A day of food in the life of me

I have gotten many emails and messages from friends asking what my daily menu looks like. So, I decided to do a post about it to share with everyone.

What I eat every day in order to keep me losing fat and feeling healthy is different than what may help you. It also may have things you don’t like or can’t tolerate. I have fine tuned this for my body over the last eight months. It takes a long time to find out what foods hinder your weight loss and help. It took me a long time to figure out which ones I was sensitive to and had severe reactions to. So, what will work for you, may not be my exact plan. Make sure you listen to your body.

Bottom line, just make sure you start by eating REAL, WHOLE, CLEAN FOOD.

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Here you go:

I eat about every two hours and around 5 or 6 times a day.

First thing in the morning I start drinking water and that is all I ever drink.

Within an hour I eat my “first breakfast”. This is usually my own hot cereal made with Flax seed meal, Chia seeds, coconut milk, Goji berries, and some kind of other fruit like diced apples or blueberries. (You could add cinnamon, which would be delicious but it does not like me.)

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A couple times a week I will have the same things but mixed into plain Greek yogurt. I usually add a sweetener like Stevia to it though.

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When I get hungry again, it is usually still morning time, so I call this my “second breakfast”. I love breakfast. This meal is usually two eggs and some kind of veggie. Sometimes I put the veggies in the eggs, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I have two or even three veggies. It gets crazy up in here.

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Next is lunch. This almost always involves some kind of chicken and veggie combo. There really is so much you can do. This day I made myself some vegetable soup and added some chicken that I had baked and ready to eat. (always be prepared to succeed.) It was awesome.

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Then it is time for an afternoon snack. This usually comes after one of my workouts so I like to eat a protein shake or something like that at this time. My favorite is Whey protein, frozen Mangoes, water, and walnuts. Sometimes I will use my juiced veggies instead of water. Sometimes I will just have the juiced veggies and something like a hard boiled egg. It just depends on what I feel like and what I have in the fridge.

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Dinner is always something different because I have to mix it up for the family or shit gets crazy. I have posted a lot of the recipes on my recipe page. Check it out. I will add more soon. One of the things they love is my Roasted chickenย  dinner.

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If dinner happens early or I just happen to get really hungry before bed, I will eat something like Walnuts and Goji berries or have more dinner if there is any left.

I do like to have a treat every now and then too. A quick and easy one is Sunflower seed butter on apples or Sunflower seed butter on Mary’s Gone Crackers with some raw honey. (I eat Sunflower seed butter because Peanut and Almond butter don’t like me.)

So, there you have it! I hope that this inspires and helps you in your daily food choices.

Have a healthy day! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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My Minestrone Soup

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You know I love a good soup, anywhere, anytime. Some more than others. Minestrone is one of my favorites. I love the Italian taste that Minestrone soup has. Only thing I didn’t want in it was the noodles.

Awesome thing about home made soups, I can make them however I want!

I threw this one together in about 5 minutes and let it simmer for about 2 hours.

Bam.

Healthy dinner.

And they all loved it.

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  • Water
  • Tomato sauce
  • Vegetable broth
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans Kidney Beans
  • 1 can Cannelloni Beans
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 zucchinis
  • 4 tomatoes
  • Huge handful green beans
  • Huge handful kale
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Ground pepper

I literally just chopped everything up and added it to a pot where I started boiling a container of broth, water to make as much soup as I needed for my family, and the amount of tomato sauce that I thought looked right. Then added seasoning until I liked it and simmered it.

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When I say, this shit is easy, I mean it. And it really does require you to be present and involved with the food, because you want to make sure you add what you need for it to taste good to you.

I hope you add to this and make it your own.

And enjoy!!!!

 


Chocolate Chip Cookies Thank God

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Sometimes you seriously need a damn chocolate chip cookie.

I am so grateful for the recipes out there that use real whole food to make them. For these, I used the one in The Wheat Belly Cookbook.

This book, along with the original Wheat Belly book have helped me so much to identify some of my biggest issues with not only weight loss but illness.

Almost every day I come across someone who swears that they can not live without wheat/grains and could not lose weight without it. Kudos to you. I am not one of them. I am grateful that I don’t have a severe reaction to wheat like some people, but it is for sure not my friend. So, this book was a wonderful help to me.

Though wheat is not my friend, I LOVE me some bread, cookies, cakes, doughy goodness yum. The cookbook has recipes for all of these! So far I have only tried the cookies, but if the bread is anywhere near as good as these cookies, then I am going to be good to go.

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I even ate some of the dough. Do you know how long it has been since I have eaten cookie dough? Yeah…. It was amazing.

Considering the disaster that I made of my first attempt to make another recipe of cookies, I kicked ass on this one. I feel like I am learning to bake all over again. Which I am. I put in years of baking experience, and perfected all of the things I made. Then I had to forget it all and learn all over again.

But I am happy to.

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Roasted Chicken Dinner

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I don’t know why I didn’t ever make this before I started the lifestyle change. It is truly delicious and doesn’t feel even close to what you would think would be a “healthy dish”. This is the kind of dinner that encourages me to continue to embrace the way I eat now. It is easy and healthy and filling.

What you need:

  • 1 whole, organic, pesticide, antibiotic, and everything yucky, free chicken
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat bottom of large baking dish or roasting pan with olive oil. Rinse chicken and add to the pan. (I like to cook mine breast side down. You do you ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Chop sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic and toss around chicken. Cover with olive oil and salt and pepper and rub into chicken. (Feel free to add any other seasonings that you like.) Bake for about 1 hour 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

If you have left over chicken, this would be great to add to a stew, soup, salads or sandwiches.

This never happens in my house.

 

 


Quinoa and Black Beans

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This is the recipe that I made for our Christmas Mexican dinner. I found the original on allrecipes.com but I modified a little bit of it, so it is not the same one you will find there.

It is another easy, fast, good for you dish.

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh cinaltro
  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
  2. Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Mix in the black beans and cilantro and heat through.

The best gift

Okay, so those two cookie recipes I was all excited about kicking ass on and sharing with you did not happen. I tried to make them happen, but it was a no go. Just like everything else I am learning, this apparently will take time as well. I will not go into the details, but bottom line, I worked on those cookies for 5 hours and ended up throwing them all out.

Failure is the best way to grow. Am I right? Yes, I am.

Other than that, my Christmas was awesome. I did make a bean and Quinoa recipe that was good. My husband and sister loved it. I will post that later.

I did indulge and I ate a couple cookies and other little treats. I felt no guilt. I did feel sick though. And I am right back on track today. One other thing I noticed was the craving to have more sweets. Even though I didn’t want it in my body, there was a craving. More proof that the stuff IS addictive and triggers that cycle in our bodies. It was really interesting for me to go though that and feel it and understand it, and then kick its motherfucking ASS!

This month was also interesting for me because, though it is not over, I know I have not lost as much weight this month as I have been losing in the past months. BUT, I have lost more inches than I have in past months. And I feel like I look thinner. Look at these two photos! They were taken almost exactly a month apart.

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I am only about one pound lighter in the second one, but a lot of inches smaller.

This is thanks to weight training. And my rock hard muscle is heavy, bitches! ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is so much fun to weight/strength train and really be able to see and feel the changes in my body. When I would train before, when I was eating crap, it was always a let down to see myself just get bigger.

More proof that eating the right food is so very very important.

Like you needed more proof.

Along with a few other things, I learned to go through a holiday, enjoy it, and still stay true to my lifestyle.

Best. Gift. Ever.


For the holiday

I am, for the first time in years, excited about the holiday. I feel the warmth from hearts and lights. That fuzzy love feeling you get for a few days that builds for a few before. Reminders of what I felt as a child mixed with the appreciation and understanding of all that this day means to me.

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We all go to my mom and dad’s house on Christmas day. My family and my sister’s. We eat and open presents and play games. This year my dad suggested we have tacos. We all loved the idea. We are all bringing something to add to the dinner. I am going to find a healthy bean dish. I am also making a couple of cookie recipes that I have never tried. You can see them here and here. I will take pictures and let you know how they taste and what my family thought.

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I know that the fact that I have changed my life with what I put into my body will never be compromised. Even and especially on holidays. Why should it? When I celebrate life and love and my family and peace and joy….. the last thing I want to do is be killing my body with crap. I will be enjoying real whole wonderful food along with the wonderful day of joy.

I hope the same for all of you.