A Recipe of Goodness!

If I visit one more weight loss blog and all I see are selfie after #selfie of the person at the gym, or striking a pose in those lame ass bathroom mirror photos, I’m going to scream! If you’re one of those people, knock it off.

I get it! We ALL get it! You look amazing now…but I want to SEE and learn about your journey.

How did you get to this point? How did you start working out? What tricks did you learn to help eat better?

I want to share tricks and tips on how to eat healthier and on a budget. I don’t give AF about how you can finally fit into your size 4 jeans. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks that way and if so, that’s cool. 👍🏼😁

If you’re looking for a filling, cheap and easy salad, check out this concoction I make for lunch. It keeps me full until dinner and I don’t need to take a loan out to afford the food. Change the ingredients to what you like, it’s okay to experiment.

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Taylor Farms Salad – $1.33 per serving

Daisy Cottage Cheese 16oz – $.75 per serving

Kraft Thousand Island Dressing – $.12 per serving

Kroger Sunflower Seeds – $.48 per serving

Total cost per serving – $2.68 per serving

 

Portion Control…

is like the Spanx of eating. It keeps your portion within reason and helps you to not feel like a total pig.

2 Cups of Taylor Farms Salad – 30 calories

1 cup of low fat Daisy Cottage Cheese – 180 calories

4 tablespoons of sunflower seeds – 60 calories

2 tablespoons of bacon crumbles – 25 calories

Kraft Thousand Island Dressing – 130 calories

“My bowl runneth over.”

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I’m a REBEL!

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve sucked down many a quart of ice creams in my life. The taste, the consistency, the sugar, the act of eating ice cream because I’m bored…you get the idea.

That’s how I felt when I destroyed this container of Rebel Ice Cream. I let the container sit out for about 20 minutes and once it became a little soft, I hogged down! (Yes, that is my dog in the background silently judging me.)

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The consistency was a bit “chalky” at first, but that didn’t matter one bit! The taste was well worth it and the longer it melted, the creamier it became.

The coffee chip flavor was a great combination and wasn’t watery or mushy. There was a slight aftertaste that didn’t last long and certainly didn’t hurt the overall flavor.

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If I was a spokesperson for this ice cream, which I’m not, but if I was…I would say this flavor is down right SCRUMMY! (That’s a good thing!)

Here’s all the important stuff…

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WTF Did I Just Eat!?

I wanted to live dangerously this weekend so I decided to try a healthy option of ice cream. The last time I tried an ice cream that was “sugar free” I came close to blowing a hole through my toilet. All I could remember was how my bowels boxed my colon for about three days.

As I started down the ice cream aisle I found a brand called Enlightened. This ice cream claimed their pints were high in protein and high fiber with low sugar and low fat. What the hell?! I bought two.

I’m proud to say that I made it through the weekend without any explosions from ANY location. To be honest, this ice cream is fantastic! The mint taste compares to the mint chocolate chip at Baskin Robbins. The only difference is after eating THIS ice cream I don’t want to punch myself in the face.

Guilt free ice cream is a dream come true. So stop dreaming friends! Get Enlightened about eating good for you ice cream. (See what I did there?)

BTW: I am not getting paid for this. Although I should! 😂🙌🏼👊🏼

No More Slimy Salad!

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When I started eating better I would always grab the mixed salad in the clear containers. No matter how much I would rinse it off, and pat it dry with a paper towel, the salad always felt slimy when I ate it.

A few days ago I was surfing the web and I saw the Taylor Farms “Fresh Handcrafted Salads” on an Instagram post. So I thought what the heck, and purchased a few varieties. I can tell you that hands down this is the BEST salad I’ve ever purchased from the grocery store. You can use the dressing and toppings that come with it or use your own dressing. I add a diced chicken breast and the taste is unbeatable!

It’s one thing to WANT to lose weight, but if you’re eating food that tastes gross or slimy, its only natural to NOT want to eat it. If you’re on the fence, please give this product a try and let me know what you think.

Eggcellent Weight Loss Secret!

A few weeks ago I was home scrolling through my Instagram when I saw my friend Tamara Mack holding a container and flexing her muscles.

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Intrigued, I clicked on her post and read about the product that sponsors her called, Egg Whites International (No, they do not sponsor me or have paid me for my opinion.)

I went to their website https://www.eggwhitesint.com and checked out the FAQ section. I couldn’t stop reading about “egg whites” and weight loss. I decided what the hell, I would order some and see how it goes.

For my first drink, I added a little of the egg whites to my juice and shook it up. I couldn’t taste the egg whites at all, but it still grossed me out a bit. It was just the thought of egg whites that I couldn’t wrap my head around. These are flavorless liquid egg whites that are 100% pure. There are no additives, preservatives, artificial ingredients, flavorings, or food colorings. They are gluten-free, lactose-free, odorless, tasteless, USDA inspected, and Kosher approved. It was just my mind playing tricks.

So I decided to blend the egg whites with a morning coffee drink and holy egg whites Batman!! This stuff is really good.

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Im only on day 2 but so far, I think I have met my weight loss prince!

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5 reasons why you should avoid Canned food; All because they are harmful

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In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I’m going to talk about hams of canned food. No logical, reasonable person would suggest that canned foods and canned fruits and vegetables are as good or better than fresh foods, vegetables, and fruits. It is obvious that fresh is good and retains most of its nutrients. This much, almost no one argues with. But the big question is how bad canned products are, really? Well the answer might surprise you or not.

 

1. Bisphenol or BPA

The most worrisome of all, among canned foods that can harm you, is plastic contaminants in our canned goods. Most canned food these days have a plastic coating inside the can to supposedly keep the food, vegetables, and fruits – fresh. Well, it may keep them more fresh that otherwise without it being stored up inside a metal object, but this comes at the expense of harming you. The inner plastic lining is poisonous at small measures, although FDA tells us that the small amounts should not worry us too much. Well this plastic coating is Bisphenol or BPA for short and it is harmful, first because humans are not suppose to eat plastic material made from crude oil and second because FDA should be honest and tell people the truth rather than serve the interests of big corporations that give it large sums of money through back channel donations and hidden funds through partner organizations.

Alzheimers-Aluminum-cans BPA kills rats in laboratories even at smaller portions, like 1,000 times less than what an average American consumes per meal. I hope soon FDA would do a U-turn on this and come clean and tell people about the harm to humans caused by BPA like they do periodically about drugs which they have claimed for decades to be safe, only to tell us now that they were not safe. I just hope it does not take decades before they try to protect the public against BPA. BPA is a toxic chemical that causes hormone imbalances and wide variety of health issues ranging from hypertension, aggression, obesity to cancer and heart disease. Based on FDA 17% of the American diet comes from canned foods yet there are no regulation or safety standards regarding the amount of BPA in canned foods. A study by Environmental Working Group shows that more than 50% of cans with brand names have toxic BPA in them.

2. Imported Canned Food

Imported Canned Food is even worse than American Canned Food. In many countries where canned food is cheaper than Europe, Canada and USA, American food corporations are more and more importing to make higher profits, the canned food is even less nutritious than their counterparts in Europe and North America. First the foods are picked when they are not ripe and have 80% less nutrients than a fully ripe fruits and vegetables. Second, the facilities are not as hygienic and inspected on a regular basis as their counterparts in Europe and North America and hence have the cause of a few incidences of outbreaks in the last 20 years, like the famous incident regarding canned green beans from Brazil or the salmonella outbreak from sprouts from Columbia. Less than 2% of canned foods are inspected by FDA or Home Land security or any other organization (e.g. EPA for environmental monitoring). So I would avoid canned food if at all possible. Instead I would recommend, at the least, try glass jars instead of cans for stored foods.

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3. Leaking. Aluminum leaks

Just as Aluminum pots and pans leak, so do aluminum cans. In fact, what most people are unaware of is that most often foods are put into aluminum cans, then seals, and then cooked, supposedly retain the freshness. Well, it will certainly retain the aluminum free radicals hanging around after heating and contaminating the contents.

Over a period of time Aluminum accumulation in body can cause memory problem like Alzheimer’s. More than 5,000 million pounds of aluminum is used every year for making food cans. Aluminum cans have several advantages for the producer including light weight, compact packaging and lower price. Most canned foods like soups, vegetables, chicken or beef broth and tomato sauces are made of aluminum because it’s more economical.

Some believe that the plastic lining of the aluminum cans are supposed to prevent corrosion and contaminating food with aluminum. But the reality is that most of the time these plastic liners can’t completely protect food against aluminum since cans leak aluminum when heated and while they are sealed – they will contaminate food.

4. Preservatives

The lovely, no so friendly, preservatives. They are referred to in a dozen different names, and every few months, a new name is established for the same few ingredients that are mixed up to come up with friendly-sounding names. But, the fact is that if it smells like manure, looks like manure, tastes like manure – it is most certainly manure.

These preservatives are kept in state of non-compounding to other molecules with the, yes you guessed it, SALT. Extensive amount of sodium (salt) is used to keep the preservatives in canned food from rotting so that it can keep the food from rotting. Lovely. FDA responds to all this by simply issued a statement, “… there has been no proof that these preservatives would cause major damage to human cells or that they are harmful to mass public”. My interpretation of this is this, “… these preservatives are not drastically harmful towards healthy people, but they may be harmful to pregnant women, babies, children, elderly, or anyone that is suffering from a chronic disease”. That’s just my interpretation.

5. Low level food quality

Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit that if the fruits and vegetables and other ingredients are of high quality, they will be sold fresh and for the highest price possible for a maximum of profit by the distributors.

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Now if the quality of the ingredients are not that great or the fruits and vegetables look old and stale or not so healthy, then they will be hidden from the eyes of supermarket shoppers and be forced into a can along with other such low quality food, cooked up in a mass oven while still inside the can and then shipped all over the world and sold may be one or two years later from when they were picked and were prepared. Don’t expect the ingredients inside your canned foods to be of high quality. If you do, then you could buy the London Bridge and thinking that it is the Tower of London Bridge – and the two cannot be more different than one another.

Solution

The reality is that your can of pinto beans, tuna or vegetable juice could put your health at risk. 17% of the American diet comes from canned food, is it worth it to contaminate your daily grains, protein or vegetables with aluminum and BPA? FDA has approved aluminum food packaging but as explained there is health risk associated with canned food.

So what should you do?

Completely eliminate canned foods and if you are looking for your favorite tomato sauce use the ones in glass jars. Don’t consume vegetables or grains in cans, simply buy fresh ones. The risk of developing many chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, nervous system disorder and Alzheimer’s goes down by consuming fresh foods that do not have any packaging.