’m all for trying new things now and again…
i happen to have tried some acv in orange juice a couple times…
it gives it a KICK… but it never really did anything for me…
this friend said that she puts it in her tea…
hmmmmm. i drink tea.
ALL.
THE.
TIME.
so i decided to start doing that…
unfortunately it wasn’t doing much for me… ((read: anything))
i looked more into it and found that i should be using unfiltered, raw acv… which definitely is NOT the heinz brand that i have a gallon of… so i saw some at the store and picked it up ((see pic above))
and i’ve been drinking it almost every day in tea and today i tried it in some water with a dash of agave nectar & some cinnamon … that is actually pretty damn tasty!!!
and here’s my rundown – i can’t vouch for it boosting your energy levels b/c mine are so wonky b/c of my stupid schedule…
what i CAN vouch for is that it suppresses my appetite…
now any one who knows me knows that i get hungry at ridiculous times … and i’m hungry more often than i’m not… ((which DOES NOT make sense cuz i eat all the damn time!!)) well, since i’ve started this- i’ve noticed that i’m not nearly as hungry as often!! and when i DO eat – i eat considerably less than normal…
this weekend i skipped out on it and both days i was a lot hungrier than normal…
this hasn’t contributed to any significant weight loss as of yet, but… i only got it mid week last week…
so here’s hoping!!! and here’s also hoping that when i’m back on days it definitely boosts my energy!!

if you’re going to try it – make sure you try the unfiltered type – the Bragg’s brand that I got was not very expensive — i’m pretty sure it was less than $4…

good luck!!

Glitter herpes

so a couple random things here and there.

i did the whole juicing cleanse and then diet…

i lost a total of 6 pounds depending on the day.

i have two to three pounds left to lose.

i’m still drinking juices, however, i’m incorporating a lot more food into my diet (and sometimes i feel guilty as hell)

i think for the last two or three pounds though, i’m going to to strict juice again…

i just want to lose it and keep it off.

i’m pretty stoked about the weight loss tho.

i last weighed as much as i do now before i went to florida for my vacation in april of 2012. . .

i then gained 7 pounds back b/c we ate like pigs kings we were on vacation (cuz we were) and i had the WORST time getting it back off.

it was such a struggle and i actually only got to my first goal weight once or twice since april… and now i’m two to three pounds away from my dream goal weight…

i’ve been running a lot lately, but honestly , i think i’m getting worse instead of better… Lovely vegan girl and I did a couch to 5k training program and then we started a 10K training program… i feel like i’m regressing instead of progressing though 😦

but i’m registered for my first ever 5k!!! i’m going to run a color run in april!! i’m super excited about it!!

but, i’m sad b/c she’s now getting out, and i’ll have to continue the training alone… it’s such a bummer running alone… ((especially inside!!))

but, i need to maintain my motivation and also get back to regular workouts along with the runs b/c i still need to tone up so that losing the weight i’ve lost actually shows…

i can’t wait to have a toned tummy . . . i know that my legs and booty are more of a problem, but the first thing i see is my stomach . . . and i want it to not be poochy…

i’ve always had a problem with that though… even when i was seeing a personal trainer in st. louis a hundred years ago, my main problem was my stomach . . . the rest of me was smoking hot, but i had a huge issue with my pooch… i felt like it looked like i’d had a child, even though i never had…

((that i’m aware of — i mean i DO have some repressed memories… could i have repressed a whole 9 months?!?!  lol… juuuuuusssssst kidding))

anyways… next subject:

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one of the reasons i’m so sick of the military is b/c i don’t feel like a girl… i can’t do what i want with my hair (color wise) and i can’t have pretty girly nails that i want (other than pink… or beige… (((blah!!))) and . . . i don’t have a first name.

i think i hate that most of all… (well other than the uncomfortable uniforms…)
but, one of the things that i do to help me deal with that is call the girls in my section  by their first names… guys are different, and even in the real world — a lot of them go by their last names…

it’s not like that with girls…

the thing is though… while i call all of them by their first names, i’m still called by my last name…

it makes me sad…

sometimes i just get so shocked when i DO hear my first name…

but… it also makes me feel like i read more into their friendship than they do into mine… if that makes sense… like i consider them more a friend than they consider me…

i don’t know if that’s a valid concern at all… it’s just how i feel…

and i know that no one joins the military to make friends — i’ve said that more than my fair share of times, but … at a certain point you do make friends with the people you work with. . . .

but. . . it is what it is… *sigh*

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so… i have some girls i work with that have baby girls (or one on the way) and one of them has a registry on etsy and there were these cool looking little feetie flower things . . . and they look SO easy to make!! so i ordered some stuff to make them!! i’m excited to get the stuff in… i tried making a flower out of quilting blocks… but i’m not too pleased with how it started to turn out… i haven’t finished it yet… but… i think i need to figure out a different way to do it…

and while i was researching the flowers, i thought about tutus…

and OMG . . . !!! i decided i needed to make the babies at least one…

so my first one – i made for the little one that’s here for her valentine’s day pics!!

it is SUPER cute!! and it didn’t really take all that long… it did however make the most mess ever!!

i used glitter tulle…

and i think there is more glitter on me and the floor and the desk than stayed on the fabric!!

but holy monkeys it is the cutest thing i’ve ever made!!!! and i can’t wait to get a picture of it!!!!!!!!!

i made it at work (i’m productive) so i can’t take a picture of it… but there is glitter EVERYWHERE…

i’m sure the vacuum isn’t going to suck it all up – so our work center supervisor will feel like a princess when she gets to her desk… lol!!!

have i mentioned how adorable this tutu is!?!?!?

so cute!!!!

i got extra tulle, so i’m going to return the two rolls i didn’t need and get some to make a st patrick’s day one for baby on the way –

um. scratch that… we just realized she’s not due til after SPD, soooo… that’s not going to work… mama to be said she thinks she’ll be here early, but i don’t wanna make one that won’t be used and can’t be sold til after the fact…

i’ve got some fourth of july flowers and bands coming to make the headbands and footie things… so i’ll just focus on the tutu for then… that will be fun 🙂 red white and blue! 🙂
and non glitter tulle…

learned my lesson on THAT one!!!

but, if these do become successful, which i already think the tutus are — after just my first one, i’ll probably sell them on etsy! 🙂

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next subject:

housing.

i pay a shit ton of money for rent.

way more than my bah.

and bah went down for this area . . . so even MORE than what bah would be if i hadn’t already  been making what i was… (thankfully they don’t change your rate unless it goes UP)

and i don’t think i’m getting what i pay for…

so, we’re going to look for a house when our lease comes due…

but, i don’t know when to start looking.

our lease expires in october, but i have to give a two month notice if we are leaving…

but what if i find a place and they don’t want to hold it that long??? i can’t pay extra to get out of my lease early,, and i don’t want to pay more for my rent if i have to extend it a month or two… b/c it’s going to go up – that’s a given… ((which i don’t get — here let me reward your loyalty by raising your rent)) but if i only extend it a month or two it’s going to go up by upwards of $200!!! instead of just the $30ish. . .

that’s not ok.

so… i just don’t know when to start looking, and i don’t know if i find a place i like if they will hold it for two months for me… ((or three if i start looking earlier…which is probably necessary))

i could just stay where we are — but it’s so hard to save money when i’m paying so much in rent…

i already pay for ALL my utilities so there won’t be sticker shock in that, but husband says that our electric will probably be a lot more — but i’m hoping that we can become more aware of our usage…

our bill this month was $181!!!!!

we used TWICE the amount of energy this month vs last january…

that is NOT ok.

so, we’re going to try to figure a way to make things better…

maybe this january was colder than last… but — regardless – not ok.

if anyone has any suggestions about any of the housing issues i’ve stated, please bring them on… my biggest concern is the lease issue… finding a place that will either wait for our lease to end… or finding a place at all…

one of my MAJOR concerns is not being able to find a place after giving notice… but i have to give a two month notice… but i really want out … but what if i don’t find a place that meets all of our criteria… and i know i know — you say – change your criteria — but there are some things that we can’t change.

so… *sigh*  i hope it all works out… granted — it’s january… and i don’t have to start worrying hard core until august?? earlier?? who knows…

it stresses me out… i don’t know what to do…

but i did find out that i can use a realtor to find me rentals for free!! i always thought they’d charge, b/c i know they charge commissions on sales… i figured they’d charge something for finding rentals too!!… don’t judge me if you knew this already… i’ve never used one before, so. . . :-p

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moving on.

tomorrow i have labs in the morning for my physical exam.

i tried to explain to my dr that i need to know what time the lab closed b/c i work nights and i can’t really sleep most the day going without food and water and then stop my food and water intake at midnight so that i can do my testing in the morning… obviously she’s not the sharpest crayon in the box, b/c the only thing she told me was the lab opens at 7, don’t drink or eat anything after midnight.

ok. um.

yeah – that’s not what i asked…

but whatever. fine.

I AM SO THIRSTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and — some people say i should be able to drink water, but — her email just says NOTHING to eat or drink after midnight…

ugh!!!!

ok.

yeah.

that’s it.

i think i’m done.

~peace~

am i still juicing??

can you even call it that??

i have several juices, possibly some snacks — HEALTHY– and a salad daily…

today i reintroduced protein into my salad by swiping some of the chicken that my husband made for dinner

(and de-cheesing it)

last night i had a couple handfuls of popcorn throughout the night…

and a couple juices…

i did weigh myself this evening when i got up… but i forgot what it was…

oops.

i didn’t write it down either…

booo

i did some yoga this evening when i got to work and it was a lot more intense than i anticipated!

in the morning LVG and I will go running … we started a 10K training program tuesday morning after completing our Couch-to-5k program.. . and our first dilemma arises when we do our second session. it calls for 30 minutes (torture) of running on a hilly course…

i didn’t bring the appropriate clothes to run outside (brr) and i’m not quite a fan of running on a treadmill…

the track we normally run on is just flat and round… i mean – aren’t most tracks??

so i might have to suck it up and jump on the treadmill…

bummer.

i am, by the way continuing to write down all i eat and the times . . . i may not have mentioned that — but… i have been doing that. it made it easier to blog about…

but, i don’t know that i will continue to post it on here… unless i make an amazing juice or something…

tonight i had one called carrot cake and it was pretty tasty…

4 – 6 large carrots
1 1/2 sweet potatoes
1 – 2 red apples
Dash of cinnamon

i used two full sweet potatoes b/c what was i going to do with half a sweet potato???

and… i used 2 granny smith apples, b/c i don’t have any red ones… it was good…like i said, but it would have probably been better if i’d used some gala apples… a tad bit sweeter

tomorrow i’m off (or rather, later on today………) so i’ll get some sleep and i am thinking about making some more kale chips… when i ran out of kale the other day, i ran to walmart’s neighborhood market and bought a bag of torn kale instead of the kale leaves i’ve been buying (b/c they didn’t have much of a selection and charged by the BUNCH!!) ((i know that’s what i get for going there instead of my little international mart i’ve been going to…*sigh*)) so the leaves are already small and easy to throw on the cooking sheet! 🙂

so. yeah. that’s what i’ve got for tonight…    

~peace~

 

Juicing… the 2nd weekend – day 7 (pt 2), 8, 9, & 10

so my first juice on day 7 was the Pine Lemon Lime… check
I had a salad later on that night – and my salads (at work) are pretty simple. the mixed greens, sun dried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, and some balsamic vinaigrette (at home I add a teeny bit of feta)
I had a kiwi delight juice which was ok…
Ingredients:
2 kiwis
1 cucumber
2 celery stalks
1 apple
1/2 lemon, peeled
and then later on,  I had what I call a kitchen sink.
I basically threw most of the rest of what I had into the juicer. it created two servings.
it included carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, beets, grapes and blueberries
it wasn’t that bad actually a deep red color b/c the beet I had left was pretty large. . .
Friday at 9:30 am I had a workout to the beet:
Ingredients:
3 small beets (beetroot)
1 cucumber
1 handful of spinach
2 oranges, peeled
again, not bad…
and at 11 am I went to bed…
I got up at 6 pm and drank the other serving of the kitchen sink juice and made husband some dinner…
at 9 pm I had a salad and then I went to bed around 11 pm
Saturday I was starving and it woke me up around 4… at 5 am I dragged myself out of bed and had a snack of a piece of sharp cheddar with all natural peanut butter…
and then I went back to bed … got up around 11 am and threw everything I had left into a juice – it included broccoli, pineapple, spinach, and cranberries… it was pretty tasty!!
needless to say at some point that day I went to the grocery store to get more produce… (what’s awful is that it’s Monday morning and I still haven’t prepped any of that produce) anyways at 5 pm I had a salad and at 10 pm I had an apple…
sunday I woke up and weighed in and was super excited that I had lost 5.2 pounds… however, I also woke up super early b/c I had a horrendous ear ache and I needed to take something for it… as I didn’t have any of my produce prepped and it was super early and I just didn’t want to make a juice right then – I cooked myself an egg white omelet with broccoli and a slice of uncured turkey bacon… and drank some orange juice. it was quite a cheat, but at the same time it was very healthy. my orange juice is all natural and doesn’t include any sugars or anything bad for you. and the omelet was healthy also…
but… I’m going to have to consider all sunday my cheat day b/c we were out and about all day and I ate food all day instead of making any juice… for lunch we went to Plaza Azteca and I had 1/2 a fajita chicken quesadilla and a little bit of the rice that was included… I stretched it further by eating most of the lettuce/pepper/tomato mix that they include on the side…
b/c I knew we were going to be busy most of the day I had thrown dinner in the crockpot in the morning… after we got home, later in the evening, I put that together and ate it since I’d already eaten that day anyways… it was a garlic lime chicken that I served over a baked russet potato (on which I squeezed lime juice b/c LVG said it would taste like a potato with sour cream– it didn’t by the way, but it was still good) and I had a tiny sprinkling of cheese over that along with some hot sauce . . .
I’m not going to lie, I felt pretty fat at the end of the day… that was such a large volume of food vs what I’ve been consuming as of late…
and it did catch up with me… Monday morning when I woke up and weighed in I had gained back .6 pounds… (my scale is exact)
and I know it’s not much.. but it puts me back at 3 pounds away from my goal.
so today I’m back at it! I guess I will have 1 cheat day a week that I eat food for the majority of my meals… I would have had a juice last night if my produce was prepped, but… I ran out of time this weekend…
so — I’m off to prep my food, and wait for Roomba to run… possibly run some errands and then get some sleep for tonight’s shift… in which I will be consuming popcorn… (either tonight or tomorrow night …or maybe both!!!)
until the next update
~peace~

Juicing – Day 7 — part 1

so, i have been juicing for a whole week… except i had food last night ( a salad)

and it actually eased my hunger for many more hours than the juice has been … so i guess there’s something to be said about not ingesting the fiber that is included in regular veggies while you’re juicing. not that i am denouncing it or anything… just an observation.

i have determined that the best part about allowing myself food again is being able to taste what i make my husband for dinner.

cuz up til now i wasn’t sure how good it was cuz i couldn’t eat it…

but tonight i made him dinner and it was amazing… i just wish i could have more than the one two bites that i had. .  .*sigh*

oh well – i have my salad!!

haha

tonight for my first juice i had a pine-lime-lemon… which at first was very limey… and i don’t like lime… 😦

but… after a few drinks i got used to it…

recipe:

Pine-Lime-Lemon Juice

1/4 of a large pineapple (about 2 cups of chopped pineapple)
2 celery stalks
1 lemon
1 lime
Piece of ginger root, 1 in./2.5 cm.

i’m not quite that hungry… i woke up at 4:30ish tonight after getting to sleep around 9 am.

so the worst part about allowing food into my diet is two-fold…

one i kind of feel like i failed myself in not being able to make it to ten days…

and two … the most unfounded fear is the fear of gaining any weight that i did lose back immediately…

i weighed myself tonight upon waking up and had gone back up a 1/2 pound… which is nothing really…

but… it ignites paranoia into me…

b/c now i’m closer to rounding up than rounding down… and i’m very much obsessed with my numbers… i know i shouldn’t be… but even as i looked down and had seen a flatter paunch the past couple days, this morning i saw more roundness… now, this might very well be imagined… but… my imagination is what gets the best of me.

it’s what sees the thick person in the mirror…

it’s what causes me extreme panic on the scale…

and haunts my every bite

so is that imagination — or fear…

it’s annoying, i’ll tell you that much…

*sigh*

Juicing – Day 6

Wednesday

i got up super early b/c i couldn’t really sleep… and kittens decided they didn’t want to let me try to sleep anymore…

so i dragged myself out of bed around 3:15 a.m.

messed around doing not a lot for awhile… had my lemon & water at 4:15

did the morning stuff i needed to do… laid back down with husband til 5:20… got up when he left and made a juice and did some other things and then drank the juice…

and i cannot for the life of me remember what the juice this morning was!!!

it was not a normal one… but it was yummy…

at 8:30 i went to lay down b/c i worked at night and needed some type of sleep!!!

well… around 9 am the construction crew started… i was really hoping i would have fallen asleep in that half hour so that it didn’t keep me awake… no such luck…

i tried using husband’s noise cancelling headphones ( i did this on monday when they were out there, and it worked) but today, they hurt my ears too much . . . so, it didn’t work… i tried my hardest to sleep… i did so fitfully and not very much… at 3:15 i said screw it and got up

did some housework… made some dinner for husband… and then made my juices…

tuesday night i had looked on www.rebootwithjoe.com to find more recipes, so i did some of those ones today!

the first one i had was around 7:30 and it was a green ginger ale:
3 green apples 
2 celery sticks
1 large cucumber or 2 smaller cucumbers
1 lime
2” piece of ginger

it was alright… i had extra of it so i gave to husband to drink while i finished making the rest of my juices.

at around 10:30 pm i had another juice that incorporated cauliflower!

it is called Spicy Carrot Juice  and granted the recipe called for golden beets, but… psha – i had some plain old red beets i threw in there… and it wasn’t very spicy at all! recipe:

4  carrots
1/4 head of cauliflower – blanch for 1 minute in boiling water to remove any sneaky bugs (ew!)
1 golden beet (beetroot), peeled  (i used a regular beet)
1 apple
Piece of ginger root, 1 in./2.5 cm. 

i also found out that the 10 day plan includes actual eating.

oops. i did 6 days without eating… so i was talking to husband and he said i could just eat some veggies and fruits and it’d be pretty much the same…

so i debated… b/c i have lost 3.5 pounds at last check and i want to lose another 4 pounds! i have a goal!!!

talked it over with LVG (lovely vegan girl – who is doing the cleanse with me) and we determined the same – that I could probably eat veggies and fruits and possibly nuts without feeling too guilty.

so i had a mixed greens salad with pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of the most organic and natural balsamic vinagrette i could find (b/c i wasn’t at home to make my own!!) it was DELICIOUS… ate that around 1:30 am

i was going to work out today (at work) but i forgot my phone at home so i couldn’t do my planned 28 minute run (using the couch to 5k app) and i was going to work out in our other room… but… the computer in there isn’t working…

thus leaving me no music to accompany my workout…

it may seem like an excuse to you — but i just CANNOT work out without music… it just doesn’t work…

and i’ve tried… it’s just a waste of time…

so i’ll work out when i get home..

but for now i’m drinking a juice i created…

i kind of ran out of a lot of ingredients tonight, so i just threw a bunch of stuff in the juicer, including cauliflower… and some more beets… i don’t even remember  what else is in it, but i’m pretty sure there’s ginger in it b/c it’s kind of spicy!

i have to go to the store today and refresh my stock of produce… all i have left is a cucumber, a ton of celery, and some basil

no way am i going to drink a juice of just that… **YUCK**

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

So, I have a friend that I don’t get to see very often and she posted this week on facebook that she wanted stuffed peppers… I was just thinking that I should make some stuffed peppers this week, so I invited her over for dinner 🙂 yay! 2 birds, 1 stone.
I knew she was following the Paleo diet, but I didn’t think much of it…
until after I asked her…
I normally put rice or quinoa in my peppers…
Paleo says no.
I always put cheese in my peppers
Paleo says no…
I was beginning to doubt my decision…
but I searched on for recipes that seemed worthy.
I found lots…
ok… not lots. but I found a few recipes… they all just seemed so bland tho… with the exception of the one that said to throw some jalapenos in there.
meh . no.
I don’t much like the flavor of jalapenos…
but I combined about 5 different recipes… and it was good… but… honestly… it was still a little bland… something in the spice department that I need to fix…
but here goes —

6 bell peppers — I would love to say oh I went organic and to the farmers market and got these suckers, but … i’m cheap… I *did* go to the farmer’s market… but … they weren’t pretty and they were uber pricey
so I went to sams and got the 6 pack of peppers for $5 something…
*shrug* what can I say…
so… back to the recipe

6 bell peppers
1 head of cauliflower – riced (mine came out WAY more fine than riced, but I didn’t use the pulse b/c I thought it’d be easier to just turn it ON… it still worked — but, just so you know – future reference – use pulse on your food processor
1 lb ground chicken (this is the way I made it — you can use whatever ground meat you want)
1 medium onion diced
4 medium sized carrots diced
2 tbsp. garlic
1 can diced tomatoes (fire roasted)
6 large black olives
1 tbsp. coconut oil
salt
pepper
smoked paprika
cumin
thyme
tandoori masala seasoning

((please note – I did not measure these spices… I just added them in… sorry for the lack of clarity))

preheat oven to 375°F

bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and throw your peppers in for a minute or so – just to get them a little soft…
if my husband wasn’t eating these – i’d have skipped this step, I like crunch to my peppers, he however does not… keep an eye on these and pull them out and drain and set aside
while that’s working – put your coconut oil in a pan, heat and throw in your onions, carrots, and garlic
sauté until desired done-ness…
pour sautéed veggies into a large bowl
set aside
take your ground meat and brown it up, when it is almost done, throw in the can of diced tomatoes — i’m sure you could use cut up tomatoes, but this is what I had on hand…
I threw the paprika, salt, pepper and cumin in at this point… just to season the meat – in the future – I will add it to the bowl… lesson learned
after this is sufficiently cooked, pour into the bowl with the veggies –
take your riced cauliflower and add to the bowl
I had my cauliflower standing in the food processor until I used it, so after I emptied it – I threw in my black olives to make chopping them easier… gave it a pulse or two, voila chopped black olives
mix together, throw in more spices (I added the tandoori masala and thyme, and some more salt and pepper at this point)
mix well, start stuffing your peppers

one of the sites that I looked at suggested putting your peppers into a muffin tin so they don’t fall over –

I did that

however, I would definitely recommend spraying or greasing your muffin tin first b/c whatever liquid that was in them – seeped out and was difficult to get off the pan…

bake for 45 minutes

Enjoy 🙂

I would in the future, along with figuring out the spice problem, most likely add bacon and raisins… (assuming raisins are paleo friendly)

my husband liked them in spite of himself (he complained a bit that there would be no rice or quinoa in it… stating that he hated cauliflower…) and my paleo friend liked them too 🙂

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

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