Monday, February 8, 2016

Siggi's




My favorite snack recently- Siggi's Icelandic yogurt 4% fat Vanilla with defrosted blueberries!
I'm trying not to purchase low fat or no fat foods since the sugar is usually bumped up to make up for the loss of flavor.  You don't need to eat as much full fat foods, as it does fill you up. Siggi's is my favorite Icelandic yogurt but there are a few others that are delicious.  My nearest store to purchase Siggi's is Whole Foods which is an hour away. It is making me appreciate it even more when I have it. 

Ingredients
Pasteurized Whole Milk, Pasteurized Cream, Organic Agave Nectar, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, Live Active Cultures

Friday, February 5, 2016

What's in My Box?


I have had some people ask if I get a produce box in winter. Yes I do!

This was in this weeks box:
Apples
Ginger
Cilantro
Parsnips
Carrots
Portabello mushrooms- (they were the BEST!)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

In the Kitchen


I'm finding that everyday foods have more ingredients in them than I would prefer. 
This is the list for Primal Kitchen mayo made with avocado oil:
Avocado Oil, Organic Cage-Free Eggs, Organic Egg Yolks,
Organic Vinegar, Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract

Best Foods light mayo: WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, MODIFIED STARCH (CORN, POTATO)**, EGGS, SUGAR, SALT, VINEGAR, LEMON JUICE, SORBIC ACID** AND CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (USED TO PROTECT QUALITY), NATURAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN E. **INGREDIENTS NOT FOUND IN REGULAR MAYONNAISE. GLUTEN-FREE.

Best Foods regular mayo: SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, WHOLE EGGS AND EGG YOLKS, VINEGAR, SALT, SUGAR, LEMON JUICE, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (USED TO PROTECT QUALITY), NATURAL FLAVORS. GLUTEN-FREE.

I cannot understand why it is necessary to add SUGAR to EVERYTHING! I do not use mayo often, but when I do I'll be using Primal Kitchen mayo.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wildlife in my Neighborhood

I showed you the flora on my last walk so this time I thought I'd show you the fauna.  

 I'm not sure if these are fauna, but the baby goats are sure cute! This is the first time I've seen them and I drive by this pen every day. 
The deer are abundant in my neighborhood, especially lately. One day a couple of weeks ago I saw 40 of them doing a 1 mile loop! Thsi little gal is trotting over to her friends who were hiding in the brush. 

 They are low volume too! See them?
There were 8 that I could see on this side of the road. 

Have a wonderful and healthy week!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Around My Neighborhood

 So Lizzy, Gone to the Beach, always shows us the wonderful sites around her neighborhood while taking her dog Mo, out for a walk. I've been trying to be more observant while out. This is my view.
Brown, black and gray Porter. He doesn't wear a coat or any outerwear like Mo. 
 Winter grasses.
Although it was windy today this tumbleweed was going to be trapped in the sagebrush. 

 This time of the year everything is pretty much the same drab color. I guess we call that low volume now.
This cool snarly juniper tree is probably old growth and resides next to our driveway. That was the most interesting thing I saw today.

It's been wintery and cold but I've been trying to get out for a quick walk at least every day. Will need to amp it up pretty soon and get into training mode. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Love Em or Hate Em

Brussel sprouts! You are on one side or the other when it comes to this veggie. The way I like to cook them is in my cast iron pan in a hot oven tossed with garlic olive oil with a sprinkle of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper.
Do you have a recipe for cooking brussel sprouts?


Friday, January 15, 2016

It's Cutie Season!

I've been doing a great job of cutting bread , alcohol, processed food and added sugars. I'm still having cravings for sweets. (I've never really been a candy/chocolate type of eater) These Cuties are delicious and in season right now.

For some reason I do not think 5 or 6  a day is such a great idea though! LOL 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

DeTox day 10

Wow! I made it 10 days. Far from perfect, but I feel it is a great start to get rid of the terrible eating habits that snuck in over the holidays.
Today's focus is connect.

For me that means connecting with others and be accountable. What makes Weight Watchers successful is the group environment and support.

I'm keeping up with the theme of the detox, eliminating, added sugars, breads, processed foods and alcohol.

In 2 weeks our town is starting the Moving Mountains challenge and that is an extra accountability I'll seek out.

And I'll be posting more here for you all to keep me accountable.

Happy healthy eating!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DeTox Day 9

Today's focus word is NOTICE. Pay attention to what is happening with your body, good and bad. Notice what you are eating. Don't watch TV or read while eating, notice the taste.
Basically it is about being present!

I picked up an item at the grocery store the other day and didn't check the ingredient list. second item was organic cane sugar! I don't care if it is organic or cane, I don't want added sugar! I had options too. Another good thing to NOTICE.

I did notice this and it's been a good addition to my smoothies.

Monday, January 4, 2016

DeTox Day 8



Today's focus and journal homework is DESIGN.

Make the defaults in your environment work for you instead of against you.

This struck a cord with me because over the holiday our kitchen was full of junk! The Monday after Christmas that junk took a ride out of my house! In order for me to be successful I cannot be seeing junk food every time I walk through my kitchen. On that same note it is important to have healthy food easily accessible, ready to grab on the go, or when you are hungry.

Change occurs by design, not by accident.

Areas to focus on: Kitchen, bedroom (remove distractions in order to get a good night's sleep), menu planning, exercise, and examining  the friends you keep.

How have you set yourself up for success?