Routine….sometimes It is nice to have one

I am finally back to my old self, and hopefully new health routine.

I get up in the AM and may or may not eat depending if I am hungry or not :)

I feed the dogs, give Iggy his shot,
clean the kitchen,
go to yoga, I am hoping to start back biking to yoga to help with the exercise and weightloss,
then I spend the rest of my time selling things on my Etsy, Tophatter and Bonanza sites and cleaning the house, making my homemade items (bread, jam, pasta) and running errands and volunteering.
Thursdays I usually go to lunch with some of my friends from where I used to work.

You would be surprised how busy I am, I know I am. I expected to be really bored by now but I’m not. But I am looking for a part-time job now also. Not really looking for Full-time stress, just a little part-time to keep my skills and brain sharp :)

A little bit of change, by a Lot of people would make a huge difference

When you look at some other countries in the world, lets say Italy, known for Pasta, Wine, eating late, and look at the health and weight of their people it is much better then America.

I think a couple of reasons, the number one is the stuff we put in our food, did you know that a lot of countries will not accept Imports of American food because of the stuff we use? They won’t subject there people to it, what does that say about our leaders???

Another thing is consumption of meat and dairy, do I think everyone should stop eatting meat? Not if they don’t want to. What I think would be good is that instead of meat being the main course, it is part of the dinner. Italy example, it is pasta with meat sauce, the main dinner is Pasta, the meat sauce is a extra. Of course the whole meal is Salad, Bread, Wine, Pasta with meat sauce. Not Meat and Potatoes like we do it hear. Maybe instead of meatless Monday, we should just cut down the amount of meat and dairy we take in, not cut it out completely unless you want to.

Just think if America as a whole cut their consumption by 25% That would be HUGE. Some would cut more, some less, but in the end everyone would benefit.

And to we need to get all the GMO feed, and antibiotics and artificial stuff out of the meat and diary and everything else we eat. When they have to add coloring to cheese to get it Orange because the cows aren’t being fed right, something is wrong in America.

When other countries ban Imports of our foods because of artificial ingrediants something is really wrong with America.

We need to get big business out of our food, they are in it for the money, not for our health.

Went to the dentist…not sure which hurts worse…

The deep cleaning, the bill for the deep cleaning, or the estimate for the dental work I need.

Wait, how about ALL of the above. OMG…seriously…and I have dental insurance!!!

We also had a HSA – Health Savings Account, where they take the money pre-tax from your check to use on medical/vision/dental expenses. Well, it is gone now :( They put the whole amount in the account on Jan 1 and they deduct a set amount from my husbands paycheck every two weeks. This way you can use it right away but it comes out in smaller amounts so it doesn’t hurt so bad. You just need to make sure you use it all up before the end of the year because it doesn’t carry over. However, they might have changed it to 500 carryover now. But still we don’t need to worry about that because it ALL be gone.

We are going to have to triple it next year for me to get the dental work done I need. The good thing is the tax savings will reduce the cost my at least 35%. But I have to wait til next year. Still out of work since last Jan 7, 2013.

If your company or spouse company offers this option I would take it. Saves in taxes, and helps manage the costs over 12 months better.

Au Naturale Peanut Butter – actually this isn’t anything new

I remember when I was a kid, I would go to my dad’s and he would have the Laura Scudder’s PB that you had to stir. This came back to me while I was in the PB isle the other day because I was out of PB. I was surprised to see that some brands were touting they were 90% peanuts. Ummmm, shouldn’t you want to be say..oh I don’t know… ALL peanuts or at least 98%. At 90% there is 10% other stuff, like sugar, palm oil, emulsefiers, ect.

So I looked around and all the natural PB seperates, I can deal with that, and it needs to be keep in the fridge.

So I wanted some PB so I took it out of the fridge first, then got the rest of my stuff ready, and then mixed it up and guess what, it tastes ok. Now it isn’t like the PB I am used to because usually it is a “spread” because of that 10% “other” Ingredients. That makes is creamier and sweeter. But I but on my jam and it was fine.

If you are going to move to natural PB I suggest making sure you add jelly or banana’s ect to it so your kids can adjust. I am going to try moving a small amount in another jar and adding my raw honey and see if that sweetens it up with out adding artificial stuff to it.

But I think keeping it in the fridge and stirring it is a low cost to pay for having 100% peanuts. And to top it off it costs the SAME.

Day 21…..the new eating lifestyle diary is done….

Well, it has been 21 days and my new lifestyle should be pretty much a new good habit.

Breakfast – n/a
snack – n/a
Brunch – when out and had Cinnamon Bun French toast, Yep you read that right, was yummy, came with bacon, I ate 1 strip gave the rest to hubby, I ate his hash browns :)
Snack – way to full from brunch!
Dinner – found a new place had Orange Tofu….just like orange chicken except with Tofu…delicious!
Dessert – way to full

I was feeling a little queasy later in the day, I think the cinnamon bun french toast & hash browns might have been a little much…but it was sooooo good.

Pants and Panties

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Mike was going to be married to Karen

so his Father sat him down for a little chat.

He said, ‘Mike, let me tell you something.

On my wedding night in our honeymoon suite, I took off my pants, handed them

to your Mother, and said, ‘Here, try these on.”

She did and said, ‘These are too big.

I can’t wear them.’

I replied, ‘Exactly.. I wear the pants in

this family and I always will.’

Ever since that night, we have

never had any problems.

‘Hmmm,’ said Mike. He thought that might be a good thing to try.

On his honeymoon, Mike took off his pants and said to Karen, ‘Here, try

these on..’

She tried them on and s

aid, ‘These are too large. They don’t fit me.’

Mike said, ‘Exactly. I wear the pants in this family

and I always will. I don’t want you to ever forget that.’

Then Karen took off her panties and handed them to Mike. She

said, ‘Here, you try on mine.’

Mike did and said,

‘I can’t get into your panties.’

Karen said, ‘Exactly. And if you don’t change

your smart-ass attitude, you never will.’

Day 20……making up for yesterday

Well, I did so good, but sometimes you are gonna slip so you just pull yourself back up.

Breakfast n/a
Snack n/a
Lunch – Veggie Grill – Fried Chickn Plate. It is soo good, you have to taste it to believe it. So no hardship getting back on the plan :)
Snack – Banana Date Choc Smoothie
Dinner – It was my sons bday dinner so he choose outback, I had pasta with some scallops, I was good, and it was soo good, it really isn’t any hardship to eat well most of the time.
Dessert – choc covered banana

Day 19….. it’s kind of frighting….

all the artificial stuff that is in our food. But it is getting easier to find more and more natural and non-gmo foods. Lets hope this trend continues. And you can sneak the good stuff in for your family and they won’t even know it. I took 1/2 of my Strawberry Jam and filled up the store bought jar with it, so it is 1/2 & 1/2 :) Get creative.

Breakfast n/a
Snack N/a
Brunch???? – wasn’t hungry for breakfast but after yoga I was hungry so but them together :) Low Carb Homemade Pasta, Tofurkey Polish Sausage, that doesn’t taste like a sausage, not bad, just not a sausage, with mushrooms and Italian Herb dressing. Pretty good.
Snack – dark choc nature valley granola bar – what I be lazy, it is ready to eat :)
Dinner – ok, I fell off the wagon and as I was trying to get back on it rolled over me:) We went to Fridays and my only choice was a chicken breast with veggies, (however, it was a very small thin piece of chicken) and then I had a Berry Shake with Ice Cream :)
Dessert – n/a

Day 18 – almost at the end

of my food diary/blogging. As you can see from yesterday I ain’t perfect, but I try ;) I haven’t had any red meat so far (pork is the new white meat :). I have reduced my Dairy by a huge amount, the fowl has gone down also. It is much easier to go Vegetarian then Vegan, but then I never planned on Vegan. I wonder why when you eat between Breakfast and Lunch it is considered a “snack” and after dinner a “dessert”?

Breakfast – homemade bread, jam, Laura Scutter’s PB
Snack n/a
Lunch – BBQ joint – had the Potato and Salad & Cornbread Muffin Combo. A little bit of butter, sour cream, & bacon (very little bacon :(
Snack n/a
Dinner – Philly Cheesesteak – No I had the Chicken Pizza with Mushrooms, ate half the bun because I wanted those PB/Choc Tastykakes!

Dessert – see above PB/Choc Tastykakes!