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Meal Planning

You have to be hiding under a rock now a days to not have heard about “Meal Planning”! There are whole blog post, websites and Facebook pages dedicated to this.

What is it? It is taking a few hours on one day to prepare meals for the week. And I SWEAR by it for sticking to the Whole30 plan! IT has what has saved me many times over.. I take a few hours on the weekend, plan my meals for the week and then go to the grocery and purchase what I need…come home and make up my meals for the whole week. depending on what it is, as to if I freezer it after properly cooling down first.

If it is fish and I am not eating it the NEXT day. I freeze it. Period. For me , it goes bad quickly and this can be a loss of money if I don’t keep track of it well. OTher things like cooked chicken or hamburger I will keep in the refrigerator.

I found another great website The Nourishing Home’s visit http://TheNourishingHome.com
Healthy Weekly Meal Plan The Nourishing Home’s
more meal planning ideas and recipes, visit http://TheNourishingHome.com

There is a really cute weekly meal plan sheet she gives you for free..it is great and is what  I use to plan my weekly meals.

Why do I like to meal plan? Because some days I work long hours, or have after hours meetings which make me getting home after 8pm and when I walk in the door the last things I want to do is..cook..so to know I have something I can just warm up and still be able to stick to my whole30…is a life saver! Also in the mornings I don’t want to always spend a lot of time on breakfast..so this way I can “grab and Go” with a prepared whole30 dish! As I walk out the door  for work, I grab another prepared meal and side salad and go! IT make me happy to stay on whole30!

Am I so rigid that I never eat anything except what I’ve prepared? No. Some days I like to eat out, so I save my lunch in the frig for another day. And sometimes my son calls and ask me over for dinner, so what I have can wait another day. But on the other hand, it does help me say yes to a whole30 meal with no fuse.

How do I do it…I have 5 colored containers for breakfast, 5 different colors or style for lunch and 5 for dinner. WHY? so I don’t have to search for what I want. I know if I have a divided container it’s dinner,  a single serve container is breakfast. and a bowl is lunch. No brainer really!

This really can make a difference if you work and be the difference of  being successful on w hole30 and failing. do it.. it doesn’t take that  much time, really… and it is so worth it..

Last night I made a quick breakfast hash, and placed them in little containers, this morning I cooked up 3 eggs over easy and added them on top of the hash..bam! 3 minutes tops!

I also made some acorn squash porridge that was the bomb! Even less time to heat up than the eggs!

Earlier in the day I grilled chicken out and packaged it in the seal a meal and put it in the freezer! Now when I want chicken…I just lay it out that morning and heat it up with a side salad and some homemade whole30 ranch dressing…and a veggie or two!

Some people will say that whole30 just takes up too much time, but I am here to tell you , it is soooo worth it and meal prepping helps you!

 

 

 

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Whole30 Thanksgiving Recipes

I am on week 3 of Whole30! I end on the day before Thanksgiving. But I feel so great I am going to do another round! So what does one eat for Thanksgiving???? well after much research…here are some great recipes…I found them on whole 9..go visit their web site.  http://whole9life.com/2012/11/a-healthy-whole9-thanksgiving it’s a neat website.

Whole30 Thanksgiving “Stuffing”
This dish serves 8-10. We’ve used extra-lean ground beef and soaked walnuts, along with traditional spices and herbs, to give this “stuffing” the same feel and flavor as the original bread-based dish. Note, the extra-lean ground beef is the key – buy the leanest available. This will keep the stuffing from tasting too much like, well… ground beef, as much of the beef flavor is carried in the fat. This is best right out of the oven, and it smells just like the dish Dallas’ Mum makes. We thought it delicious, and the perfect accompaniment to turkey.
Ingredients:
• 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (we used the 95% lean, organic, grass-fed beef from Whole Foods)
• 2 cups walnut pieces, very finely chopped/ground and soaked overnight (rinse several times before using)
• 1 medium sweet onion, diced
• 4 stalks of celery, diced
• 1 apple, cored and finely diced (we used a Minnesota Honeycrisp)
• Several springs of fresh rosemary, sage, thyme, and marjoram (poultry mix), finely chopped
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• ½ tsp sea salt
Directions:
• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Chop all the veggies, the apple, and herbs.
• Saute the beef and celery for 3-4 minutes on medium heat, making sure that the beef gets broken up into really small pieces as it cooks. (Big chunks are not very stuffing-like!) We used a big saucepan for this, as we didn’t want the contents to overflow once everything was mixed.
• Add the onion and apple, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
• Add the herbs, garlic powder, walnuts, and salt, and mix thoroughly. The beef should NOT be totally cooked at this point – there should still be some pink.
• Pull everything out of the pan, and dump it into a 9×13 baking pan (or two 6×9 pans), and bake uncovered at 375 for 30 minutes. Serve hot from the oven.

Whole30 Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce
Serves 8-10. While we normally don’t recommend using fruit juice or dried fruit as a substitute for sugar, some added sweetness was necessary to offset the serious tartness of the fresh cranberries. We’re okay with figs and apple juice as a sub for sugar in a special occasion dish like this. However, make sure your guests know that our more traditional sauce is still pretty tart in flavor! The flavors do meld with time, and this sauce tastes even better the second day – which means you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge. This was so amazingly good, we put it on everything this week – eggs, baked Alaskan cod, even our burgers.
Ingredients:
• 2 – 12 oz bags of fresh (not frozen) cranberries
• 1 cup of 100% pure apple juice (no added sugars)
• 1 large navel orange, washed
• 10 dried black mission figs, very finely chopped (make sure you cut the stems off)
• A dash or two of each: nutmeg, allspice, ground cloves
Directions:
• Place the cranberries, apple juice, figs, spices, and ½ cup of water into a covered saucepan on medium heat.
• Bring the mixture to a low boil for 10 minutes (until the cranberries “pop”), and turn down to low heat. Simmer (still covered) for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
• Squeeze the juice from the orange into the sauce, and finely grate the orange zest (use the whole orange peel!) into the saucepan.
• Keep on low heat (simmer) for another 15 minutes. Store in airtight container in fridge until ready to use. Serve cold for the best flavor.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Ingredients:
• 1 bone-in turkey breast (can do two if you have a large slow cooker- just double the seasoning ingredients)
• 1 tsp. paprika
• 1 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 Tbs. dried parsley
Directions:
Place turkey breast(s) in crock pot. Sprinkle on the paprika; this will give it a nice, golden color. Then sprinkle on the garlic powder and parsley. Cook on LOW for 8 hours. If you are making two turkey breasts so you have plenty of leftovers, cook on LOW for 9-10 hours. (Note, there is no liquid added to the recipe – although some water will accumulate in the bottom of your cooker.) Place turkey breast(s) on cutting board and immediately cover tightly with foil for 15 minutes. Slice and serve!

Warm Spinach, Prosciutto, & Pistachio Salad
Ingredients:
• 16 ounces fresh baby spinach
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 3 ounces sliced prosciutto, chopped into little squares (1/2 inch)
• 1/2 cup shelled & salted pistachios
• 1 to 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
• 1 lemon
Directions:
Add the olive oil to a pan on medium-high heat. Once it is warm, thrown in the garlic and saute until it gets a little bit soft. Add the prosciutto, cook until it’s crispy. Turn the pan’s temperature to low. Add the spinach a bit at a time; as it starts to wilt, add another handful, turning and mixing often. You want the spinach lightly wilted, not completely cooked down. Once wilted, take it out of the pan, place in a serving bowl and squirt with lemon.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Squash, and Cranberries
Ingredients:
• 1 butternut squash
• 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
• 1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries
• 2/3 to 1 cup duck fat (melted), or other appropriate fat of your choice
• 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Remove skin, membrane, and seeds (reserve for future use) from squash. Cut squash into cubes. Trim and halve Brussels sprouts. Combine squash, sprouts, and cranberries in a large baking dish (or split into two if you don’t have a really large pan). Sprinkle salt on top and then add duck fat. Stir to combine. Place baking dish in the oven for 25 minutes or until the veggies are beginning to brown, stirring once or twice. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and cook another 25-30 minutes until the veggies (especially the brussels sprouts) are cooked to desired tenderness. Serve warm and enjoy!

Squash and sweet potato bake
Ingredients:
• 1 tsp of cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp nutmeg
• 1/4 c coconut oil (melted)
• 1 large (around 1lb size) sweet potato
• 1 small (around 1-1.5 lb size) acorn, butternut or other favorite squash.
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Coat the bottom of a 10×10 dish with some of the coconut oil. Peel and cube the sweet potato. Peel, halve, clean and cube the squash. Place both in the dish and pour the rest of the coconut oil over the squash. Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over the top, mix it all up, and cover it with foil. Bake for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Roasted Beets and Pistachio Butter
Ingredients:
• 4 large beets – red, golden, or both. (1-2 beets per person)
• 1/2 cup shelled & salted pistachios
• Extra-virgin olive oil
• Salt & pepper
Directions:
Heat the oven to 375 F and arrange a rack in the middle. Rinse and scrub the beets, cutting off any leaves or little roots. Rub them with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil, place them in a pan and cover with aluminum foil. Roast until tender and you can easily pierce with a knife; this will take about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool.
While they are cooling, make your pistachio butter. Using a food processor, add 1/2 cup pistachios and pulse until they are finely ground. Then drizzle in olive oil – start with 1 tablespoon. Alternate adding 1 tsp water and 1 tsp olive oil until you get a really creamy texture, much like a very soft butter. If it gets too thin for your liking add in some more ground pistachios. (Note, I sometimes double the “butter” recipe, because it goes so quick!)
Once the beets are cool, remove the skins – they should come right off. Slice the beets in chunks, and sprinkle with a little bit of olive oil to make them glossy. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve the beets with the pistachio butter for dipping or spreading. One last note – you could make the beets the day before and let them chill in the fridge. Just take them out and warm them up a bit before serving and dressing.

Coconutty Butternut Squash
Lisa’s Note: We’ve already had thanksgiving here in Canada and I must say I felt like death afterward. I’m excited to see how everyone does with your Whole30 Thanksgiving! Here is a recipe for a dish I had at a client’s house this past weekend. It was delicious – almost felt like a “cheat”!
Ingredients:
• 1 Large butternut squash
• 1 Can coconut milk
• 2-3 cups chicken broth (“Imagine” brand from Whole Foods is Whole30 approved – other brands, read your labels!)
• Dash of salt and pepper
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:
Peel and cut the butternut squash into cubes. Add 2 cups of chicken broth, bring to a boil, simmer until fork tender. Drain off 1 cup of the broth and add in coconut milk (about half of a cup; more if needed). Add a dash of salt and pepper and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Blend in a blender or with a hand mixer – the texture should resemble mashed potatoes. Serve warm, with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
Root Vegetables with Cinnamon Walnuts
Ingredients:
• 3 lbs assorted root vegetables, peeled and diced
• 1 c apple cider (no added sugar)
• 3 tblsp coconut butter, melted
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
• 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together cider, 2 tblsp coconut butter, salt and pepper in a 9×13-inch baking pan. Add root vegetables, mixing until coated. Cover with foiWhile the vegetables are cooking, place walnuts in a cast iron skillet and cook over low heat, stirring frequently to avoid scorching walnuts. Remove from heat and add coconut butter, cinnamon and, if desired, a pinch of salt. Stir until walnuts are coated. Spread on a plate or cookie sheet to allow walnuts to cool slightly. When vegetables are finished, transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with the cinnamon walnuts.l. Bake 20 minutes, uncover and stir vegetables. Leave uncovered and continue cooking, stirring every 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender – about 1 hour more.
Cauliflower “Wild Rice” and Sausage Stuffing
This recipe comes from Whole30 pro and Paleo chef Erica Cooksey, also known as the blogess behind “Stuff I Make My Husband,” and serves 4-8 people. Erica notes, “Since rice normally clumps together a bit because of the starch, I added a beaten egg – though if you have an egg allergy, I am certain you could leave it out.” For variation, consider adding a diced green apple along with the veggies, or using a different nut instead of the pecans, such as hazelnuts, pistachios, or pine nuts.
Ingredients:
• 1 head cauliflower, separated into florets and run through the shredding disk of a food processor for “rice”
• 1/2 lb Italian sausage (or some other form of Whole30 approved sausage)
• 1 onion, diced (about 1 cup)
• 2 celery ribs, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
• 4 oz (weight) crimini mushrooms, chopped
• 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
• 2 Tbs minced fresh parsley leaves
• 1 tsp dried thyme
• Dash cayenne
• 1/2 cup toasted pecan chips
• 1 egg, beaten (optional)
• 1 tsp cold coconut oil, ghee, or clarified butter (I used ghee)
• Salt
Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350 F
• Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, crumbling with a wooden spoon. When no longer pink, remove it from the skillet using a slotted spoon.
• Saute the onion in the sausage grease (there should be about a teaspoon) until just starting to soften, then add the celery and mushrooms. Saute until all the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or so. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley, thyme, cayenne, and pecans.
• In a casserole dish, stir the cauliflower with salt to taste, using a pretty generous amount. Using a fork, toss it with the beaten egg, then thoroughly combine with sausage and the veggie mixture. Smooth the top and dot it with tiny pieces of the cold fat.
• Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden browned on top. Serve with roast chicken, turkey, or Cornish hens.

Rosemary Mashed Fauxtatoes
This is another delicious recipe from Erica Cooksey, the blogess behind “Stuff I Make My Husband,” and makes about 4 cups. Erica says, “The original recipe used sage, but I had some rosemary in my garden so I went with that. You can substitute other fresh herbs, but don’t use dried for this. I pureed everything in my food processor to get it creamy and smooth; you can use a potato masher if you’d like but it will be lumpy and the cauliflower will be more detectable.”
Ingredients:
• 1 medium-sized head of cauliflower, stemmed and cut into uniform florets
• About 1/2 lb turnips, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks
• 1 Tbs fresh minced rosemary or other herb
• 1 Tbs ghee (can substitute olive oil or clarified butter)
• 1 Tbs coconut milk
• 1/2 tsp tabasco or hot pepper sauce
• Freshly ground black pepper
• Generous amount of salt, to taste
• Truffle salt for sprinkling (optional)
Directions:
• Bring an inch of water to a boil in a saucepan just large enough to hold the turnip chunks in a single layer. Add a generous pinch of salt, add the turnips, then layer the cauliflower on top. Sprinkle with salt, cover, and cook until very tender and just slightly overcooked. Drain in a colander.
• When cool enough to handle, add the veggies to a food processor with the remaining ingredients. Depending on the size of your food processor, you may have to partially process half of them before you can add the rest. Process until completely smooth. Taste and add salt if desired.
• Serve warm, optionally sprinkled with truffle salt.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Note: There are a million turkey recipes out there, but we liked this one because it’s perfect for a smaller gathering, and it won’t tie up your oven for the whole day, which means you aren’t juggling the main course, vegetable side dishes and desserts in and out of one appliance.
Ingredients:
• 1 bone-in turkey breast (can do two if you have a large slow cooker- just double the seasoning ingredients)
• 1 tsp. paprika
• 1 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 Tbs. dried parsley
Directions:
Place turkey breast(s) in crock pot. Sprinkle on the paprika; this will give it a nice, golden color. Then spr

 

 

inkle on the garlic powder and parsley. Cook on LOW for 8 hours. If you are making two turkey breasts so you have plenty of leftovers, cook on LOW for 9-10 hours. (Note, there is no liquid added to the recipe – although some water will accumulate in the bottom of your cooker.) Place turkey breast(s) on cutting board and immediately cover tightly with foil for 15 minutes. Slice and serve!

Giblet and Mushroom Gravy
Ingredients:
• Turkey bits (neck, gizzard, liver, heart, other random stuff, and fat)
• 2-3 large handfuls of dried porcini, chanterelle, shiitake, maitake mushrooms (or any other variety you choose)
• Salt, to taste
• Pepper, to taste
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 large onion
• 2 cups of chicken or turkey stock/broth
Directions:
• Reconstitute the mushrooms for a minimum of three hours in ten cups of warm water.
• Remove mushrooms once they’re rehydrated, reserve liquid.
• Rough chop the mushrooms.
• Brown giblets in a medium saucepan.
• Chop the onions, and add them to the giblets, retain on medium heat.
• When the onions are translucent, add the chopped mushrooms.
• When the mix starts to steam, add some salt and pepper and the bay leaf, and stock.
• Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 20-30 minutes, then add a cup of the mushroom liquid.
• Pull the bird parts out after another 20-30 minutes of simmering, adding mushroom water to keep everything wet as you go along.
• When you get to the end of the mushroom water, pull all of the solids out, and blend until smooth. Add back, and reduce until desired thickness.

Adventure awaits!

On February 4, 2017 I began this journey to a healthier me..again….I have been trying for several years now, but it just didn’t stick.. I would think about how far I had to go and give up.. Again and again, But this time was different, this time I really thought about why  I needed to do this healthy journey and get on this ball with it!

Back in February I had a AHAHAH moment…After all In three months I will turn 61. Yes, I know , I know , I look so much younger than that! LOL! I just don’t know how I got this dang old so fast! But it really got this gal to thinking… how many super obese people do you see at 71? that’s 10 years from now.. well not a heck of a lot of them I thought. IF you do see one they are usually in wheel chairs with oxygen…I didn’t want that.. and then there is retirement to think about. I am looking forward to retirement. I don’t plan on sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair , I can tell you that!  I want to travel the world! I want to experience things I’ve never seen! I want to be a tour director and take people to see the world with me.. I want to go on church missions and volunteer on the Mercy ship.. I want to enjoy my grand-babies…wait.. wait… who in the heck are you kidding.. I thought. Tears streaming down my eyes, I came to the realization that I have been living in a fantasy world.. I’ve been looking through rose color glasses…and the lens just broke…and I see things for once for what they are…I’m not going to do those things..I’m too fat.. you have to pass a physical to go on church missions and work on the Mercy Ship..and how could I be a tour director..I can’t even walk around the block! You are the most unfit person I know Beverly! OPEN your eyes.. You can’t even get on the floor with your grandson! You can’t carry him down steps..or across the room! YOU ARE TOO FAT! And if you continue you will not live to see 71. You will be dead in 10 years… You will die in a nursing home, because I am sure my family had to put me there because of my weight..high blood pressure, diabetes…hell I have a hard time wiping my own be behind now! Reality is a harsh, harsh thing/.. But here it was slapping me in the face… so I told myself, what’s it going to be …a retirement filled with fun, excitement and adventure or a retirement full of sickness.  loneliness…and desperation? A live shortened by my own doing…or a life of living…I have a whole lot of living still to do… I want Fun, excitement and adventure!  But HOW? HOW am I going to accomplish what I have never been able to do in my 61 years? What will I do.. I didn’t want surgery. After all I knew many people who are gaining weight back after huge loses with surgery…( probably because they never dealt with their issues with food!) And Weight watchers , Tops, and Physicians Weight Loss, Jenny Craig, Nurti system I’ve tried them unsuccessfully…some more than once.. why can’t I do this. It’s not that I don’t want to , because I do… what can I do? After much debate..and research.. I answered  the questionnaire below

Fifteen Questions : Many of us have found it useful to answer the following questions to help determine if we have a problem with compulsive eating. Are You a Compulsive Eater? Yes No
1. Do I eat when I’m not hungry, or not eat when my body needs nourishment?
2. Do I go on eating binges for no apparent reason, sometimes eating until I’m stuffed or even feel sick?
3. Do I have feelings of guilt, shame, or embarrassment about my weight or the way I eat?
4. Do I eat sensibly in front of others and then make up for it when I am alone?
5. Is my eating affecting my health or the way I live my life?
6. When my emotions are intense—whether positive or negative—do I find myself reaching for food?
7. Do my eating behaviors make me or others unhappy?
8. Have I ever used laxatives, vomiting, diuretics, excessive exercise, diet pills, shots, or other medical interventions (including surgery) to try to control my weight?
9. Do I fast or severely restrict my food intake to control my weight?
10. Do I fantasize about how much better life would be if I were a different size or weight?
11. Do I need to chew or have something in my mouth all the time: food, gum, mints, candies, or beverages?
12. Have I ever eaten food that is burned, frozen, or spoiled; from containers in the grocery store; or out of the garbage?
13. Are there certain foods I can’t stop eating after having the first bite?
14. Have I lost weight with a diet or “period of control” only to be followed by bouts of uncontrolled eating and/or weight gain?
15. Do I spend too much time thinking about food, arguing with myself about whether or what to eat, planning the next diet or exercise cure, or counting calories? Have you answered “yes” to several of these questions? If so, it is possible that you have, or are well on your way to having, a compulsive eating or overeating problem. Your next step is to go to the Overeaters Anonymous website, oa.org, and Find a Meeting.
OA Board Approved. info@oa.org  http://www.oa.org

OMG! This was an eye opener for me.. Yes I was a compulsive eater! This is me in a nut shell people! Those 15 questions…saved my life..I truly believe that with all my heart and sole!  I looked for a phone meeting on the website and that night I dialed my first one.. and the next day I dialed again.. and the next day again.. This is it. I must first learn to deal with my feelings about not only my life, past and present, but I had to deal with my relationship with food. I already knew it wasn’t normal. So I started attending phone meetings..got a sponsor and made me a food plan… and as of that day I became abstinence.. today marks 207 days of abstinence.!

That day back in February, I knew I had to make a change..although I didn’t know how I was going to get on the right track and stay there.. I believed I had to do it..or die. PERIOD.

That was not only the lowest point in my life, but it was also my highest weight EVER! 344 ponds.. almost 350 pounds.. OMG! How in the heck did I do that?

This blog  will be about that journey. I believe I can go this. I believe there are others out there like me , who want saved from themselves. who need saved from themselves ..I hope that my journey will inspire someone to a healthier lifestyle, adding years to their lives…if I can do this, I promise you can too! Come along for the ride….adventure awaits!

Falling in love again at 58!


I never thought I would fall in love again at my age.. after all at 58…who does?

Well I did…I am in love again… butterflies in my stomach…my heart so full of love.. it’s overflowing..my life has changed in a blink of an eye… I have purpose now.. I have joy.. I have something exciting to look forward to… I have a new name now too!! It’s Grandma… ! I am a grandma to an incredible little grandson… who is just two weeks old… he had me from hello..when he was just barely a few hours old.. I made the drive from North Carolina to Maryland..I had just left my driveway when we learned of his birth and heard his first cries as he was getting his first diaper …I heard the joy in my sons voice…he was a daddy…as I drove to the hospital. four hours away… I thought a lot about being a grandma.. seeing him…loving him.. wanting to teach him so much about life.. I dream of having the kind of relationship with him as I did with my Grandmother.. I loved her beyond measure.. I loved to be with her on weekends ..school holidays and summer vacations…anytime spent with grandma Swope was special to me.. and it continued into my adulthood..And the closeness we had, was shared with her to great grandson..my sons.. they shared a special bond with her.. as I did…and our bond was a shared my whole lifetime…until she was 90! How lucky was I !

I want that with my grandson.. I want him to know that I will be there for him…always.. I want to tell him the family stories…I want him to learn about his ancestors…I want to teach him things about life.. I want to watch him grow into a wonderful successful man like his father..

I want to teach him recipes that have been handed down from many generations …I want to share my love of the outdoors with him.. I want to teach him to be kind and loving ..at all cost..and to love everyone…never looking down at others unless he is helping them up…I want him to give back to our society and learn to do for others..I want him to learn to be loyal and know what character is…and how to keep it..I want him to learn right from wrong and how to listen to his inter soul to guide him.. I want him to learn a great education will get him further in life..and will open doors that would not be open to him otherwise..

Always tell the truth.. it will keep you out of trouble.. if you find yourself in trouble..fess up and face the consequences..it won’t last for ever…

I want to teach him that all women are beautiful.. Never use them..never hit them.. always treat them kindly..you can have women as friends…every man should have one or two..as friends.. and if they listen they will learn much about them…never date two women at once.. and never break their hearts on purpose..I want him to learn to open doors for them…always walk them to the door..never expect a kiss on the first date..but don’t be afraid if it feels right to ask for one..never talk about a woman in the locker room ..or to others you can’t trust..her reputation should be honored..if you see others degrading a woman ..stick up for her..every chance you get..hopefully others will get the hint..

Be the best friend you can be…honest and truthful… Keep a secret when asked….give good advise…and be there when they need you the most..good friends are hard to find..remember make new friends but keep the old.. one is silver and the other is gold…

Your parents are going to be upset with you at some point..know that they still love you..and always will.. know that you can go to your parents about ANYTHING… never think you are alone..don’t lie to them…NEVER talk back to them…listen to what they are trying to teach you..it’s for your own good.. even if you don’t think so at that moment..I want him to honor his mother and father.. at all cost..seek their advise and take it..I want him to be independent but causious..I want him to fall in Love when he is over 30…and understand that women are equals..he should always protect her.. love her…and honor her..never betraying her trust..for that is hard to earn back.

I want him to have children of his own..and bring them up as him..and teach them the very lessons he has learned..as old as I am now.. I realize I may never see him become the man I dream he will be..at 58…I may be luck to see him through high school let alone college..marriage and children.. but I have many years to help mold him into an upstanding young man…who will make his parents proud … I can help teach him…many things that will carry him through difficult time..

I want him to know that in life there will be disappointments..but its how you handle those disappointments that make your stronger and not a victim of them…I want him to know he can do anything if he puts his mind to it.. there is a whole world out there for the taking ! Go Grab it!!! Look for adventure… travel as much as you can..taking the unbeaten path.. learn about others.. and remember nothing worth having in life ..is free or easy..you must work hard…live a good honest life.. be kind to all…and love yourself..and always remember Grandma Loves You!

Tips…fighting weight loss!

I have researched tips..helps…and must do’s on weight loss… you can google it and find hundreds if not thousands of ideas…. I have sifted through them to come up with the ones I want to implement..
#1 No soda…not even diet… I gave up soda in August and have not looked back!
#2 Drink water.. drink water.. drink water.. your body needs it.. do it..! Add lemon if you like.. but drink it!
#3 Cut out sugar… we don’t need it.. it is useless calories… and it encourage us to over indulge..
#4 No White Flour.. I find that I feel better if I don’t eat white flour..I do use Almond and Coconut flour only!
#5 Limit carbs…carbs are NOT good for us.. period.. empty calories ..I am the first to admit its difficult!
#6 Limit dairy… try other non dairy prive oducts..I can not digest dairy well..
#7 No Cows milk..choose Almond milk… it even comes in chocolate. I am also enjoying coconut milk…!
#8 Use Olive oil…it is good.. also coconut oil..!
#9 Flax Seed…. put it in smoothies…it will help regulate you…once scoop is all you need!
#10 Vegies at every meal.. yes even at breakfast…I love 2 cups of salad in my smoothie! Or in a omelet!
#11 Limit your time sitting down.. limit computer and TV time.. only reward yourself with more time if you exercise!
#12 Exercise..take the stairs instead of the elevator..park further away and walk…join the gym!
#13 Bake…broil and boil and grill…love grilling even in the winter!
#14 Plan ! Plan! Plan ! Always plan your meals for the week! you are less apt to overeat…
#15 Never shop when your hungry…period!
#16 Drink green tea… before and after meals.. it helps with digestion…
#17 End your day with a protein drink..it will help burn fat at night
#18 Eat fresh! No packaged foods! Your health will thank you!
#19 MOVE IT! MOVE IT! Move as much as possible!
#20 NO FAST FOOD! Period.. there is nothing good there..nothing…
#21 Eat at the table..not in front of the TV…no seconds..
#22 Use veggies for snacks… it helps you get in your daily requirement!
#23 Use water or hot tea to ward off hunger..drink if you are feeling hungry between meals..
#24 Meditate… it sooths the soul…
#25 Look for exciting..active things to have as hobbies…get out there and try new things.!
As my list grows I will update this….don’t try them all at once… spread them out… and enjoy!

If you don’t like where you are move..! You are not a tree!

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I can’t believe 2015 is here! Oh where has the time gone? I will turn 59 in May? Really? 59? OMG! 2014 was an incredible year for me.. became a GRANDMOTHER! My little grandson was born on December 20th! That little man has stolen my heart from the moment I laid eyes on him.. I love him sooo much. He has also saved his grandmothers life… on one swoop….one photo… one moment captured in time for ever… his first Photo of Himself with his Grandma….OMG! I cried….how in the HELL did I get this fat??? How can you even see this beautiful little baby boy among the layers of fat that he is laying on called his grandmother? When did I get this fat??? And why didn’t anyone tell me?
Let me back up a bit… if I was told to describe myself …I would say that I am a fun loving… adventure seeking free spirited person.. I love the ocean ..kayaking… swimming… hiking…meeting people..and want to enjoy life to the fullest…reality is…I am a big fat mess… I haven’t been to the ocean in two years… I couldn’t even begin to fit into a kayak let along ride in one… the only hike I have been on in the last 8 years..has been to the mailbox…or climbing the three steps into my house…adventurous? Really what is that? free spirited ? Really Beverly? Maybe back in 2005? And exercise? What is this again? I have a bike.. a gazzell…and one of the large balls to sit on… I have more weights than my local gym…and a WII that hasn’t been used in over two years… What happened..? I think I quit enjoying things I use to do..and fell out of love with myself.. Let me back up again… in 2005 I met the love of my life.. my soul mate..I was in the best shape I had been in for years…having come off a very one sided marriage that was full of lies and deciete..I had FINALLY found the my soul mate.. the man Who was a part of me.. my love. my heart my world…I had never met anyone like him.. ever… a Sgt Major in The Marine Corps ..a mover and a shaker who taught me more about myself than I had ever known.. He made me believe in my own self and the power that I had inside me..He let me be me..and loved me for it..we were equals…partners in love and life..and we were separated my thousands of miles..he in Germany me in North Carolina.. but we made it work..we learned everything about each other.. we talked for HOURS on the phone..we hated every moment we were apart and the best part of our days was when we were together..he made me whole…we shared things about our hopes and dreams and things about our past…that I had never shared with anyone..little things.. big things… he completed me…he was my “other” half.. we were lovers and best friends..we were inseperatable..and I still feel that way today.. but life and family…appreared its ugly head and we were forced to live stated apart, connected by love..and what was in our hearts..but duty called…and for reason I won’t explain..we have to live separate lives..peeking in on each other..and still promising our love..but apart.. is how it must be. some may not understand and that is ok.. but we shall forever be in each others hearts..I now know life changed so much for me..with him not in it…in the way I wanted.. and I didn’t want anyone else..I still don’t…and I have done a really good job of NO one wanting me..depressed and lonely.. I made up my own little world that I wasn’t going to let anyone else in…. I did it well..it’s easy Now to look back and re think my life and how I got here.. sometimes it’s painful…but I need to understand how I got here… to understand how to get back to my old self..my healthier self.. to have lost the greatest love of my life.. at times is painful..but knowing that I at least had it.. helps… so my grandson has let me fall in love again. something I never thought I would ever do again… I want to get healthy to live longer and to be in my grandson’s live as long as I possibly can… this little boy is saving my life.. he has given me hope… love.. and a reason to move on.. he is helping to heal my heart.. something that no one else has been able to do… I shall be forever a grateful grandma…here is 2015 being my best year yet! In my next post I will share how I am going to do this… until then.. have a great new year!soulmate

Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

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With this recipe I have added apples so I am able to get in another fruit..and I added egg for some protein punch!
This is HEALTHY in a bowl! I make it in Sunday for he whole week! I bake a big batch..and once it’s cooled..I divided it into individual servings..and place in the frig…ready for me to grab each morning..! And I can even take it to work to have for those days that I am sooo short on time..I need to grab and go..and another great benefit of this recipe..I can eat it cold or hot! What ever I am in the mood for!

Be creative..add what you like..coconut..raisins..chocolate chils..pecans…walnus..be creative!

Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

2 cups of old fashion oats
1/3 cup splenda brown sugar
2 Teaspoons cinnamon
dash of salt
1 Teaspoon Baking powder

3 Tab butter melted and set aside

2 cups almond milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use almond extract}
2 cups chopped apples

mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder together, set aside
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melt butter set aside
mix in separate bowl add milk, eggs and vanilla or almond extract ..mix well by hand and then add chopped apples..
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mix together with the dry ingredients…
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pour into a greased baking dish..
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then add the melted cooled butter into the mixture and swirl with a fork until mixed into the oatmeal/apple mixture…
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Let it cool and divided it into individual protions..and refrigerate..eat over your whole week! YOU can eat this hot or cold..
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For added crunch I chopped walnuts to the top of each individual serving.
Hope you enjoy this recipe…and it becomes you new favorite morning meal!

Benefits of healthy eating!

Indulge in Healthy Living

I’ve been going strong for  over a month now on my healthy eating
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..no diet coke..lots and lots of pure fresh water. And then I cut out fast foods. ..allowing only chai tea from Starbucks ( hey I’m working on it!). .at first it drove me crazy  not to stop and get my sasuage egg and cheese biscuits every morning.   After all the girl at the drive through..had become my friend.  She’s going to think I moved.. Or died! But after going the nutritional analysis of what was in that ..I don’t miss it..oh sure when I passed a Mickey D’s .thoughts of french fries..or a nice ice cream cone..did pop in my head.m but finally. .nothing..not a twinge..not a glace not one thought of stopping..habit broken…
Now the next thing to go was sugar…after educating myself on all  the non benefits of this little sweet product. .and understanding the…

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Educate yourself to a healthier you!

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sasuage egg and cheese

As I am traveling on my healthy journey I am trying to educate myself on the why’s and how’s of nutrition..recently I have started to track different area’s of nutrition…not only calories..but carbs,fat,Protein, Sodium and sugar’s…
In doing this I have started to made some comparison’s to what my life was like before in the matters of what I ate daily…I am trying to not only get healthy , but to understand the how and why’s so I do not do it all over again. I think the more I can understand about food and what it does to our bodies..the more we are able to make educated decisions that will benefit our bodies.
Today is my first of what I am sure to be..many comparison’s… I must say I am shocked at the results…it’s no wonder I am fat…in my mind …I was thinking..that One sasuage egg and cheese biscuit..would be better for me than say…donuts from Dunkin doughnuts.. or some type of pastry…but in reality it was worse!

Here is my first Comparison’s….

Item Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Hardee’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese 630 37 45 18 1520 4
Glazed Donut 260 31 14 3 330 12
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Healthy Meal
2 eggs 120 1 9 12 124 0
2 ww toast 140 13 1 3 125 2
peach fresh 33 8 0 1 0 8
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TOTAL 293 22 10 16 249 10

I was shocked that I was eating 630 calories for breakfast! 31 carbs and 1520 of sodium! And this was every week Monday through Friday on my way to work! OMG! And if someone brought donuts..I would eat one or two of those! UGH!

I no longer go through the drive through window at fast food joints..nor do I eat in my car.. I plan my meals..down to the last morsel…some might think this is too rigid for them.. but let me ask you this.. How are you doing with eating on the run? Would you be reading this if it was working for you?? Maybe being rigid is a good thing…and it could help.. I know one day it will all be second nature for me to eat healthy.. but right now I need a plan..and figuring out the nutritional value of what is being put into my body…is my priority these days! I urge you to do the same.. educate yourself..knowledge can be a wonderful tool for you to win your battle with food..we can’t eliminate food completly..so I need to learn to live with it..the best way I can..so that I can have a healthy body..yes, I am just beginning to learn about nutrition…but each day I make my numbers in my food diary on MY FITNESS PAL..IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!
Give this a try…and get MYFITNESS PAL and start tracking your numbers…it will benefit you…and you will be on the right path to a healthier you! I wish you the best…

Addiction

Food-AddictI can’t imagine what its like to be a drug addict..to want a high so badly you will go through thousands of dollars just to get a high..I don’t like to take over the counter drugs unless necessary…let alone the hard stuff..when I had my knee operation..I didn’t like taking the pain medicine..because of the way it makes me feel..I would rather have the pain…how can you like how that makes you feel? And not knowing if the next high is going to kill you… or not..a chance I am not willing to take…why take something that isn’t going to let you remember what the heck you did the night before? I just can’t wrap my head around this…

I can’t imagine what it’s like to NEED a drink everyday… I have beer and wine in my frig that had been there over a year now..I know for some, that it would of been gone the next day….everyday they stop and grab that 12 pack on the way home…and finish it off..before bedtime…Don’t get me wrong.. I enjoy a nice glass of wine..but the rest of the bottle goes to waste…I may have a white Russian if I am out for dinner..but one is enough.. I’ve never been drunk…NEVER… Two glasses of wine and I know I don’t like how it make me feel.. I like having complete control…I don’t like how alcohol makes me feel.. I can’t understand why people can’t see that they can’t drive after have too much? If you fumble while getting the keys in the ignition.. don’t drive.. it’s a no brainer.. how do you like laying by the toilet and puking your guts out? Yet, You still enjoy doing it all over again..tomorrow.. Not me…lives and familes are ruined by alcohol…why do it?

I enjoy sex.. but I can’t imagine being addicted to it and giving up my body to anyone that I meet….or being addicted to looking at it…people meet in the back alley and arrange sex…with a stranger and then go home to their partner..and do it again.. I’d be afraid some creep would kill me.. or that I would end up with a STD..or even AIDS..isn’t this degrading to you? How can you be addicted to this? How does it even begin?

And don’t get me started on cigarettes…I’ve kissed a man who smoked and it tasted awful! I have lived with a smoker and seen his yellow teeth and smelled the smoke on his clothing.. I hated it.. how can you want to stick a cig in your mouth and do all that harm to your lungs! We have all seen the pictures of the smokers lungs…black with tar like substance …and the cancer.. they spend millions of dollars on campaigns to keep young kids to stop..and yet.. its a multi dollar business… no matter what anyone says.. it’s not cool to smoke..not to mention the cost of a carton of those things! How do you like spending all of your hard earned money like that??? Up in smoke!
No I can’t understand how a person gets addicted to smoking.. drinking.. drugs..and sex…..those things don’t interest me…however….
I do under stand being addicted to food.. I understand how it make me feel better after a long day at work.. I understand that no matter how bad my day goes..that I can turn to the freezer and reach for the half gallon of ice cream… and eat myself happy…
I get great pleasure out of eating.. it comforts my soul.. it can make a bad day better.. a fight..tolerable..it can heal my broken heart.. and make me feel better inside..I use food like a druggie uses a needle.. it make me feel better.. and it’s not illegal.. No one cares if I stuff myself and weigh 300 pounds.. no one says a word…

In fact many family and friends of mine are are enablers … my hook up..my pimp…my dealer…see they make things to eat that I like and they even encourage me to eat me.. oh I am not blaming them.. I am just telling you they are enablers..and they don’t even know it..

If I was a alcoholic..would you ask me over to your house and offer me a drink? Or if I was a addicted to drugs..would you ask me over and have some on a silver platter for me?
If you saw me destroying myself with alcohol and drugs.. you would intervene? Why of course you would..
then why don’t you do that for me..? The food addict? Why not encourage me to seek help for my addiction???
Why not talk to me as my weight rises..and not ignore it?
Do you think I enjoy being fat? DO you think I just eat to much so I am getting fat? Do you even care?
It’s a disease that is not spoken about..after all you don’t want to hurt my feelings, right?

I have often said that I wish I wouldn’t have taken up the food addiction vise.. why? Cause I can get no help..if I was addicted to just about anything else..my insurance would pay for me to get help.. and certainly my family would seek that help for me.. out of sight out of mind..with alcohol..drugs.and tabacco…
but not with food addiction.. I still have to eat.. and to someone that LOVES food and is addicted to it.. there is no half ass way to do it.. all of nothing..yes , I eat all…everything.. and then afterwards I feel guilt..shame.. and despair.. which in turns makes me want to eat more to make me feel better..its a vicious circle..one that is difficult to break..but I am trying..
I started attending OA, Overeaters Anonymous …I attend the phone meetings.. it helps me be more aware..of what I am eating.. and allows me to be accountable..this helps me..my family still doesn’t get it.. nor my friends.. and I understand that. it’s really ok..I need to get through this..breakthrough my addiction myself..and with GOD.. at my side..
I hope that one day people who have a food addiction will have a place to get help..a outreach program..even a in house program to learn how to eat again.. I am going to beat this food addiction.. even if I feel that it is the hardest addiction on earth to kick.. after all I can drive down one block and find a fast food joint..just waiting to help me get my food fix! Hell they even have Dollar menu …that I can always afford something to fill my need…I get to walk the isle at Walmart and find just about any food that I want to get my fix..and if I am lucky..they are giving out samples… and being the kind person that I am.. sometimes they will give me seconds! Every second of every day food is on my mind.. every where I look..on TV on Bill boards..in Magazines.. I can find food porn.. and something new that could help me stay in this addiction!
But I want out… I have to get out.. I need to get out..I want out! So step by step. I will fight back.. I am stepping up and taking responsibility for my choices…I am eliminating many unhealthy things.. I started with Diet Coke.. I use to drink 6=8 a day.. I have been diet coke free for three weeks now.. and I feel better already.. my heartburn at night has stopped.. and I thirst for water now.. the colder the better! Now I have eliminated fast foods..I don’t go.. I can’t go.. I don’t have control..it’s not good for me.. so I am removing it from my life…period..next will be packaged food…all packaged foods..then white flour…baby steps..tomorrow is my first face to face OA meeting .. and I am scared shitless! But I am going… I am not sure what to expect…but I am looking forward to this very much.. the phone meetings are great..but this will be even better! wish me luck.. .and to those who are suffering with food addiction.. please reach out to someone.. a friend. pastor ..doctor…ask for help… and find OA ..go to the internet and find the phone numbers and conference call code to participate..it does help..
Cheers!
BeverlyFood-Addict

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