Sunday, July 3, 2016
I have long had an interest in health and nutrition, and trying to make heads or tails out of the mountains of information out there, some of which contradicts or just doesn't make sense, is no easy feat. I recently heard a friend talking about Trim Healthy Mama, directing me to the huge Facebook community dedicated to the lifestyle promoted by the book written by sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison. Their philosophy of eating struck a chord with me, as it seems to incorporate much that I've been reading for years. So I bought the book and cookbook and took it on vacation with me, to start the process of learning and incorporating this new lifestyle of healthy food freedom.
I am still getting the hang of it, and find myself staying "on plan" about 80% of the time. I feel better - less puffy, less achy. I've lost about 10 lbs, but have stalled there for about 8 weeks; it seems that some people experience stalls like this, either because the body is healing and adjusting, or because certain foods, like dairy or collagen, are causing the body to hold on to weight. I'm hoping to get the metabolism revved and the scale moving downward again soon, though.
One thing I know about myself is that if I don't take the time to write up a meal plan for the week, I will not be successful. So I'm going to try to post my meal plan each week, along with some of the recipes I most enjoy. Part of this plan is eating every 3- 3 1/2 hours, so snacks are planned in as well.
B. Egg mufflets (S - egg, shredded cheese, sausage, onion, pepper) ; Shrinker (FP -oolong tea, cinnamon, cayenne, unsweetened almond milk, Stevia sweetener)
L. Chicken avocado salad, tomato and spinach in a low-carb pita (S)
S. banana oat bread (E)
D. Mexican Casserole (S - low carb tortillas, ground turkey, jar salsa, shredded cheddar); Salad w/ oil & vinegar dressing
S. air-popped popcorn; Bai drink (bring to Fireworks!)
TUESDAY: 7/5 cook breakfast at camp
B. Oatmeal w/ cinnamon, stevia, chopped fresh peach, unsweetened almond milk, collagen (E)
L. Chef salad w/ olive oil & vinegar dressing (FP)
S. pear, 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt w/ stevia (E) ; Shrinker
D. Baked Pesto Chicken (S) , steamed broccoli, salad
S. Peanut butter yogurt w/ Lilly's chocolate chips
B. Egg mufflets (S) , Shrinker (FP)
L. Cauliflower Crust Calzones (S)
S. Fat -Strippin' Frappa (FP)
D. Taco Salad ( E - romaine, ground turkey, salsa, red pepper, onion, black beans, corn, blue corn tortilla chips, lime juice, salt & pepper)
B. Oatmeal w/ peaches (E - oatmeal, chopped peaches, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, chia seeds, collage powder, stevia)
L. deli turkey roll ups; Wasa crackers, Laughing Cow cheese; cantaloupe (E)
S. Choco Secret Big Boy smoothie (secret ingredient - okra!!)
D. Chicken Lettuce Wraps w/ Spicy Peanut Sauce (S)
S. Zucchini Brownie w/ Cream Cheese Whip
B. Egg Mufflets (S)
L. Chef Salad (FP)
S. Strawberry Cheesecake Shake
D. Turkey Burgers w/ mushrooms, onions , peppers; broccoli; Crashed Sweet Potato (E)
S. air-popped popcorn
SATURDAY 7/9 homeschool leaders meeting from 8am - 2pm
B. Cantaloupe and cottage cheese; (E)
L. Pot luck - bring Cheeseburger Pie (S)
S. Fat-Strippin' Frappa
D. Chicken Parmesan Bake (S) ; antipasto salad,
S. Zucchini Brownie w/ Cream Cheese Whip
B. oat pancakes w/ s-f blueberry syrup; cantaloupe
D. Crackslaw w/ brown rice; steamed broccoli
S. Triple 0 Yogurt w/ coconut, Lilly's choc., and chopped almonds
I found a YouTube channel that I wanted to share. It is called The Encouraging Homeschool Mom (the name alone makes you feel welcome and encouraged, doesn't it?) and it is a vlog(video blog) by a mama of 7 who shares homeschool life, meal planning and recipes, household management tips, family travel, and more. I have enjoyed the bits I've watched so far. Enjoy!
Have you found a vlog that you really like?
Friday, July 1, 2016
I cannot believe it is July 1st! The summer is flying by - WHOOSH! My house doesn't look any cleaner either, so I better step up my game! No kids are home, since both Jason and Amanda are overnight camp staff at New Life Camp again this summer, so my only distractions are self-made. Unfortunately, I'm easily distracted.
I have been doing a lot of cupcake baking these past couple of weeks, providing cupcakes for 2 weddings and a rehearsal dinner. When you have grown children, there are lots of weddings among their friends. It takes mes 2-4 days of prepping, baking and frosting for each event, so that has kept me busy.
Salty Sweet, Chocolate Chip Cannoli, Southern Peach, Red Velvet Cheesecake
Strawberry Cream, Red Velvet Cheesecake , Southern Peach, Chocolate Chip Cannoli, S'mores
Tuxedo, S'mores, Chocolate Cheesecake
Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cheesecake, Strawberry Lemonade, S'mores, White Chocolate Raspberry, Tuxedo
White Chocolate Raspberry, Strawberry Lemonade, Carrot Cake