Monthly Archives: December 2017

What Did We Find In The Kitchen Today Day 1

So I mentioned in a previous blog that we have lots of food in the house. I also mentioned that my goal is to clear some of the food from our house and save on our grocery budget. I got to sleep in today so I didn’t take a picture of breakfast but here’s what we had for lunch and supper

Lunch was kind of a mix and mash. We had some hamburger soup left to eat and  the kids wanted pogos ( I didn’t eat any of these) and some frozen berries

For supper we had some sliced and pan fried turkey sausage with frozen fajitas mix that I sauteed and the kids had some Kraft dinner

I would say today was a pretty tasty day but just wait and see what I have tomorrow. Be sure to come back you won’t be disappointed. I will add the recipes for tomorrow’s meals in the blog.

Hamburger soup

Today I’m going to keep it short and sweet and give you my recipe for Hamburger Soup

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 lb extra lean ground beef

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped onion

6-8 cups beef broth ( depending if you like a chunkier soup or more liquid)

1- 28oz can diced tomatoes(don’t drain)

1-19 oz can black beans rinced and well drained

3 tbsp tomato pasta

2 tsp Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

3 cups mixed frozen veggies ( I like the carrot, pea, corn mixture instead of the ones with brocoli and cauliflower)

In a medium to large soup pot add oil and heat on medium. Add in the ground beef, celery and onions, cook till ground beef is browned. Then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to boil then turn heat down and simmer 15-20 minutes.

This recipe makes quite a bit of soup so you can either half the recipe or have some containers to freeze leftovers for a busy day.

 

Recipes, Recipes Everywhere

As most of you that have been following my page for a while know I love to cook. In fact I’m actually a trained chef! So to say that I love collecting cookbooks and recipes would be an understatement. I see every new recipe as a painter sees a canvas. I very rarely keep a recipe as it’s written, I like putting my own spin on them. A few weeks back I went thru a giant binder I had chock full of recipes and tossed the ones that we had tried and didn’t like or that I found no longer fit my new way of eating. I was so proud that I had finally done that, that I decided to tackle my notes app in my phone. Now your probably thinking oh come on how many recipes could you possibly have on your phone. Well I had accumulated 1179 recipes. Lol that’s enough that I would never eat the same thing for at least a few years. I can now proudly say that I have saved only the absolute want to try recipes in a folder on my laptop and have deleted over 900 of them if not more. I think a lot of the time since I can’t eat treats I tend to copy the recipes for a special occasion.. But then a party or something comes up and I never make the first recipe I saved lol. I also purge anything that no longer fit my lifestyle. Anything sugar laden or high in fat or carbs was deleted. It’s actually nice to not have everything on my phone. I can no longer buy groceries on a whim because I found a recipe in my notes app.

Do you have a lot of recipes/ cookbooks lying around? Of all your cookbooks, copied recipes and pinterest pins how ofter do you actually make them?

The Diet and Fitness Industry

As the new year approaches the diet and fitness industry and going to be upping their game. Their going to start advertising their specials for you to sign up that are a limited time. Their going to start clogging the radio stations and tv’s with their commercials. If I have one piece of advice for you it would be DON’T GET SUCKED IN.

You see as much as the people at the diet centre or the gym seem to have your best interest at heart the truth couldn’t be further from the that. These industries don’t want you to succeed. They want your money. You are paying their salaries and at the end of the day they aren’t your friends their a business.

Think about it the last time you joined a weight loss centre where you successful? Did you keep up the program once you left it? Where you eating real food or their products and supplements?

I had tried tons of weight loss centre. I tried Weight Watchers and LA Weight loss more times then I can count. The truth is yes the programs can be successful if you can stick to their guidelines but rarely does anyone after their membership is over.

I had tried everything and decided on weight loss surgery after a lot of back and forth about really wanting to do. I am so grateful that I chose to in the end. But even if you don’t want to have surgery like I did, you still don’t need to join a weight loss centre and pay more money then most of us have. Oh and the one phrase I absolutely have from the diet and fitness industry is: What is your health worth to you? If you can’t afford or simply don’t want to pay all the money to these industries here are a few tips I can share with you that work for me.

  1. Meal plan
  2. Start an online food journal to track your protein, sugars etc….
  3. Decide on a a way of eating that works for you (Paleo, Keto, just keeping it simple with lean meats, fruits and veggies…whatever)
  4. Join a Facebook Group or make an accountability group with your friends ( support is probably the number one reason most of us fail at losing and keeping weight off)
  5. Don’t overhaul your cupboards all at once use the food you have already bought and make a healthy meal from them
  6. Don’t go hardcore on a workout program and get injured and quit ease into it.

What are some tips and tricks you use to stay on top of your goals?

Keeping It Real For You

I usually try to keep my blog a little more upbeat. Today I want to get real with all of you. My name is Rachelle and I will forever be a food addict! Over the last two years I have learned how to deal with my food addiction in the sense that I don’t gorge till I am sick and I fuel my body with proper portions. However the addict in me still shops as though I can eat like everyone else. I will buy things simply because their on sale only to realize I have no where to put this food in my fridge, freezer or cupboards. This is what I am working to overcome this year. I’m not sure why I feel the need to stock up on so much food. Maybe it’s from growing up in the country and once the weather started getting bad we would stock up more in case we ran out of power etc. Growing up we always had food in the house, I have never had to worry about where my next meal is coming from. Heck we even canned from fruits and veggies and my parents and Memere had a garden we could eat from. But still for some unknown reason I feel the need to stock my cupboards chalk full.

This year I’m going to try and get to the root of this need to stock food. I’m actually going to make another attempt to buy just bare essentials (toilet paper, dish soap and milk products) till I can clear out some of the food that I have accumulated in the house. I mean we are literally going to be eating like kings for the next few weeks. We have talapia, salmon, steak, pork chops, ham, a turkey, a roast of lamb and that’s just some of my proteins on hand. That’s not including the canned and frozen fruits and veggies. The curry sauces and the abundance of herbs and spices I have.  The dried bean and quinoa and rice. I’ve tried this challenge a few times on the blog and the post just kind of dwindle out because I cannot stop buying food. I am hoping that this time I will be able to clear out the food stores and show you the meals I am creating along the way.

Hydration and Vitamins

If your a weight loss surgery patient you know just how important it is to stay on top of your water and vitamins. Well I haven’t been doing so well in those departments lately and my lack of energy was there to prove it. I’ve been experiencing a few things lately that got me to wake up and get back on top of my game. You see normally if you skip your vitamins for a few days it’s no big deal except if you’ve had weight loss surgery it affects a lot. You become sluggish, you tired easily and for me I get really gaunt looking. Same applies if my water intake takes a drastic dip.

I took my vitamins about 45 minutes ago and I can already tell that tomorrow I won’t be as tired. I’ve also realized I need to put the cup of coffee down and drink a lot more water. To stay on track with my water I will be filling up two very large  Tupperware bottles and making sure to drink them all day long. So hopefully I will remember to write if I took my vitamins at the end of the blog to keep myself accountable.

 

Random thoughts

As the new year is approaching slowly I am starting to ponder what I want to accomplish this year. I don’t make resolutions but I do want to make a things to accomplish wish list.

  1. Take the kids to Disney or Great wolf lodge
  2. Figure out if I want to go back to school and for what( I’ve been thinking of maybe a nutritionist course)
  3. Get into a workout routine that works
  4. Read More
  5. Watch less TV
  6. Show my friends and family how much I love them without gifts but by actually spending time with them.
  7. Stay Positive

These are just a few things I want to accomplish this year. Their not written in their order of importance necessarily.

On my wish list you will see that I want to go back to school. I’ve been pondering doing this for quite some time but I still haven’t found the course that I am necessarily looking for. I am one of those people that absolutely loves school.

What’s on your wish list for 2018?

Twas the night before Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve and the kids are all in bed. The presents are wrapped and waiting for the littles to actually fall asleep before we can put them under the tree.

This year is such a different holiday season. We did a lot of baking at the beginning of December with friends and enjoyed every minute of it. Today we had a list of things we were going to bake for Santa and in the end we settled on only one kind of cookie and to not make all the other baked goods. This is quite a change from a few years ago when Christmas meant it was a free for all food frenzy. I still bought way too much food for our little family but it’s ok because it means we can eat leftovers and do a little less grocery shopping for the next few weeks lol.

We didn’t do a huge meal for Christmas Eve or lots of cheese, cracker, meat platters. Instead we kept it very simple and made a spiral ham in the crockpot so we could enjoy being with the kids and not stuck in the kitchen. We watched Ernest Saves Christmas and just hung out in our pj’s. We even got to relax and have a friend over for a cup of tea which was quite nice.

I guess what I am trying to say in all of this gibberish is that food is just food but spending time with our friends and family is priceless. I hope everyone reading this has a fantastic Christmas filled with love and laughter and good company.

 

80/20 rule

Earlier this week I attended a meeting about how to handle eating during the holidays. I had been looking forward to this meeting for quite some time as I was hoping I would get some new information on how to handle the holidays. Sadly that wasn’t the case. The same old information that has been going around for years was regurgitated throughout the session. I left the meeting thinking I might have outgrown the program I am in or I am just more determined to stay on track. Be warned I am about to rant.

One of the things that struck a nerve with me was being told to follow the 80/20 rule. If your not aware of the 80/20 rule let me break it down. You eat healthy 80 % of the time and allow yourself treats 20% of the time. In a perfect world this rule works. In reality with this rule we are feeding the disease we have by giving ourselves permission to eat crap. If you can follow this rule I tip my hat off to you. However in my case if I was able to follow the 80/20 rule I would never have gotten to 274 lbs. I would have been successful on the many diets I tried that told me I shouldn’t deprive myself. But guess what it didn’t work for me. I find with all the information available to us now we shouldn’t be encouraging the 80/20 rule. We should be looking for healthier alternatives. How does that saying go If you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results that’s insanity or something along those lines. This applies to food as well. If you keep allowing yourself to eat cakes laden with sugars and fat and empty calories and then step on the scale and gain weight that’s pretty much to be expected. But what if you found a healthy dessert that was high in protein, low in sugar, low in carbs and healthy for you. Guess what craving is satisfied and you are fuelling your body properly.

Do you follow the 80/20 rule? How is it working for you? Have you found alternatives to your favourites? How are you handling the holidays?

As you guessed I won’t be following the 80/20 rule. I am making meal plans and figuring out my protein intake and finding healthy alternatives or eliminating certain foods altogether from our spread like mashed potatoes. The holidays can be stressful enough without going thru them feeling bloated and overstuffed. This year make sure to treat your body right.

 

For breakfast tomorrow I wanted to make the kids and myself something we could grab and go  So I made muffins. These muffins below are what I baked. There’s no added sugar, there’s no refined flour and they taste amazing! If we are serious about our weight loss journeys and wanting to be healthy, we need to put extra work and effort into it. We didn’t get obese by eating one piece of cake or one treat meal but clearly we need to change our ways it we want to be healthy.

Ingredients:

2 cups quick oats ground in food processor

2 medium bananas mashed

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup applesauce(unsweetened)

1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt

1 egg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop protein powder ( I used GNC ISO BURST french vanilla)

1/2 cup no sugar added chocolate chips

What to do

preheat oven to 400.

Mash bananas. Stir in yogurt, applesauce, extract and milk. Once that’s mixed together add ground oats, baking powder, protein powder and cinnamon. Fold in chocolate chips. Let rest for a couple minutes then divided into 12 cup muffin pan and bake till toothpick comes out clean. I baked these for 22 minutes.

Hope you enjoy the recipe and I look forward to hearing how you are going to handle eating during the holidays.

Some days…..

Some days are harder then others after having weight loss surgery or even just when on a weight loss journey. This morning I woke up with what I like to call fat brain.

I woke up thinking oh your so puffy today and bloated. You look huge. As these thoughts were going thru my head I was getting dressed for the day. Once I was done getting dressed I had to stop and take a minute to realize what I had just done. You see as I was telling myself that I looked fat I was slipping on my size small yoga pants and my size medium hoody. After I realized I had put these clothing on I had to laugh at myself and give myself a little talk. Rachelle seriously if you think your fat in a size small pair of pants what on earth do you consider to be thin? I stood in front of my full length mirror and actually took the time to look at myself. I was having a good hair day and my shirt looked baggy and I all of a sudden realized that my head was a little disconnected from the reality of what my body actually looks like now.

Some days my fat brain tries to pull me back into bad habits. You already look terrible today go ahead and eat that cookie or wow your a mess today have that extra cream in your coffee. If I didn’t take the time to stop, think and check my thoughts I would without a doubt regain all the weight that I have worked hard to lose.

Why am I telling you all this? Because we don’t often talk about the dialogue we have with ourselves in our heads. How harshly we are judging ourselves. How hard it can be to listen to your thoughts and then realize the disconnect with mind and body. So I am mostly telling you all this so you know your not alone and we can get rid of our fat brain talk if we just slow down and take a minute to really look at ourselves.