10 Days Five Pounds

Okay, the thing is the women doing this 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse thing by the book have lost 10-14 pounds in 10 days but I only want to lose five pounds–ten is okay, but not what I want. Anyway, I do not have the book and am not going to be able to buy it anytime soon but I can create my own for a while and see how it goes. I drink smoothies every day anyway, and I work out every day, but I have taken my cold turkey no candy and store bought sweets year long way of life and literally fell off of that when I had to buy candy for my mom so if her blood sugar level drops and she starts to shake she will have something quick on her to use. Um…my mom likes candy so this was a lot of trips to the store and I did end up getting candy for me too. So I fell off the “no candy” wagon but I was okay with that.

All of that being said I have also, gone back to being a pescetarian because my mom cooked something for me and I came home to her hard work so I ate and while it made me a little sick the first day I have pretty much been eating it off and on since. I was a vegetarian for a long time so I have to readjust my food again. I felt healthier as a full on vegetarian so I might go back to that and cut the seafood out again, but I shall have to wait to see.

Anyway, I watched this video regarding the green smoothie cleanse and I’m sharing because it’s from last year (I think) and her part about the gas is funny but it is also a good warning in case you decide to do this by the book. I am going to try to make up my own version but I have had crap for breakfast today so today would not be a good day to start off the ten day count.

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Side Note: The library might have the book so you can check there if you cannot afford to splurge on the book right now.

 

Neglecting the Back

I know that some people are so obsessed with their abs, arms, thighs, butt or other body parts that they sometimes, if not all the time, forget that the back muscles need work too. Neglecting the back can lead to back pain since the muscles are too weak to support all those other muscles you have been working so hard to strengthen. So don’t forget to do something to work your back muscles too.

This 6 Exercises to Strengthen Your Back video is just a starter type video but you can find so much stuff for free online so you should be able to find other moves to help you get the work in and keep your body healthy on all fronts.

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Vegetable Basket

Things Worth Knowing

I already knew this because years ago doing basic research I found out that a tomato is technically a fruit, not a vegetable. Today while doing other research that led me to finding out once again that a watermelon is a vegetable not a fruit (at least some of the college scientists say)  I decided just to play around for fun. When I found this site I thought I would share for those of you interested in the fruit and vegetable boxes.

Tomato as a Fruit

Another site that looks at it from a botanist and culinary take on what makes it a fruit can be found here.

So if it really comes to how the fruit is produced what makes a watermelon a vegetable?

Well now I guess it depends on which “experts” you look at but I can see why it kind of falls into fruit from the botanist standards of the “having seeds” part and the vegetable standard from the fact that many science articles state that a vegetable is part of the plant that is eaten but not part of the reproduction. Even in this article: Watermelon: Fruit or Vegetable the writer mentions that a botanist would label it a fruit but…there is always a but…

One question asked was this:

“…in some Asian cultures, watermelon rinds are pickled with savory spices and the flesh is used in stir-fries, where it resembles a vegetable. So, is watermelon a fruit in one culture and a vegetable in another?”

Another article that looks at how it is a fruit and a vegetable is here.

So I guess it depends on how you grow it and eat it, but technically it’s a fruit on some level and a vegetable (I guess) on another since it can also be eaten as a vegetable.

Humans–We sure have a way of complicating things. We should probably stop trying to put everything in boxes and just eat it however we want it.

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New Release ~ 24 Weeks of Health

New health journal to help document your health journey. Check it out.

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It’s officially on Create Space and Lulu. Lulu has the spiral binding for the book. It is on Amazon now too. (updated since yesterday for Amazon addition.

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24 Weeks of Health

A dateless compilation of journal, organized planning aids and original art. Start your record keeping on any date, at any time and easily keep track of your health journey.

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Yummy and Cold

This is a very simple to make treat. I like using the sorbet recipe that my mom created sometimes but this one is more cream than sorbet and since it was my first time trying to come up with this one in a way we could both enjoy and benefit from I’m glad it turned out right. There aren’t any added sugars but it is still tasteful and the level of sweetness will depend on how ripe the bananas are. The more brown spots the sweeter it is.

The recipe and instructions are below.

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Banana Walnut Cream Recipe

One Last Month

Time really seems to fly when one is busy living life. Can you believe we’re almost to the half year point? This is the last month of the first half. Soon summer storm seasons will approach, heat waves and humidity will torture natural hair and sunscreen will rise from the cold, dark, indoor winters for the outdoor festivals, games and beach vacation days. Yeah, soon we will be going into the last six months of 2017; how has your first five months been going so far? Have you met those health and fitness goals you swore to master on New Years day? Are you finding things that make you happy? I hope things are going well for all of you.

girl-163537_1280Personally, I’m loving my workouts. Jogging around my room feels good in the mornings and the toning and stretching exercises feel good too. I’m happy with the first half of the year so far and hoping by the end of the second half my body fat will be reduced in greater amounts (yeah…the abs still).

But as we all know life is not just about working out so I have other goals for this month and I hope I get off my butt and make them all happen.

  1. Sketch out the dress I want to create and sew. I have the pattern paper I can start if only I pull it out, clear off the table and get to work on the design. With hopes I will accomplish that this month.
  2. Get the knitted sweater I’m making finished.
  3. Release my new health journal ~ 24 Weeks of Health.
  4. Get my fiction book ~ Collateral Damage uploaded for e-book end of May/1st of June.

I think four things on the list is enough since I know I’ll have to do more things than those every day, but it doesn’t hurt to make a list and hope for the best. What is that quote–“hope for the best; prepare for the worst.”

Have a happy May you all.

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Deep Sleep Yoga

When I’m tired of working I tend to workout even if I’ve already done it. I wanted to do Yoga for Holiday Meal Digestion to help my digestive system finish processing lunch/dinner. Of course one yoga routine leads to another for me.

The video for the Deep Sleep Yoga routine is below if you’d like to try it.

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Kicking Off the Week Right; Food, Water and a Recipe

Usually my breakfast is a Green Smoothie but since my mom says she can hear everything I do in the kitchen I won’t make them before she wakes up. She sleeps much later than I do and while I am not hungry in the morning after doing a workout and all morning duties I figure I should eat something. Today I had fruit and nuts. I like fruit a lot and I like nuts so it worked.

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I also had my homemade ginger-lemon and cinnamon water. This helps with digestion and I have heard people say it helps with reducing bloating and that it helps with weight loss. The only thing I can say is that when I just did lemon and water I sometimes noticed less bloating later in the morning, but when I added this mix of natural ingredients I did notice that I did not have bloating and if I had any it was very little compared to what it was before. This mix is newer for me to drink so I will see how long that lasts.

The recipe for the water is below: Recipe? I know; right ;).

cook-book-lette-size-front-coverDespite having to measure to do my cookbook, Vegetarian’s Guide to Baking, I do not measure so some of this will be a to-taste thing.

Needed for the Ginger-Lemon Cinnamon Water

4 lemons (small to medium size…whichever you have will work) ~ If you are using a smaller container using 2-3 will make sure that the lemon flavor is not too strong if you do not like it that way.

1 small section of the gingerroot (small is relative so I would say at least about 3.5-4 inches cut off)

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon (Now with this I just put the cinnamon in without measuring so I could have used more but 1 T is a good start)

Obviously you will need water. I used filtered water.

Directions:

  1. Boil water (at least 1 cup)
  2. Peal the gingerroot. Grate it ~ you can do it the old fashioned using a grater way or you can use one of the electronic machines like a blender or food processor or whatever you usually use. Leave the grated gingerroot in a glass bowl (or whatever heat stable dish you have that you can cover.
  3. Roll lemons to soften and then squeeze them into a glass / measuring cup…whatever will be easy for you to lift, hold, and use while holding a strainer…or just to get it out of your way for now. (Leave ½ of one lemon to cut into slices to add to the water.
  4. Once the water is done heating add about a cup of hot water into your bowl that has the gingerroot; add in the cinnamon, stir and then cover with the top of the bowl or plastic wrap for twenty minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes strain the gingerroot into your container where you will be holding the water, then strain in the lemon juice to keep out seeds and pulp (unless you like the pulp then just be sure to get the seeds out).
  6. Add cold drinking water (filtered is good but if you buy gallon containers of spring water that will be fine too.) Add as much water as you want (that your container will hold) and let it sit overnight. You can sit this in the refrigerator or you can leave it on the counter. My glass container is heavy so I left it on the island with the top on.
  7. In the morning you can drink a glass before eating or drinking anything else. If you left the container on the counter you can add ice to take it from room temperature up to cold status.

IMG_9756This doesn’t last long in our house (evident by the near empty container there) because we both drink it and because I drink more than one glass a day since it is so delicious. Oh, and this is great to add to your water bottle to take with you to school, out to work, for your workout and wherever else you are going.

Enjoy and as always…

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Yoga While Pregnant

Even if you’re not pregnant you might like the ease and flow of this workout. I think it would be great for a post meal workout. I have seen scientific reports via videos that stress that going for a walk after every meal helps with Diabetes, blood sugar levels for all people and so much more.

Not everybody lives in areas where they can feel free to go walking at certain hours of the day, and not everybody has a treadmill; some of the information I found also said that physical activity, even if it is cleaning is good.

I think indoor yoga is good because there are certain hours of the day that are better to not be in the sun so you could have a gentle after lunch workout with yoga. While this video is geared toward pregnant women (she is pregnant as you can see) it is still a comfortable stretch even if you’re not pregnant. It’s not very long but it could be a good start and you can click on another workout for more post meal activity too.

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