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Carrot Pulp

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lately I have been juicing my bright orange organic carrots for a lovely breakfast vegetable treat. If you have never had juiced carrot, it is simply amazing! It is sweet but savory all at the same time. Each time I juice though, I dread throwing out all the lovely carrot pulp (the meat of the carrot). Hence, I have been coming up with some recipes to throw the carrot meat back into my diet.

Here is something that I came up with the other day - no it's not vegan like I normally prefer since my husband was going to entertain the idea of eating these burgers too.

Carrot Pulp
Can of Tuna
dash of salt and pepper
a dash of soy sauce

Make the patties from all the ingredients except the soy sauce. Use 0 calorie spray in the pan to fry these little orange "burgers" up. Then when they are just about finished sprinkle a small amount of soy sauce over the top for a little more flavoring. I tried not to use too much seasoning this time because I wanted to see what the flavor was like. Next time I'm going to try some other flavoring such as cumic or turmeric maybe... I skipped the bread and went for the salad. They were simply wonderful! My husband didn't care for them as much but then again he wouldn't rather a meat burger instead any day.

(Please do not reuse this recipe on another site or book without my approval first...)

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PURPLELVR7 2/12/2010 10:53AM

    Thanks for the ideas

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SUGIRL06 2/12/2010 10:33AM

    Thanks for the idea! I also hate throwing away all the pulp but never know what to do with it. I heard you can use it in muffins and other baking things too! And I also LOVE carrot juice. It takes some getting used to... ::sigh:: I miss my juicer (its in storage for now)

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Winter Blue? Diet Blues?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Today was a strange day. I'm not sure if it is the winter blues, diet blues or just lazy overweight blues. I wasn't feeling the best about what I have been doing lately with my weight loss plan - it seriously is a struggle to just lose one pound for me even though I have a deficit of more than 3500 calories a week. It is very discouraging to me - especially on a day I have low energy. I hope that I am not going to fall into my old habits again of eating bad foods - I know it is crossing my mind but I also know that I love eating healthy and exercising. It's each day at a time but I guess I just need some motivation...

Owning it:
Chose instead of steaming the fish, peas and carrots I had planned for dinner I chose to go to get pizza. I feel terrible about my choice and know that my weight scale will not be a pleasant inanimate object tomorrow. Thankfully mine doesn't scream at me. But for now, I have to realize that I ate 1360 calories - my plan is to eat 1139 calories a day. (I'm short so please do not think this is a low number.) In addition, I know the choice to eat pizza instead of health food was not a good choice - health is one of the most important thing in life! By choosing pizza, I went against it.

Anyone have some interesting and new motivation?
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HAPPYNSMILING 2/12/2010 2:10PM

    Don't get discouraged. I find that thinking about positive things when I am feeling out of sorts helps me. It don't always work, but most of the time it does.
Chin can do it!!

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SUGIRL06 2/12/2010 10:23AM

    I throw in a high calorie day every once in a while and then go back to normal again. I always seems to LOSE weight after the high calorie day. Sometimes your body just needs a break. Good luck!

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PAPRINIKA 2/12/2010 7:35AM

    It happens. Sometimes I just don't want to get out there and do my exercise. So I give myself a rest but I make sure I go another day.

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Jillian Michaels Going to Court Over Supplement Pills

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This is an interesting turn of events... I have heard that people are taking these supplements so I thought I would throw this little information out to everyone. Not sure what the outcome will be but it is interesting... just goes to show that you have to lose weight the natural way through diet and exercise. You have to do the hard work yourself not a magical pill.

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K-DIVA 2/12/2010 4:59PM

    Thanks for the information. That is interesting. I agree, you have to lose weight the healthy way.

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BREW99 2/11/2010 8:11AM

    Yes, I was the same way as many of you - I was confused as to why she would get into a contract to make her own supplement pill. It was supposed to help people burn calories faster - a miracle pill. I was a fan however her choice to do this supplement pill put a slight damper on her image in my opinion - she's not just about eating right and exercising anymore.

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SUGIRL06 2/10/2010 4:09PM

    Interesting! Aren't they weight loss "supplements" though? Meaning, they help you lose weight when taken with diet and exercise? I dunno. I hate how everyone sues over everything little thing! It is sad to see her face on this kind of product though. She's not my favorite person but I doubt she was out to hurt anyone.

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CALDEROB 2/10/2010 3:38PM

    Very interesting!

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AMY_P1 2/10/2010 3:27PM

    Thanks for sharing. I was so disappointed in Jillian when I saw her promoting a miracle pill after preaching against them in the show.

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RACHELSROAD 2/10/2010 3:23PM

I'm not a big Jillian fan. I just wish she and the show stood more for healthy weight loss and not extreme calorie burning without increased calorie intake.
Thanks for the info.

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KIMSCCR7 2/10/2010 3:16PM

    Yeah this is interesting. She shouldn't put her name on this stuff it contradicts what she stands for.

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Skinny Figgy Bars Recipe

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

During the winter I seem to have this craving for everything that is in the snack category... I believe it deals with being stuck indoors for too long and my boredom causes me to snack. Thankfully I am learning to stop lots of snacking however at night with a nice cup of tea I have gotten into the habit lately of eating something a little sweet. I know that I have these cravings all the time during the winter (nothing in the summer) so I have to learn to moderate how much and how often I eat snacks. One little snack a day will not make me obese, so I am learning to have something if I desire it and not subtracting the things that I know in the future after reaching my goal weight I will crave.

Here is something for those of you looking for something healthy and a little sweet all at the same time. Please note: this is not my recipe, I printed it off from a vegetarian website a while back but can't remember where I got it from. I will post again if I remember...


8 ounces dried figs (one round package)
4 ounces pitted dates
2 tbsp. silvered or chopped almonds (optional)
2 drops anise extract (optional)
1 tbsp. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ginger

Snip off the figs' stems, and put the figs, dates, and almonds into the food processor. Grind to a coarse paste. Stir in the remaining filling ingredients and process until mixed. Set aside.


1 cup regular or quick oats, ground in blender until fine
1 cup regular or quick oats, uncooked (not instant oatmeal)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces unsweetened apple sauce
3 tbsp. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener)
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in the wet ingredients, mixing well to a thick consistency. Press half the crust mixture into the bottom of an oiled, eight-inch square cake pan (use a wooden spoon or your hands). Spread the fig mixture evenly over the crust. Smooth the remaining crust mixture over the filling. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Icing (optional):

Mix powdered sugar (about 3 tbsp.) with a little water (Start with 1/2 tsp.) until the right consistency. Add vanilla or almond extract to taste (just drops). Drizzle over top of bars before cutting.
Makes 16 bars. Each bar (with almonds) contains: 117 Calories (kcal); 1 g Total Fat; (10% calories from fat); 2 g Protein; 26 g Carbohydrate; 0 mg Cholesterol; 67 mg Sodium; 4 g Fiber

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K-DIVA 2/10/2010 10:49AM

    Looks tasty! Thanks for sharing.

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-CAPRICOUS 2/9/2010 11:54PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I definitely have a sweet tooth as well.

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 2/9/2010 7:35PM

    this sounds so yummy ~ And I love your hello kitty wallpaper :)

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CHATERJOY 2/9/2010 7:32PM

    Looks good! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 2/9/2010 7:23PM

    Sounds delicious! and healthy too. thank you, Pat

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February 2010 Stats

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

It has been a while since I have posted my current status: yes, I have been just been too lazy to get the measuring tape out to check my stats.. I admit it though...

I've been doing really good lately with calories eaten - there have only been a few days that I have gone over my calorie intake minimum. On these days I was careful to stick in a healthy range though and not to exceed the limit I have given myself. I believe that if anything I am learning a lot about calories and nutritional facts from all types of foods. In fact, if you ask me how many calories are in a serving of just about anything, I can tell you off the top of my head. That is very beneficial to me since I plan on never being overweight again.

emoticonPounds Lost in Total: 21-24 pounds (exact beginning a little fuzzy) Now that I know how many calories I am supposed to be eating daily (the healthy way) I am finally losing weight more regularly. Yes, I am not losing massive amounts of pounds in each week but I am trying to do everything the healthy way this time. I am not about to crash diet just to lose pounds faster this time around - it just hurts the body and has no long term benefits. So, I am proud of my one pound a week loss. It's a win in my situation!

emoticon Foods eaten. I'm working really hard to eat more healthy foods to fuel my body instead of ones that just fill up my calorie count daily. Lately I have gone back to eating mostly vegan and raw vegan. I do sneak in some daily products, fish and once in every blue-moon a meat product. Even though I wish I could go 100% raw vegan, it is really hard in the snow land of Ohio. I can't wait until summer comes around and pray that there are some more good farmers opening up their pick your own options this year!

emoticon Lately I have been exercising on a more normal basis. There are weeks that I wish I were doing more, but let's face it, it's winter! I'm not about to go out in freezing weather, threatening my body in harsh cold winds, just to lose some weight. Health is the most important thing and losing the overage weight is the second thing. Since I have started to exercise and lose weight, I have started to run. In the beginning I was a non-runner (couldn't make it a mile) and now I have just completed 10K. I am thrilled with my accomplishments! The next few months I want to really get involved with 30 Day Shred to work my core and also to do some more weight lifting. I average around 10-20 minutes a few times a week now but I know I need to do more weight lifting to live the healthy lifestyle. It is my goal!

emoticon 45.55 Miles Run! This may be a little off since I am not confident in my tracking abilities for miles run. I tend to forget to put in my exercise daily. I am good at tracking my calories however as long as I get those miles run a few times a week, I know that I am going to be okay.

Measuring Progress in Numbers:
Maintain My Current Weight Calories: 1639.02
Calorie Intake for Weight Loss: 1139.02
BMI 26.46
BMR 1365.85
Waist to Hip Ratio: 0.88 (Still at High Risk- scary!)
(from start date)
Diff in Thigh: 3 inches
in Chest: 5.5 inches
upper arm: 2 inches
weight: 21-24 pounds (exact beginning a little fuzzy)
Waist: 10 inches
Hips: 8 inches
Neck: 1 inch

emoticon Weather has really played a decline in my weight loss journey however I am not letting it take full control. My body needs sunshine to be happy; I really should live in a warmer place. I am struggling to get myself to the gym more often, even if it is just to lift weights. My goal these next few months is to lose a few more pounds - I have 8 more pounds until I am at a healthy weight level. It will be so nice to lose 8 pounds and be in a normal (no risk) weight level!!! I can't wait for that day!!! I will continue to whisper sweet nothings to my weight scale so see more results. (maybe I should get a weight scale that is a little better at tracking weight... hmmm...) In addition I plan on reading more books on nutrition and hopefully get a doctors appointment setup to check my progress.

For now though= emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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K-DIVA 2/10/2010 10:55AM

    Keep up the good work! I really don't care for the gym, so I am happy that I have a treadmill at home. I am sending positive energy your way to help you get going to the gym.

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SUGIRL06 2/9/2010 12:03PM

    Your blog sounded like my blog today "I hate the cold. I work out more when its warm. I need to get to the gym. How about those workout DVDs?". LoL. I see I'm not the only one bothered by the cold! You are really doing great though! Look at all those inches lost!!! Keep up all the great work:)

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SRVFREAK176 2/9/2010 11:42AM

    WAY TO GO!! Keep up the great work on YOU!! emoticon emoticon

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