Thursday, July 3, 2014

"I've Got a Lov-e-ly Bunch of Co-co-nuts..."

SO, this eating healthier thing? PIECE OF CAKE! *cough* I mean, not cake... chicken. Ha. Cake is most definitely off-limits for a while.

The hardest part is over... the decision to start. That's always the biggie for me, and the rest is all downhill from there.

I've been reading this fabulous book called "I Want What SHE'S Having" which has been extremely encouraging. I'm pretty sure the authors are secular but aside from that, the book was loaded with great advice about motivation, figuring out what works for you, and basic common-sense health facts, although they never come right out and say what diet plan is the best. The whole point is to do whatever works for YOUUU, and stick to it. (And no, I was not provided a review copy, I just mentioned it because I liked it!)

So here was day 3 of my new lifestyle:

In the morning I woke up hungry, so I snacked on 5 cashews/almonds as I made breakfast for everybody.

I also drank a HUGE glass of water, something I try to do right after I wake up and hop on the bathroom scale. It helps rejuvenate and refresh your system and get things going! :)

Breakfast for moi was scrambled eggs, (which I eat for breakfast 99.99% of the time) a nectarine - my one fruit for the day, a cheese stick - cheddar and mozzarella combined, and a couple of pecan halves sprinkled with seasonings. {forgot to get a photo}

Went for a 6-lap powerwalk/sprint up and down our very long gravel driveway and finished sweating but triumphant! Booyah!

Mid-morning snack:
About 10 walnut pieces, with a little dollop of cottage cheese sprinkled with garlic powder, salt, onion powder and a touch of paprika. If you haven't guessed by now you'll quickly discover that I looooove my spices. :) Flavors, baby!! :D

Lunch was this delectable concoction: {also pictured at top of post to entice newsfeed readers}
I call it "Chicken Dijon Salad", featuring: romaine lettuce (half that bowl is lettuce, all the pretty stuff is just on top) chunks of cooked chicken (leftovers, ya'll) black and green olives, diced tomatoes, pickles (you can leave those out, I just happen to adore pickles) a couple of cashews and almonds, and a cheese stick cut up into little pieces.
Over this I drizzled Dijon Vinaigrette dressing that I whipped up following a recipe I spied in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I was hesitant to try it as it honestly looked horrible (probably the fault of the extra virgin olive oil I used, being a very deep green color) and smelt rather awful, but after gingerly applying it to my salad and taking my first bite, I was relieved to find it very tasty and zingy. Yum. :)

How I made Dijon Vinaigrette: (FYI, I halved the recipe as I wasn't sure I'd like it)

Whisk together...

  • Half a Tablespoon of Dijon mustard (original recipe was 1 Tablespoon)
  • Half of 3/4 cup olive oil (which I guessed to be just under half a cup)
  • and 1/8 cup vinegar.

Easy-peasy. Seriously. :)

Mid-afternoon found me with mid-level hunger grumblies again (low-level ones I just ignore and drink some more water... and of course high-level ones mean it's a mealtime) so......

Mid-afternoon snack:
I told you I had a secret for eating celery sticks! I HATE raw celery, or I should say hated, although in soups I liked it. I discovered that if you spread a dab of cream cheese in the hollow of a celery stick and sprinkle it with spices (I used garlic, onion, and paprika, and if you want to get fancy, some cumin and cayenne make a kickin' addition) and VOILA - I love it. Creamy, cool, and crunchy. Perfect summer snack.

I used to think cream cheese was a guilty pleasure, but actually the bread and crackers I was eating it on were more to blame for any resulting weight gain. :P Although I still wouldn't recommend eating it every five minutes. :D

I splurged and had my one carb for the day... a couple of our homemade french fries, fried in sunflower oil in our own CoolDaddy fryer. Accompanying them is a perfectly-grilled venison burger that is made with meat that my own daddy brought home after a hunting trip with friends. (Pretty cool.) Also tomatoes, pickles, carrots, and some cheddar to round it out.

Funny thing, once you stop eating sugar, your taste buds can sense every delicate nuance of your food. Unencumbered by the lightning-strike effects of super-sweet sugar, they are no longer dazed, but on high alert. I can taste that lettuce, those carrots, that meat. And it's so good. :D


  1. It all looks quite good but you poor thing! If you keep eating such measly portions you will waste away! :)

    Seriously though, I think you are very brave and I wish you all the best with your diet (even though you don't need it). :)


    1. Don't worry, HP, I have actually not felt hungry or starved at ALL. :) Thanks! I do need to do this for myself, and I will feel and look so much better in a few months. :)

  2. That Chicken Dijon Salad looks delicious!

  3. Good for you, girlie!! Getting the sugar, in all forms out, is huge! I have basically been sugar free for two years now, this coming August. Game changer! God has had me on a really cool journey with nutrition and exercise, I have learned so much! I swear I should have a degree. ;-) Reams and reams of paper I have read through, studies, research, etc. I love it! It has morphed over the years and currently have settled into a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. I feel beyond amazing. Crazy energy and sense of well being. If I don't come out of my room singing, clapping or dancing, the kids ask me what is wrong. LOL So thankful for this journey I am on how much I have learned. I have already been able to help others with the knowledge. Once again, shows how God takes our struggles and turns it for good. Anyway, I understand your zeal and excitement, I have it too!!!

    1. AWWW, Thanks for your comment Miss Michelle!! I always love hearing from you and can't wait to see you all when we come visit! :)

  4. Ooh, lovely. All the pictures you posted made my mouth start watering. I'm glad you're finding so much healthy and delicious food to eat! The chicken dijon salad looks especially amazing. Off to find a healthy snack... :)

    1. Glad you liked the pictures, Abby! Yep, that salad was really good. Have fun finding your healthy snack!

  5. Hmmm! You make healthy eating sound glamorous! :D I especially love your mid-morning snack and dinner. How does venison taste like? I heard it's pretty lean. I've only tried caribou so far :P I'm really looking forward to more food oriented posts, you are so encouraging!!!

    May Jesus bless you!



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