My journey to a healthier lifestyle!

Monthly Archives: December 2012

I have cooked some meals that get my stamp of yummyness for sure! I have been a little slack posting the recipes on here. As soon as we finish shopping, going to the doggie park, and play some tennis I will post my recipe for hummus and Black-Eyed Pea Stew. Both are so good!!! I am also trying a couple new juices and adding a couple smoothies to our diet! I am very excited about that because I LOVE my juices!!!!!  ;). I am hoping to add a few green smoothies to our diet… If anyone has any suggestions to some I would love to hear!!! I am a weirdo about something tasting “too green”, my taste buds haven’t evolved too much yet where I can stomach SUPER green juices or smoothies.

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Me and my husband went out to eat to celebrate his promotion. It is very hard to eat 100% clean and unprocessed food when eating out, but this was a special occasion and I decided that even though I couldn’t eat clean I would at least eat healthy. I ate a piece of bread that came with the meal, a salad with dressing on the side and a water to drink. Well my mom had called me right after we had finished eating and said “Eating out doesn’t really fit into the “diet thing” you are TRYING to do”

That rubbed me the wrong way for a number of reasons… 1) Clean eating is not a DIET it is a lifestyle.  2) Just because my lifestyle has changed doesn’t mean I am to never eat outside of my house again. It means when I do eat out I need to make healthy decisions. 3) My lifestyle is for me… I am not doing this to impress anyone or to prove anything. I am doing this for myself and I love it!

I love my mom to death and she is one of my best friends but she has hurt my feelings a lot in the past over my weight. Me and her use to be about the same size. But every since she dropped 50 pounds she looks down on me for being overweight. She lost her weight by cutting down her soft drinks and practically starving herself. Now she is in a size 4 and weighs 110 pounds soaking wet.. to me she looks sick. But anyway…. She has made fun of me for how much I ate, in front of my friends, she has a count of all the food in her house and tells me if I ate anything after she went to bed, she has said “God, did you really eat ALL of that!”, and she tells me that if I just cut out soft drinks and only eat one meal a day I could be the same size as her.

When I started my journey to a healthier lifestyle, I assumed that I wouldn’t ever have anyone, including myself, look down on me because of what I ate. Even though I have changed my life for me it still is difficult to know that I still get looked down on when I have a salad… I know what I am doing is the best thing for myself and my life, I have never felt better. And I feel as long as I am living a healthy lifestyle my weight will come off.

I guess this is my venting/feel sorry for my self post. Just feeling a bit discouraged is all… I am sure when I wake up tomorrow this will make me just push harder because no matter what, I AM NOT GIVING UP!

The HEALTHY Housewife 🙂


Not a whole lot has happened this week besides for a PMSing crazy lady breakdown in the store. The crazy lady being me!

Me and the hubs went shopping and we were at a store I had only been to once. I had a long grocery list and was already stressed. See I get easily stressed out about the smallest things, such as meal planning, grocery shopping, plans, my animals, and life in general. Usually I can contain myself and handle it like a sane person but this week was different! I am still convincing the hubby that healthy, clean meals are just as good and cheap as unhealthy meals. He has been a trooper and supports me so much. It still is added pressure on me though. I am making food that I never have before and eating foods that 3 weeks ago I didn’t even know what they were. On top of all that I was about to have my lady time. Two days out of the month I turn into a monster that gets ill if  my husband opens a door wrong. Bless his heart, he takes my abuse and still loves me.

OK… Got a little sidetracked… Back to my story. So in the grocery store with a long list of food that I had no clue where it was. I didn’t want to look like I was stupid so instead of asking the people who worked there, I figured I would just wonder around the store like a lost child. An HOUR later and not even half my list checked off, the stress was building. My husband had stepped outside to take a call from work and I was alone. I pushed my cart to the corner of the store and started to cry. Not like a little tear rolling down my cheek but a full on bawl session. Someone came up to me (I am sure someone who worked there) asked me if I was okay… I said “My food! I can’t find my food!” then started pulling stuff out of my cart and handing it to this random person. Not sure why I did any of that…. Then my sanity kicked in for a second and I realized what I was doing… I grabbed my wallet and list and took off in a marathon run out of the store.

At the time I was so embarrassed I couldn’t bring myself to go back into the store. This was a very low point in my life.

The next day I woke up and laughed, picked myself up, and headed back to the store with my head held high! Managed to get everything on my list and vowed that I would never go shopping while I was insane PMSing lady every again!

Moral of the story 1)Always laugh at yourself 2)Don’t cry in the corner of a grocery store!

The Healthy Housewife 🙂

 


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I am seriously in love with “Honest Tea”! So yummy!!!! I am also a long time lover of yogurt and greek yogurt is 1000 times yummier and more filling than regular yogurt. Not to mention it is clean and natural! I added a couple pinches of chia seeds to my yogurt and I got full and stayed full for a while. You can find my post about the benefits of chia seeds here.

The Healthy Housewife 🙂


I recently bought chia seeds and I must say that I LOVE them already! They are tasteless and can be added to almost anything! I love that I can get a lot of extra nutrients without changing the flavor of my food.

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Chia Seed Benefits:

They have high amounts of:-

Omega 3 fatty acids.

Protein, and this protein is complete, containing all essential amino acids.

Antioxidants

Vitamin B

Minerals

Yet they are low in calories and gluten free

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I HAD to post this recipe! First off, it is simple and quick. Secondly it is cheap. And last but not least…. It is so so so so good!!! Even the next day!!! I will probably make it again this weekend. For just me and my husband this lasted at least 6 meals (3 a piece). In the original recipe it called for avocado and mango, both I somehow forgot to write down on my shopping list.

SUPER YUMMY… MUST HAVE AGAIN!!!

Ingredients
1 small head iceberg chopped, about 6 cups
15 oz. canned black, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, or more to taste
1/2 cup sliced black olives, drained
1/2 lb cooked and shredded chicken breast
1/2 lime, juice only
1/4 – 1/2 cup vinaigrette dressing, or to taste
1 cup tortilla chips, crushed
1 cup salsa, for serving

Preparation
1. In a large serving bowl, combine the lettuce, beans, cheese, olives, and cooked chicken . Sprinkle it with the lime juice and dressing and toss it thoroughly.2. Top the salad with the chips, Serve it immediately, topped with a dollop of sour cream and salsa, if desired.

The Healthy Housewife 🙂


Milk is my biggest weakness, I can go through a gallon in a couple of days! I was looking for a healthy alternative and found almond milk about a year ago. Super yummy and a lot healthier than regular milk. But even though it is a lot healthier it isn’t considered clean. Since I am trying to start to make everything at home instead of buying it pre-made I start searching for a recipe! It is super easy and super yummy! To me it tastes better than the store-bought!!

{Recipe Below}

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