How do you weigh your food?

I discovered something interesting this past weekend that got me thinking!?! I use yams or sweet potatoes for one of my starchy carbs during my day and the amount changes weekly. This particular day I needed 108g of yams/sweet potato. I normally have been taking the easy (lazy) way to cook them and putting them into my slow cooker when I cook my meats. When I weigh them out I get about 2-3 1″x1″ cubes – hardly enough to even count! And trust me some days I think “what is the point!” but as the weeks go on I will take every gram I can get.

This time, I used my new fancy Spiral Vegetable Slicer to make sweet potato curly fries. I was super excited and I believe I used 2 small sweet potatoes to fill a baking tray. I popped them into the oven for about 10 mins, watching carefully because they cut very thin. When I took them out to weigh them, to my surprise the WHOLE tray weighed 107g. How could this be??

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Yes, it was too good to be true – but luckily I found that out AFTER I ate them – LOL! I thought that maybe I had weighed them wrong before – out of the slow cooker with all the extra moisture. But no sadly, that is the correct way to weigh them and the way I had done it in the oven dehydrates them so the macros would be as if you are eating the whole sweet potato – obviously right?!!

Here is an article I came across that explains it as well – The Right Weigh and the Wrong Weigh: Should Food be Measured Before or After Cooking?

Oh gosh, I hope my Mom doesn’t read this! Hasn’t she taught me anything! And geez my husband too, I can see his head shaking already….oh well! Learn something new everyday I say!

1001 Steps

IMG_4322There is a place near my house called 1001 Steps. I have lived in this area for almost 10 years and had never been! I had only heard stories… well when my cardio was increased from 30 to 35, 40, 45 to 55mins every day I knew I had to find something outside to get my heart rate up and kill an hour!

I finally went one Sunday morning and it was beautiful – ironically – it was hard, I managed to get up and down those stairs 11 times on the first attempt. The second attempt, you see my rocks above – 12 times 🙂

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It is so nice to get out into nature and see what your local parks have to offer! I am so lucky to live in a beautiful place and with short summer season, it is so nice to get outside!!

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Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

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This one is very simple – Protein Ice Cream or Protein Fluff, as some call it. It is easy to prepare and can be done in a hundred different ways. I originally found the idea on Protein Pow.com.

Basically, take your protein powder mixed with milk, almond milk, water – whatever liquid you choose and then add frozen fruit, or I just used ice and then the magic ingredient is Xanthan Gum (I used 1 tsp).

Get creative (but on your plan) and Enjoy!!

Auto Immune – Discoid Lupus

In 1998 I was diagnosed with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE)

“a chronic skin condition of sores with inflammation and scarring favoring the face, ears, and scalp and at times on other body areas. These lesions develop as a red, inflamed patch with a scaling and crusty appearance. The center areas may appear lighter in color with a rim darker than the normal skin.”

I was 15 years old and I had come home from a summer trip with a friend. We had spent every day on the lake, swimming and riding her jetski. I thought I had a bad bug bite on my face but after numerous doctors and specialists I was finally diagnosed.

I thought my world was going to end, I was told I could not be out in the sun anymore! At that time, early days of the internet and not a lot of research out there on the disease, I ended up on medication and even tried the route of a chinese herbalist, which at that time was not as common.

I can’t even tell you what put me into remission, but something must have worked because when I was about 19 I was taken off the medication. I was left with scars on my face, and a large lesion on the back of my head resulting in a bald spot.

Where this whole story is going, is seeing all the updates on the gluten free diet, the paleo diet, and other auto-immune diets, I have been thinking about trying a 30 day elimination diet to see if it helps in the weight loss side. I guess because I have been in remission so long, I don’t think my disease plays a part in my health struggles, but maybe it does.

I came across a website http://paleozonenutrition.com/ that suggests;

What foods should you eliminate for the auto-immune version of the paleo diet?

  • Gluten grains MUST be strictly avoided. Wheat, oats, barley, rye, triticale
  • All other grains (rice etc) and pseudo- grains like buck-wheat
  • All legumes; lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, peas, soy and soy products, peanuts …
  • All dairy; cream, butter, ghee, milk, yoghurt, even raw.
  • All alcohol, it is a gut irritant
  • Eggs
  • Nightshades; includes potatoes, eggplant, capsicum, all peppers and chilli, tomatoes
  • Although Cordain does not include these – I’ve noticed many people with auto-immune disease do not tolerate any nuts or seeds, or need to limit them. For this reason I recommend a 30 day trial eliminating all nuts and seeds
  • No sugar or sugar alternatives
  • No chemical additives, preservatives, colours, flavours
  • No vegetable oils

So what can I eat?

  • All unprocessed meat and poultry; no additives, wild or free range, ideally organic.
  • Seafood / fish high in omega 3 oil
  • Include organ meats and bone broths
  • All vegetables, including peeled root vegetables, organic if available (but not nightshades)
  • Sea vegetables, seaweed
  • Fruit in moderation, especially berries. Fruit is best eaten at the end of a meal so it doesn’t elevate blood sugar too much
  • Include fermented foods, like sauerkraut to improve gut bacteria
  • Healthy low omega 6 oils; cold pressed from olives, avocado, coconut and palm
  • Meat fats; lard, tallow, duck fat
  • Avocados and olives
  • Coconut cream without guar gum or other additives (these are legume derivatives)

I think this is pretty extreme and for people that have active Auto-Immune disorders. So, for me I will try to stick close to this because you never know when the disease will rear it’s ugly head again.

Anyone have any experience with an Auto-Immune disease, feel free to share!

Carrot Spice Muffins

This is another great recipe from Quinoa 365. I make these and freeze them for up to 1 month, if they last that long! They are super moist and a great snack for even my little guy!

1 1/3 cup quinoa flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup raisins

2 large eggs

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup plain yogurt

2 1/4 cup grated carrots

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking oil.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Stir until well blended. Mix in the raisins and set aside.

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Whisk the eggs, sugar and yogurt into a large bowl. Stir in the grated carrots.

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Using a spatula, gently stir the flour mixture into the carrot mixture until just blended. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups.

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Bake on the centre oven rack for 20 to 24 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool completely before removing them from the pan. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.

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“If you want to decadent version, top with your favourite cream cheese frosting” NOM NOM!

 

Motivation – What is it? How do you get it?

Well according to Wikipedia – “Motivation is a psychological feature that induces an organism to act towards a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal-directed behaviors. It can be considered a driving force; a psychological one that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal. For example, hunger is a motivation that elicits a desire to eat.”

I am in desperate need of this psychological feature!

I am out of my comfort zone right now. I am trying to be a little of everything; stay-at-home mom, wife, gym goer, job seeker and there has to be time for me in there as well.

I am finding that I start out good 6/7 days, get up early hit the gym, come home have a good breakfast but then as soon as my day starts to go sideways I go to food. And then, I think “ah, I will just start again tomorrow!” But tomorrow could be 21lbs+ or 28lbs+ every day I stall or use an excuse I am further away from becoming a happy, healthy me.

Happy me!