Sunday, May 19, 2013

Join your local CSA

Hey Everyone I strongly encourage you to join a CSA in your community or a local organic program for fruits and veggies.

I recently joined South Shore Organics which has a local egg program and recently added a local fish program.  I get a basket of fruits and veggies bi-weekly.

South Shore Organics is different from CSA's because they deliver right to your door if you live within the radius of where they deliver to.  They also allow you to opt out whenever you wish to, you can choose how often you get delivered to by choosing, weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly or monthly.  And baskets usually range from $50 or under depending upon the size you choose, so very affordable, about the same if not less than you would pay in the grocery store for your veggies.

There fish program just started this month, the fish get delivered with your veggies and fruits, if you request this service.  Once you agree you are opted into the fish program for 8 weeks of deliveries.

If you live in South Shore, MA area and are interested in this program please visit: South Shore Organics

And if you are curious on any local CSA's in your neighborhood just google CSA or community farm and see what comes up.  Plus if you join you are helping to support your local farmers as well as get great tasting and healthy foods for you and/or your family.  Some of these places also call for volunteers to help with various jobs.  These are overall great programs!

Gluten Free Pizza

Ok for those of you new to Gluten free foods, don't knock em till you tried them!  They don't taste all that different from the other items on the market.  I do not have celiac disease nor am I allergic to Gluten in anyway but it is a big cause of my past anxiety and I would rather not have it in my diet.  So with that said I have been trying to stay Gluten free to the best of my ability.

I found this Gluten free pizza crust on the shelf and decided to try it out, it was good however because the ingredients are basically made from corn products I would only have this once in a while, rather than a weekly thing.  So may be once every 2 weeks or once a month.

Here are 2 versions on Gluten Free pizza, I also want to point out that the crust is also Dairy free, however if you are putting cheese on it anyways it may not be that important to you.

First Version:

You can use tomato sauce if you like however I do not, I like just either an olive oil base or a fat free cheese base and then work from there.  So the first version is:

1) take gluten free pizza crust out of package

2) pile it with whatever you like, for this first version I put fat free mozzarella cheese for my base, chopped broccoli, sugar free deli turkey cut up, Casein free Kielbasa, banana peppers, and 2-3 small slices of Herb and Garlic cheese from Cabot (best cheese there is, not too much as it may be overkill for your stomach, but Cabot's proceeds goes to help local farmers of New England).

3) Put in oven for degree and time as indicated on package

4) Pull out let it cool and slice and eat.

First Version:

The Second Version, what I put on it:

  • Spinach base, chop spinach and lay on pizza crust
  • Fat free mozzarella cheese on top of spinach
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Banana Peppers
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2-3 small slices of Herb and Garlic cheese from Cabot
  • Fresh Basil leaves on top

Any one of these or your own combination will do.  These recipes are for people who are currently on Maintenance.  It also gives people who are currently on the program something to look forward to down the line when they have finished their goal weight.  Have a great week everyone and enjoy!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dinner Ideas on Maintenance

So I thought for those in Maintenance who are looking for a something to eat for dinner might appreciate this post.  Maybe you have already made some of these or are just interested in the low-cal version of a certain dish, whatever the reason say hello to yummy and healthy for you food, here is the first dish, try it this week!

Goi Cuon or Fresh Rolls
I made them with Bok Choy and Zero calorie noodles (I'm sure you've seen these around), if not you can find them in the gluten free aisle, the international foods aisle or health food section, it may also be in the pasta section.  You can also buy them online.  They are calorie free, gluten free and soy free, they also have less than 1g of carbs in them, very good for you.  You can also buy them online.  As far as the rice paper that you wrap that makes the roll, they are also low in calories and getting to the serving size is rare.  What you do is dip the vermicelli wraps in warm water and place on a plate, then fill with a little bit of zero calorie noodles, some fresh mint (if you have some), fresh basil if you wish, protein of your choice (I used Grilled Chicken Strips), any veggie of your choosing (I used Bok Choy in this one).  Then just wrap it up and close the ends and wha lah it looks like this:

  Try this yummy dish this week, if you are in Maintenance and enjoy!  More dishes and recipes on the way, check in weekly.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!!

Hope all you mom's out there had a wonderful mom's day, I know I had a great weekend!  Here is a picture my husband took yesterday at the Botanical Gardens, gives you an updated picture of me today:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Pounds Lost and Maintaining

Hello All, it has been too long for writing a post and I do apologize, my life has been extremely busy between health coaching, school, taking care of my family and exercise (did she say that word, for real?).

That's right exercise, never thought I'd say that I am happy to exercise but I am happy about it!!!  I just started training for a 5K that is being held on June 22nd in Plymouth, I will be running with a couple of friends but in the meantime need to plan for the big race.  So I have taken on the Couch to 5K challenge and passed the first day with flying colors!  My first day running was on Monday of this week, I did a walk/run routine and you are supposed to do it for 30 minutes your first day but I did it for 60 minutes my first day which my friend who can run 3 miles found to be really impressive for my first time running in my whole life.  Of course I have run before when I was younger but that was only for tag and softball.  Now I'm doing it for exercise, daily and for FUN, holy cow did I just say that!  Running fun?  Yes, running is fun for me, never thought I would hear those words come out of my mouth last year when I was 255.  Oh how the tables turn.

So my routine for Couch to 5K should be: 30 minutes of walk/run for 3 times a week for the first week as follows: 5 minute warm up walk, 8 repetitions of 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of brisk walking and then a 5 minute cool down with walking.

This week (the first week) of the routine has been: 60 minutes of walk/run for 3 times a week (so far): 5 minutes of warm up - walking, 16 repetitions of 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of brisk walking and then a 5 minute cool down of walking to end it.  I say 3 times a week so far because I plan on probably running/walking again this week for a total of 4 times rather than 3.  In fact I have really wanted to go running everyday not just every other day.  After the first day (Monday), I really didn't want to go out Tuesday but then I went out Wednesday twice for 2, 30 minute routines and I wanted to go today but there was a thunderstorm happening the same time I was going to go out.  Tomorrow I am going and then probably again on Mother's Day.

Next week is the 2nd week of the Couch to 5K challenge and it should be: 5 minute warm-up walk, followed by 6 repetitions of 90 seconds of running and 2 minutes of brisk walking and then a 5-minute cool down walk to finish.  This will be for 3 days of the week and might stay that way because 90 seconds of running seems way more challenging than 60 seconds of running, I can feel the burn just thinking about it.

Running however is making me real happy, the wind blowing in my face the rush of it all and the accomplishment of saying I did 2 miles today, or I did 3 miles today, is really rewarding.

If you are not yet on this path yet, you will be shortly I guarantee it.  Eating right and healthy is just the beginning, it gets better afterwards, it really does.  Like I have said in past posts, if you had asked me last year to go for a run or any kind of exercise I would have laughed in your face, this is how much I have changed and for the better!

Next post will be pictures and descriptions of my latest food choices which I have been documenting on Facebook all month long.  But for now I need to get some sleep, so be on the lookout for a post tomorrow.  Goodnight everyone.