Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I tend to be a healthy eater, and I enjoy food, so much that I am overweight. I stay away from fast food, eat red meat every now and then, don't drink sodas or add sugar or salt, I also never consume artificial sweeteners if I can help it. BUT, my downfall is bread and all other related things to wheat: pasta, crackers, etc. I also LOVE red wine. I love it. Oh, also cheese!! These are my biggest food weaknesses, and I know it.
I came across this article today, and I want to share it here and also have it as a place holder to come back to as reference. I know I can do this, especially if I give myself 2 weeks to cut out certain foods/alcohol during that time. I realize that other things will fall by the wayside too, such as my morning coffee (I enjoy putting the tiniest bit of raw sugar and about a Tbsp of cream). But--- I can certainly do this plan to lose weight for 2 weeks. Let's see if I can keep it going further than that, but I'll give myself the initial 14 days and go from there!!
Here is the article. I am considering buying the author's book:
The gist of it (I took my own notes to refer to as well):
Day 1: eliminate refined sugar
Day 2: eliminate wheat
Day 3: eliminate dairy
Day 4: No highly processed foods (nothing from a box or bag)
Day 5: No artificial sweeteners (such as diet soda)
Day 6: eliminate red meat
Day 7: eliminate alcohol
100% CLEAN and WHOLESOME DIET!
~ continue for 7 more days and watch the weight come off~
Monday, October 21, 2013
I've been really into cooking healthy foods with local, fresh, organic ingredients (preferably from local farms or farmer's markets) and I came across this recipe that I want to come back to: Harvest Minestrone with Quinoa & Kale
Just putting this here for reference. If anyone has similar recipes they'd like to share with me, go ahead and post it in the comments, and I'd love to try it!
Harvest Minestrone With Quinoa & Kale
Minestrone is a thick vegetable/bean soup, usually with the addition of pasta. It has a long history dating back to pre-Roman days, and it used to be made primarily with leftovers by poor families looking to stretch their food resources. It's considered a part of la cucina povera, or poor kitchen. It evolved over the years, as any good recipe does, reflecting the economies and eating habits of the people making it, so I thought it fitting that I add quinoa (instead of pasta) and kale to this classic soup.
Don't let all the ingredients scare you. All you're really doing is chopping the veggies into a medium dice (about the size of popped corn) and putting everything in a big pot. It's fast, easy and ready to eat in about 40 minutes without much fuss from you, and it's good for more than one meal. Make a really big pot and freeze what you don't use in quart containers. They last for months and will be a lifesaver when you can't or don't want to cook.
In celebration of this time of harvest, when fresh local vegetables are available almost everywhere, go explore the farmer's markets, stop at farm stands, or just grab your favorite fresh veggies wherever you can, and make a minestrone. Express yourself!
1 sweet onion - medium diced
2 celery stalks - medium diced
3 carrots - medium diced
2 tablespoons olive oil - or enough to cover the bottom of the pot
2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
2 cups fresh zucchini - medium diced (about 1 medium or 2 small)
2 cups green beans - cut in 1 inch pieces
1 bell pepper - medium diced
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 28-ounce cans of water
1 15-ounce can of cannellini beans
1 15-ounce can of chickpeas
1 cup quinoa
2 cups kale - stems removed
1 teaspoon turmeric (or to taste)
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with parmesan to taste
Garnish with slivered basil or finely chopped rosemary
Place a large stockpot over medium heat and add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes or until softened.
Add the garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes and cook for about one minute or until garlic begins to color.
Add the zucchini and the green beans, season with salt and pepper, add the turmeric, stir and cook for about 3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and the water, raise heat to high and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat to medium/low and allow the soup to gently boil (uncovered) for about 20 minutes.
Add the quinoa and cover for 15 minutes.
Remove the cover, add the kale and the canned beans (more water if needed) bring back to a gentle boil and cook for another 5 minutes or just until the kale is tender.
Grate in the parmesan, add the basil and serve. (or do this for individual servings).
Monday, September 30, 2013
Okay... so I'm a runner now, and I love it.
I love how my body feels when I am consistently running: toned, good blood flow throughout my limbs, lungs a little sore from taking in more and more air, healthy feeling. It's also a great way to get away and let my mind wander or think about issues or make plans, etc.
Unfortunately, I've had to stop running, and even cannot take long walks because it makes my left heel hurt a lot. I've read that this is classic plantar fasciitis and I do notice that when I stop running/walking altogether, it does feel slightly better. So, I am looking for alternatives to getting really good exercise.
Swimming and biking (as well as weight training) have been some ideas. Any other ideas? It's frustrating to see my body get a lot flabbier so I am motivated. At least I don't have a cast on my leg so I can definitely get into a pool at the gym, for which I am so thankful.
I've also faced the reality that I've gained some weight, so I am not going to ignore it anymore and I've truthfully readjusted my goals here on SP. Kind of back where I started a few years ago, sigh.
I have been consistently eating healthy whole food, as that is my lifestyle. I just need to watch portions and keep on tracking!!! (I am so bad at that for some reason! I enjoy entering my daily workout activity but it's sooo tedious to do the food tracking) I've recently discovered how wonderful it is to live close to a farm that has fantastic local produce, so I have been eating even more veggies than ever before and I love it! I'm thinking about riding my bike to places more often, even though I live on a huge hill. It will be hard at first, going back up to home, but knowing from experience, I will get over that and be better.
I can't wait until my heel heals!! I previously signed up for my first half marathon, which sadly, I am thinking I will have to miss since it is in a little more than a month away.
I'm so glad to have Spark People around, it is a fantastic resource!! Thanks for reading, I just wanted to put all this out there.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
If you rinse your mouth out with unrefined oil such as sesame, coconut or sunflower - for 15 to 20 minutes every morning, it's supposed to detox your body.
I must say, I am curious. I wonder if it's yucky, haha.
Here's the article I just read about this:
Anyone else ever hear of this method?
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
I'm keeping my promise to myself that some day I will run a marathon.
I broke my ankle about 3 years ago now, and at that time I made a vow to myself that once I was healed, I would become a runner. And someday a marathon runner. I realized that when I was in crutches, frustrated that I wasn't mobile enough to even walk, let alone carry things, or do laundry, or go to my favorite coffee shop (it has steps up to the inside of the store), my independent spirit was crushed. I realized that I took walking and running for granted! I never will again.
I've since done about four 5K races, and one 10K race. I'm still trying to increase my distance running, and only do up to about 6-7 miles on a weekend morning, but I want to step it up.
Last night, I signed up for my very first Half Marathon!! It's in November, so I've got some time to train for it. I know I can do it!!
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