My journey to a healthier lifestyle!

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So I have exciting news times three!!!! First off I reached a milestone today and weigh under 200. Which is huge for me because I never could seem to get past 202 lbs in the past. Very happy about that!

The second being I had a phone interview with a local humane society yesterday. I have my actually interview next week. Ever since I was a kid I have dreamed of working in a place like this so my fingers are crossed!

And I saved the best for last!
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I haven’t been on here a lot because I have been under the weather. I have two wisdom teeth coming in at the same time. One is coming in through the side of my gum and the other has caused an infection and my lymph nodes are swollen. Needless to say I haven’t felt like doing anything, not even cooking :(…

So leaving the kitchen duties to my husband has not worked out as well as I had hoped. I haven’t been eating clean at all these past couple days. So how do I plan to change that?  I am having a juice cleanse to restart my body. I am hoping to go at least a week. I believe getting all the toxins out of my body will help my infection and swelling. I am not going to beat myself up for “messing up” because I don’t believe I did. I feel that this is part of my journey that is necessary. Truth is I have missed juicing and clean eating. And I am so incredibly proud of myself for continuing with my journey instead of throwing in the towel.

So many times I have gave up on some diet because I ate one bad thing… Reality is I was just making an excuse to get off the diet because I wasn’t happy or fulfilled  Clean eating makes me happy, I don’t have to starve myself or eat bland foods, and I feel wonderful.

Instead of feeling bad for myself and making excuse I am doing something about it! New year, new me!!!

The Healthy Housewife 🙂

Instead of going to our local farmer’s market we decided to see how much it would cost to go to a “regular” store. I have heard the excuse that the reason someone choose not to eat clean is because they are not close to a farmer’s market or organic store… Also the big excise still stands that “it is too expensive to eat unprocessed food”. Now I know everyone has different budgets and lifestyles and I don’t expect everyone to do 100% unprocessed… I know I still have some trouble with eating 100% unprocessed because honestly processed foods are easier and quicker to fix. The goal is to simply make a lot of small steps towards a fully clean lifestyle.

As I said before our budget for food before clean eating was $300 a month, which comes out to $75 a week for 2 adults. My goal is to keep it there or under. For the second week I have kept my budget! This time even better than last!

Our menu plan is a total of 6 juices, 4 smoothies, 4 different snack, and 4 meals. You can find the full list here. We use juices and smoothies as meal replacements and we also normally have leftovers from our meals.

Our total was…..


Right on budget! We shopped at Wal-Mart this week. The prices for things other than fruits and veggies are so much cheaper. Still just as unprocessed as the organic store. Not to excited about the quality of the fruits and veggies so next week I will buy my produce at the farmers market and everything else probably at the commissary here on base.

Now time to post some “Yummyness Approved” recipes!!!

The Healthy Housewife 🙂

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 🙂



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.


Vitamin B


Yet they are low in calories and gluten free

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