Saturday, October 01, 2011
In my quest to make life sweet I found the following recipe. I have a sweet tooth, although I'm finding that's changing as I walk down my wellness path, and I'm always looking for something sweet AND healthy. Today I decided I wanted to try a new recipe, and be adventurous too, so I made the following pudding. I'm super happy with my choice! It's sweet, nutrient-dense, filling and you'll also benefit from good-for-you fats.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Makes eight servings
3 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped
1/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla coconut milk)
2/3 cup *real* maple syrup
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (optional thickener)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process until completely smooth.
Refrigerate until cold. Top with berries, nuts or whipped cream.
Are you adventurous with your foods?
Friday, September 30, 2011
I'm a sensitive little flower or rather, my system is sensitive. As I continue down my wellness path I try to stay awake and aware to what's happening to my body and inner bits.
It is a fact that I have more than a few foods that my body are sensitive too and I do my best to stay away from them. Out of my list Soy is the my biggest offender, I feel like my inner bits are being liquefied when I eat it. Gluten is next on my list and then there's dairy. I've tried to quit gluten a number of times but haven't found the key to success yet. Dairy became a bit easier when Doc told me I could eat goat and sheep milk cheeses.
In the past 3+ years I've found ways around my sensitivities and never go hungry! I also quickly learned that packaged foods is NOT the way to go, staying fresh is best. Just because the package says its gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free doesn't mean it's good for me so I choose carefully. Again, staying fresh is best.
I say all this to bring up my main point, I'm a sensitive little flower. After years of abuse to my inner bits they now revolt immediately. Maybe they did before and I just wasn't listening?
This week I've become more aware of my water retention. Sure in the past I've noticed it but the end result was me sulking around and being angry. It's time to take another approach!
Earlier this week I gained 5 pounds over night - it was all water and I fought back with more water. It quickly left. This morning when I woke up I knew immediately that I had retained water again. Yup, 3 pounds. I'm fighting back with more water. It too will quickly leave. Even though I know it leave quickly I'm tired of the battle!
Here are a few things that can cause water retention because it's not just sodium people.
*Eating too much salt and sugar
*Lack of exercise
*Drug side effects
Four of these apply to me right now -
salt, I'll be watching this more closely
sugar, I'll be watching this more closely
gravity, I need to move around more when I'm at the office.
food intolerance, get it under control and say good-bye to that which hurts you
Play by the rules or suffer the consequences.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Hereís what I know:
Today I am tired. I believe it comes from my workouts plus the mental workouts Iíve had in this past week.
Side Note: Iím feeling a little better from my last post. Not a 100% but I did have a chat with the person involved on the other side of the situation. Once I know the ďwhyĒ Iíd rather have the uncomfortable conversation and lay all the cards on the table. Of course, it helps if the other party is willing to participate which in this case they did.
Sadly, my best friend found out that her beloved cat (Tucker) has an aggressive form of cancer and will likely pass within two months. The news has affected me greatly and sends me into fits of tears.
Side Note: My old girl, Sara, who is now 16 is slowly declining too. Sheíll be with us long after Tucker is gone but I see the writing on the wall to which her vet confirmed. Itís hard saying good-byes.
Saturday I spent the day with friends laughing and having a great time. Much fun was had by all! I enjoyed the part when a past fling saw me and did a double take. *GIGGLES* We briefly chatted at the end of the night and he expressed how great I looked. *HAIR FLIP & TWIRL*
On September 13 I went and had my girlie checkup, it had been two years. Shame on me! They gave me a referral to have my first mammogram. Yeah, should have had my first one last year but again when you skip the checkup itís hard to get the referral. Aak! As of today Iíve yet to call to schedule the appointment but the paper has made its way to my office so the odds of a phone call happening today is good.
Side Note: No, Iím not the least bit afraid of a doctor or to have my girlie checkup. I just simply forget to make the appointment so I can show up. Iím equally not putting off the mammogram, I think they are important, especially when I donít have any knowledge of my family medical history - Iíve no idea whatís lurking inside me - so itís best to let the professionals have a look see.
Iím retaining water today. I dislike water retention but have come to recognize it for what it is, temporary. What caused it, maybe the cup of homemade mac n cheese I had last night? I need to find macaroni noodles that are made from brown rice which would help me if I want to indulge when I do make it.
Side Note: I think the gluten consumption makes me retain water, among other things. This is another reason I need to fully quit gluten! Damn stuff is everywhere. HA! Iím fighting back today with water!
The trip to San Francisco is happening on Sunday. The Mr and I agreed weíd go regardless of anyone elseís schedule. The Bay Area weather has been warm and inviting this week and it wonít last. If we go alone, weíll take the ferry in and walk to our final destination of fun. Itís cheaper to take the ferry and walk than it is to drive, pay a toll, park and go. Iím all about saving money and using my feet to carry me. :)
Boxing is tonight. Have I mentioned lately how much I love boxing?! Ya, I do! Mondayís session was brutal in all the right ways, and I was paired with the men again. My arms are still sore today from all the work on the heavy bag.
Side Note: I use boxing and other workouts as therapy now. I workout my emotions at the gym and leave it on the floor when Iím done.
I have been enjoying biking this past week and have decided I need to buy a different lock so I feel more secure when Iím out and about. I always worry when I lock my bike up somewhere that someone will steal it. The lock I currently have can be cut if someone really wants the bike so Iím hunting for a U-lock that will give me more comfort.
This is the end of my totally random post.
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