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Fried Egg & Butternut Squash Hash

This is a delicious breakfast meal….or try it for supper!  If you are like me and love eggs, you will find this tasty any time of the day!  I can hardly believe that this is one of my favorite quick meals.  Just a few short months ago, I would even have THOUGHT of eating butternut squash.  If my taste buds can change, there is hope for you too!

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Hash Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2 cups butternut squashed, skinned & cubed
1/2 cup sweet peppers, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 TB Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tsp. basil

Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and spread on baking sheet.
Roast in oven for half hour or until cooked through, crispy, and carmelized

Fry egg and place on top of has and enjoy!

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    Personal Update

    Well, I’ve been living process-free (or almost!) for 7 weeks.  My goal in the first month was to not eat out for the month and not to eat products (or use in my cooking) things that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), MSG, or white flour.  I also tried to cut down on added sugar. I didn’t limit my eating any other way and I lost 6 lbs.  This was amazing for me since it so hard for this middle-aged mama to lose weight.

    I was psyched!  However, after the month was over, I did eat out twice in one weekend and then let up on limiting my white flour restriction and now I’ve been stalled and haven’t lost anything in the last week.  Which is a bummer, but not the end of the world.  Since I decided this will be a lifestyle change, I am not going to give up and go back to my old ways, but I will just move forward, even though I took a few steps back.

    So I am back to policing myself a bit more and saying no to well meaning friends and family that want to take me to lunch.  The great thing about this lifestyle change is that I am not going on a crazy diet or going hungry.  I am eating more nutritious foods and am actually feel better!

    I will check in next month and let you know where I stand and how things are coming along!

     

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      Cauliflower Rice

      When I first read about cauliflower rice, I was not at all convinced.  I mean fake rice is bad enough, but a rice substitute made of CAULIFLOWER?  I decided I would try it and now I am a believer!  While it doesn’t taste like rice, it does look like it and give you the illusion that you are eating rice!  With that said, I found it to be tasty in it’s own right.  I really did like it and do use it when I would normally eat rice.  See the recipe below that I got from www.reallyhealthyrecipes.com.  Visit that site for a great video on making it as well.

      Ingredients
      • 1 head organic cauliflower
      • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
      • Salt and pepper
      Instructions
      1. Wash cauliflower, discard the leaves, and chop into small pieces. Grate the pieces with a food processor.
      2. In a large skillet heat the coconut oil over medium. Add the shredded cauliflower. Saute for about 5 minutes, until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve as you would traditional rice.
      Nutrition Information
      Calories: 66 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 7 Sodium: 87 Fiber: 4 Protein: 3

       

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        My Journey Begins

        Xmas pic smallerWelcome to my journey.  If you are like me, you have been wanting to eat healthier and get fit, but somehow you just haven’t been able to find the right mix to make that happen for you.  I’ve read more diet and healthy lifestyle books than I can count, have followed numerous nutrition-related blogs, and tried to implement one diet after another that just didn’t work for me.  Oh, I’ve lost 10 lb. here and there, but usually gained it back.  Then I lost it again…and gained it back.  You get the picture.  Nothing ever really worked for me because I couldn’t ever change my lifestyle.  I’ve beat myself up.  I’ve picked myself up and started over, but at the end of 2013, at 51 years old, I am still 40 lbs. overweight.  I looked as pictures of the family at Christmas and didn’t like what I saw.  A chubby, middle age woman.  I was round.  Really round.   I didn’t like it and decided that THIS year was my year.  I am going to make those lifestyle changes and make them stick.  I am going to cut processed foods out of my diet and see how that affects my weight and my overall health.

        Exercise isn’t a big deal for me.  I exercise daily.  I have for 25 years.  I always tell my family that the way I exercise “I should weigh 100 lbs.”  I read articles that say if you add a 15 minute walk to your day, you will lose 10 lbs in a month.  Ha!  Not in my world!  Don’t get me wrong, I am glad I exercise.  It makes me feel good and it keeps all my blood levels down.  My cholesterol and glucose levels are good.  My triglycerides are good.  Blood pressure is a tad high….hoping losing some of the weight helps with that.  But overall exercised doesn’t seem to help my weight any.  So I have determined that it really must be my diet.  So that is where I am going to focus in 2014.

        I created this site in 2013 when I first got the bug to get rid of processed foods out my life.  But it fell to the wayside.  I decided to revamp it and make this site my mission for 2014.   All year I’ve been reading books and articles on healthy living.  Books and articles that explain why processed foods are so detrimental to our overall healthy and how these chemicals in our foods are making America fat.  It is not that we are not trying to eat less, but these chemicals incite us to eat more and cause fat to be stored on our bodies.  If that is really true, then cutting these chemicals from my diet should help the pounds to come off…finally.  I guess time will tell.

        Now, remember, I am not a nutritionist.  I have two degrees:  a BA in Human Services and an MA in Biblical Studies (I am an ordained Pastor), but they don’t give me any special qualifications to tell you what to do.  On this site I am going to just share what I’ve learned by researching on my own, and sharing what other, more qualified writers have to say about healthy, wellness, and nutrition.  As always, take what you want and leave the rest.  Some of what I share may help you.  Other things may not even interest you.  That’s okay.  And as always, before you start any lifestyle change, check with your doctor to make sure you have the green light.

        I hope you join me on this journey to live lean in 2014 and cut the junk out of your diet.  If you have any questions or want to share any part of your own journey, email me at patti.chadwick@juno.com

        I’d love to hear from you!

         

         

         

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