Here starts the journey of healthy eating. I’m doing this for a life-style change and not weight loss…although I am hopeful I will continue to lose the weight! I have lost 20 pounds in the last two months just changing my eating habits! I will be adding the Melaleuca Vitality for life products to my daily routine…and I will share with y’all. I ordered a little too late, they should be here tomorrow! More to come on this. I have researched many months on this…and I cannot wait to begin.
First, I took a full body picture of myself yesterday. Don’t worry, I won’t post it! LOL and I took all the my measurements. Put it on a paper to document. I slide those both in my desk drawer to look at later. I dated the paper because I will forget when I started. Will you do that too? Join me…it doesn’t take long!
Next I prepared my meals for the week. Made my shopping list and went to the store and stuck to my list! Most of the items are on the outside of the isles…stay on the outside ladies! :-) I am trying to eat “Clean” staying away from preservatives and eating fresh items. This is a little harder, or should I say a little more time consuming…that is where planning comes in handy! I like the Paleo diet…many of the recipes I will share are from this diet. Just google Paleo diet recipes and there are so many! Basically if it is grown, you can eat it! I am also trying to buy my meat from local farmers who only grass feed their stock. It is a little more expensive, but worth the change. I joined a local co-op and shop with local farmers each week. If you want more information on this co-op, just email me and I will get that info to you…if you are in the Little Rock area that is.
I started with three apples and one orange. Try to mix the apples…different kinds, it gives the juice more flavor!
I ran those pieces through my juicer…and end up with just the juice…then I make an ice drink with it.
My juicer comes with this mini blender…I add ice and whole pineapple chunks or banana. Blend well…
Add a straw and it’s ready. This is about 190 calories. I add a slice of turkey bacon and fried egg (s) depends on the morning. Turkey bacon is 40 calories a slice…and two whole fried eggs are 180. Most of the time I just do one…or just the egg whites. Makes for a yummy breakfast. Gives you plenty of energy to start your day too! I switched from margarine to real butter with no salt. Did you know margarine was created to fatten chickens and turkeys??? Truth.
Lunches at work…that’s hard for many people. It was for me too. So much easier to just go out and eat! But I have changed my lunch habits. I make soup for the week. I find recipes for the crock pot…make it on Sunday for the whole week. These soups have so much flavor and are super easy to make. The one that is in my crock pot today is a creamy chicken soup. I will share the recipe at the bottom of this post.
Place frozen chicken in the crock pot.
Open and add these…the recipe will be at the bottom.
Looks like this in the crock pot…cook for 6-8 hours…and pure yumminess! I pour this into 5 ball canning jars I have and it lasts in your fridge for 2 weeks! Yup, so much better than can soup off the store shelves! I also eat a few chips…the blue corn chips. I get a bag from Kroger in their health isle. I need a crunch with lunch.
Here is my dinner menu:
Monday: Kabobs. I use stew meat, onions and bell peppers and do them on my George Forman grill inside. 10 minutes! Easy. I can eat just this, but usually make brown rice with it. I try not to eat it though.
Tuesday: Chicken and veggies. George Forman grill again because it is fast. I add a bag of steamers to it and call it dinner. Quick and easy clean up!
Wednesday: Hamburgers and veggies. I use grass-fed ground beef…and yes, I fry it in a pan. I do not put my on a bun, but will have one for the hubby. I do add a slice of cheese, tomato and onion and eat it with a fork. Another bag of steamers veggies. Love those bags! Saves me time!
Thursday: Chicken and veggies again. Maybe bake it this time??? Depends on how the day goes.
Friday: Fish and veggies. I love the fish from Walmart…if you cannot get fresh, these are awesome. They are flash frozen in individual pouches. Love it. I am baking mine and adding another bag of steamers.
Saturday…I will do any leftovers we might have. Or just open a can of tuna. Depends on the day.
Sunday: I like to do a roast. I cook carrots in the roast, but no potatoes. If the family comes over and wants some of those, I do it in a separate pan! I usually have a big ole salad this day! Yummy!
Don’t forget your snacks! Trick is to eat less and more often. So I grab a few pecans (8) as a morning or afternoon snack. Celery sticks…whatever you pick.
Drink water. Take your weight divide in half…and that is how many ounces you need to drink in a 24 hour period! Yup…drink the water!
I am doing at least 30-45 minutes of workout a day…brisk walk, it there isn’t ice on the ground…or the Wii whatever activity…do it daily!
That is what I am doing. Will you join me? Comment me if you are and I will encourage you or help anyway I can through the week. I will leave you with the chicken soup recipe and one I LOVE, a pizza casserole using spaghetti squash! Best ever!
In His Grip,
1) Creamy Chicken Tomato Crock pot Soup:
4 frozen skinless chicken breast
Garlic salt to taste
2 tablespoons of Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon of dried basil
1 clove of garlic
1 14 oz can of coconut milk (full fat)
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes and juice
1 cup of chicken broth
sea salt and pepper to taste.
Throw it all in the crock pot. cook 6-8 hours on low. Pull the chicken out and shred it up and then just mix it back in.
2) Pizza Casserole:
1 pound of grass-fed ground beef (sausage works too)
8 oz chopped turkey pepperoni divided in half
1 small onion diced
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of EACH oregano, basil and thyme
4 cups of roasted spaghetti squash noodles (about 1. See how to roast at the bottom)
2 cups of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese or any substitute
Roasting your squash:
Cut squash in half. Clean seeds out. Place meat side down on parchment paper with a tablespoon of water. Bale 375 for 30-35 minutes. Let completely cool. Use a fork to scrap the inside getting the noodle like meat out.
Preheat oven 400 degrees.
In a large skillet over medium heat saute the ground beef and 1/2 the pepperoni onion and garlic.
As the ground meat cooks, add in the sprinkle in the seasoning.
In a large bowl, mix the warm beef mixture, spaghetti sauce, squash threads, eggs and cheese of your choice.
Place in a casserole dish. I use a 9 X 9.
Top with remaining pepperoni and cheese.
Bake 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
You can also place this in the fridge and cook on the night you are ready to eat! Makes it easier if you work!
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