Weight Loss

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

I have tried a lot of new recipes on my healthy lifestyle journey, this is one I haven’t tried. But that doesn’t mean I won’t! This is one of my husbands favourite meals, he even wanted me to try it in the Instant Pot I got for Christmas! So I did some research and found this recipe which my friends I will definitely be making! I am always up for a challenge. The fact that I found one that is in my 21 day fix guidelines is a win win to me!  I encourage you to try this recipe if your a fan of Butter Chicken. I have sent this recipe out to my Email Crockpot Group , If you would like to join please feel free to send me your email address and I’ll gladly add you to the list!! Happy Sunday!

21 day fix approved

4 servings

Dry Ingredients

  • 2½- 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken, cut into 2″ pieces
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp curry
  • 2 tsp garam masala (I found this at Bulk Barn)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

Wet Ingredients

  • 2½- 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken, cut into 2″ pieces
  • 1 14 oz. can light coconut milk
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste

Directions

  1. Place chicken pieces and onion in a 5 qt (or larger) slow-cooker. Sprinkle , garlic, curry,garam masala, cumin, cayenne pepper and ginger over chicken pieces. Add coconut milk, tomato paste . Stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 3 hrs. or low for 5 hours.

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What’s a MACHA ROOT?

One of the Biggest changes I have done in my life is drinking my Shakeology. The changes I have noticed within myself has been outstanding. So one of my challenges I’m giving myself for the New Year is to share information more, this is one of those times. So we know what we’re actually drinking and the benefits of Shakeology and why it costs a bit more Money then the product you’ll be buying in the store.

Credits and appreciation:http://www.naturalnews.com/027797_maca_root_hormone_balance.html

Maca is a root from Peru; it’s a tuber, like a potato, and offers an amazing energy boost for those with low energy. Maca, however, unlike coffee, offers energy in a non-caffeinated way that supports the body.

Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids. Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which are the energy vitamins, and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12. To boot, maca has high levels of bioavailable calcium and magnesium and is great for remineralization.

Maca root helps balance our hormones and due to an overabundance of environmental estrogens, most people’s hormones are a bit out of whack. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.

Instead of providing hormones to the body, maca works as an adaptogen which means that it responds to different bodies’ needs individually. If you’re producing too much of a particular hormone, maca will regulate the production downward. However, if you’re producing too little, it’ll regulate the production upward.

Hormones regulate many things including mood, growth, sexual development, and tissue function. Hormones also play a role in many diseases, like cancer and depression.

Maca root has been shown to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. Maca’s also a fertility enhancer and is best known for improving libido and sexual function, especially in men. For this reason, it’s earned the nickname “nature’s Viagra.”

Reno’s Are Fun!


How many of you like to do Reno’s? Well, I like to think of them as 50/50, sometimes they go smooth and other times it’s like Pandora’s Box. Am I right? Well, we live in an old farmhouse and the last time we did some reno’s we discovered that the main floor of the house has wood shavings for insulation! We were wanting to put in an extra outlet beings how it only had one and that’s how we found out.
So let’s just say we were a little sceptical as to what we were expecting when we had to tear up the flooring for new flooring. Unfortunately, I woke up with a headache, so hubby let me sleep a little longer, plus it doesn’t help that I had to work nights. So he had already started tearing up the living room carpet. He said it came up pretty easy. Well were we fooled? We found out that the people that owned this house before had actually Glued down the carpet. Yes that’s right “glued” thank goodness, hubby brought with him a big scraper that they use for ice outside. That sucker(carpet) was NOT, I repeat NOT coming up without a fight.
Now my husband has been my rock, I honestly couldn’t tell you how much I love this guy. He has been with me every step of the way, with MOM, my depression, my breakdown. You name it. I’m not saying he’s a saint, but He certainly has proven to me how much he loves me and my family. In the past when we have done reno’s he has done the brunt of the work. Honestly, I couldn’t do much, with weighing 250 lbs, I was short of breath all the time. So I pretty much was his gopher. So today was a real eye-opener for me and I think for him as well. He had a very hard time getting the strength to pull up the carpet. He has a sore back, and he has been gaining weight too. So for the first time in our marriage, I had to step up and help. It felt amazing, that I was strong enough to do that. When we finally finished the living room, I went to start in the bedroom. Hubby was a little worried asking what I was going to do with that exacto knife. So I told him I just wanted to check the next room to see how hard it was going to be. Well except for moving the furniture, I have to say I did most of the bedroom myself. I would never have been able to do that earlier in my life. Thanks to the consistency of my working out and eating healthy I was able to be strong enough to pull my weight and help my husband when he needed it. I’m not bragging by no means, he has done so much I could not compare, but it felt nice to have him sit back and see how hard I had worked and how much it had paid off. I was proud to be a woman of 50 and am the strongest I have ever been. I’m not going to be doing a weightlift competition or a bikini challenge and go on stage. I’m just an average Mom, Wife, Daughter who has found that looking after myself and fuelling my body and exercise has really been the best thing I could have done for myself.
So I have a secret, we just have one room left. So this week, my husband is doing his usual 2 days away for work, so my plan is to have Mom’s room done before he gets home. Plus as an extra bonus I want to paint the rooms before the floor goes in. Do you think I can do it? I would love to give it a shot. Wouldn’t he be Surprised!!

My Addiction!

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If you know me very well and my love for Shakeology, you also know that my love for Peanut Butter is almost just as equal!!!!  But, with addictions sometimes they can be a bad thing for watching what your eating right? Well, I found this amazing substitute, and what all you can you do with this amazing food???

But first of all, what IS PB2??

  • powdered peanut butter, made by squeezing natural oils out of the peanut and then dehydrating what is left
  • contains 85% less fat than regular peanut butter
One serving of peanut butter: 190 calories, 16 g of fat, 7 g carbohydrates, 8 g protein, 3 g fibre, 0 mg sodium
Although regular peanut butter is high in fat and calories, it is also high in protein, Vitamin E, iron and other nutrients…meaning this is not an empty calorie food.
In my opinion, peanut butter should not be avoided because it does provide many health benefits.
But if you are like me and have a real peanut butter addiction and need to cut back, this is a great way to get the taste without the calories!
One serving of PB2: 45 calories, 1.5 g fat, 5 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 2 g fibre, 94 mg sodium
While it is a great alternative, DO NOT EAT PB2 BY ITSELF.  It is in powder form and is meant to be mixed with other foods.
Here is what I do with PB2:
 
1. Swap it for jelly, butter, or regular peanut butter on toast, English muffins, etc.
2. Mix 3 tablespoons of PB2 with plain Greek yoghurt.  Us for dipping apples, celery, bananas, etc.

 

3. Add 2 tablespoons to your smoothie.  I use it daily in my morning shake with my Chocolate Shakeology.  I also add a little sea salt, so it tasted like a salted Reese’s Cup!!!!
4. Make PB2 and banana “frozen yoghurt”.  Mash 2-3 small bananas in a ziplock bag and toss ’em in the freeze.  When your froyo craving hits, throw the frozen banana mash into the blender or food processor, add 2-3 tablespoons of PB2 and blend!  Wah-lah!
5. Add it to your overnight oats or morning bowl of oatmeal.
6. And last but certainly not least, is my favourite – Energy Balls!!!
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons PB2
Mix together and roll into balls!! Divine!
So, there is a little about my love for PB2 and what you can do with it!  I hope this helps.

 

Family Won’t Eat Kale

 

 

I have been asked this question a lot since my weight loss journey.  For example: How do you stay committed? Does your family eat what you do? Well, I have an answer to both of those questions.  But the first thing I have learned in my journey, which has been a tough one is this: You can only control yourself! You can’t make others do what you do, they have to want to change, otherwise, it will make your relationship whether it’s your spouse, mother, father, sibling go bad real fast.  It’s a tough one, trust me I know, when you start your healthy lifestyle you start to feel more energized and feel great! All you want to do is shout it out to the world saying” You have to do this, you won’t believe how amazing you feel!”  That’s how I was in the beginning. Well, lets face it, that’s how I feel every day! I am thankful for everything and blessed as well.  I think that’s why I love to share my experiences and coaching because when you start that transition it can be scary. It’s not comfortable, in fact, it can be really hard. Especially when your cooking for your family and they don’t understand or want to join you. In fact, my husband is downstairs right now eating a bag of BBQ peanuts while I’m typing this out. Which is exactly why I started this Blog, to let others know that even if you feel alone in this battle for a healthier lifestyle your not.  I hope my tips will help with your journey.  Just remember, I know this is a tough one, but, remember that you have to look after yourself first. If you don’t then you won’t be around to be with the ones that need you. It’s hard to think that way because as a mother, wife, daughter we are taught to look after our family first.  Which can be very challenging to get our heads around. But when your family sees that this isn’t a fad or phase your going through and that you really are in it for the long haul, they will start to see how happy you are, how energetic you are. They will be happy for you, but they aren’t ready and they might never be ready but that is their choice. You can’t change them, just like you can’t change them for leaving their clothes on the floor even when the laundry basket is only a few feet away. They have to want to change.  When they do, you will only be too willing to help them.  But until then you have to do what you can to make sure you stay on the path and keep pushing forward.

My husband is truly like a kid, the more I try to tell him about eating healthy and exercise the more he’s defiant. And goes the opposite direction. So what I do is I make a lot of meals that I know he’ll eat as healthy as I can. He has started liking Spaghetti squash, and quinoa. But when he’s on the road, I have no control as to what he puts in his mouth. Yes, it terrifies me, because he is a diabetic. I can see his insulin amounts going up and up.  I have told him, how much I want to be holding his hand when we’re in our 80’s but I know the way he’s going it’s not going to happen. I have to be ok with that. That’s where I have to know that I can do the best I can ( like buy a recumbent bike instead of a treadmill ) so he will use it he says. Cook as healthy as I can for my family without protest. Hopefully one of these days he will come around to my thinking, but until then I have to stay on track for myself.  In my video I explain the tips that I do so I can stay on track and everyone is happy.  Enjoy and remember it’s not being selfish if you look after yourself first. In fact it’s the opposite.  You are strong enough. You are capable of doing anything! Just DON’T QUIT!

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How I Lost 5lbs In a Week

 

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One of the best decisions I ever made was kicking the soda habit. I along with a lot of people assumed drinking diet soda was the healthier version of drinking soda! Were you fooled as easy as I was? In fact, I became obsessed with it. I would drink anywhere from 5-6 cans of pop a day! I can even remember running out of soda and phoning my husband to tell him to grab some on the way home and he said: ” you know you can just drink water!” I almost died, when he said that. I was shaking and desperate and couldn’t believe what he said. Luckily I found 1 can of gingerale. Like I said I was addicted.  My routine before going to work was to make sure I had enough soda to get me through the day before home.  Then, of course, I would drink a couple more when I got home.  The odd time I would drink apple juice, but I have to confess 99% of my fluid intake was DIET SODA!

So when I realized I had to change my lifestyle, and start looking after myself. I knew I had to do something about my addiction.  But I wasn’t sure what, or how I was going to accomplish it.  But I knew it had to be drastic. So I quit cold turkey. No temptation of one a day or 2 a day even though that’s better I knew I had to quit completely or I would make excuses and the next thing I know I’m back to 5-6 cans again. So I didn’t buy any at the store. I bought a lot of fruit, and I started drinking water.  It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but it was so worth it. I had headaches, shaking, I was miserable. I’m so glad when I decided to do it, my husband wasn’t home, it would not have gone well. lol.  There was a couple of times that I discovered was that it wasn’t the flavour that I was still craving it was the bubbles. So I went out and found Natural Soda Water. Trust me the first couple of times I tried it, it was horrible. But I only drank half a glass and the craving was gone.

Very rarely do I drink Soda water, if anything I might have a can ever now and then only if I make cauliflower pizza or my kale nacho’s.  Old habit, pizza and pop lol. Only healthier version!.

By the end of the week, I found a difference in myself, the headaches were gone, the shaking was gone and shockingly enough I lost 5lbs! Just like that. I was on the road to victory.  I went out with my husband for a Friday Night dinner out and I had been SODA FREE for a month so this particular night I thought “why not” give it a try, and I couldn’t believe how awful the Diet Soda tasted. It was horrible. I only took one sip and that was all I needed to discover I had officially kicked the soda habit.  Yeeha!! I hope this little tip helped you if you are trying to quit the “Diet Soda Habit”, it is so worth it and you won’t believe how much better you’ll feel. GOOD LUCK!!  Send me a message and let me know how your making out?