“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 ❤️

My Secret Weapon for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year when I switch to eating more winter vegetables, i.e. leafy greens, squash, rutabaga, etc.  With the holiday season upon us, I anticipate my diet will include out of the ordinary foods.  I mean, I will likely have more party foods, sugar, snacks, etc. 😏

I do have a strategy that I use to combat the  deluge of food associated with this season. You do know that the more sweets you eat the more you crave because it is addictive in addition to being delicious, right?  Have you noticed how on the day after you eat a lot of food you tend to be more hungry than usual?

Well, the way I combat this is to KEEP a selection of ready to eat vegetables in my refrigerator so when the muchnies hit.  If you are like me, when the hunger strikes I start rambling through the pantry in search of anything….and before I know it I have wolfed hundreds of calories in a matter of minutes.😩. I don’t even think I realized how many calories I could shove into my mouth in such a short time until I actually started tracking with MyFitnessPal. I was shocked! I easily added 500 to 700 calories (or more) in no time. Those little snacks over time add up to extra pounds.

Soooo … my secret (not so secret, really) weapon is having readily available vegetables. I have several Christmas parties scheduled in upcoming weeks so I decided not to purchase too many groceries this week. Instead I cooked some frozen veggies I had already.

This afternoon after church I made three favorites: okra, green beans, brussel sprouts.

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Whole Okra, Whole Green Beans, Brussel Sprouts

I used to majorly dislike okra until about five years ago.  Now I love them. You know what? If you get a hunger attack, grab a couple cups of vegetables like this, drink some water and wait about 10 minutes, and the hunger subsides.

Vegetables are full of fiber and vitamins….and low calories! Even if you have other snacks afterwards you won’t want to consume nearly as much, therefore, you will eat less calories.

I am pretty basic in my veggie cooking. I use a teeny bit of coconut oil or olive oil in either my cast iron pan or my copper pan. I use a little bit of water because I’m not making soup here. Water seems to wash out all the flavor. I use high heat, cook them fast. So, my veggies stay green, and are done but not mushy. I add a variety of spices: Himalayan salt, fresh ground pepper, ginger, smoked paprika, curry spice mix, and whatever else looks yummy.  By the way, adding spices reduces the need to add a lot of salt.  That’s it. 😊

Anyway, just thought I’d pass this along in case you needed a strategy to help you get through the season.

Peace and love.

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:

Bunless Burger
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. 👍🏽

Fall Refresh

It’s Fall!🍁  Time to hit the REFRESH button.

What do I mean??  Well, if you’ve followed this little blog, you know I have purposely tried to eat healthy more often than not. For some reason that is easier to do during Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons, than summer.  The long daylight hours, more physical activity, and hot weather just makes me hungrier.  I eat more; which means I gain pounds usually.  Frankly, healthy eating can get oooold!😒 (Because fattening food is more fun 😂).

This summer I really tried to just maintain. I did eat a few more calories per day, around 1500-1800 per day on average, but I also ‘moved’ more so I guess it all balances out because I lost 3 pounds overall this summer.

I’m that hard stage right now where weight loss is not the real issue, but just staying on a good path, eating food clean food, and moving my body.

Fall is a good time to REFRESH and REFOCUS!

Today I am encouraging and motivating myself so tomorrow, Monday’ I am ready!  I will likely on Monday and Tuesday morning until 1pm drink lemon water, ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), cayenne pepper, honey just to give my body a rest. (check here for more info on the drink – use your good sense people, I’m no doctor).  Then I eat lots of veggies.  This seems to give my mind and body time to get in sync and detox a bit.

You know I love my veggies and the cooler weather has me thinking about roasted Brussels sprouts, rutabagas, kale, greens, and crockpot soups. Yum!

I just found this information I had saved in my files… good motivation. Food really is medicine!

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Over the past 14 months I’ve learned to listen to what my body is saying in terms of cravings. I now know if I am craving certain foods it’s usually due to my food intake being a little unbalanced. This table helped a lot.

Check this out too!  It might help if you need a Fall Refresh as well!

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Keep up the good work!  Let me know how you are doing!

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Looks Yucky … But Tastes Great 👍🏽

The hardest part of eating healthy for me is keeping the food variety going strong. Once I find a healthy calorie-smart delicious food I tend to stick with it, but after a while even the most fave food can become b.o.r.i.n.g. So, I am always in search of new and different (but not too crazy) foods.

Here are some foods I rarely ate before that are now a part of my regular food list:

  • cottage cheese
  • Spaghetti squash
  • mustard
  • eggs (straight from the farm)
  • riced cauliflower

A couple weeks ago I discovered a new food. Flatout light flat bread! Oh my! It’s perfect!  I eat a lot of red/yellow/orange/green peppers, cubes, sweet onions, and lettuce…basically salad…but after eating so many of them, even I was getting a little bored with them.

FlatoutThese wraps come in plain, wheat, and spinach as far as I know. I bought spinach, and I wrapped up some veggies, tuna salad (made with tuna, a boiled egg and cottage cheese, yes cottage cheese). It looked sorta nasty but great day it was so good.IMG_5886

I’ve since had wraps with egg salad, veggies alone, and turkey breast slices.

Needless to say, I have an extra package of wraps in my freezer. Going to try making a flat bread pizza next.

Let me know if you ever try this product.

Happy wrapping!

Looks Yucky … But Tastes Great 👍🏽

The hardest part of eating healthy for me is keeping the food variety going strong. Once I find a healthy calorie-smart delicious food I tend to stick with it, but after a while even the most fave food can become b.o.r.i.n.g. So, I am always in search of new and different (but not too crazy) foods.

Here are some foods I rarely ate before that are now a part of my regular food list:

  • cottage cheese
  • Spaghetti squash
  • mustard
  • eggs (straight from the farm)
  • riced cauliflower

A couple weeks ago I discovered a new food. Flatout light flat bread! Oh my! It’s perfect!  I eat a lot of red/yellow/orange/green peppers, cubes, sweet onions, and lettuce…basically salad…but after eating so many of them, even I was getting a little bored with them.

FlatoutThese wraps come in plain, wheat, and spinach as far as I know. I bought spinach, and I wrapped up some veggies, tuna salad (made with tuna, a boiled egg and cottage cheese, yes cottage cheese). It looked sorta nasty but great day it was so good.IMG_5886

I’ve since had wraps with egg salad, veggies alone, and turkey breast slices.

Needless to say, I have an extra package of wraps in my freezer. Going to try making a flat bread pizza next.

Let me know if you ever try this product.

Happy wrapping!

Eggggg-cellent!

Ha! That title so corny, but it cracked me up [pun intended] 😂 Seriously, I’m about to discuss eggs… just in case my corny introduction has failed. 😏

I remember back when the poor little egg got a very bad rap for the cholesterol it contains. Everyone treated the egg like it suddenly got “cooties” and I’m sure ‘somebody’ made a whole lot of money ….. but it wasn’t egg farmers.  Thousands of yolks went down the drain and the world of bland egg white omelets was born. *blech*.

I wasn’t a huge egg eater anyway, and my cholesterol levels were toward the low end at the time anyway so I paid little attention to how many eggs I had in my diet.

Fast forward years later, I run across an article from a doctor who was touting eating up to 12 eggs a day for health.😳🤔  Then I started seeing more and more egg promos.  So, why the gradual fading of the Scarlet ‘E’?  I don’t know.

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Anyway, a year ago when I started focusing on my health, I needed a good protein sources that didn’t involve a lot of beef and chicken. Eggs seemed to be the way to go, but I wondered about their benefits or risks.

I found a newsletter on healthline.com (Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Eggs)  that pretty much sums up what a lot of other articles stated. You can read it here.   The following is an excerpt from the newsletter.

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1. Eggs Are Incredibly Nutritious
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. A single large boiled egg contains :
Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA.
Folate: 5% of the RDA.
Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA.
Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA.
Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA.
Selenium: 22% of the RDA.

Eggs also contain decent amounts of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc.
This is coming with 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats. Eggs also contain various other trace nutrients that are important for health.

2. Eggs Are High in Cholesterol, But They Don’t Adversely Affect Blood Cholesterol
It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol. In fact, a single egg contains 212 mg, which is over half of the recommended daily intake of 300 mg. However… it’s important to keep in mind that cholesterol in the diet doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood (4, 5).

3. Eggs Raise HDL (The “Good”) Cholesterol
HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein. It is often known as the “good” cholesterol (9). People who have higher levels of HDL usually have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and various health problems (10, 11, 12, 13).Eggs

4. Eggs Contain Choline – an Important Nutrient That Most People Don’t Get Enough of

Choline is a nutrient that most people don’t even know exists. Yet, it is an incredibly important substance and is often grouped with the B vitamins.

5. Eggs Turn LDL Cholesterol From Small, Dense to Large, Linked to a Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

LDL cholesterol is generally known as the “bad” cholesterol.  It is well known that having high levels of LDL is linked to an increased risk of heart disease (19, 20). But what many people don’t realize is that there are subtypes of LDL that have to do with the size of the particles.

6. Eggs Contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Antioxidants That Have Major Benefits For Eye Health

7. In the Case of Omega-3 or Pastured Eggs, They Lower Triglycerides as Well

8. Eggs Are High in Quality Protein, With All The Essential Amino Acids in The Right Ratios

Proteins are the main building blocks of the human body. They’re used to make all sorts of tissues and molecules that serve both structural and functional purposes. Getting enough protein in the diet is very important and studies show that currently recommended amounts may be too low.

Well… eggs are an excellent source of protein, with a single large egg containing 6 grams.

9. Eggs do NOT Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease and May Reduce The Risk of Stroke
For many decades, eggs have been unfairly demonized.

It has been claimed that because of the cholesterol in them, they must be bad for the heart. Many studies published in recent years have examined the relationship between egg consumption and the risk of heart disease.

10. Eggs Are Highly Fulfilling and Tend to Make You Eat Fewer Calories, Helping You to Lose Weight

Eggs are incredibly fulfilling. They are a high protein food… but protein is by far the most fulfilling macronutrient (47).

Eggs score high on a scale called the Satiety Index, which measures the ability of foods to induce feelings of fullness and reduce subsequent calorie intake (48).

[Above excerpt from Top 10 Benefits of Eating Eggs]

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My Personal Experience with Eating Eggs.

For most of my adult life, my cholesterol was in the range of 170 – 200, even when I had put on excess weight.  I was good with that. So when I lost 57 lbs over the year, I was excited to see how my cholesterol changed.Yes, I ate a lot more eggs.  Each Sunday I boiled 6 eggs and ate them over the week.  I didn’t think that was so many. I usually have one in the morning for breakfast with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.  It satiated me and kept the hunger away for a while.

Last week I had my cholesterol checked; one year ago it was 201.  This week it was ….. 230!!!!!   …. even after losing weight!   I told the nurse my weight loss journey.  She looked over my numbers and explained that even though my number was high, a doctor would not likely put me on any meds because my HDL (good cholesterol) was 71!!!!  about double what they like to see, and my LDL (bad cholesterol) was low.  Most important she said was that my overall ration was 3.2, which is lower than the <4.7 ratio they like to see. 🙂

So,  even though  it was high, it was high because of the elevation of all the good cholesterol I now have.  Interesting huh?

I’m no doctor so I don’t know how to explain this any better than I have already. I’m NOT advocating that YOU go out and eat a dozen eggs per week. I’m just sharing what happened to me….and passing along some info.

Anyway…. Happy crackin’!

Peace and Love! ❤
 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16