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Where did the time go?

Wow it is almost Sept, crazy. I lost track of time, checking my blog I noticed the last time I blogged was in June. So much had happened. Most importantly so much good food has been consumed. Hopefully in the next day or so I will post some pics.

Some highlights of the summer; I have been trying different brands of ice cream and realized us do get what ya pay for as far as ingredients go. I had a southern BBQ and realized that when you are not use to eating fried food, it may taste good, but you will pay for it. My poor stomach, not to mention my face broke out from frying food.
I started a new project with a friend, another blog called Monkeys Do. which is about taking recipes and seeing if we can recreate them and tweak them a little to accommodate our dietary needs. Super excited about some of te ideas we have in store for that project.

Sadly my health hasn’t been the best over the summer, so training had to take a back seat for a bit, wow the low you feel from not exercising. However, I was still able to walk the Color Run, which was a blast and I will do it again next year, my goal is to run it this time.
But I am getting back into the groove, with walking and bike riding.

Summer is coming to an end and with that goes my ice cream habit. Not to say its off my menu, more like I’ll have it once in a blue moon.
Back in the game of eating right and gettin my exercise groove on!

Tell next time, keep eatin the good stuff!

Gone but not forgotten…

I had to take a little break from blogging, life happens and sometimes ya gotta put somethings on hold.

A lot of good things have happen in the last couple months. I may or may not have mentioned I am an esthetician (I do facials and waxing) I not only see clients out of my home, but now I am also working out of a day spa and teach a couple of classes a month. Good stuff, but with change comes trying to reconfigure time management, so I have decided to start blogging weekly instead of daily.

A little catching up – I have stayed on track with my food, still at 1600 calories. This has become so much easier than I thought, once you get use to size and portions it makes like so much easier to know what to eat. I will say I have been spoiled the last year, not having a time clock to punch, I could focus on when and what to eat. Now I actually have set schedules and am learning, yet again, when to eat and how some of the snack that were satisfying before, not so much anymore. So instead of apples and peanut butter, I am looking at hummus and veggies to sustain me til lunch.

Some goals I have accomplished – Im not sure about weight loss – but I do know I have lost inches since Feb I believe I have lost a total of 4 inches, may not sound like a lot to you, but it is for me – everybody is different and I will take it! Especially considering I have slacked on the exercise department the last month. Ok I have more than slacked it was non- existent. I started back training about 2 weeks ago, sadly on my second day of training my back decided to have a spasm. Well I thought it was a spasm, instead it was a bulging disc that got irritated.(re-occurring injury) I have been down for a week, but finally it is starting to heal. Time to move forward and restart with some core strengthening.

On to the Future – I have registered for the Color Run, I am aiming to run at least half of it. Sounds like fun and what the heck, get covered in color while I run!

Off to a good start! – Lot of good food so far this year. Had fun making homemade nachos with some friends and she made some amazing cheese. If I remember correctly it had : Corn starch, Habanero cheese, Sharp cheddar and condensed milk.  the Habanero gave it just the right amount of kick!

I got a new BBQ at the beginning of May, my hubby bought me one that has both gas and charcoal. I love it! Makes it nice during the week when we want quick grilling and on the weekend when I have lots of time to wait for the charcoals to get warm.  He is the best hubby!

I look forward to the summer and the fun stuff to whip up in the kitchen!

There is nothing like sharing good food with good friends and the laughter that follows!

Happy eating!

BBQ Season is here!

Oh how I do love to BBQ!

I will find any excuse to start up the grill. This weekend was the perfect excuse, warm weather and working hard in the back yard. I decided to experiment with fish, Salmon to be specific.  Off to Sur La Table, since it is located right next to Whole Foods. I picked up a BBQ Plank. I have only tried the cedar wraps and they were very nice, but I wanted to try something new.  The nice salesman was happy to talk about the planks and how to use them and what food goes with what, I chose an Alder. Never had it and figured it cant be bad.

I simply used salt, pepper and lime to season the Salmon. I had fun with the rest of the food, we had stuffed Ricotta stuffed Portabella mushrooms, Wasabi potatoes and steamed veggies.

I am truly looking forward to the summer and BBQ’s to be had with friends!

I recently started eating Laughing Giraffe Snackaroos, One of the flavors has Maca Root, so of course I had to research it to find out what the benefits are, I was amazed at what I found!  Who knew such a yummy little snack could have amazing benefits!?  Of course I looked for the side effects and the main thing I found was common sense, ya take to much and you will experience side effects. what is too much? over 500 mg a day. That is a lot of Maca powder

“Maca is high in iodine and should not be taken by people with thyroid disease. It has stimulant properties and can raise heart rate. Some people have reported stomach upset after large doses. If you are pregnant or nursing, never take this or any health supplement without first consulting you doctor.”

What is Maca Root?

Maca is an self-cultivating annual plant that lives in the Peruvian Andes. It inhabits summits and high plateaus. It does well at altitudes up to fourteen thousand feet and in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. It is able to thrive in rocky soil, freezing weather and violent winds. It is a very hardy plant indeed. The villagers of the Peruvian highlands have been consuming maca root for hundreds of years for it’s nutritional benefits. Maca was often given to Inca warriors before battle to increase their strength and stamina. After conquering the Inca, the Spaniards learned of the benefits of maca and began exporting it back to Spain

Its sold in a powder, in capsule form and in foods.

Here are the Benefits:

  • Increase energy
  • Increase strength and stamina
  • Improve cognitive functioning
  • Improve mental clarity and memory
  • Enhances learning and mental ability
  • Reduce anxiety, stress and depression
  • Normalize progesterone, estrogen and testosterone
  • Decrease mood swings and hot flashes
  • Treat hormonal imbalance
  • Menstrual relief
  • Regulate hormones
  • Relieve symptoms of menopause
  • Regulate menstrual cycles
  • Treat chronic fatigue
  • Treat insomnia
  • Improves sexual function in men and women
  • Enhance fertility
  • Treat erectile dysfunction
  • As an antioxidant and anti-carcinogen
  • Improve mental wellbeing
  • Treat infertility
  • Increase libido
  • Benefit pituitary gland
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Overcome physical and mental stress
  • Fuel the endocrine system
  • Treat exhaustion
  • Improve the functioning of the circulatory system
  • Make skin look younger
  • Strengthen teeth and bones
  • Kill bacteria and fungus

Remember always talk to your doctor before you take anything!

Been gone for a bit..

I will be back at blogging this week, got wrapped up in things and at times didnt have access to a computer. Look for tomorrows blog! Who knows what my brain will come up with!
Enjoy!

Lets talk Coconut

OH NO – Coconut has fat!

“I’m on a low-fat diet, I can’t eat that!” I have heard this so many times. Lets face it with so many books out there on low-fat diets I can see the fear of eating something that naturally has fat. But the body uses natural fats differently than synthetic fats. Our bodies are made to break it down and use it as fuel. Of course too much of anything can be harmful, so consult your nutritionist, Doctor, or whom ever helps you with your diet before jumping on any band wagon. I’m just going to talk about the benefits I have had with changing some of my habits to Coconut items, my personal opinion.

I’m not a huge fan of cows milk, I use to drink it as a child and then as I became an adult unless it had chocolate in it, not a fan. However the real reason I started looking into different types of milk was for Brent, he was having some indigestion problems, and it seemed to get worse when he would consume dairy. My digestive system doesn’t handle soy milks very well, so we went through rice, almond, and pretty much all the other types out there. As I was surfing the web one night I came across an article about Coconut milk, my first thought was eew that nasty stuff that comes out of a coconut? So I kept searching and came across So Delicious brand.

But not the dairy alternative, the Ice Cream. OOOOOOOh it was so good. Then found out they made a Milk Alternative. So we gave it a whirl. I was pleasantly surprised at the texture and flavor, it was really good and tasted good in cold cereal and as chocolate milk. Not only did it taste good but after about 3 weeks and a few dietary changes, Brent noticed that his indigestion was reduced. So being the research nerd I am, I hit the net and started to discover all sorts of benefits that coconut has for the entire body. Now I use it in my daily smoothies and in my post workout shake, plus I usually add a spoonful in when I have had a hard workout.

Here is a list of health benefits and if you click on the link below the list, you will find more interesting facts from the site. ( the list is from the site)If you have PCOS take note of the items highlighted in teal!

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans

COCONUT RESEARCH

I was beside myself when I first read this list! How exciting. There are so many coconut products on the market, it can be baffling as to what is good and what is not, as a rule of thumb for me if it has a lot of ingredients then it is more than likely synthetic.

I have eczema and can usually use the topical medications for a while until I become immune to them and have to try something else. I have tried everything under the sun, including sitting for an hour wrapped in a mud concoction that the lady swore she had healed others with eczema. after sitting cold for an hour and having it removed with hot towels she said dont shower til tonight,, you have got to be kidding me.. but ok.  ooh I was so itchy and it was driving me mad, so I called her and she said oh thats normal. Ok I am in the skin care biz and somethings are normal and some are soooo not. This was soooo not. I jumped in the shower only to find that it had spread. now I had more eczema to contend with  and I was itchy. Wish I had had Coconut oil back then.  Now I use it just as my skin is breaking out in the itch and it seems to soothe it and if I catch it in time can keep it from rashing.

After removing most sugar from my daily diet, and I say most because I still consume fruit and raw sugar, I noticed my taste buds became much more aware of what I was eating. Imagine that, I could taste my food! I decided to give coconut water from the actual fruit, another try, off to Whole foods I went and picked up a thai coconut and took it home – I had them pre-cut it for me so I didn’t hurt myself in the process. (You may know this but when you open a coconut the water inside should be clear and smell fresh, if it is pink or purple take it back it is old and no good.) I took a sip of that crisp clear water and was excited by the clean sweet taste. It has now become a part of our diet and during the summer I mix it in to my fresh Lemonade. Its not just for drinking, if you buzz through my recipe section you will see how I make Coconut whipping cream from the meat and the water. Simple yet Divine.

With so many health benefits, I try to find new ways to incorporate it.  I have been looking at Coconut Cream or Manna as some labels call it and today I finally found a site that explained it simply. You can use it to replace heavy cream in recipes and many other uses. Of course this blog is all about sharing so here is the link  COCONUT CREAM  This is one of my new favorite sites to browse through, lots of ideas!

My friend Summer ( she is a licensed chef)  made Coconut cupcakes today, she let me come by and take a sneak bite of one. She used canned coconut milk and coconut flakes. it was so light and moist. I very much enjoyed it.

Do I ever get sick of the taste of coconut?, you may ask. Not really. If done right sometimes the flavor doesn’t come through or it is very subtle.

Hope you found this to be helpful or at least interesting!

 

Here is a list of books that may be helpful:

Coconut Miracle

Coconut Cures

Eat Fat, Look Thin

All by Bruce Fife who is the worlds leading expert on coconut and health.

Mint Garden!!! So Excited!

I absolutely love mint!  Mint tea, mint chocolate, the smell of mint. It is so cool and refreshing. I have a spot in my backyard that I keep looking at and have not been certain what to do with it. Then about 2 weeks ago, it hit me. It is the perfect place to plant a mint garden! Its near the back door, I usually sit near the area and when I am in the living room I can see it. So today I went to Green Acres Nursery and was so thrilled to find a few different varieties. I am now the proud owner of Chocolate mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Apple Mint and a ground cover that is a tiny leafed mint. ( I forget the name) I also got a Lemon Balm just to mix if up a bit! Lemon and Mint what a wonderful combination!  MMM I am so excited to see them grow and fill the air with wonderful smells!  I use to keep mint in containers because they can take over a space in no time, but thankfully this spot is perfect because it is a good size flower bed surrounded by cement. So it can take over the area all it wants!  I will post pics soon! I am so happy to have a place to garden again! I love making small gardens with themes… Next I want a Pepper Garden… hmmmm now to find the right sunny spot.

 

Here is what is in my belly

B- Protein Box from Starbucks, 1 egg, white cheddar cheese, peanut butter, multigrain muesli bread, apples and grapes. Tall non fat chai. 480/21

S – 1/2 cup walnuts 164/3.8

L  2 – HM Steak and Chicken tacos on whole wheat corn torts with avocado, cheese, cabbage and 1 tsp sour cream  473/49

D – 3 oz Steak,  Veggie Mix( mushrooms, zuchinni, red bell peppers, cauliflower) Jasmine Cilantro Rice   436/48.81

S – Coconut Milk and Dagboa Cacao mm choc milk.

Total – 1603/124

Note to self:

Weekend planning is a little off – need to remember to plan meals ahead of time. Snacks are ify today. Goal: to make a meal plan for self this week for next weekend,