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Processed Foods STINK & Experimenting with Hatch Chilies

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


I know, DUH, processed foods are BAD! LOL

I have been doing really well and eating clean. But Sunday I had a few cheats... Eggs Benedict at brunch, a couple of Bloody Mary's watching football, smoked chicken & ham, and some store bought coleslaw. UGH. Weekends are my Achilles heel! I guess that's probably true for a lot of people though.. Hence why we're here emoticon

Anyways, after what was supposed to be a cheat meal turned into more of a cheat day, I woke up and like a kick to the shins, I was up 4 "pounds." My BF doesn't believe me when I say my body absolutely hates processed or high sodium foods. I think more than most people! Most people I know don't have those kinds of swings after one bad day (or do they/you??? Please tell me I'm not alone!). I know, I know, what should I expect after those splurges? Its just discouraging that you can be OH-SO-GOOD, only to feel totally set back after just one day? But I digress....

I hopped right back on the clean eating horse the following day, and did 2 classes at the gym. Today I'm down 2 of the 4 "pounds," so a few more days of getting all that garbage out of my system and I'll be good to go

What I REALLY need to do is stop looking at the scale every day. Healthy Lifestyle cardinal rule #4. It can seriously do more harm than good! So - no more daily weighing. I'm just going to stay focused on eating right and getting to the gym. The rest will take care of itself even with indulgences here and there (everything in moderation right!?)

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In the last bountiful basket we received there was a TON of hatch green chiles. Having never cooked with fresh ones before (I've always used the canned ones) I was determined to find a delicious new recipe. Thanks to Pinterest (my other Achilles heel) I found what looked to be a great, healthy, clean recipe for Chile Verde.

I spent yesterday morning fire roasting the fresh hatch chilies, tomatillos, and onions:

That was the easy part. The not as easy part was the peeling and seeding of the roasted chilies. Not to mention the part of me that was terrified to touch my face the rest of the day in fear the extremely spicy pepper remnants were going to burn a hole in my eyeball! Thankfully the gloves I used seemed to have worked!

What I thought was going to be more of an elk green chili stew, it actually turned out to be salsa Verde plus roasted elk meat. While I was preparing it I thought it looked a lot like dog food, and was worried it was going to be HORRIBLE.

After wall was said and done I had about 1.3lbs of elk roast cooked on low in the crockpot with the Salsa Verde PLUS an extra 2-3 cups of Salsa Verde for other dishes AND about 6 left over roasted chilies (which I will most likely save for super bowl Sunday to make more salsa Verde with).

The finished product turned out quite better than I imagined. It does look like dog food, especially over a bed of brown wild rice LOL.

On a side note, the Salsa ended up being only about 30 calories per 1/3 cup! WOOT WOOT

And in other food news, I had a very yummy breakfast yesterday: Egg whites with smoke chicken breast, salsa Verde, whole wheat toast with SF jelly, and an orange emoticon This is what food is supposed to look like! --Okay but the ICBINB and salt free ketchup could go..... I'm working on that too.

And today's lunch, more left over smoked chicken breast, salsa Verde, carrots, and a tomato. (I am going to be sick of Salsa Verde soon-ish I think LOL... Maybe...)

And on the fitness front, as I said I did two classes yesterday. I did a 60 minute weight training class that focused on LOTS and LOTS of squats and arm exercises with weights, and 30 minutes of a kickboxing class. My legs feel like rubber today, but it I loved both classes. I'm very happy I joined LA Fitness emoticon

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  • FLGIRL1234
    emoticon Glad you're back!
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  • LYNSEY723
    I'm behind on blogs, so I apologize for the delayed comment! Looks like you are doing great! The food looks so good! I can easily sway several pounds after a bad eating day too, you're not alone!!
    1120 days ago
    Missed you!!! Keep it up, Chica!!!
    1125 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    emoticon A cheat meal/day is allowed. Moderation is key, but you already know that! You're doing great!! I'm inspired!! emoticon
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    1155 days ago
    Your eats look super good! I know what you mean about being afraid to touch your face after the peppers though. Sometimes I forget and end up with a pepper that burns on my skin (or if I touch my face) for what seems like days. emoticon

    I do notice an immediate weight jump if I eat the wrong foods. Pizza and nachos are the worst! I have discovered that if I error on the side of fat and protein I can usually get away with more, but carbs and salt are lethal. And yes, I break the rules and weigh every day. emoticon
    1155 days ago
    My weight also goes up an un-proportionate amount when I eat crappy food! It usually goes back to normal after 2-3 days of regular eating but it sucks to see a higher than expected number on the scale. As for the scale - take the battery out! Whenever the battery in my scale dies I usually leave it that way for a few months and it makes me so much happier...until I put a new battery in.
    1155 days ago
  • RODRIGUEZ41508
    Salsa verde-Yum!! I like to put some salsa on top or the side of my dishes to add that kick taste emoticon . Your so right that processed foods stink! Your lunch looks so healthy emoticon I also was weighing myself every day until I decided this past weekend to knock it off and only weigh myself once a week on Sat. mornings.
    1155 days ago
  • ADF1981
    Lunch looks great! Those extra pounds are probably just water. I try to avoid the scale for a few days when I've ate different. I will skip a weigh in sometimes and just wait about 3 or 4 days to give things time to smooth over. The scale hurts my feelings LOL.
    1155 days ago
    I know what you mean we become use to our body and it let's us know what is good for or not. I have started using fresh veggies and fruits if not able I use frozen veggies & fruit with no sugar added. I am glad you finding Sparkpeople helpful.
    1155 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Wow! You've been busy. Blessings.
    1155 days ago
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