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Whole30 and Life in General

this is gonna be a long, rambling post folks… strap in and get ready for the ride. . .

First up – diet.

BLLLLAAAAHHHHHHH I want some wine and cheese!!!!

Today is the last day. I am proud to report, that BOTH my husband and I have made it.  I would say it’s been difficult – but really it hasn’t been THAT bad… except husband hates veggies – so trying to disguise them is taking more effort… the worst part is really not being able to use cheese and butter… and ensuring that nothing contains sugar. . . can I just tell you that the bacon that is W30C is super thin… SUPER thin…and shrivels up into nothing when you cook it… blah. 

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seriously – I have 58 photos I just uploaded from my phone… I don’t think I’ll put all those there??  we’ll see… I want to do a slideshow… hahaha

anyways – I haven’t weighed myself since Monday – but at that point I was down 7 pounds. 

I started running/jogging/walking again last week – but that only happened 3 times and then life. . . and then — COLD…
ok, ok – I get it – I’m in florida – it’s not THAT cold… but it’s too cold for me – and it’s too cold for here. . . I know the rest of the country is dealing with negative 50 degrees before wind chill; but ,… well – ok, I got nothing…. that’s really f’kn cold … colder than normal… but we’re also dealing with colder than normal, and colder for longer periods of time right now… ahhhh global warming and all its charming effects on the planet… ((we’re all gonna die!!!!)) 
anyways – I can’t run in the cold. My lungs DO NOT cooperate… I tried. I lived in the Midwest most my life – – it does not work. so I haven’t run this week. I suck. . . 😦 

moving on. . . diet diet diet… schmiet schmiet schmiet. . . 

OH — Life. . . 

oh how life has been all over the place lately. . . if you read my blog – you are aware that last week (?? or week before?) I posted about losing friendships… well; shortly after that post – the subject of it texted me and said she missed me and she was so looking forward to my birthday … blah blah blah… and then this week she emails me and says we can’t be friends anymore, you’re too negative…  UM. WHAT?!!?!??!   yes. sometimes I can be negative. EVERYONE IS – life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows!!  real life has ups and downs. . . if you want someone who is going to be all perky & positive all day – every day – that person isn’t a real friend. they’re superficial and fake. . . and won’t be there for you when shit hits the fan… but what gets me is the lie. . . you miss me and can’t wait to see me ((but don’t make any effort to do so and then turn around and end the friendship!??! 2 + 2 = 5 ))

but on the plus side, I get to see a friend that I’ve had since she was 17!! I gauge it that way b/c I don’t know how old I was at that point; though now that I’m actually writing it out – I was 22; she’s 5 years younger than I am.  we used to work together at Target, and we would go to the 18 & up clubs (before she was 18?? or I at least knew her before she was 18 from working together?!!? I don’t know it was a LONG time ago… )  she is unable to make the expenditure to come down for my birthday; but she’s actually in Florida for a work conference this week; and has Friday afternoon/evening open… so I’m making the 2 1/2 hour trek to see her for the first time since 2013.!!! 
It’s a great way to start my birthday month!! 😀

Life – Family Update

Back a couple years ago, my cousin contacted me and inquired if I wanted to do DNA testing – as neither of us knew our birth fathers. . . I agreed . . . found out I had Jewish heritage, and really didn’t give it another thought…   we did it through FamilyTree.com and they don’t have a large database… fast forward a couple years and I bought husband a kit for Christmas/birthday/something… through ancestry.com. . . he says I should do one again through them to see if the results are any different… they weren’t very different at all… and well, ancestry.com has a rather massive database of users… that can find other relatives… I had someone reach out to me and …. long story short — she is my maternal aunt. The sister of my biological brother… whom I actually remember my mother mentioning at least once… ((I don’t remember a lot of my childhood for some reason)) 
So we started communicating on a somewhat regular basis… she sent me a lot of things that belonged to grandparents/great grandparents in the family… pretty cool… then she asked if we wanted these shelves…. you guys  – if you know me (us) you know that our house is stuffed to the brim. It’s so full. We have SO much stuff. . . SO. MUCH. STUFF. . . . . . . . so obviously, I can’t accept this, and I tell her as such… but then I tell husband about it and he just stops… and says omg. I have been wanting a set of those FOREVER… they’re SO expensive… I look at him and say uh; where we gonna put it ??? (It’s essentially a bookcase)

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he was very upset, but understood… because… SO. MUCH. STUFF. . . 
well, I was on my way to drill one night and just thinking about stuff; as my mind tends to wander on the long drive up there… and I figured – if he gets rid of the large items that he planned on; then we WOULD have room; and as it’s a bookcase (sort) that’s more storage ((which is necessary)). . . so I texted her and asked if the offer still stood; and she said yes…
Cool.
Problem:  she lives in Georgia. We live in Florida. . . and we don’t have a vehicle that we can put a bookshelf in … ((we weren’t supposed to have the van anymore at this point)) So I brought up the issue of transport, and she offered to bring it down to us… thus a road trip plan was born. . . her and her husband came down this past weekend… and woooooo was I nervous!!!
Excited – but nervous… because Anxiety. . .
The trip went lovely EXCEPT the weather… the weather sucked… 😦  
but regardless of that – it was great.  They are awesome people, so warm and caring… PLUS there are SO many similarities between the three families (them, mine, husband’s) it’s insane!!  and no I’m not writing that they were great people b/c there’s a chance they will read this – because if I didn’t think anything like that; I wouldn’t have mentioned it… :-p

also – did ya’ll see the lunar eclipse?? we dragged the telescope out and took some pics, had a couple people come over to see … it was gorgeous

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Food Journey of Whole30 by Slidely Slideshow

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Food Journey of Whole30 by Slidely Slideshow

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3 weeks into Whole30

FYI – We’re still doing this… I just haven’t gotten a chance to do updates… I have plenty of food pics though… (but not tonight)

I was down 5 pounds yesterday… Husband hasn’t told me his weight lately… 

But, again, weight loss isn’t the goal of this diet… to be honest – I feel NO differently. I am not any less bloated ((I think it’s all the sauerkraut in the morning…)) none of my clothes fit any better, I don’t have any more energy than I normally do (in fact, I might have less?) 

I feel like this was just … kind of a waste of time… but we’ll finish it out… we have 1 week left. 

and then. 

Wine. (Rum for husband)

And cheese. 

Yummmmmm…..

 

Adobe Stock & W30 Week 1

Yes, I’m aware those are two completely unrelated topics… but that’s what I have to write about today…

I inadvertently signed up for Adobe Stock last year.  I missed the free trial deadline because life… ugh… I tried to cancel it immediately – and they said oh – you’ll have to pay for the entire year AND you won’t get any photos…. You guys —  ITS $30 A MONTH  for 10 stupid pictures… so, I have paid for the past stupid year and get an email notification that it’s up for auto-renewal.  OH HELL NO IT”S NOT… so I logged into Adobe to cancel that shit – except YOU CANT.  there’s no option to do so… I search around, and it’s been that way for awhile and has a lot of complaints because of it… for years. . . so I have to wait til today to chat with someone to get it cancelled… at this point I have 81 photos saved up ((because I have gone in and just randomly downloaded random pictures for different things – to use them up))

Transaction goes fine, he cancels my stuff, blah blah… and then says oh you won’t have access to the 81 licenses you have left… well – now I’m pissed…
this is their latest offering:

Ramandeep:

Toni, I see that you are a valuable member with us for so long, I can offer you 3 month worth of charges as refund.

I mean… $90 in exchange for 81 pictures… and a years’ worth of charges… ugh… that’s so much money wasted …

But, really – what else am I gonna do?

Ugh….

Anyways – week 1 of Whole30.

I WANT SOME WINE.

And cheese… and donuts… ugh… no bad – bad – bad

Today I had a doctor appointment, it was supposed to be just a follow up, no big deal… it turned into a big painful deal that was horrible… normally I’d treat myself to something sweet to make me feel better…. Well, I am proud to say that I didn’t do that… even though I REALLY wanted to  but I did decide I’d go to Ulta and grab some nice soap for my face that’s been super oily recently… not only did they not greet me as I walked in (but definitely greeted the next few people that walked in) as I stood there lost in confusion, trying to even find someone to assist me – they went to other people, but NO ONE said a single word to me the entire time I was in the store… that pissed me off… so I left, without soap… and more pissed off than I was before … I came home and cuddled with the cats… and I’m still in pain…

Oh that was off subject… mainly just me being proud of myself for not caving into my severe desire and temptation…

Anyways

Week 1 – we’ve done pretty well… I think…. We have denied our cravings for bad things… but we’re doing something “wrong”… we eat our healthy meals, we eat until we’re not hungry. . . but at the end of the night – we get hungry… and you can’t go to bed if you’re hungry… we’ve been drinking water appropriately, but – still the hunger continues at the end of the night… even if we eat to the point of full, not just hungry… I don’t know what to do about that…

But let’s talk nuts… apparently, we have been overdoing nuts… my face is super breaking out – so is husband’s… this morning we had nut butter on our breakfast and he said that he absolutely cannot do anymore nuts – his face was on fire…

That bodes well for the 6 cups of nuts I roasted last night… LOL

And then I read ((after I roasted all of them)) that we’re not supposed to have nuts/nut butter every day – maybe every other day at most… oops… as the hunger kicks in at random times – we’ve been eating a serving as snacks (along with other things) I know you’re not supposed to snack so much on W30, but like I said – we eat til we’re full (or not hungry anymore) but then get hungry before the next meal – or at the end of the  night… I’m really not sure what to do or where to turn (without paying – cuz no)

Husband has gained weight – I have lost 2 pounds… but, again, W30 is not for weight loss… but really – deprivation of delicious food should DEFINITELY lead to weight loss…

Anyways –

things I have eaten that I liked (I mean honestly, this diet isn’t that bad – it’s just complicated to make food without ingredients that we don’t pay attention to…)

I bought some little red bananas the other night – and I had one that I cut up and covered with almond butter, blueberries, W30C coconut and W30c cacao nibs… OMG IT WAS SO GOOD!!! ((also – new abbreviation: W30C (or c) is short for Whole30 Compliant))

last night we had pizza stuffed sweet potatoes… they were actually REALLY tasty… there was obviously no cheese, but as I did not have enough sausage – I threw in a couple pieces of bacon and did not exactly follow the directions… and definitely no mushrooms… I used a poblano instead of bell pepper… 

I thought it looked damn tasty before I added the marinara:pizzasweetpotato

and here’s what the sauce looked like after adding the marinara; I did not take a picture of the actual product… but I served it up with some steamed broccoli … husband hates sweet potatoes, but did not complain too much about this

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for breakfast one day this weekend – we had another amazing healthy meal… I admit I looked at the recipe and was hesitant, but husband said it was basically a crepe… 

A sweet and savory blueberry omelet… 

blueberries in eggs?? uhhhh what?? 

you guys — MAKE THIS RECIPE <<click, make, enjoy

we followed the recipe exactly (which is unknown in my world) – and added a dollop of almond butter (w30c) 

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it was so good. SO very good. ((served with a sauteed kale/onion salad, bacon, and our morning sauerkraut))

so a couple days later, we decided to modify it a little bit. husband sauteed some apples in cinnamon and a tiny bit of ghee and then added a little bit of almond flour to stiffen it up a bit… we determined it wasn’t as good… definitely don’t add the flour… 

I made a turkey broccoli stir fry one night for dinner… it was… ehhhh… shrug  

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did I mention that we made some w30c mayo the other night?? tangy and much better than regular mayo (of which, I’m not a fan) but – I used it to make a turkey salad –

smoked turkey, raisins, sun dried tomatoes, and seasonings, along with 2 tbsp. of the mayo… husband loves it. 

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and then the final picture- leftover roasted root veggie breakfast hash – I roasted up the following:  purple sweet potato, golden beet, parsnips, carrots – I think I posted about it previously ((it’s only been a week, but I totally don’t remember the posts I’ve made…))

and I needed it gone – I had used it for dinner twice and had just a little bit leftover, so it was our breakfast one day

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I lied – that’s not the last picture –

let’s talk coffee.  I hate coffee. It’s nasty, bitter, and just gross… I like the smell of some flavored coffees, but I don’t even like the flavor of them without creamer… I found that the almondmilk French vanilla creamer is great…

that being said – pre W30 – I started my day with a cup of coffee (and creamer) and that was my breakfast… ((did I mention that this is more food than my body is used to?? so why tf am I hungry at the end of the night?!?!?!) anyways – I did switch to tea for a couple days, but then was introduced to nutpods… 

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  1. it’s definitely not sweet, 2. it leaves weird floating things in my coffee, 3. my coffee is still bitter, but not AS bitter… I am not enjoying it, but then again, I guess I never actually enjoy it (especially when I don’t add enough creamer) but I am also thinking after the end of this little container – I will be switching back to tea… 

 

ok. I think that’s it for real this time… remind me to tell you about the collagen powder Eve & I got samples of, next time… 

 

 

 

 

Suggestions/thoughts/etc?

Talk to ya lata

~Peace~

 

Day 3 of W30

so husband and I have this habit of going out to run errands and then getting side tracked and being out a LOT longer than we anticipated. 

this happened today… although, to be fair – we got stuck at the DMV for HOURS. . . and I did bring snacks! but after we ate the snacks at the next stop and were still out- hunger was roaring ((which should be expected b/c it had been hours since we’d had breakfast)) so we had to stop and grab some lunch… we stopped at 3peppers and had a salad – no beans/rice/cheese/sour cream… just meat and veggies and guacamole.

yesterday, we smoked turkeys for the four of us (the pair that we’re doing this with) spent all day ((until 9!!)) at the smoker … we smoked 60 pounds of turkey!!!!
here’s one of ours and the 4 pounds of meat that came from one of our 13 pound birds

 

for lunch yesterday, we kept it simple with some tuna in a salad… I had roasted some peppers for our dinner recipe ((I knew the turkey wasn’t going to be done in time)) and as I sampled one, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. they were SO good… 
so I stole the little peppers and cut them into our salads… which did mean I had to go to the store and get another pepper for the dinner dish… (I needed 12 oz and was only at 9)

 

so anyways, for dinner we had this paleo chicken bowl concoction that was on the realsimplegood site – except I super tweaked it… it called for 3 CUPS of mushrooms… 
I don’t do mushrooms… yuck. no. ew. But since it was SUCH a substantial amount – I had to replace it with something… and since it was called a bowl – I replaced it with a rice substitute – otherwise, I think it should be called a salad… it wanted 8 1/2 cups of kale… 
um… I threw in a couple handfuls… and served it with riced cauliflower… it was pretty good… the one thing about these recipes is that nothing is labeled with a serving size… so … it said it served 4; so I cut the pan into quarters and that is how I determined our servings… I was full… so I’m hopeful that is how I was supposed to manage it… 
a look at before and after I added the red pepper sauce 

 

Paleo Chicken Bowl – roasted my own peppers – and they weren’t all red… 

Today I woke up with a pounding headache… I am not sure why, but I supposed it could be sugar withdrawals… that’s what the other couple is dealing with…. I didn’t feel like cooking so I researched some easy meals… came up with apples with almond butter, blueberries, and pistachios. easy peasy. throw on some cinnamon and call that a day! 

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these were SO good… like – I could sit and eat them all day good… breakfast- lunch -and dinner good… but I was worried that they wouldn’t be very filling… worry not – I wasn’t hungry til at least 4 hours after I had eaten!! 

so – tonight I think we’re having leftovers… 

we had roasted root veggies and sausage the other day — that’s probably on the agenda tonight… but lunch was pretty late… 

one thing we haven’t adhered to very well is a schedule… our days have been very out of sort with husband not working… things kind of just happen whenever… 

oh well. 

happy evening everyone. 

Whole30 + me + husband = TBD

So, husband and I decided (along with a pair of our friends) to try the Whole30 diet for the month of January. . . I have gained quite a bit of weight throughout the last year (and fallen off the gym bandwagon more times than I can count) and husband has general aches and pains that I don’t think he should have – he blames them on being old and sedentary ((of which we are neither))… So… we’re doing it….except he keeps going back and forth on it b/c how are you supposed to lose weight when you’re eating so much? 

You’re supposed to eat enough at each meal to not have snacks in between… doesn’t that go against what doctors have found works for most people – several small meals throughout the day, instead of 3 large ones? 

I started researching it and there are so many people for it, but just as many people against it… 

Whole30 is an elimination diet meant to help you figure out what’s causing certain issues you might be facing… my issues are my extremely high levels of exhaustion AT ALL TIMES. . . but, that could be because I don’t sleep well… AT. ALL.  ((and yes, I’ve been to a doctor… they can’t figure it out)) So, will this help ?? Who knows… apparently people on the W30D have reported sleeping better… My exhaustion levels also play into the gym issue… I’m too tired to do anything, much less, exert an enormous amount of activity.  So, I guess we’ll see….

Husband’s issue is the pain he’s always in… the arthritis that wracks his body at such a young age — ok – we’ll we’re not spring chickens – but he’s only 42 – I don’t think he should be in the amount of pain he’s in on a daily basis… Will this help?  Who knows… 

Day 1 was yesterday – I thought we did relatively well… until I found out that you can’t have hummus… I really have no idea how I missed that fact… or rather didn’t think about the fact that chickpeas were legumes. . . because I knew you couldn’t have legumes… I just always thought of hummus (without tahini) as a healthy snack… NOT ON WHOLE30!!! So, technically we have to restart. good thing it was the first day and January has 31 days  😉

anyways – for breakfast we had eggs and bacon ((my eggs had veggies in them…husband’s did not)) he had his black coffee, and since I can’t have creamer – I have switched over to tea… Oh. Did I happen to mention that – I don’t eat breakfast on a daily basis ?? Cuz – I don’t. Eating breakfast literally makes me hungry ALL DAY LONG… so, day 1 lunch, we were out and didn’t think about our timing…. I got SUPER hungry… I looked at the time and it had been 4 hours since we ate… I should mention that we were out running errands – and the final one was to go to the grocery store to stock our fridge with W30 compliant foods…. so, um, our fridge was kind of empty… I started researching W30 friendly restaurants – and truthfully you can make anything compliant… it’s probably just an annoyance to the staff… {It’s ok, I’ll tip you well…  — and at least I’m not the person at the restaurant that ordered a grilled cheese WITHOUT THE BREAD via Bitesquad} anyways – we had burgers (him – beef, me – chicken) on a bed of greens with some veggies ((not potatoes)). I would like to think we were compliant… but – I don’t know what their stuff was cooked in… sigh

Oh, and I ate EVERY. SINGLE. BITE. I never do that…. 

For dinner — {which was much later than anticipated and we had to do some snacking – I had two servings of different nuts, husband had … 3; and then a single serve pack of guacamole and one of hummus ((because – oops)) } we had roasted root veggies and turkey sausage. . . I think we should have maybe had a salad with that – but it was 9pm when we finally got to eat… and I just didn’t have the energy to do more putting together… it was good, but I still felt hungry when I was done… I just drank a bunch of water and some hot tea (compliant)

All in all, we felt that we had done a good job, until this morning I realized – chickpeas are legumes and are not allowed… 

I don’t think this plan is actually good for me… it might be good for husband with all his inflammation – but this is really more food than I usually eat ((why then am I so fat still??)) I normally don’t eat breakfast – I have a cup of coffee with creamer – the creamer is only 35 calories, so at most it’s 70 calories depending on how much I pour in that day… then I eat a (normally) healthy lunch and a reasonable dinner.  I know I need to cut out sugars ((DUDE THEYRE’ IN EVERYTHING!!!!)) and I need to eat less cheese ((but come on — CHEEEEEESE)), and probably consume less wine (sugar)… but I think I can do that on my own without being chained to this restriction… 

but – for breakfast today – Day 2

we had eggs, bacon, half an avocado and a tomato slice; along with a tablespoon of sauerkraut because I was told it would aid in digestion ((but it turns out I don’t have the one that has probiotic properties…of course))

 

 

so – now I’m wondering if this is actually the right plan for me – I really just am not sure… I don’t even know who to turn to in order to ask… siiiiigggghhhh  *woe is me* 

anyways…I’ll update as I can – once school starts things are going to get REALLY tricky… 

I have class on T/W/TH – (no big deal) on T/Th – 12p – 4:15p … so I have to eat before I leave home at 11… (ummmm….) I have only a 15 minute break where I have to race across campus to get to my next class in between the 2 classes I have that day… and on Wednesdays I have class from 10a – 4:15p … again – only a 15 minute break racing across campus… so… um, obviously my eating habits are going to be affected… more on that in 6 days after my first day of school… 

 

thoughts or suggestions on Whole30? hit me up… 

 

Thanks for reading!! ❤

ACV & Me

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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!!

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~

Juice Fast – My Experience – Day 1

So I got a juicer for Christmas.. mainly cuz I told husband that is what he needed to get me (haha)

and when I was hoping that I got one for Christmas I was discussing juicing with a coworker (who is vegan and seriously the sweetest person I’ve ever ever met!!) anyways we discussed going on a juice cleanse if I did get one, and lo and behold – yay!

so… we researched it and decided to base our fast on the Reboot program and a few recipes from a couple of other sites… we were going to base it on the blueprint cleanse, but… that just seemed to be too much fruit… so we found a decent mix between them…

now.. I know that if you drink water regularly and eat healthy and stuff your body just cleanses itself… but… I have these awful cravings for horrible things.. .and I need to get that out of my system… and all these blogs that I have read have said that a cleanse kind of resets your system…

so we’re going to try it for 3 days…

I actually kind of want to do it for 10 days…

it would figure though, that the morning I wake up to start my cleanse I was STARVING… oops. . .

so this morning I got up at 4:30 with husband… cuz that’s what happens…. yesterday I didn’t get to prep my juices for day 1 b/c the jars I had were not the right size and I had to go out and get the right size… so I got them and then I had to run them thru the dishwasher . . . by the time that ended, I didn’t feel up to doing all that stuff… so when I got up this morning, it was just too early to deal with that I had a glass of hot water with lemon and a smidge of agave nectar and then went back to bed so that I could get some sleep for my shift tonight… ((but I was SO hungry!!!)) I slept til about 10:30 and got up to begin…

my first juice was:

Carrot-Apple-Lemon

it was delicious… it consisted of obviously carrots, apples, and a lemon. . .

 

so I set up to begin the rest of the juices for the day…

I went to this little international market for all my fruits & veggies yesterday and spent $40 and got TONS:
15 monster carrots, 8 huge cucumbers, 4 massive beets, 3 oranges, 3 lemons, 2 limes, a bag of 12 apples, 3 bunches of kale, a single bunch of spinach, 5 kiwis, parsley, basil, mint, 2 sweet potatoes, 2 bosch pears, 3 bunches of celery, and 2 little things of blueberries

the problem I’m running into is the size of the veggies… each juice recipe as followed is supposed to create about 12 ounces… mine are creating almost twice that much… so I need to cut the recipes in half for the veggies I’m using…

I’m kind of concerned about the green juices b/c they all call for celery.

I hate celery.

I hate the taste, I hate the smell, and I hate the threads… granted the threads aren’t an issue in the juice… but the smell… oh dear… the smell is scaring me… and I hate cucumbers… yuuuuck

we shall find out how it tastes a little later when it’s lunch time…

so anyways –

it’s been a couple hours since my first juice and I’m actually starting to get a little bit hungry…

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Summer Corn Chowder

soup
back in the day – I used to frequent St. Louis Bread Company (a.k.a. Panera Bread Company) a lot… it was just down the street from my work and was just so GOOD!!!
yum.
anyways –
I kinda fell in love with their corn chowder, which only runs very limitedly . . . i’m guessing (by the name of the post and recipes I found -) that it’s a summer thing…
I decided to create my own… and honestly, I don’t remember how well I followed this recipe back when I first made it… or if I just created something and this was closest to it… *Shrug* it was long ago…
and the next time I made it, I probably semi-followed this recipe, b/c it was printed out in my cache of recipes…
so, here’s my base:
http://www.cookeatshare.com%2Frecipes%2Fsummer-corn-chowder-436018&h=TAQFe-Re5
(((here is the recipe… i found out the link doesn’t work…))
Summer Corn Chowder
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 4-5

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch diced
3 tablespoons flour
5 cups vegetable broth
2 russet potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 cups fresh corn kernels
1/2 cup diced (1/4 inch) red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced (1/4 inch) green bell pepper
Salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup half-and-half
2 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice, for garnish
1/2 cup thinly slivered fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Place the oil and butter in a pot over low heat. Add the diced onion and wilt for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the onion; cook, stirring, for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Add the broth and potatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, partially covered, for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Add the corn, red and green bell peppers, salt, pepper, and half-and-half; cook over low heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Ladle 2 cups of soup into each bowl. Before serving, place 1 tablespoon of diced tomatoes in the center of each and top generously with slivered basil. Serve immediately.

and if you’ve read my blog at all – you know I like to tweak things to my liking.
so . . . my tweaks are this:
I have to make sure my peppers are good and cooked or they make bear sick.. so I added them in with the onions… and instead of just throwing them in the pot and wilting them — I did the following:
cook up 3 – 4 slices of bacon… throw your onions and peppers ( I used the entire pepper (red & green) and a medium onion) into the remaining bacon fat after bacon has been cooked to a crisp
when they are good and caramelized, add it to the melted butter & oil mixture
don’t drain that fat tho – cut up a couple pieces of chicken into really small pieces and cook that in the remaining bacon fat/veggie sweat
save the bacon and chicken for later
instead of 4 cups fresh corn I use 2 cans of cream corn and the same amount of frozen corn (thawed)
then I threw in some “fresh” (from the store) green beans when I threw in the potatoes
after it’s done boiling and doing whatever that step says… – throw in your chicken and crumbled up bacon.. (btw – crumble up your bacon after it cools down!)
add your salt and pepper, and I also added some smoked paprika.
it was yummmmmm
🙂

2 new dinner creations

no pics
I suuuuck
oh well
the past few nights I’ve been having issues determining what to make for dinner.
the other night I cut up some chicken (of course)
and I browned it with some fennel seed and thyme and balsamic vinegar, but then I was like, ummmm what do I do with this now, what will I serve with it…
so I cut up some onions
and then I steamed some spinach (in the bag)
threw the onions, some minced garlic, and the spinach into the pan with the chicken and threw a small can of coconut milk in there and let it simmer together for awhile.
I was very hesitant about how this might taste.
OMG IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!
I wanted more when I finished it…
but unfortunately, the amount I made only served the two of us…
*sigh* soooo yum
the second creation was tonight
I took about a quarter cup of frozen blueberries ((fresh blueberries would have been SO much better)) and mixed it with some barbecue sauce… probably the same amount — a quarter cup…
I put the two of them into my little food processor and blended away
I threw the chicken in the pan and sprinkled about a tablespoon of brown sugar on top and then poured in 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar ((I think… I don’t measure, i’m guessing))
and then I threw the blueberry bbq sauce on top of it and let it cook away
served that with some diced potatoes sautéed with onions, garlic, lemon juice and dill
and some green beans seasoned with tarragon and a slight amount of butter.
it was pretty yummy
husband decided he needed some rice with his chicken, but I chose to go without, it was still so good!!!
sorry I have no pictures!!
but, try them out!! let me know 🙂 enjoy 🙂