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The Ugly Truth about Me….and maybe you? ;)

27 Feb

Ok. So. That was fun.

You ever hit a ‘wall’ in your ‘journey’?

Awww, come on…NEVER?

It’s just me?

(Shakes head disbelieving…)

So…the last post was about the family getting sick. Nice little cold. Well, it totally knocked me off my rockin’ ness.

I didn’t have a smoothie for two, three days. Well, I didn’t go shopping either. I mean, I wasn’t about to drag my sick kids into public, and beg for some new and exciting illness to root in them…was I?

Needless to say, I was low on EVERYTHING, because you can’t really keep LOTS of fruit and veggies around. They go bad…and we just don’t buy a huge stock of them…we go shopping every couple of days for fruits and veggies. So…I was not nourished. I was on the mend, but not satisfied with nutrient rich veggies.

ENTER: THE CRAVINGS

Oh….the AGONY of experiencing cravings after such a POWERFUL period of just plain LIFE!

It’s been a battle, let me just say.

I am working at getting back in the swing of things. I MISS my satisfaction.

Today is our oldest’s birthday…we now have a 14 year old! Learners permit, here she comes…!

Our ‘previous’ youngest (I still have a hard time thinking of him as anything but my youngest….LOL) is turning 8 tomorrow! So, I’m trying to lessen the blow to my eating…wish me luck. Come Wednesday, I should be back on track. I’m SO looking forward to it.

Be blessed….and thanks for hangin’ with me anyhow…even if I’m not so (green) smooth(ie) lately. ūüėČ

 

 

The Medicine in my Fridge.

20 Feb

I love food.

This week has been a wonderfully medicinal time in the kitchen.

We ended up catching a cold this week.

It’s been interesting. Here’s the line up.

Daddy

Mommy ~ Me

Kameo ~ 14 year old

Donavon ~ 12 year old

Jonathan ~ 8 year old

Lynda ~ 9 months old

Lynda got ‘sick’ on Tuesday. Took her in to the clinic. Just a cold. Yay.

Friday, Donavon got sick. Sad face. So, chicken soup it was.

From one of the MANY books I got from the library, “Food ~ Your Miracle Medicine ~ How Food Can Prevent And Cure Over 100 Symptoms and Problems Based on More Than 10,000 Scientific Studies” By Jean Carper

Here’s an¬†excerpt:

Page 338 Chicken Soup, Always Chicken Soup

Says Dr. Ziment, “Chicken, like most protein foods, contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which is released when you make the soup. Cysteine bears a remarkable chemical similarity to a drug called acetylcysteine, which doctors prescribe for their patients with bronchitis and¬†respiratory¬†infections.” Indeed, acetylcysteine was originally derived from chicken feathers and skin, he notes.¬†Pharmacologically, acetylcysteine, like other mucokinetics, thins down mucus in the lungs, making it easier to expel.

Marvin Sackner, M.D., a pulmonary specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, agrees. “There’s an aromatic substance in chicken soup…that helps clear your airways.” Dr. Sackner is the author of the famous chicken soup study published in 1978 in the prestigious medical journal Chest. Skeptical that ‘Jewish penicillin’ fought cold symptoms any better than hot water, Dr. Sackner had fifteen healthy men and women sip hot chicken soup, hot water or cold water. Five minutes and thirty minutes later, he measured the rate at which mucus and air flowed through the subjects’ nasal passages.

To Dr. Sackner’s surprise, chicken soup was better at fighting congestion than hot or cold water. Further, even the chicken soup vapors¬†¬†were superior to those of hot water. Dr. Sackner even thinks cold chicken soup “will help clear the ‘cold in your nose,’ and if the chicken soup is hot and steamy, it will clear it even faster and more efficiently.”

Page 345 OTHER FLU~FIGHTING FOODS

  • Ginger destroys influenza viruses.
  • A substance called lentinan in shiitake mushrooms fights the influenza viruses better than a prescription antiviral drug, according to Japanese tests.
  • Quercetin, concentrated in onions, has antiviral and antibacterial activity.

Dinner: Sauteed onions and shiitake mushrooms, with ginger juice and fresh garlic. Add, LARGE chunks of chicken breast. Simmer, and ENJOY! It was AMAZING! My kids were amazing. They don’t like mushrooms, but they LOVE that I LOVE taking care of them. They ALL ate them, without whining or complaining or making faces. (They were hardly¬†noticeable, BTW…). Dear Daughter said all she had to do was swallow them. She liked the ginger and chicken. Yay! ūüôā

We also made good smoothies this evening:

  • Spinach ~¬†The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
  • Kiwi ~¬†The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Parsley ~¬†The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. (Also a very good aid for¬†respiratory¬†health.)
  • Pineapple ~¬†The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a very good source of Vitamin C and Manganese. (For Blood Type A it’s a HIGHLY BENEFICIAL as a digestive aid)
  • Cucumber ~¬†The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Banana ~ (for the kids) ¬†The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.
  • Frozen Peach Slices (5) ~ (for me) ¬†The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C. (Mine were unsweetened frozen…they don’t have a listing for unsweetened peaches)
It’s been a great week of medicinal cooking and loving on my family. ūüôā I am so blessed that my family LOVES that I take care of them, and nourish them. What a blessing.
What’s new in your kitchen? What’s going on with you?

Be blessed.

It’s not about ‘what I can’t eat’…it’s about being MINDFUL.

17 Feb

Hello, all.

So, it’s been a while.

I have been rather busy this last week. But there are some fun things I wanted to share.

Interesting may be a better term.

So…I have really been diggin’ eating more healthful food and eating for my blood type…but I’ve been trying to keep a ‘level head’ about it. Not thinking, “I can’t have THIS food, or I can’t have THAT food.” Instead, I’m really viewing food as “How can I best support my body and it’s functions?” and “Be MINDFUL about what goes in my mouth and WHY.”

So, the other night, I went out with friends for a girls night…Dinner and a Hockey game. YAY!

Well, the restaurant of choice was Indian food. Well, I couldn’t believe that pretty much EVERYTHING on the menu had AT LEAST ONE if not an ENTIRE selection of foods on my AVOID list…(Remember, AVOID for the Eat for Your Blood Type responds in our bodies as ‘poison’ for one reason or another, ie. doesn’t metabolize well, or stores as fat, or hard on my blood types digestive system, etc…)…so, I found ONE meal that was ‘ok’. Yay me. ūüôā

While we were eating, I thought, ‘You know…this whole food thing isn’t about what I can’t have…just to have fun, I’ll try a bit of my friends’ meals, so I can say I tried them.’…”MINDFULNESS: Enjoy the food and company.” (Right?)

So, I did. I had a BITE or TWO (no more) of each of the other three’s dinners. Each one had a few things on my AVOID list…but what the heck, right?

I WAS SICK AS A DOG! I felt like I had the FLU! Oh my gosh. My heartburn returned. My tummy was upset. I was sweating like a crazy person. I felt FLUish! It wasn’t food poisoning…well, not ‘food poisoning’ but it was ‘poison food’ for my body. And since I’ve been really adhering to my list, I have felt amazing, and not had heartburn (which I’d suffered with for about 8 1/2 months since baby was born…EVERY DAY!). It was amazing.

Needless to say, I learn those lessons rather easily…I don’t enjoy feeling sick, when I CAN AVOID IT…that’s why I’ve only had two hangovers in my LIFE…! I am a wuss. I don’t LIKE to CHOOSE to feel like crap. ūüėČ

I have really embraced eating veggies for the majority of my nourishment and love how I feel. I love knowing what does what to me and my body. And why.

What have you been up to? What healthful changes are you making? Or considering making?

Today my kiddlets are a little under the weather…so I am going to feed their ‘colds’ with amazing chicken soup…full of ginger, and garlic and chicken breast. Some delish veggies: carrots, celery, maybe some rice. ūüôā Brown rice. Just for fun and stuff. They will drink lemon water. Mmm mmm. And perhaps a smoothie. ūüôā

Be blessed.

KarlaMarie

 

 

PRODUCT REVIEW: Ninja Master Prep Pro

14 Feb

Ninja Master Prep Pro

$54.88 at Sam’s Club

(I paid $45 for it when I got mine.)

Ninja Master Prep Pro

 

 

Since I’ve started doing my green smoothies, I’ve used a blender MORE than I ever have in my entire life.

I’ve stayed away from blenders, to be honest, because they just weren’t worth the MESS, in my opinion.

I had a Vitamix with three different pitchers in my home for 3 years, just about…and I used it a total of 10 times. MAYBE.

The week AFTER I gave the Vitamix to someone who desperately longed for one, and I knew would USE IT, I found “green smoothies”.

R E A L L Y ! ? ! ?

I’m not even kidding.

****

My mother is the Queen of Kitchen Gadgets. She is the one that gave me the coveted Vitamix. She got a second ‘amazing’ high powered blender (not BlendTec, but a different one…cannot recall the name right now), so she gave me the Vitamix.

She acquired this Ninja Master Prep Pro, from Sam’s Club and she was IN LOVE with it. I had been eye balling it for a while…but because I really didn’t USE the AMAZING blender I had at the time, I really had to think, Why would I even use it?

So, then my¬†analytical mind¬†began examining why I didn’t use such a great piece of gadgetry.

I do NOT like scraping around the blade to get my ‘stuff’ out.

Hmmmm. Ok. That seems simple enough.

Then I realized, this Ninja thing, the blades come OUT. Easily.

***

That being said….my analytical mind was thinking about this Ninja for a while….ENTER GREEN SMOOTHIES.

Ok…now I NEEDED a blender!

Here’s the review.

Considering Vitamix blenders are all the buzz in the ‘green smoothie’ world, I was determined to at least try using the Ninja Master Prep Pro. I mean, let me think, spend $45 (it was $45 when I bought it…it is now $54) or spend $400? Or be an ‘taker backer’ and ask for the Vitamix back that I had just days ago, GAVE AWAY.

Seeing how I am not much of an ‘taker backer’, I opted for the Ninja. Eh, what the heck…it was $45.

I absolutely LOVE IT! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

It has the two small cups for food processing. I use those for coffee grinding, baby food making, and peanut butter making. I also occasionally use them for chopping onions, celery, and the like.

Then there is the smaller of the two pitchers, the 40 oz. one. I seldom use that one, but it’s nice to have.

And lastly, the 48 oz. pitcher is what I use ALL the time. It’s not BIG enough to make the quantity of green smoothies I need for my family and myself…but it gets the job done.

The blades are powerful and effective enough to blend up my green smoothies perfectly.

I am impressed with the ease of use and cleaning that the Ninja Master Prep Pro offers. Although it can be a pain to have to take the motor off and then the lid and then add the ingredients for my smoothies. But hey, you can’t have everything….right? (Right?) LOL

I enjoyed this Ninja SO much, when I saw the NEW AND AMAZING “Ninja Kitchen System” come out in our local Sam’s Club, I WAS BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS! $136! And it was soooo pretty, and had a BASE….and the BIG pitcher….Oh, that’s right…THAT’S a DIFFERENT REVIEW! ūüôā Check it out! ūüôā

PRODUCT REVIEW: Ninja Kitchen System

Be blessed.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Ninja Kitchen System

14 Feb

NINJA KITCHEN SYSTEM

Sam’s Club $136.58

Plus 1 year warranty $9.72

$146.30

Ninja Kitchen System

Ok. So…I just¬†reviewed¬†the Ninja Master Prep Pro. And from that glowing¬†review¬†one might think, WOW! This can only get BETTER!

Yeah.

That’s what I THOUGHT, too.

Sadly, it isn’t so.

This machine is POWERFUL.

However, it is INEFFECTIVE! What’s the point of all that POWER if it isn’t being USED?

The shape of the pitchers leaves space for items, such as pineapple wedges, to just hang out and NOT get blended. So, I was constantly having to open the VERY SAFETY oriented lid to reach in and push my food down farther. That didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, either. I ended up having to add more water than I wanted/needed because that was the only way the blades would ‘include’ the pineapple into the blending process.

Also, the blades are so powerful that what ends up happening as well is basically the food gets ‘juiced’.

Gross.

JUICERS are for juicing. That way at least with a JUICER the FIBER and BULK and such are DISCARDED. Not so with the blender.

My green smoothies were TERRIBLE. I’ve made smoothies pretty much EVERY DAY for over a month with the Ninja Master Prep Pro…NO PROBLEMS EVER WITH ANYTHING. NEVER had that gross juicing effect.

What happens with the NKS ‘juices’ my smoothie is a HUGE LAYER of ‘fiber’ settles on the top of my glass, and the¬†juices settle on the bottom, leaving a nasty 4, 5 and even SIX INCH LAYER OF GROSSNESS in my 24 oz. cup. ūüė¶

Sad face.

I won’t even go into the rest of the ‘amazing’ options that the NKS had (had) to offer, because after the second go around with my green smoothies and the HUGE EPIC FAIL, there was no way I was keeping this gadget in my house.

I am not a huge fan of returning things. Honestly, I just don’t want to take the time or deal with the hassle. HOWEVER, I washed, and loaded this unit up IMMEDIATELY after the ‘second chance’…it’s going back TODAY.

There is a ton of other options that this unit has to offer, but the way I see it, if it doesn’t do the MAIN thing I want it for, it’s value drops. AND, if it’s not picking up the fruits and veggies in the pitcher the way it should, I doubt it’d work effectively enough to do a good job with the dough paddle and the cookie dough paddle and the whisk paddle. The pitcher is not¬†conducive¬†to good blending/mixing/doughing. ūüėČ

Honestly, BIG TWO THUMBS DOWN.

Too bad…it had so much potential. The blade assembly is the kind I enjoy, with the blades being removable for ease of access to your finished product, be it smoothie or peanut butter or what have you.

The power was unquestionable.

The additional options were seductive.

The design…FLAWED.

Be blessed.

Thanks for checkin’ out my reviews.

How much is this costing me, you ask?

14 Feb

Ok, so I’ve wondered this myself.

Sometimes it seems like it doesn’t cost any more than UNhealthful eating…but is it?

First off, I don’t care if it is. I am not gonna stop eating this way. ūüėČ But it is an interesting question…so, I am going to track this week. Fun? ūüôā We’ll see.

Keep in mind, a lot of the items I’m going to track will be first time purchases, so, it’ll seem like a lot for the ‘week’…so I’ll break it down as best I can.

  • Ben and Jerry’s Frozen Yogurt Cherries Garcia ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$4.89
  • Rice Cream rice ‘milk’ (to try) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $2.49
  • Almond Milk (to try) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$2.49
  • Sprouted Wheat¬†Bagels¬†5 pack (to try) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $3.99
  • Spelt Bread (to try) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $5.69
  • Ezekiel Bread ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $3.99
  • Grapefruit 2 large Ruby Red (not on sale, sad face) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$1.96
  • (Last week they were 2/$1)
  • Asparagus ($1.98 # ~ 3.12#) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$6.16
  • Zucchini ($1.99 # ~ .91#) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$1.79
  • Parsley Bunch ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $0.89
  • Cucumbers (2) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$2.58
  • Tofu Organic (2) (to try) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $4.98
  • 2 Large Portobello Mushrooms ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $4.54
  • Peaches ($2.48# ~ 1.71#) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $4.22
  • Fresh Ginger Root ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $1.48
  • Pure Vanilla Extract ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$5.59
  • Shallots ($3.99# ~ 1.15#) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $4.55
  • Sesame Seeds Hulled/Raw Bulk ($3.79# ~ 1.26#) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $4.79
  • Peanuts for fresh ground Peanut Butter ($2.99 ~ 1.86#) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$5.47
  • Kashi Crackers 2 boxes ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$7.00
  • Hansen Sugar Cane Soda (NO HFCS) 6 pack ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$3.79
  • Spelt Noodles ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† $3.49
  • ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†$86.82

I can’t really think of how to break that down. That is way more than just this weeks cost, for some of that stuff.
I am not even sure how I’d track this…got any ideas?
Oh well, that was fun, if nothing else. ūüėČ

Ok…anyhow. Let me share my day.

This will be a testimony day. It may seem small to you. But for me…it’s HUGE. And it makes me giggle. (I giggle and smile a lot…)

So, I was getting ready to take a shower this morning, and I have to let the water run to get warm. Well, I like to listen to music all the time. I started dancin’ around. And it was fun.

I’m sorry. I’m a 39 year old, fat girl. It’s a hard picture for me to grasp…if you’re having a hard time…I get it. HOWEVER….I WAS LOVIN’ IT! LOL LOL

Being large, I don’t tend to move a lot…and lately, I have been MOVING…like I said, in a previous post…snow machining…Xbox activities, working out, so on and so forth. Imagine my surprise when I was diggin’ the dancin’.

Ok…so I’m grooving, and I decide to do some stretches. I start stretching…and bending, and the next thing I know…I’m doing SQUATS. Ummmm…I don’t DO squats. Ever.

Well, I guess I do NOW. I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t, actually. ūüėČ

So, then I thought I’d be really daring…and I tried to touch my toes.

SUCCESS!

SUCCESS?!?  

When did I sprout this new talent? HOW!? LOL…Hmmm…it’s amazing what a bit of energy and a spring in your step can inspire you to do.

I’ve still only lost 11 pounds. However…I am not WORKING at loosing weight…I’m working at being healthy. What I’ve noticed though, I used to be able to see my ample tubby…um….tummy¬†sticking out past my boobs chest…and NOW I CAN’T!? SCORE!

SCORE!!!
Ahem…ok…enough of my random ness. I need some sleep.
Heads up…I am going to make a post reviewing the Ninja Kitchen System AND the Ninja Master Prep Professional Food and Drink Maker¬†.
Be blessed.
Good Night.

Nutrition isn’t just for fat Mom’s.

9 Feb

Is that too harsh? 

Does it make it less harsh if I say, “I’m a fat mom.” ?

So, I’m guilty of eating healthy and leaving my family in the dust. In the PAST, I was, at least.

This go-round it’s different. I finally got it. They NEED nutrition to STAY healthy and have strong immune systems. What was I thinking? Hmmmm.

My kids are adjusting well. However, I have¬†exceptional¬†kids. They all really have big hearts and really respect mommy and daddy. We’re blessed. (Commentary from 13, going on 14 year-old daughter: You can put in there, “NOT JUST FOR PRETEND EITHER.”) (lol…lol…she makes me happy with her spunk and stuff.)¬†

It has been an adjustment, but more than ‘LOOSING’ foods, I have really tried to focus on supporting their whole bodies, while yes, admittedly removing major offenders, such as soda. Wow…and I just looked,¬†the Capri Sun juices I was still allowing them to have, second ingredient, high fructose corn syrup…well, that started the hunt and the discussion about HFCS. Which then led to cleaning out the unnecessary HFCS FILLED beverages we have around, that I’m not interested in feeding my kids anymore. Which led to cleaning my bedroom bookshelf (I had made a mental note to do that last night before bed…so I figured, before I sat down to write an article, I better get my behind in there and do that.) I cataloged all the books on my shelf (LOVE LOVE LOVE my BOOKBUDDY app for my iPhone!). I dusted, organized and thinned out the ‘library’. Well, then it was time to find out what was for dinner…and I got sidetracked with the rice cereal my son dropped on the kitchen floor when he got the babies food. So, I vacuumed it up…and ended vacuuming the whole kitchen floor.

I finally made it to the fridge, and ended up having to clean it out…lol…and¬†succumbed¬†to my daughters idea of grilled cheese for dinner. Phewy, dinner was ‘dealt’ with…So, I sat down again, tried to finish writing today’s article…while waiting for the blender and juicer to be washed. I jumped back up and made the smoothie (oh, oh, and FRESH juiced grapefruit juice with ginger…num num.)…then hubby made it home.¬†

SIDE NOTE:

today’s smoothie was

pineapple juice

pineapple chunks

two juiced apples

a kiwi

tons of spinach

a cup and a half of blueberries

and a large sliver of ginger

Oh, yum yum yummy!

The boys came in, after running to the dump for a trash run, and said, “Can you please take us on a snow machine (or snowmobile, for you Lower 48 people….LOL…lol) ride!?” .. .. .. So, I did!¬†

Several hours later, I’m back…and I’ll get back on topic…k?¬†

Is that too harsh? 

Does it make it less harsh if I say, “I’m a fat mom.” ?

So, I’m guilty of eating healthy and leaving my family in the dust. In the PAST, I was, at least.

This go-round it’s different. I finally got it. They NEED nutrition to STAY healthy and have strong immune systems. What was I thinking? Hmmmm.

I am really enjoying this journey, along with my children. It’s a lifetime of health and then from there, likely, generations of health. I’m just sayin’. It makes me happy.

Healthful eating, healthful living is a family affair. I mean, really…I want my husband around as long as I can have him. Right? And my kids…well, sheesh…it all makes sense to me. I’m loving this new adventure. Shaking off the shackles of the ‘food chain’ of earlier life. Removing the wool from our eyes and our putting our¬†thinking caps on. We can do this. And it’s fun.

The last time “YOU” went on a diet, or decided to eat healthier…did you include your family? Do they revolt? Does your husband refuse to eat ‘healthful’ food? Do you struggle finding ways to improve their diet without freaking them out? Do you, like me, try to control the amount of information that flows in about food and our manufacturers and food processors? That way you don’t freak out and stop eating? Or find yourself curled in a ball, rocking back and forth with trust issues…all over again.? LOL LOL

Where are YOU on your journey? Not just food, but life?

Be blessed.

KMD

My list of NEW things I’ve done lately:

Snow machining with my boys. (2x)

Playing outside in the full moonlight with my children.

Racing around the parking lot at the grocery store, pushing my son around like a crazy person.

Kinect Adventure on the Xbox 360

*Kettleball Workout