Spring Is For Renewing

Typically, Fall is my favorite season, but this year Spring Time is winning my heart. This year has felt pretty tough in a lot of ways; strained friendships, sicknesses, unexpected changes…just challenging times. I know I am not alone in feeling this way. A quick glance of my social media accounts proves this. Seems everyone is going through something.

Sometimes, during the tough seasons of life, I do things that are pretty random and different … it relieves stress for me to change things up.

I was looking out my window the other day and saw what seemed hundreds of red leaves on the ground. I thought they were fallen leaves from a nearby Japanese Maple tree. Upon closer inspection I realized they were leaves alright, but not fallen leaves. These were newly sprouted “Baby Trees” 😊. Apparently, all the rain we’ve had caused the seeds from the Japanese Maple to sprout in my yard. Blue skies, sunshine, red maple trees and awakening green grass. I really so love being in the south this time of the year. Everything comes alive so early in the year compared to where I’m from.

Well, I am no gardener by any stretch of the imagination. My home had beautifully established landscaping when I purchased it. So grateful for that. However, when I saw these little sprouts I had one of my random ideas.🤔🙃. The two Japanese Maples in my yard are so gorgeous I wondered if I could grow new trees from these little sprouted seeds.

Y’all….😂😂. Yes, I did. I called the local call-in gardening radio show on Saturday morn. As much as I don’t garden I love listening to this Gardening Show each weekend. This guy named Walter Reeves is like the gardening guru in my area. Anyway, I got on the air easily because I called really early, in case ‘friends’ were listening and recognized me. 😂😂. … “Hey, that sounds like …” 😂😂

Walter  Reeves told me what to do, so I did it.

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Japanese Maple seedlings. The two trees on the bottom are the parents of these little ones.:)

I now have 25 cups with Baby Japanese Maple Trees in them. Walter said I’d be watching these a loooong time.  😂  I don’t mind, it’s a distraction from all the “must-do”s in life.

Will they grow? Who knows. 🤷🏽‍♀️.

Was this a random adventure? Sure was.

What will I do if all 25 succeed? Don’t know, but I sure will feel successful in my adventure and some of my friends will be getting a new Japanese Maple tree..haha… or I will sell some to reinvest was in my new Japanese Maple Tree business 😂.

Honestly, it felt good just to get outside in the sunshine, dig in the dirt and have hope for better days and new beginnings….even if it came in the form of planting new baby Japanese Maple trees.

Happy Spring, friends!🌸🌺✌🏽💕

I Think I See How This Works Now

This food-body connection is really a retraining of the head. Even more than losing weight, I really wanted to learn how to keep it off!  That is the big challenge… I’m sure I’ve lost a million pounds in my lifetime, and have gained a million two hundred pounds. 😩.

Well, for the past six plus months I have held steady… that is an accomplishment for me.  I’ve tried to wean myself off of daily weighing and from putting every morsel on a digital scale and logging into My Fitness Pal. I want my brain to KNOW when enough food is enough… and I want to be in control enough to STOP EATING ON TIME. Easier said than done.

However, In the past 6 months something has worked.  I’ve had times when I did overeat and times when I did under-eat. Somehow it balanced out. I’d be up 2 pounds one day, then down 3 pounds a couple days later. I always remained within a 3 pound window plus or minus.  I’m ok with that.  It seems my body is happy at my current weight.  So I don’t fight it. I did start another exercise program that I will blog about in a future blog.

Anyway, I had some mighty wonderful meals over the past month. One of them was this:

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Barbecue Chicken Nachos from Cue Barbecue.  This was one of the most delicious things I’d had in two years. Great day!  This is definitely going on the treat-list.

Then, during a week of meetings for work I tried something that I swore I’d  ever eat – guess I was feeling adventuresome.  Yeah, I tried it:  Hot Chili Alligator from Henry’s Louisiana Grill …. it was good too; not fishy, not spongy, didn’t taste like chicken, didn’t taste like fish… tasted like…. alligator.🐊  I’m sure it being fried helped 👍🏽

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Unfortunately, Henry’s was only 1 of several restaurant meals that week. By Friday, I literally didn’t want to eat anything and pretty much didn’t.

On Monday I ate lay out 1000 calories all day which included four types of vegetables (collard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, and rutabaga) and a lot of water, lemon water and tea.

Collard greens

(Aren’t they beautiful?) 😊… were delicious too!

Feeling better already. It’s crazy how my diet during that week made me feel so sluggish.

Anyway, all this to say, I think I see how this works.  There is no getting ON a diet and getting OFF a diet for me.  There is only food awareness and balance; knowing what’s going in my mouth and knowing when to stop. 🛑   Dang! Took me 50 years to learn that. 😒. Better late than never. ✌🏽

Love y’all. 🌺

 

Chimichurri: a.k.a. Parsley Sauce

☘️ HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY☘️

I just impressed myself with this new recipe I just made. OK, it was t like it took a genius to do it but I actually had all the ingredients already (a big incentive to anything I try) and it tastes great!

My refrigerator was spilling over with fresh parsley this week because I bought some so I could see if it really helps with digestion if you eat it raw.  It does!  I had no idea how much I was buying though and I’m not one to waste so I searched for ways to use a boatload of fresh parsley.

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I’d never heard of chimichurri but apparently many have and according to online reviews it seemed to be quite tasty.  I found my food processor and gave myself a quick tutorial on how to use the thing again 😕.  There were a ton of recipes online but I found this 5-minute chimichurri recipe after some searching and got to work.  OH MY!  I started mixing these basic ingredients and I immediately loved it just by the luscious aroma. 😍 Yuuummm…. the parsley, fresh garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes…. nom nom nom!

Now, the recipe uses tablespoons for the ingredients but says you can use teaspoons. I use teaspoon portions.

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People, when done, I tasted it straight and WOW!  I don’t even know what I’m going to put it on but I’m sure whether chicken, fish, beef or pork it is going to be delicious!!

I stored it in a small mason jar to keep in the refrigerator. It reminds me of pesto, which is made from basil, but I like this much better.

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Well, let me know if you decide to make it and if you like it!🤗

Til the next time…. stay safe and be kind.

💚 & ☮️

P.S.  😂 I just realized I made a green sauce for St. Patrick’s Day! Had a cracking myself up moment.

“Beet”ing It!

In my last post you saw that I was diagnosed with Silent Reflux and prescribed 40 mg of Prilosec (brand name) to take.  I took it for one day! That day was the first day I had actual burn with heartburn😐…. so I called the doctor’s office and they said to get the over the counter version which is 20mg.  🤨.  I had a better idea to try…. like figure out why I was having this Silent Reflux.  After some days of researching I decided to add digestive enzymes to my diet (in capsule form)… was almost an immediate fix.  Since then haven’t had much of an issue…. I think I’m on the way to getting better.  It seems the gut flora was out of whack after having such a bad sinus infection. Who knows… we’ll see how things go over the next few weeks.

Anyway, along the way I ran across an article promoting the benefits of beet juice.  Yeah, you either love beets or hate ‘me. I love them…. pickled, plain, canned, jarred, sliced, diced, Whole, Harvest, juiced… doesn’t matter to me. beetSo the article caught my attention. I have a friend who says beets taste like ‘dirt’… so he said I bought dirt juice.😂

I had no idea of the awesome benefits. So I bought a jar.  Given the not so good side effects you COULD have if you decided to chug a whole jar everyday I decided to drink it medicinally –  about 4oz per day…2 in the morn and 2 in the afternoon.  Tastes great to me!  Anxious to see of any benefits. The article said some of the benefits are:

Regulate blood pressure

Controls diabetes

Reduces inflammation

…and other good things…these three alone were enough for me to add it to my diet.

Here is a link for you to review the benefits of drinking beet juice.

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If you decide to try it, let me know how you like it!🤗

☮️ and ❤️

Ending On A Sweet Note

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. What a year! Ups, downs, and all arounds.  I have enjoyed sharing healthy tips with you about food and bodies. You have graciously accepted my random thoughts, discoveries, etc. in this blog. I am ending the year on a sweet note.

Last week my friend Mary Ann gave me a little gift.  In all my life I’ve never seen this kind of candy. It’s called “Kinder Joy”. Have you ever heard of it? Looks like a little egg.  She explained that it has a toy inside along with the candy. 😊.  Just as when I was a kid, I got happy inside,… you know… like when you got a Cracker Jack box, or a new box of cereal with a toy inside.  Haha! Apparently, it still works for older people. Haha.

Because I am like I am, I took pics of the “unveiling”. This is what it looks like.

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I opened it and sure enough there was a toy on one side and candy of some type on the other. A little spoon was attached too. 😊

The toy toy was a little robot…haha…🤖… and instructions came too. Yes, I followed the instructions and put together my little robot.

The candy was like a cream hazelnut flavor, with chocolate on the bottom…tasty and sweet. It looked like Nutella but believe it or not I’ve never tasted Nutella.

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Have you ever seen, or had this kind of candy before?  Interesting, huh?

This little robot and candy made me realize that the best part of getting this little wrapped gift was the heart of the friend who gave it.  ☺️

I guess I am at the point in life where the ‘gift’ itself is very nice and much appreciated but what warms my heart the most is having wonderful friends and family who are woven into the fabric of my life. What would I do without you? 💕

If you are reading this blog, then I thank God that you have lived to see another year and I pray your year to come brings life, health, peace, truth, clarity, and perspective.

See you in the New Year!

💕🙏🏽✨☮️🙌🏽

Set Point Theory

“Set point is the weight range in which your body is programmed to function optimally. Set point theory holds that one’s body will fight to maintain that weight range.”

I am wondering if I have reached my set point. In the past 6 months I’ve lost .2 lbs. 🤔   I have done the same as always except I am exercising a bit more.  Shoes have gotten bigger, rings have gotten bigger but no pounds lost. I am not too concerned though. I feel great and healthier.

Matter of fact, I am starting to explore new foods. I met a new friend at church recently and she texted me to go grab a dinner somewhere. We ended up at a new Indian restaurant… Curry Village. I really liked it. Will go again. Very tasty. I’ve grown fond of curry over the past year. Tonight I ordered a basic dish … Curry Chicken. It was a huge portion … this is what I packed up to bring home..enough for two more little meals.

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Anyway, going to keep doing what I am doing in terms of making good eating choices and being mindful. I chose this meal tonight because my day was filled with healthy choices of mostly low calorie healthy choices … in other words I had calories to spare. So I tried the Indian Rice Pudding. Boy that was different… certainly not my mother’s rice pudding. This was a mixture of soupy tapioca-like, cold, breakfast cereal ….but…actually tasted good.  I won’t get it again but it was good.

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Sorry for the bad photo of it.  I didn’t think to take a picture until after I ate most of it  😂.

That’s all for now. 😊

Peace, love and good food.

 

Having My Burger And Eating It Too

I know I am probably late to the party, as usual, on this but I discovered something that has made me quite happy.

I’m not a big meat eater as I mentioned in previous blogs however, every few months  or so I just flat out crave a hamburger. I am not fond of fast food burgers primarily because of the calories, the bready buns, the greasiness ….  buuuuuutttt…… I was browsing through some nutrition pages recently and saw something about Bunless Burgers…. huh?

Peaked my interest so I followed the link to Five Guys Burgers and Fries and saw they offered their burgers and hots in a bunless version. Seriously?  OK, everyone knew this except me I’m sure but I don’t eat at burger joints.

Anyway, I had to try it and this is what I got:

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries Bunless Burger

Looks good, right??

You can’t tell in the photo but there are two parties there. I ordered a regular burger with all the veggie toppings. It was so good. I got my burger and veggies and no guilt.

You can get it in a tin container like I did or if you need the ‘sandwich’ effect they will wrap it in lettuce so you can hold it.

Definitely a keeper find! Plan to do this again when I have another beef attack.

Try it some time. 👍🏽