Eating healthy week 1 – Dinner time

I am going to try to write a weekly meal plan, but for tonight I am going to start with dinner because I’m hungry and need to get cooking. I found a great recipe for chicken thights and zuccini which is what I have in the fridge and it has to be cooked tonight, but it asks to do it in the oven and if you live in Canada, the oven costs a fortune on electricity, so we prefer to use the BBQ.  So, I used the bbq and OMG..it was amazing. Let me tell you something first..I don’t usually like thighs because they are brown skin and taste fatty, but lately I’m enjoying it. I have made thai, indian and now bbq chicken with thigh meat and well….going to switch from breast that dry to now thigh that’s fly:)…sorry, it was funny in my head. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Oh and I had a glass of red wine…and maybe another.

The image on the left is theirs and mine that was done on the BBQ is on the right…mmmmm. It honestly tastes really good.

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Healthy treats – Truffles made with cocoa and dates and…

I found this great recipe online as June for me is raw or healthy eating month. What this means for me is I am not able to eat processed food.  So, no oatmeal, bread, pasta, chips, pop (which I don’t like anyways, unless it’s in a rum or vodka punch), anything that’s on a shelf is pretty much off limits….for 30 days. I have a sweet tooth, which is a bit of a problem. I also like wine, beer and Grapefruit Palm Bays. Hey, I never set I was perfect, I said I was willing to try something for 30 days.  So, I won’t be giving up the wine on the shelf, the beer, or the herbs and balsamic and olive oil. After all, I want to leave and have my food taste good and not feel like I’m a bird!

So, here’s my first desert/snack recipe for June.

Truffles with cocoa and dates

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Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 cups dates with no pits in them
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  • Add all the above ingredients in a food processor and blend/pulse until almost think, add a little water at a time to have a thicker consistency, but not liquidy. You want to be able to make balls with it.Use a small spoon and put some in your hand and roll into 1 inch balls. I had some BIG ones too, just because my husband will eat one than one if they are too small. Let cool for 1 hour in the fridge as they taste way better. They can last up to a week in the fridge. Ya, if you’re lucky and make enough maybe:)

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For the exact recipe from Epicurious, click this link to get it as well as other suggestions they had.

Let me know how it goes and what other ingredients did you use. Or better yet, do this 30 days raw with me and link me to recipes you are using.

Have a wonderful treat day:)

Tina

How to Lose Weight – Part II

I stopped doing the the plan!

If you recall a few weeks back, I was in the process of trying the book The Plan. It`s a book to help you keep the weight off by eliminating foods that don’t agree with you, event healthy ones like salmon and nuts. Well, let me tell you, it works!!! I lost 5 pounds in 3 days, but….that’s because I drank so much water and only ate veggies and nuts. Ya, the first 3 days is a detox and well, it wasn’t fun. No sweets, salt, meat:(

I was happy on day one, but the other days….mmmmm…not so much. My husband and I got in a disagreement, but it was because I was crabby. I stopped after the detox because what I realized is that I am a carnivore i.e. LOVER of MEAT!!!! and the second reason I stopped is because I was doing it for the wrong reasons.  I was doing it to support my husband with his weight goal, but because it wasn’t mine, it felt like I was forced to do it.

There are really good recipes in her book and what I liked was her eating plan. She layed it out Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner-Snack and reminder about no drinking after 7:30 and to get all your water in before then.

I am in general a healthy person, but I don’t like too many restrictions. So, I have given this one up. I am going to try another one that a colleague at work loaned me.

Stay tuned to hear how this one turns out.

Tina

How to Lose Weight – Part I

Some of you heard, but for those that didn’t, my partner and I are looking to lose weight and we’ve tried a few ways, but they don’t seem to stick. Howver, one night I was watching a Doctoroz episode on losing weight and still being able to drink wine, which is my favorite:) So, I continued to listen. In case you didn’t see it, here’s the link. The woman’s name is Lyn-Genet Recitas and she wrote a book called “The Plan. Eliminate the Surprising “Heahtly” foods that are making you Fat – and Lose Weight Fast”.

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The Plan

The reason we are trying this one is because we wanted to do a detox, but there was no way I was going to do another 14 day one. NO THANKS! Sure I lost weight, but again, you go back to eating what you loave. With The Plan, you learn about what is causing you to gain weight from the foods you eat and the beverages you consume.

There are 3 main things you must do everyday.

1. Make sure you have a scale as you will need to weigh yourself each morning

2. Drink 1/2 your weight in 8oz glasses. Drink 2 of them after you weigh yourself

3. Take suppliments i.e. liver detox (which is not easy to find), Probiotics, and MSM.

There should be 4 becuase you need to keep track of your weight, what you ate and the amount of water you drank.

So, I am on day one and it’s going on, but she says I won’t be hungry and well, I AM:*(, but mostly I see all the sweets around me and just want 1 piece.

Here’s what I had so far:

Cooked flaxseed/cinamon/cranberries mixed with blueberries and rice milk. Tastes OK, but weird a bit as they feel like pits.

Had mixed salad with 1/2 pear and pumpkin seeds with orange oil dressing I made which was pretty tasty.

Carrot soup with zuccini, onion, ginger, garlic and spices. Not a big fan. Don’t like the texture and not a big fan of carrots. Thank god, it’s only 2 days to eat this:)

I ate an apple that was suppose to be a snack, but as I mentioned, I was hungry:(

I’ve drank 3 glasses of the 10 I need to drink and it’s 12:30. I’m sure I can drink 8 more before 7:30pm.

Oh ya, one important thing, you’re NOT to exercise for the 1st 3 days. That’s a problem for me as I play sports and workout during lunch, but I am going to listen and do nothing.

 

Stay tuned to hear what were my results.

Tina