Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
I love meat. Really I do.
And not just to eat it (although that's a huge part). I also like working with it with my hands. Raw. Cooked. It really doesn't matter. I just like the way it feels.
Ok, say it: that's weird.
It probably is, but I can't change the facts. :-)
So Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and any other holiday/gathering throughout the year where there is a big chunk of meat to eat off of, I am the go-to person for picking the meat off the bones.
I really enjoy it.
Well this year, between eating a big meal and then immediately nursing a baby...
I passed out on the couch and missed the "de-meating" process.
A bit bummed, but I went along with it.
It actually worked to my benefit because no one else wanted to mess with the bird. So they threw it all in a big bag and gave it to me to take home. There was gobs of meat left on it.
So here I am at home with a big 'ol bag of turkey carcass.
After pulling off all the meat, I'm making TURKEY STOCK!
It's so so easy and so so good for you!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
*Rarely* do we serve just (1) food item at a time. If we did that, we'd PLOW thru food way too quickly. So for example this snack, everyone was fed, but we still have plenty of chips, almonds, & apples for a later time.
We do the same thing with breakfast. Everyone starts with (1) bowl of cereal. If people are still hungry, we give out things like 1/2 banana, cut fruit, handful of nuts, (1) granola bar (rather than both bars that come in a package), cottage cheese, applesauce, etc. If we let them fill up on cereal alone, we'd have to buy BOXES of them at a time.
We also do something similar with main meals. We will oftentimes combine meats, like chicken and pork, or ground pork and ground beef, etc. so that each type of meat doesn't get plowed through in one meal and there will be enough left for some other meal.
Not sure if this saves on the grocery bill. But it definitely prolongs the life and usage of food products.
Monday, November 18, 2013
And to those women, I say, KUDOS!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing about and seeing pics of people shedding pounds. I find it fascinating.
I got on the THM bandwagon and gave it a good, honest try. Really, I did.
I bought the odd grocery items. I followed the plan. I kept a food journal.
And the scale didn't budge.
Neither did I notice my clothes fitting more loosely.
Nor did I FEEL any better.
I don't know WHAT is wrong with my body, but THM was *not* a good fit for me.
Or my family.
What ended up happening is:
1- it was too expensive buying all these strange ingredients
2- lots of rules to follow (as to what & when to eat); large learning curve
3- I was eating separate foods from the rest of the fam, which also upped the grocery bill
4- because I was eating separately, I had extra stress during meal prep (hello- we have 6 kids!)
5- because of extra stress, the quality of food everyone else was eating went down (in attempts to simplify)
6- my weight wasn't budging, so it wasn't working
7- I have always been able to lose baby weight eating our old gluten free (GF)/fat & sugar & carb full way
In a word, THM caused me "stress". Which is probably why my scale didn't budge. I've read that stress increases one's cortisol levels, which in turn causes the body to cling to its fat stores.
I'm not terribly overweight right now. But I could def stand to lose like 15-20lbs. I'm currently 6mo's post partum with Baby H (aka Hadara Suzanne, The Cute, the most amazing baby EVER!) and my weight hasn't budged in I'd say a good 2 or so months. I've done THM AND exercised.
I've ALWAYS been able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight! Usually by 6 months post-partum I'm either at pre-preggo weight, or well on my way there.
And all I ever did was eat gluten free, make almost all my meals from scratch (whole foods), & consume full fat/sugar/carb.
Yes, I watched my consumption.
Yes, I exercised.
No, I've never really struggled to lose weight.
So... for ME... bye bye THM and eating sugar free.
No, I am not giving THM a failing grade. I've seen SO MANY WOMEN lose with THM. I truly believe it works for *most* women. And I will steer women that direction if ever they ask me for weight loss advice.
But every *body* (and family) is different. And I believe mine was not a good fit.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Tonight for dinner I was wanting tuna salad sandwiches, and so, decided to they these Oopsie Rolls. They turned out great! Can't wait to try them as a "bun".
So simple. 3 ingredients.
Eggs. Cream of tartar. Cream cheese.
Verdict: I like them! Next time I won't "flatten them" as much as I did. I mean, I'll keep the "bun" shape but just not flatten too thin. My were so thin I had to eat my tuna salad sandwich open-face. It was nice having something bread-y but light as a bun.
Next morning, I toasted a bun as an experiment. Toasted up quite nicely and was very tasty with butter melted on top.
This recipe is a keeper!
So I've been on the prowl for low-carb/sugar-free recipes here lately. Here's one that my girlfriends' young daughter created all on her own! I HAD to try it!
1 cup sugar free all-natural peanut butter
1/2 cup milk/almond milk
1 T cocoa powder
4 tsp (or more/to taste) Truvia (or sweetner of choice)
Mix well & pour into greased 9x9 cake pan. Bake at 350F for 12-15min.
A few tweaks: next time I'd add more cocoa powder, like say 2-4 T. I'd also add a bit more Truvia. And it'd be stellar with sugar free chocolate chips sprinkled on top. And do NOT overbake. This is a great (and quick!) base recipe, esp if you like peanut butter!
Yummy with coffee. Oh wait, EVERYthing is great with coffee. ;-)
Monday, April 01, 2013
In one regard, I relish the celebration of Christ's resurrection and the church services dedicated to this momentous occasion. I love the family pow-wows and food and Easter decor and new Easter outfits for the family and Spring colors and candy and lemon meringue pie and etc.
But three years ago, we lost our sweet baby Francesca Rose on Easter. I guess I don't know FOR SURE when we actually lost her. I just remember being SO uncomfortable that entire day. Couldn't enjoy the celebrations. Just wanted to go home. Come Monday, I was fine. Come that Friday... I had a stillbirth. Autopsy results say she was gone for about a week. So in my head, Easter means, well, for lack of a better word, death.
Here we're supposed to be celebrating Christ's resurrection and life.
But I can't get death out of my mind.
Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Graham, I basically relived that entire day. I was a mess emotionally. We went up north to visit the same family and attend the same church service and have a very similar meal with everyone that had been there the year before. Since I conceived Graham 3 months after I birthed Francesca, his pregnancy lined up almost exactly with all the milestones from Francesca's. So when Easter came around, I was just as pregnant with him as I was with her. I can't hardly even remember that holiday. I think I blocked it out. Nothing tragic happened, obviously, since we went on to have a perfectly healthy baby.
But this year, anew, those same sickening emotions were *trying* to wash over me.
Once again, I am just as pregnant with Baby H as I was with both Francesca and Graham.
Once again, I had to face Easter.
I feel that this year was one of healing. A year to conquer some of the mental roadblocks I have been hanging on to. I was able to relax and actually enjoy the holiday. I was able to truly interact and enjoy family, fellowship, and food. I was actually able to focus on Christ and His resurrection. I was able to finally see "life" instead of "death". And this may sound corny, but here's another mental roadblock: I even wore the Easter shirt I wore 3 years ago. I *know* it's just a shirt. But to me, it held memories. I wore it without *fear*.
And Baby H wiggled ALL DAY LONG! It was SUCH a blessing from God. A pouring rain of spiritual and emotional and mental healing that He gave to me. This year, I celebrated LIFE. Life of this precious unborn baby I carry. And the resurrection life of my Lord and Savior.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Read it HERE.
It makes total sense as there are DEFINITELY differences in body types! No one exercise or eating plan is going to be best for ALL people.
I think I fall into the "endomorph" category.
So that would mean...
-lifting moderate weights (2 sets/10-12 reps)
-circuit/full-body strength training 3x/wk
-45min medium intensity cardio 2x/wk
-20min high intensity interval cardio 2x/wk
-drink lots of water
-get lots of fiber
-eat lots of protein
-keep fat intake at 20% total daily calories
-limit sugars and carbs
-eat 5-6 small meals all throughout the day
Being as far along as I am, I can't start a weight lifting regimen. But post-partum I can! I've got both ChaLean Extreme and Turbo Jam (from Beachbody), Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds (1-5mi), and a treadmill. I think I'll be good to go.
Watching my diet *shouldn't* be a problem...
Biggest struggle: watching sugar and carb intake. I get some pretty intense cravings. I *tried* giving up sugar for Lent this year... but 2-1/2 weeks in I caved and gave up. The cravings were awful and my carb load had increased a lot. (Probably making up for the lack of sugar in my system, as carbs metabolize as sugars.) Not really sure what to do with this... :-/
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
|The company we purchase from is a Christian company. So every package comes with this beautiful prayer for mom and baby.|
|Super Absorbancy Maxi pads and Perineal Cold Packs|
|Rubbing alcohol, tape measure, footprinter, and Goldenseal capsules (an herb that speeds up the baby's cord healing).|
|Sterile gloves, cord clamp, lubricating jelly, and a huge 9'x12' plastic mat to cover the floor and surrounding furniture.|
|Absorbancy mats (large and small).|
|Those lovely post-partum stretchy underpants, bulb syringe, and perineal spray bottle.|
Other miscellaneous things we get ready in preparation for birth:
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
You can easily eat a whole tablespoon and not realize it.
This is especially helpful for children.