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This Change is Real

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Something this vacation has shown me is that this change is real and it's a lifestyle change. So often in the past, when I was on a "diet", going on vacation would be the time to indulge and let go. But not this time. This time, my parents and I are sticking to our lifestyle change. but we're having fun while we do it. Instead of stuffing ourselves with greasy food, we went out to a vegetarian restaurant, ate healthy food, and didn't stuff ourselves. Today we went on an hour bike ride on a path by the river and it was a blast!

The vegetarian restaurant, by the way, was amazing! It was the first one we've ever been to, but it was great. The dishes are served "family style". We ordered the Shepherd's Pie and Smoky Nachos. The shepherds pie was delicious. It was definitely the most flavorful shepherd's pie I've ever had! It was full of vegetables and mushrooms with quinoa replacing the meat. It was awesome and that's saying a lot because I don't like quinoa. As good as the shepherd's Pie was, however, the Smoky Nachos were even more amazing! Wow! They had EVERYTHING on them, including raspberries and blueberries LOL. The did have real cheese on them, so they weren't vegan, but they were vegetarian. The plate was HUGE and the three of us couldn't even finish it. Both dishes came with edible flowers, which had a very unique almost spicy flavor. I loved them! Anyone who thinks that vegan or vegetarian food can't be delicious needs to go to this restaurant!! The restaurant itself was...umm...interesting LOL. Very very hippie/hipster/new age. Which I suppose often goes with the vegan/vegetarian culture. All in all, it was a good experience.
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    Keeping up the lifestyle on vacation is the TRUE measure of change!
    1902 days ago
  • KELLY122581
    P.S. Congrats on the evidence of a new healthy lifestyle!!!
    1902 days ago
  • KELLY122581
    I used to hate quinoa too, and kept trying to force myself to eat it because I knew it was healthy. 2 years later, someone gave me the tip that it needs to be washed... and i mean WASHED before you cook it... if you do it right, it takes all the bitterness away and is just like rice, but healthier.

    I measure out the quinoa into a big dark colored or metal mixing bowl. Fill it with lots of water, and with CLEAN hands, I reach in and start scrubbing the grains between my hands.... almost as if I were trying to scrub my hands (that is why your hands should already be clean. lol). The water will get "dusty" as all of the outer (bitter) layer of the quinoa comes off. After a minute of this, I drain off the water and refill it with clean water and repeat. Normally on the 3rd time, the water doesn't get as dusty, but I still dump that water out and then put the quinoa into the pot with clean water to cook. Process takes 3-5 minutes, but now I love quinoa :-)

    Hope that helps you too!!! And hope you didn't have to suffer as long as me :-)
    1902 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    raspberries and blueberries are big favorites at our house. Right now I'm having a bowl of fresh peaches my wife just sliced up for the family. emoticon
    1902 days ago
    emoticon You go, girl! emoticon
    1902 days ago
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