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Friday, April 13, 2012

LET'S TALK FOOD.....and pssst. I have a secret

I don't know about you, but I love food.  Never have been a picky eater.  Had a dad who was in the military and involved in food service all the years I lived at home (so I started learning how to cook when I was about 5 years old).  I'm from the south (born in New Orleans-but call Texas home); love me some chicken fried steak, gumbo, beignets and I make a mean mean "from scratch" carrot cake, chicken and dumplings, Texas chocolate sheet cake etc. etc. etc. (you get the picture).....but when my weight tipped the scales at over 200....and I lost weight, found it again, lost weight and found it again.....and the years past by...and time didn't stand still for me, it got harder and harder to lose the weight (and just in case you think I'm just saying that....
Yep that's me--Yikes!
But then I found the secret(see below in red)...

Although I'll have to admit all the things I used to love to eat still have a place in my heart.  I've finally learned that I have to consider them as treats and eat them in moderation....my moderation thought is 95% healthy eating and 5% treat/old favorite food eating....my trainer and my doctor both say "be good 6 days a week and enjoy yourself (or be bad) 1 day a week. (but do it in moderation....don't stuff yourself so full you are uncomfortable. Eat with gusto, but stop eating when you are full)..........and then remember the next day to start back on the healthy foods.  As I find recipes that sound good to me, I'll post them or give you a link to find healthy recipes.
The following recipes are from a blog I love
http://health-heaven.tumblr.com/

Cami's blog is called Nothing is Impossible.  I love that.  She has lots of good recipes and exercise advise/tutorials.  She's only 21 and I know that some of you may be thinking...."oh yeh, she's 21 so sure she can lose weight and be in great shape!  How does that relate to me in the over 60 category?" 

Believe me it does relate.  Age is just a number. Old is a box you or someone else puts you in.  You are truly capable of getting fit and healthy at 40, 50, 60, 70 and beyond.  For the most part the principals are pretty simple and all hold true no matter what your age.  You have to eat healthy to be healthy. You have to burn calories to lose weight.  You have to exercise faithfully to burn those calories and get fit. And there is a plan of exercise no matter what your age.

I will try to give credit (as Cami does) to the originator/original blog where these recipes came from....(by clicking on the link below....balancefully....you'll be able to go to that blog and get more recipes and from there go to other blogs that are followed by that blogger etc.  The info is everywhere and abundant.  Find a blog (like mine) :) that you like and follow it.  Updates can be sent right to your e-mail



balancefully:
I love spinach and found this recipe for Oven Baked Spinach Chips.

Ingredients
• Bucket load of spinach leafs. I am talking about handfuls here!
• A bit of extra virgin olive oil, to coat the leaves. You don’t need a lot - for 400 grams of spinach leaves, I used 1 tablespoon of oil.
• Herbs. I used pepper, curry powder, red pepper powder, garlic powder and thyme.

Directions
1. Preheat oven at 120°C / 250F,
2. Rinse and dry the spinach leafs,
3. Place spinach in a large bowl, pour in some olive oil to coat the leafs,
4. Add herbs, toss it all around,
5. Place some baking paper on a tray, and lay out the spinach nice and evenly,
6. Pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Keep checking on them until they’re crisp!

Veggies are your friends....
Do you love fries?  Do you love carrots....well then try these oven baked carrot fries! 
 Baked Carrot Fries


3 carrots, peeled and cut
1 tsp. olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Cumin seeds

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Place the carrot sticks in a bowl and pour the olive oil over them. Arrange carrots on baking sheet and sprinkle them with salt, pepper and cumin. Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes, flipping the carrots over halfway through, until slightly crispy.

(Source: health-heaven)
So what have I eaten today??? For breakfast I had a fruit smoothie:  I put in a cup of mixed fruit (orange, apple, plum, strawberry, pineapple, cherries, two dates cut up, 1 tblsp. peanut butter, 1 tsp. honey, 1 scoop whey protein powder,  rounded teaspoon of ground flax seed, 2 tblsp. "Greek Gods" Greek yogurt (plain- which only has 5 grms. sugar) and about 1/3 cup skim milk.  Mix in a blender..YUM!

 For lunch I had veggies:  I took 2 brussel sprouts , two florets of fresh broccoli, 1/4 yellow squash and 1/4 zucchini...chopped them (rough chop), in a bowl with about 2 tblsp. water.  Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 5 1/2 minutes.  This is the best way (in my opinion to cook them....quick and aldente).  I top them with salt and pepper and a tsp. of butter.  With that I had about 4 leafs (chopped) of home grown lettuce (thanks to a generous neighbor) 1/2 small tomato diced and about 1 oz. (I didn't actually weigh it....so may have been less than that??) of chopped up left over baked pork chop meat.  I hit it with a couple of sprays of PAM- Olive Oil spray and a few drops of apple cider vinegar.....and had a 1/2 glass of cold skim milk along with it. Again...YUM! 

I can honestly say now that my favorite foods are fruits and vegetables!  I truly would take those over a chicken fried steak or a piece of carrot cake on just about any day! :)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  (Mark Twain)

(and that includes starting your journey to get fit and healthy....choose to eat healthy....today is the first day of the rest of your "new" life....what are you waiting for....you'll be so happy you made this decision--I'm here if you need to write.....and I'm a good listener...Peggylee57@AOL.com)

Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow....Eat healthy....Exercise.....Train to be fit at 99!


Ciao



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