Tag: dieting

Healthy turkey chili over spaghetti squash

turkey chili and spaghetti squash

I’m constantly looking for ways to eat more vegetables and if your curious as to why, check out my previous post and my recommendation for C.J. English’s book WTF Am I Supposed to Eat?: A Dieter’s Manifesto. I also love chili. It’s super flavorful and comes together really fast. There are lots of variations of chili from the type of meat you use, or lack of meat, i.e. a lentil or vegetarian version, to the spices, vegetables and liquids you choose to flavor it with. I love the versatility of it. This one uses lean ground turkey instead of beef and is packed with flavor from cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. It’s also full of veggies like tomatoes, beans, spinach and onions. (more…)

Quinoa, kale and chicken bowls

quinoa, kale and chicken bowls

During the month of February I basically revamped my diet, which has been a long overdue project I’ve been avoiding. I’ve been carrying an extra 20 lbs around for the past 4 years and I finally decided I’d had enough and it was time to get my eating habits under control. I have been unhappy with my weight for a long time and so, instead of complaining about it like usual, I tackled it and really committed to healthy eating. Sigh. It hasn’t been easy especially when results have been slow, which are due to a number of factors that I am ironing out and won’t bore you with here. But I’ve lost about 6 pounds, which is better than nothing, and I feel healthier, which is key. I think my hair is shinier and my skin looks better. So, needless to say I’m going to stick with it. I might not be able to keep up the no dairy, no carb, no sugar, no alcohol thing for much longer but I feel like I can keep those things to a minimum now. After all we really shouldn’t be “on a diet” so to speak. We should be making a “lifestyle change”. Any health expert or doctor will tell you that. (more…)

Spaghetti squash with chicken sausage

spaghetti squash with chicken sausage

I finally finished my Isagenix diet and cleanse and although it was tough, I was pleased with my results. In 11 days I lost 9.4 pounds and a number of inches all over my body, mostly from my chest (not a good thing) and stomach (a very good thing). All the hard work paid off in the end. You can read about my personal experience in this blog post.

Returning back to normal food and normal life hasn’t been so easy. I’ve had to go out to eat 4 times and it’s only been 5 days since I’ve finished the diet. I’ve been faced with temptations over and over again in just 5 days. For someone who loves food, I think I’ve done pretty well considering all the eating out and Mother’s Day celebrations, but nonetheless, I stepped on the scale this morning and I am up 1 pound. Frustrating to say the least. In the past, I’ve let these frustrations get the best of me, thrown myself a pity party, convinced that I would never be able to lose weight and quickly given up whatever diet I happened to be on. Not this time. (more…)

Quinoa with lemon and herbs

quinoa with lemon and herbs

Sorry I’ve been MIA this past week. Things have been pretty hectic lately but the main reason for my lack of posts is that I’ve been on this crazy 11 day diet / cleanse. Now, I know there are a lot of opinions out there about dieting and cleansing, especially diets that only last 11 days, but the truth is I’ve wanted to lose weight for a while now and it just hasn’t been happening. I’ve lacked the motivation to do it on my own. Plus, the scale can be frustrating. It takes days, sometimes even a week for any evidence of a diet to show up on the scale, at least for me. That always discourages me and I quickly resort to my old eating habits. So, when a friend at work lost 22 pounds in 30 days, I was quick to listen in on how she did it. She told me she used a program called Isagenix. After listening to her explain the Isagenix system, I thought the 30 day program sounded a bit grueling for me but when she mentioned there was a 9 day program (it’s really 11 days), I decided to try it. (more…)

A salad worth writing about

Generally I don’t think of a salad as needing a recipe. I know there are some good salads out there, but when I make one I usually just put some lettuce in a bowl, add a few toppings and some bottled dressing to make it taste good and call it a day. I don’t really take the time to prepare a salad. Salads are usually the precursor to the main meal; Something to just fill you up so you don’t overeat later. It’s very rare that I find a salad that I actually like almost more than the main course and that I actually look forward to eating, but this salad is pretty good. If I found it worth writing about, it’s actually a pretty darn good salad.

This salad is very simple, but you will need a few quality ingredients: (more…)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Before you say ew, hear me out. I know brussels sprouts are not the most popular veggie out there, but that’s because a lot of people aren’t sure how to cook them. Truth be told, brussels sprouts are a favorite vegetable of mine, because if they are cooked right, they can have great flavor and they are very good for you. They are actually pretty simple to prepare.

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Zucchini Corn Skillet

I was running out of things to do with vegetables and getting bored with the way I usually cook them. I love roasting vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper (and sometimes crushed garlic), but sometimes you gotta switch things up. I’m always looking for ways to eat more veggies, so I googled for some inspiration. I came across this recipe for a corn and zucchini melody and decided I would shake things up and try to make my own variation on this dish. I always find that googling and searching the internet for recipes gives me ideas to come up with my own. I either never have all the ingredients on hand so I improvise, or I decide to add to the recipe, or sometimes, I find that searching for recipes simply gets my creative juices flowing and I come up with my own. In this case, I used the base of the recipe, but I definitely added my own twist to it. Here is my take on how to make a delicious corn and zucchini skillet. It’s the perfect side dish for summer. (more…)

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