AMERICANROZE's SparkPeople Blog AMERICANROZE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community How do I put myself first?!???! I'm so frustrated and disheartened right now. I've work so hard to find what works for me in terms of nutrition and fitness, but they only work when I put myself first and make time for myself. It seems like it should be so easy, to just put myself first, but I have a job, I'm starting a business, I have church and prayer, I have my boyfriend, and I'm always putting everyone and everything else first. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to be healthy or lose weight until I stop this really unhealthy ha... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:24:38 EST So disappointed! I was so excited to try a recipe for creamy coconut rice with cinnamon! It sounded amazing. But then I tried eating it for lunch earlier today, and <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> it was really gross. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Turns out I'm not a fan of sprouted rice. The taste of the creamy rice was good, but sprouted rice is kind of chewy and crunchy at the same time, it's bland (despite the cinnamon), and it kept gett... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:26:12 EST Amazing Double Chocolate Chip Cookies - & I Only Ate Two! I have low blood sugar, so I have to be careful about what I eat and how often I eat. If it gets too low, I feel like I'm crashing and I just want whatever I can get my hands on fastest with the least amount of energy. Unfortunately, at that point it also has to be "yummy". Now I have a weird sense of yummy. Before going raw, a bowl of bran flakes and skim milk would do the trick. But now that I'm eating raw, one of my best go-to snacks isn't an option. In fact, none of my old snacks are opti... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:29:14 EST I can make sushi! My wonderful brother gave me bamboo mats for Christmas, so that I can make sushi. After finally finding some organic raw nori, I made sushi tonight! My first time out, the sushi rolls aren't perfect looking. I need practice rolling, and I need a knife intended for cutting seaweed rather than meat. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is what I learned making sushi the first time. <BR> <BR> 1) One and a half cups of sprouts are ple... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 17:39:31 EST Making My Own Cereal I love eating cold cereal in the morning, but I've always found finding organic, healthy and tasty cereals to be a challenge. I did eventually settle on Nature Path's cereals, but they were expensive. Then, I decided to go raw. I thought I'd never eat cereal again. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> That is until I was flipping through one of my new raw food recipe books, and I came across buckwheat crispies. They're easy to make, they're really tasty, and because I make the cereal, I know exactly wh... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 12:20:20 EST Energy Soup Since I love to drink green sludge after my workouts, my coach suggested that I try energy soup. It doesn't look too appetizing and it smells like freshly cut grass, but it isn't bad. I'm not quite sure how to describe the taste, but I will definitely eat it again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I used a recipe my coach created, but you can find ideas for energy soup here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hp... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:02:42 EST Chips!!! When I saw this SparkRecipe for Zucchini Chips, <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2185737 </link> <BR> <BR> I thought that zucchini chips were just begging to be dehydrated instead of nuked in a microwave (as my mom calls it). I was so excited to try these chips, so I bought some extra zucchini at the grocery store on Monday, and I had my first zucchini chips as a snack today at work. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:06:36 EST The best broccoli soup I've ever had! I'm in love! This soup is amazing! Enough said! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here's a link to the recipe... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>am-of-broccoli-soup/ </link> <BR> <BR> The recipe says to add water as needed to get desired consistency. I found two cups work well; it's just the right amount of creamy! Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:16:14 EST I ate a whole bowl of pudding! Raw cacao chia pudding that is! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is nothing better than eating a delicious and yummy pudding. But be warned, raw cacao is not for the faint of heart - it is strong! But, in moderation, it's also very healthy, so I enjoyed my pudding. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:55:57 EST Rainbow Coleslaw This is probably the best coleslaw I've ever had. Unfortunately, most coleslaws have all that goopy creamy stuff, which I never enjoyed. My dad was really big on making me eat my vegetables when I was a kid, but I refused to eat coleslaw, so I'd stand by him in the kitchen as he made dinner, and he'd hand me smalls chunks of cabbage to eat right there. I loved the stuff! I probably would have eaten the whole head of cabbage if he had let me. He used to call me a bunny rabbit as I happily chom... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:09:59 EST Raw Spaghetti! So far, raw spaghetti is one of my favorite raw meals. I love the tomato sauce, seasonings, and zucchini "noodles". I don't currently have a spiralizer to make pretty noodles, so I use a regular vegetable peeler. However, I found on this blog <link><BR>ralize-vegetables-without-a-spiralizer<BR>-2-veggie-pasta-dishes/ </link> that it's possible to make vegetable noodles without using a spiralizer, so I'll be purchasing a julienne peeler in the near future... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 22:20:25 EST Turning an ugly root into the perfect winter soup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When looking at celeriac, all I can figure is that whoever first figured out that celeriac is edible must have been extremely desperate for food as celeriac is probably one of the ugliest things I have seen at the grocery store. However, I first learned of it while looking through one of my new raw recipe books, and I saw a picture of it in its final state as a soup. The soup sounded like it was worth trying to mak... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:24:51 EST Kale Chips - yummy! I just finished making kale chips using my dehydrator for the first time, and they're delish! The very first time I tried making kale chips, I didn't have a dehydrator, so I tried using my oven. What a disaster! They came out burnt black and soggy! I had no idea something could come out of the oven like that! <BR> <BR> I made Chili and Lime kale chips using a recipe from my coach. <BR> <BR> 1 bunch of organic kale (rinse, dry, separate from stem & tear into pieces) <BR> Juice from two lime... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:11:01 EST Cucumber Soup & a chat with my coach Today I had a great chat with my coach about going raw. She made some helpful suggestions such as <BR> <BR> 1. really think about my meals and plan them out to make sure I'm getting all the nutrients I need <BR> <BR> 2. once I'm used to the raw diet, introduce a constant rotation of foods - apparently if we eat the same thing for too long, we can develop a food allergy <BR> <BR> 3. try buckwheat for breakfast food, she thinks I'll like it better than quinoa, millet and amaranth <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:33:02 EST Going Raw Vegan for Life! After ten years of trying to lose weight and be healthy, I gave up on counting calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. I decided that was no way for me to live the rest of my life. I know it works for a lot of people, but for me, it seemed to just take an already unhealthy relationship with food and make it even healthier. I'd look at a piece of food and not see it as something tasty and nutritious, but as something with X amount of calories, carbs, etc. Plus, even while using the Sparkpeople fo... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:45:48 EST No resolutions, only goodbyes I have no resolutions this year. I once dated a guy who didn't believe in New Year's Resolutions as he thought we should work on self-improvement throughout the year. While I do like the idea of starting a new year with better habits, I have to agree with the logic arguing against resolutions. So I have no resolutions this year. <BR> <BR> Instead, I'm at the point where I'm trying really hard to say goodbye to some old habits once and for all. Last fall ended up being quite a journey for me,... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:57:24 EST Yesterday was my last "Fat Day" I'm still what others probably see as "fat", but yesterday was my last "Fat Day". It was my last day to: <BR> <BR> 1) Use food as a crutch for life, instead of actually living my life, <BR> 2) Mindlessly eat, <BR> 3) Tell myself I couldn't do something because I was "too fat", <BR> 4) Allow myself to think that I can't change, and <BR> 5) And accept the status quo. <BR> <BR> Now, I'll let you in on a little secret. This is a new Sparkprofile, but I'm not new to Sparkpeople. I joined over a ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 10:46:02 EST