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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

I've noticed that I have never shown anyone how I do my menu planning. I basically take all the ingredients that I want to make for the next week and place them in a list. Then I take this lovely menu planner (which I plan on making a new revised one this week) and plan out the entire next week with calories and menu. It works wonders! I just place it on the fridge and everyone in the family can see what we are eating each time of the day. I tend to put the calories a little lower for each day so that I can have a healthy snack of my choice daily.

Masala Burgers from Trader Joes! These frozen burgers are nice to have sitting in the freezer for when you just don't feel like cooking anything. Aka, those nights you want to workout a little more but then don't have time to cook.

My addiction is from Whole Foods - Oatmeal Scones! Unfortunately they are a little pricey so we don't get to purchase the scones all the time from the bakery. It is more like a treat, although I could eat them three times a day and be fine. I decided that maybe I should see how many calories are in these tasty treats so I went to search for my own. I found out that they are around 600 calories!!! I used this recipe that isn't 100% the same but very similar and tastes the same. Unfortunately for now, I know that I can not eat them often- just as a very special treat.

We went on a picnic the other day and we wanted something that was going to be very filling so that we could go hiking. We made this 100% vegan! It has red pepper hummus (it's not ketchup) and tofurky deli meat. So amazing! Only problem was that I could only eat half since they were so big!

Vegan with a Vengeance recipe: Rum Tea Cake. It was very sticky but tasty. One serving was only around 200 calories - for a cake it was great!

We grow our own herbs and freeze a lot of them throughout the summer so that we can have fresh organic in the winter months too!

Misc Dinners:

Me working out on a stroll through the park early one Saturday morning... haha Amazing how much energy you get from a healthy lifestyle!

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MAKALANI22 6/16/2010 3:57PM

    I love this blog and that you are a conscious eater! I can't wait to hear more about your journey... keep up the great work!

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SUGIRL06 6/16/2010 11:43AM

    Mmmm everything looks delicious! I definitely am going to write down the scones because I LOVE SCONES and need a healthy version. Haha.
I do the opposite of your meal planner. I write down my meals for the week and then make my grocery list from that (I try to have at least half the ingredients at home already). I love how organized you are. We would get along way too well!

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MAGNOLIA416 6/4/2010 8:40AM

    Delicious! I love your menu planning idea!

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KISSFAN1 6/2/2010 8:49AM

    I love Trader Joe's, they have the most amazing things. I love their hummus (almost every one I've tried except not a huge fan of the guacamole hummus although I love guacamole) and the Marsala veggie burgers are delicious. I didn't like them at first, but had them in my freezer for a while and was trying to figure out what to eat one night (didn't have time to cook) and grabbed those and now I LOVE them and can't wait until this weekend so I can get some more.

I'm not vegetarian, but am trying to find and try new things and wondered how the Tofurky tasted. I've seen a lot of the vegetarian products at TJ's and am tempted to try them but scared at the same time, LOL.

Everything you took pictures of looks wonderful. The bread you made the sandwich with looks scrumptious!

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Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hopefully all of you made it back from the weekend without too many "oh no! What did I just eat!" situations.

Around 6PM on Friday night as my husband and I were driving to get some lovely vegan pita sandwiches from our local Lebanese restaurant, we decided that we were going to go away for the weekend. Now, this doesn't sound that bad however we have one dog and one cat that needs to go everywhere with us on vacation since we have just moved to a new place not knowing anyone. But, that was okay - we were ready for some spontaneous fun!

So, we drove four hours away to our hometown and spent a lovely three days in hot Michigan! Not really the most exotic getaway to our parents house (them as our hosts) but it was a nice turn of scenery. We basically lounged around the pool and also the lake sitting in the sunshine and eating copious amounts of fresh Michigan fruits such as strawberries from my grandmothers' garden. Yummy!

One thing I did notice though is the drastic change in our diet/lifestyle since we have decided to be healthy. Our parents, in our opinions, have eaten the same way for years however who would have known the parents that raised us ate such a typical American diet of meat and potatoes! For instance, my mother had three salads on our Memorial Day table - each probably containing over 400 calories each serving full of meat, oils and mayonnaise. It actually turned our stomachs looking at the table ingredients. In addition, the desert was filled with of course double chocolate brownies thanks to Betty Crocker and a tub of frosting to go on top.

Thankfully we rushed to our local grocery store were we could purchase a lot of vegan items. We were surprised to find that our city of 12000 people actually had tempeh, tofu, vegan cheese and etc! Amazing! Seriously if our little hometown has vegan items, just about everywhere will have it now. Sure we were ridiculed for the healthy foods we were eating but at least we felt healthy at the end of the day. I did have a slip up here and there with a few extra vegan muffin "poppers" as I like to call the tiny sized muffins. I have to work even harder now for my June 25th weigh in challenge but at least we were healthier than what we could have chosen if not for our determination to keep strong.

If you are ever in this situation, take it into your own hands and make your own delightfully healthy meals. I'm sure not too many people would find it offensive if you were to take your own foods with you.

Now on to my worries... okay, so maybe it is a complaint. Since you all have lost weight, does anyone notice the difference? No one from my family has seen me since Christmas last year and no one mentioned anything about the weight loss... It make me kind of sad to think that all this work didn't bring along any comments. But then again, I'm not doing it for the compliments - just would have been nice to have all my hard work noticed. I'm slightly saddened by it but I guess it is something I have to work through.

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SUGIRL06 6/1/2010 4:43PM

    I like that you went and got your own food! That's awesome!

As for people noticing, not many people notice for me either. Not from my family anyway. Here and there, I'll see a relative that will be like "OMG!!!" but not very often. Curious...

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    Normally nobody mentions the weight loss with me either... emoticon

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Health O Meter Weight Scale

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Photo from the website where you can purchase...

As many of you know, my husband has been really trying to get me to toss the weight scale that I have had for almost ten years away. Granted, it was not digital (I know, old school, right!) and wasn't very good at weighing in on my hard work. Actually I would step on it multiple times in the morning just to find the number that I liked.. haha It was a good system that I enjoyed every morning! Don't like the number, just step on it again and again until it gives you a better number.

But about a week ago we went to the doctors for an annual checkup and blood tests. Our weight was much different than the numbers that the professional scales told us. Actually it was about five off for me and seven for my husband. Shocked I declared through teary eyes that I would purchase a weight scale.

Funny enough, I fell in love with the scale! It is nice to have a proper scale that tells no lies. It also does some other things such as hydration level, BMI and also bone density. Very nice!

Something that I didn't expect though was that the hubster would find it as his newest toy! Yes, toy! Embarrassing as it is, he has found that the digital scale is very fun to use after going to the restroom. haha Men, right? (sorry, men reading this...) So, the other day as it was very quiet out and nothing really going on the whole day, we were bored. He went to the restroom and then afterward announced how much "weight" he had lost after his bathroom interview. In addition, he proceed to tell me his hydration level that had gone down.

Laughing on the floor still, I just had to share the funny story with everyone. haha Sorry if you find bathroom humor offensive but it was just so funny. Who would have known a weight scale could be so much fun!
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SUGIRL06 5/31/2010 9:31PM

    Ah that's something my husband HAS DONE. Men!

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PAPRINIKA 5/28/2010 1:15AM

    Haha! Hopefully he don't get obsessed with the numbers! XD

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DJ4HEALTH 5/27/2010 8:36PM

    emoticon emoticon

Your bathroom scale sound just like mine and I too want to get a new one. Thanks for the info and the good laugh.

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BBGOOGIN 5/27/2010 4:49PM

    I think this is hilarious!! emoticon Glad you're enjoying your new scale, and I totally understand what you're saying about men and their toys! I could easily see my husband doing the same thing. LOL

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Book Review: The Face On Your Plate

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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As always on my quest to learn more about healthy food and how to properly be addicted to it without it taking over my life...

I found "The Face On Your Plate" by Jeffery Moussaieff in our local library. I was thrilled because I was just about to purchase it but then I came across it - so excited! I just got finished reading "Animal Eaters" so I wasn't sure what I was going to take out of the book. Thankfully there was some really good information in the book about what is going on with our food sold in America. I was alarmed by some of the things since it wasn't mentioned in the other book. For instance, who knew (or was it just me) that most salmon in grocery stores in America have a pigmented dye added to it to make the meat look pink! Yes, it isn't naturally pink!!! Apparently the fish "farming" that is done in America (mostly but not all) prohibits the fish from living a natural life and the fish suffer so much that the pigment of the meat is a murky gray color instead of natural pink. Yuck! In addition this color dye is dangerous because it can cause retinal damage and other side effects. Who would have known!!??!

The book was wonderful in teaching how to find the best resources of meat (if you so chose to do so). I did enjoy reading the book as it was a fast, interesting read however I found that "Eating Animals" had more in-depth information in it for the general public. So, if you are one of those people that want to steer clear of Eating Animals out of mere denial (I can't blame you though), I highly suggest reading this book. It is a watered down version but does have many interesting points in it.

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VEGFAERY 5/31/2010 10:33AM

    I liked The Face on Your Plate for its philosophical view of eating animals. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is a wonderful writer, speaker and researcher and I like the way he presents his argument.

Another fantastic read if you are so inclined is Food Revolution by John Robbins. He is an excellent writer and I know you'll LOVE this book.

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SUGIRL06 5/30/2010 9:21PM

    Ewwww. I knew they dyed the fish but not that much. I'm so excited its summer time. There is a local seafood place (seeing as I live near the ocean...) and I can't wait to check it out! I've never been there but have always known its there! What a better way to get wild fresh fish?!

Now, I think I can take reading this book! Although, I may not switch to vegan/vegetarian but at least it would lead me to eating less which is good for you in general! I was excited to find hormone free, non medicated beef at the store the other day. Baby steps?

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SHERRY822 5/26/2010 7:07PM

    It sounds very interesting. I'll have to look for it in my local library. Thanks.

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New Goal Set in Place

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

These last few cold months I have been rather depressed because I haven't seen very many (if any) changes in my body even though I have stuck to the main goal. Thankfully the sunshine is finally surrounding my little metropolitan city and I want to get back into goal setting mode. If you have never setup a goal, I highly suggest it. Goals are a kick-the-butt motivator that just screams at you every time you think to yourself - "shall I eat this"... "shall I sleep an hour or go run"... and so on. I love goals and even more so I love to meet and exceed them. (only not in the annoying way that some people can get...)

Today is May 26, 2010, about one month before my fifth anniversary! I love my husband so dearly and can't wait to celebrate this major achievement in our lives together as a married couple. There is nothing more encouraging than a special event in ones life, so that I can setup a goal. Right now I am 124 pounds (.4 of a pd up from yesterday). On my anniversary to my husband I plan on giving him a healthy wife. I will (not a plan -it's a definite) be 119 pounds on July 25, 2010!!!! Sounds like a strange number I know but it is the number that takes my BMI into the healthy range and out of the "overweight" category that has been tormenting me for years now.

I have been stuck at around 124 for about three-four months now wish is a little depressing. I have increased my exercise to 5-6 times a week (seriously God put that 7th day of rest in there for a reason). Right now we are running 5 miles each day but I hope to get it back up to around 6-7 miles daily. In addition, I am keeping at a 1200 calorie restricted diet - all vegan foods. Also, I have stopped using extra virgin olive oil and other oils whenever possible. I hope that cutting down the fat will help reduce the fat in my body. The fantastic research book "The China Study" found that a body lives better off from less fat intake, so that it what I intend on doing.

If you have any suggestions that have gotten you out of plateau-ville, I would really love to read/hear them. Please send me anything that works for you! Comment/suggestions are always encouraging to me.

My goal is set now all I have to do is the hard work. emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/30/2010 9:18PM

    Great goal!!! You can totally do it. Maybe you should start adding some speed work/intervals to your runs? It will burn more calories and help your cardio too! Besides, I always feel awesome after a speed run. Its just exhilarating knowing you can run faster than your normal speed (even if its not for that long!) You've got this!

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PAPRINIKA 5/26/2010 12:49PM

    Lets do it!!

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