What did we find in the kitchen and Harry Potter

Well I’ve been busy living life and I haven’t updated you all in a few days. So here’s what’s been going on.

 

I previously mentioned that I signed up for Beach Body On Demand. I am making good use of this program this time around. My son loves martial arts but they are expensive and with three kids it just wasn’t going to fit in the budget. But thanks to Beach Body me and the littles are doing the Core De Force program and loving it. I love that we can do this workout in our pj’s and all of us together.

 

The other really cool thing I did with the family this weekend was have a Harry Potter day. We are currently reading thru the books with the kids and watching the movies as we got. But this weekend we took it to a whole new level. We decide to to watch the third movie but also make our own wands and theme all our food after magic/ Harry Potter. For breakfast the kids had Cheri Owl( Cheerios) Pixie Puffs ( corn pops) and oatmeal. I had a banana bread breakfast bake since sugary cereal doesn’t agree with me and I wasn’t feeling in the mood for oatmeal. Lunch we had deconstructed pizza casserole. Then supper was suppose to be roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veggies and gravy but we ran out of time. So instead the kids had ham crackers and cheese and I had some donair chicken meat. We also made some Butter Beer and Rock Cakes!

On the other days here’s a list of foods we ate

yogurt

berries

double chocolate breakfast bakes

chicken parmesan wrap

chicken cordon blue wraps

chicken nuggets

home made pizza bagels and pigs in a blanket

roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes and carrots and Gravy ( this is a small side plate by the way and I made the Yorkshire puddings mini)

and lots more that I can’t remember at the moment.

We are working our way slowly but surely thru the food that we have in our freezers. But I can tell you for sure that you can eat healthy and have fun themed days without worrying about it. I tried a sip of the butter beer on Saturday which wasn’t good for me since it had carbonation and I did have a rock cake.

 

Working Out Doesn’t Have To Be A Chore

Working out to me isn’t a chore but I know to a lot of people it can be. But guess what it doesn’t have to be. There are people like me that like working out in the gym, but it can be quite expensive. I actually gave up my gym membership a few months ago not because of the cost but because I never seemed to be able to get to the gym.

So what do I do you ask? Well I recently signed up for BeachBody On Demand since I can do the workouts at home. But honestly you don’t have to sign up for any programs to get your workouts. You can go for a walk, a jog or a run if that’s your thing. You can dance your way to a healthier you.  You can play tag with your kids. Or you can do what I did today which was go skating.

Over the years of yo yo dieting I would always try to stick to workout regiments that I hated but thought I had to do to lose weight. It wasn’t until I looked into all my options and really thought about what I liked that I no longer dreaded working out.

I also want to update you on what we ate today

Breakfast: everyone did their own thing I had a graham cracker since my stomach was queasy.

Lunch: Genoa salami and provolone cheese

Supper: I made home made sushi

I’m Only Human

Yesterday seemed for whatever reason to be a challenging day for me. I was hungry but didn’t want to cook. I didn’t want anything cold as I was cold and wanted a warm meal. Protein shakes and bars didn’t seem appealing at all. So what did I do? Well first I reached out to a few groups I’m on and got some great ideas. But when push came to shove last night I caved and got fast food. The kids wanted to eat Whopper Wednesday and since I was so not in the mood to cook anything.

Why am I telling you this? Well because I want you to know that I too am human. There are days when I make bad choices, there are days when I don’t feel like cooking. There are days when I am exhausted. I ate the whopper and it didn’t really do anything for me. It didn’t satisfy my hunger and it didn’t make the tiredness go away. But I can’t spend weeks thinking about this poor food choice, which is what I would have done in the past. What I took away from this is I need to be prepared. I need to have a few freezer meals ready to go for myself and the family. For some reason yesterday I was craving warmth and comfort. So I’m going to start having a few meals in the freezer that my fellow bariatric friends suggested and move on.

Don’t tear yourself down for one bad choice but also don’t keep repeating that same choice over and over again.

What Did We Find In The Kitchen Day 2,3 & 4

Oops I forgot to upload what we ate the past few days so here it is.

On New Year Eve we started the morning off with blueberries with a lemony yogurt (I would love to share this recipe but it’s not mine to share, head over to My Bariatric Kitchen on facebook to find out how you can get the recipes)

For lunch we had some steak with Salad and leftover fajita peppers

And then for supper we ordered sushi

New Years day Menu

For Breakfast I had some Banana Foster Overnight Oatmeal

Lunch I decided to make a healthy Moussaka ( I will post the recipe in another blog)

And Supper was Roasted Lamb with salad that I forgot to take a picture of.

Safe to say we will be having leftovers today since I made big pan of moussaka and the lamb roast.

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.