Road to Getting Healthy; Week 1 update

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Now that I have decided that enough is enough, and that it is time to be focusing on living a healthier lifestyle, i have set my mind to it.

I have been taking my vitamins and probiotics on a daily basis. I have definitely noticed that i have had a bit kore energy this week.

I have also been doing my research into vitamins that ate made in the US, because one of the things i am really focusing on, especially when it comes to health / wellness / hygiene products is using / taking as many products that are made in the USA. I feel like they are a bit more reputable when they are made here, as well as the fact that i am then supporting my own country’s economy.

Since I started tracking what I am eating about a week ago, it has helped me curb eating put of boredom / to pass the time, because it makes me take a second thought about whether i am hungry at all or hungry enough to take the time to enter it into the app.

My goal with trying to eat healthier on the whole, is to lose a bit of weight, though nothing crazy, and have more energy, and be sick less often.

This week i did lose 2.8 pounds from what I weighed last week, and that is just from making some dietary changes. I didn’t really do much different in terms of exercise.

I am also hoping that with time and persistence, i can get out and do more hiking, which is something I enjoy.

Working towards Getting Healthy

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Through most of the season I had felt under the weather and had been sick a couple times. I have also been dealing with Bell’s Palsy since the end of September.

I was hoping once the season ended, I would really start feeling better, but I have still been more tired than I should be, and overall feeling unwell, as well as still dealing with Bell’s palsy, and a couple other issues, that I am trying to get resolved.

While, on a subconscious level, I knew that I wasn’t eating as well as I should be.

I have finally gotten to the point where I have had enough, and I am willing to do what it takes to get myself healthy again.

I am still dairy free, limiting my gluten (and breads in general), watching my sugar consumption, especially trying to limit anything with added sugar, and trying to get back to clean eating. I actually enjoyed clean eating, and I didn’t realize how much i enjoyed it, and how good it was for me until more recently when I have been feeling so unwell.

While i still am going to keep this mainly about Homemaking, trying to find and come up with healthy meal ideas that fit with the dietary guidelines I am trying to work within, and make it taste good, all falls under the homemaking umbrella. Don’t worry, this is not going to be turning into a weight-loss or fitness blog.

I still want to eventually live on some acreage, have a good size garden, and raise some of my own meat (at least most of what can’t be hunted or caught, that isn’t beef).

Along with needing to eat better, I am also needing to exercise more, and spending more tome outdoors to exercise. As much as I hate to admit it, this winter has been rough.

More to consider

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I have been considering ways to cut expenses, and what I can live without. I have also been greatly contemplating ways to work on saving money, and whether what I am spending money on will help me get to my end game, or hold me back a bit from it.

The life I am working toward and feel called to live is more one of simplicity, away from the city life, where I can raise a family of my own, as well as do more to live off the land, and be much less reliant on having to go to town and to the grocery store for food. I am also interested in cottage businesses, and being able to be sustainable from where I live, and that is more unconventional to how I was raised.

I realize that there are those who thrive in the city, and for whom the city is home, and can’t imagine having to grow and raise their own food. That’s fine, and I am not here to shame anyone for how they live their lives. I have just been disillusioned by living in the city and being dependent on grocery stores, when I can taste the difference between home grown / fresh from a local farm and home canned versus store bought. I also love doing it myself. I get a satisfaction at the end of a day from making homemade jam, or the end of a long day canning, or made a home cooked meal with fresh ingredients.

Now that I have far fewer hours at work, and also haven’t felt well for a while, I want to get to a place of better health, and working hard for the life that I know is right for me. I would much rather go to bed tired at the end of a long day knowing that the hard work I put in that day had a greater good than just earning a little money.

As far as cottage businesses go, the things that have been on my mind have been to sell some of the socks I make (that I don’t keep for myself), as well as handmade soap and candles. I definitely want to learn how to make handmade soap and handmade candles.

I also want to purchase American made when possible (like lodge cast iron skillets), when I need to purchase items.

I can live without having Smith Teamaker tea on a regular basis when Stash tea is plenty good enough, and a fraction of the price. I also don’t need to be shopping at work. I have spent more than enough money at work over the roughly 20 months I have been with the company.

Since the season ended, I am back off coffee. I have also made the decision to not drink alcohol any longer, as well as staying away from soda.

Giving up alcohol is not based on any moral sway, it is based on the fact of cost, and the fact that I am not really a fan of the flavor.

Urban Homesteading

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I have been keeping an eye on the raspberry bushes in the backyard garden.

I noticed some red starting to come on, so I went out to check things out.

There were a couple early raspberries, that were ready so I picked them and ate them.

There are many more that will be ready once we get some warmer weather.

The later part of this spring has been cooler than average. Next week is supposed to get warm, which will help ripen up these berries.

The apples are also starting to grow. If they don’t get eaten through by bugs, we might be able to get some apple sauce made this autumn.

I definitely enjoy growing my own produce, and working with the land. I like being able to live off what I can grow, and preserve food for later when it is no longer the season for growing produce.

Eating Healthier because of Food Intolerances

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I am not perfect by any means, there are still times when I do eat “junk food”. Though overall, having food intolerances has forced me to eat healthier.

I love clean eating because it’s not a diet, and it’s not hard to follow. It’s all about eating more fruit, vegetables and lean proteins. You can still have breads, grains, as such in moderation, as well as cutting down the amount of added sugar.

When I was able to do clean eating full time, I felt great. I loved having chicken and fish as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. I would also make smoothies using frozen fruit, unsweetened plain coconut milk yogurt and some cranberry juice.

Who need this…..

When you can have this?

This last picture is of what I had for dinner. Beings that I can’t eat pizza without being sick, and the good Lebanese food restaurant is no longer there, this was what sounded good, so I made it.

There is something about a homemade meal (even the easy ones) that are just so good. When I figure out what sounds good and what to cook, I love being in the kitchen, cooking and baking up a storm.

It’s time for Pumpkin

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Yesterday after I got home from work I felt like baking. Beings that I didn’t have to work today, I had the time to bake.

Now that autumn is finally here, as well as the fact that I love pumpkin food, and the weather is cool enough to actually warrant baking, I am back in my element. I love cooking and baking.

A couple weekends ago I made split pea soup, and this past weekend I made Chili.

Fall is definitely my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, pumpkin scents, pumpkin food, hot tea, the changing colors of leaves, I love the fall colors anyway.

I am actually excited that summer is over, and on to cooler weather.

Returning to Clean Eating

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Now that Fall is here, and in full swing, I am super excited to see what this season brings for me. The past couple of months I have had a difficult sticking with clean eating and my body has totally been paying for it, and I have not been feeling as good as I know I can. Part of that includes needing to detox from processed/refined sugar.

I know I personally would hard time living somewhere, where I didn’t have access to Trader Joes, New Seasons, Whole Foods, Bob’s Red Mill, and the variety of DF/GF food we have out here on the West Coast. I would totally be fine anywhere in the Willamette Valley, or North Coast, and just make trips to the city to stock up on things I couldn’t get where I was living, if I move away from Portland. As much as I am not a fan of living in the city (noise, all the people, the traffic, the pollution, etc), at least here, I have access to all the DF/GF/ Clean Eating food I could want and need all not to far from me. Not to mention my favorite bakery is here, as well as some amazing tea shops, and Bob’s Red Mill, which is pretty much Gluten Free (and whole grain) heaven. It’s nice being able to go to the local super market and have a decent (albeit not the greatest) selection of DF/GF food.

It is my goal to continue the strict DF diet I have been on for about 5 years now, and get back to being on a more strict GF and minimally processed diet. I am really wanting to incorporate more GF grains and beans back into my diet, and eat Quinoa more often. It is also my goal to eat more locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables.

When I first started this journey, it was because my body was essentially rejecting food, and I needed to figure out what was wrong, and get my body back to as close to normal as I could. That has taken a lot of adjustment, as well as rethinking and really reevaluating my whole thought process, and to some degree my lifestyle. At the same time, those changes bring me to being a bit more in line with the whole culture of where I live, but without giving up my core values. To some, I still may be just another “dirty hippie”, who chooses to eat what I eat, and dress the way I do to make a point, when really it comes down to wanting to feel good, and have food not make me sick, and dress in a manner that is comfortable and normal for myself.

I have also come to a point where I don’t really care what people think, especially the nay sayers who always find something to be judgmental about. I don’t need or want that kind of negativity in my life. The haters are gonna hate, but that means I am just going to be myself all the more. The way I see it, This is who I am, so people have two options, deal with it / get over it, or walk away and its no skin off my back.

I finally feel like I am starting to find my place, and my purpose. I have friends who I care about, and who care about me, they are also supportive and understand (or at least try to), my dietary needs, and I am free to be who God made me to be. I am no longer that people pleasing little girl who just wanted to fit in so bad, she forgot that she was born to stand out. I also realize that I am an example. People watch my life, and see who I am, so I want to put my best foot forward and be the Person I am supposed to be.

GF/DF Muddy Buddies

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Today has been a busy cooking day! This morning I had made Baked Oatmeal, which I posted the recipe for. I had also gone to Bob’s Red Mill before coming back home and making Gluten Free and Dairy Free Muddy Buddies, as well as Chicken and Potato Soup and Bruschetta topping for my sandwiches this coming week.

The last time I had gone hiking with one of my best friends the subject of snacks had come up and some how Muddy Buddies had come up, and I hadn’t had any since before I had to go Dairy Free and Gluten Free, and she was like “duh, take the recipe and substitute what you need to substitute to make it without dairy and gluten”, so today I did that. I must say that they turned out amazingly well.

  I took the Original Recipe and tweeked it. So here is the modified recipe, and what I did today.

Recipe:

9 cups Corn, Rice, Chocolate or Honey Nut Chex cereal
1 cup Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Earth Balance Vegan Spread
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups powered sugar

Directions:

  1. In large bowl measure cereal and set aside
  2. in 1 quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and vegan spread uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir. microwave about 30 seconds to 1 minute longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. stir in vanilla. pour mixture over cereal stirring until evenly coated. pour into 2-gallon resealable (ziploc) bag
  3. add powdered sugar. seal bag; shake until well coated. spread on waxed paper to cool.
  4. store in airtight (rubbermaid/tupperware) container in the refrigerator.

Notes:

I used 2 – 12.5 oz boxes of honey nut chex, one bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips and most of a 16 oz container of Peanut Butter (with 1/2 cup of spread) and got about 18 cups of Muddy Buddies.

Baked Chicken with Herbs

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135I made a delicious Chicken dish this evening. I love chicken, I am also trying to eat healthier, and make the healthy food taste amazing. I had done some grocery shopping on Thursday, while I was at New Seasons and I decided to bake it tonight. I love making food that tastes good that I went to the store and bought for myself. I have always loved cooking, and being able to buy my own ingredients has been a pass time of mine.

I decided to season it with herbs and see how it would turn out. I used free range chicken that is vegetarian fed, no antibiotics or GMO’s.

For this recipe I used:

  • 1 lb of Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

I mixed the spices together in a small bowl, added the Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the spices, I then lined a smaller rectangle glass pyrex pan (large enough to hold the chicken) with aluminum foil, and laid the chicken in the pan. I then drizzled the olive oil and spice mixture over the chicken and then rubbed it around on the chicken to evenly coat the chicken with the mixture.

I then baked the chicken in the preheated oven for about 20 – 25 minutes, or until a meat thermometer read 170 – 175.