BACON!!!

I LOVE bacon! Glorious, salty, crispy, bacon which produces,a nectar for the gods when fried in my pan! And for those of us that think the primal/paleo lifestyle is best, bacon seems to be universally loved and adored.

Tonight I reinvented yet another meal. I used to make this dish that featured bacon like a fine piece of art at a museum. I dont know what its called, I learned how to make it from a friend, but its ingredients included 1pound of bacon, 1c of brown sugar, 1c of vinegar, I diced red delicious apple, and a shredded head of cabbage……and I wonder why I have a weight problem……Anywho, the end product was mind-blowing carmelized, sweet n’ salty, perfectly crunchy, taste explosion!!! And I reinvented it to meet my new lifestyle, and here is what I did:

INGREDIENTS

1medium purple cabbage shredded
2 Gala Apples, cored and chopped
2T frozen apple juice concentrate
1C Apple Cider Vinegar
12oz of bacon (good quality please!)
16oz grass-fed ground beef

Chop the bacon, fry it up, reserve drippings in pan, set cooked bacon aside. Brown beef in same pan, keep those dripping, and set beef aside. In a large pot, over med-high heat, combine drippings and cabbage, vinegar, and juice concentrate. Now stir and cover with lid. When it really starts to wilt, throw in apples, bacon, and beef. Cover again, let the apples start to get really tender, so just a few minutes. Remove lid and stir, stir, stir! The goal here is to CARMELIZE the cabbage! You’ll know its done when all excess liquid is cooked off..

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Now, im telling you, this turned out delicious. The juice and sweeter variety apple, worked well as a replacer for the brown sugar. The beef was thrown in cause I had some and wanted to kick up the protein content. Best of all, the kids approved AGAIN and the hubby ate 2 plates. This also made a lot, so I have plenty of leftovers for our lunches tomorrow….or breakfast!

For those of you who are freaking out about the fat content, I strongly encourage you to do some research. Mark’s Daily Apple and Everyday Paleo are great sites to learn about this “new” way of looking at nutrition.

As for my day, it was another success! I had a wee headache again this afternoon. I havent broken free of my diet soda addiction but I have cut waaaay back. My next goals are to increase my water intake and to get moving! Ive just about kicked my cold, so i’ll soon be ready to break a sweat and bust a move! Watch out Jessica Alba!!

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Success at its best!

Today was a great day! If I can keep up this pace, i’ll be giving Jessica Alba a run for her money! Breakfast consisted of last nights leftovers, had a nice snack of “clean” turkey, half an avacado, and an “Ambrosia” organic apple….sounds fancy, huh? Id never heard of an “Ambrosia” apple but it def lived up to its tasty little name. Lunch wasnt as clean as my snack, but whats a traveling nurse to do?! It was a hardees bacon burger minus cheese, bun, and sauces, with tomato, onion, and lettuce, and it filled a void and kept me going! And then, for my grand finale, a.k.a supper, I invented (or re-invented) yet another yummy meal that looked like this:

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(if that pic is tiny, I apologize, still blogging mobilely)
And THAT my friends is a stuffed bell pepper! What was that?! You want the recipe?! Ok, fine…

INGREDIENTS:

4-5 large bell peppers, tops off, seeds removed
1 pound grass-fed beef
1 red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small bag of shredded carrots
2 zuchinni, shredded
1 small cauliflower, turned into “rice” via food processor
2Tbsp cumin, ground
2Tbsp chili powder
1-2Tbsp of ghee or coconut oil

Saute onion and garlic in oil/butter until tender, add in beef and cook until…cooked. Mix beef/garlic/onion mix with all your prepped vegetables in a big ass bowl. Add in spices, and mix, mix, mix! Find an ambitous, excitable, 6-year old and let her/him stuff those bell peppers slap full! Or you can do it, but I promise it’ll be less entertaining. Place the peppers on a baking sheet and cook at 375 for about 45min. I served mine with homemade gaucamole, and it was delicious!

The best part, there was a great deal of leftover stuffing, so I added 6 eggs, mixed, mixed, mixed and pour the batter into a well greased 12 muffin, muffin pan. And just like magic, breakfast is prepped for in the morning. Now, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I AM a genius, I get it from my mama 😉

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So I figure i’ll put the uncooked muffins in the fridge, and bake them in the a.m. and if there are STILL leftovers, I got a snack too?! What, WHAT?! Its like the gift that just keeps giving!

So, as I stated, t’was a great day. I had tons of energy, even in the midst of recovering from my cold. I didnt experience any cravings, and once again didn’t experience any midday drag! I did get a headache this afternoon, but recognized it for what it was, popped some ibuprofen, slammed some water and just kept truckin’.

Until tomorrow, goodnight all!

Day One…SUCCESS!!

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Ok, you cannot judge a …soup?…by its photo, but let me tell you this, this is DELICIOUS! And, its my own invention! I call it Creamy Chicken and Garlic…Stew! Stew sounds so much better than soup doesnt it? And I suppose now is a good time to mention that I am gradually eliminating (mostly) gluten and dairy from my diet. One thing trying SOOO MANY diets has done for me, is that I have learned over the years that certain foods really make me feel icky; dairy and gluten, are part of that category. Also, I have read time and time again, that simple carbs and PCOS are enemies. Now, back to my delectable, although visually unappealing, stew. The recipe is as follows, and seriously, dont be a baby, eat this, its delicious.

2 small red onions sliced
20 cloves of garlic, chopped (yes, really 20, stop being so “judgy”, garlic is good for you)
5-6 free range, hormone/antibiotic free, skinless/boneless chicken thighs
1 can organic diced, italian style tomatoes
1 large bag organic frozen broccoli
1 can coconut milk

Toss all ingredients in a crock pot, in the order they are listed, put a lid on it, and cook on high for 5-6 hours. Then, get a bowl, salt and pepper to taste, and stuff your face, mmmmmmmm. Even my children love it 😉

So all in all, i’d say today was successful! I base that on the fact that its 7:20pm and I dont feel like death AND I missed my usual 3pm ass-draggin time, so obviously im doing something right!

Stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

OH and thanks everyone for the super-duper supportive comments on my previous post!

Ready, set,……wait a minute…

Im writing my first post via cell phone, so please bare with me and be kind enough to overlook any errors in spelling!
For months now, ive been feeling the sorrowful, sneaky, pull of weight creeping back over my bones….and have truly done nothing about it other then to complain, a lot, and make half-assed efforts at random fad diets. In 2009, I graduated from nursing school. My picture, much to my dismay, was published in a local newspaper. There I was, in cap and gown, with my loving children in tow, smiling, proud of my accomplishment….and carrying enough extra weight that I was damn near unrecognizable to myself. I weighed 287 pounds. Yep, the heaviest I have ever been. I knew something had to give, so I followed the advice of a co-worker and got on Adipex. Long story short, by the summer of 2010 I had lost almost 100 pounds. Thats great right?! Well, no…my hair was also falling out by the handfuls and I was an emotional train wreck. I stopped the Adipex. By November 2010, I was back up to 235 pounds. Got back on Adipex, became an emotional wreck again, got off Adipex. My weight held steady for a while, but by July 2011, it was creeping up…again. I decided to throw caution in the wind (because im just that bright) & dont ya know started taking Adipex AGAIN, but this time I cut carbs and put in 7+ hours a week at the gym, doing cardio and tons of weights. The pounds melted off and by October 2011, I was down to 205 pounds, but had developed quite a bit of new muscle. HOWEVER, emotionally, I was still all over the place and felt exhausted most of the time, thanks to the stimulant effects of Adipex. Feeling as though I had learned,my lesson, I stepped away from the meds again. My energy levels plummeted, my appetite soared, and I found myself going to the gym less, and less and eating more and more. You should also know I have PCOS, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, which is a hormone imbalance that increases insulin resistance, causes hair loss as well as facial hair growth…yay, me! Nothing quite like being hungry all the time, growung chin hair and going bald all at once. PCOS also causes irregular periods and infertility….and ironically, having PCOS makes it incredibly easy to gain weight and its the weight gain itself that worsens the symptons of PCOS. So mix that with the fact that I am a self-proclaimed emotional eater, who is always hormonally imbalanced and VOILA, here I am just over a year later and just 20 some odd pounds under my heaviest weight. And im angry, and im heartbroken. Im disappointed in myself and my lack of self-discipline and self-control. I weigh 260 pounds right now. Im fighting my second cold in 2 weeks. Im ALWAYS tired and my feet and ankles hurt more than they feel good. Ive also began missing periods again and my hair loss has started back full swing. So ive decided, thanks to inspiration from my younger sister, Jenny, to make my journey to a healthier, happier, me a public journey. I cant do this all alone and I refuse to look to pharmecuticals for assistance again. I cannot continue “fad dieting” or taking supplements with empty promises. I know a few things are true: 1) my everyday choices must change permanently 2) if they dont, I will die a premature death fat, sad, and loaded up on prescription drugs 3) I have children who I need to be a better example for so that hopefully they never find themselves in this position, and finally, 4) there IS A SLENDER, FIT, ACTIVE, SEXY BEAST dying to come out of me! So please, follow me, if you know me personally, im asking for your support and encouragment. And if u need to shapeshift too, call me, lets walk and swap recipes 😉 So here I come world…ready, set….GO!

So here are my current stats:

Height: 5’11
Weight: 260 pounds
Pants: 20