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watermelon-habanaro granita… with tequila!

happy Friday, friends.  I hope y’all have fun plans this weekend. 

Whether you have plans or not, you need to try this.  You will by far be the life of the party if you bring it to a friends’. Or you can be like me and be the life of my own party on my deck. 

My dear friend, Celia over at River Cat Chili in the heart of Austin, Tx, send me ( actually she sent Ryan the habaneros).  She grows all of her own peppers! 

She sent him chocolate habanero.. Check this out! 

  

Let me tell you… These are spiceeeeey! 

And

Oh.

So.

Good.

watermelon-habanero granita. ( plus a bonus 😎)

2 cups seedless watermelon

Juice from 1/2 a lemon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 thin slice habanero pepper 

Start by blending all ingredients in a blender. 

Pour mixture in freezer-safe dish and cover. 

Place in freezer.  Every 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, use the tines of a fork and scrape the top layer. ( mine took about 3 hours to be perfect) 

  

Serve I a chilled glass with a sprig of mint and or a squeeze of lemon or lime juice 

 You could stop here…. 

OR…  You can do what I’m going to do this weekend… 

  

I’m pouring that baby right over that glass and kicking my feet up! 

Enjoy your weekend!  

Ps… Another exciting giveaway coming up next week! 

watermelon times three

From the archives… Because I just cut into my first watermelon of the season and.. These 3 recipes are pretty much amazeballs!

barefootgirl in the kitchen

Ya’ll may have given up on me posting tonight.. I mean it’s almost 9 pm .. where the heck has she been?

Training for a race, that’s where 🙂 🙂 🙂

So let’s talk watermelon. It’s a melon. It’s made of water. Lots and lots of water.

It’s fun to eat in the summer. It’s fun to have it drip all over you bbq shirt. it’s a BLAST to spit the seeds. It is summer in a food

It’s PINK!

I have always loved watermelon. As an adult I started to appreciate it back in the early 90s when I read the book Fit for Life .

(anyone else read it? show of hands? oh.. only me.. that’s cool  :))

Anyhoooo… The preface is that your body is made of mostly water so you should eat mostly food made of water. Also, you should never eat a protein and…

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watermelon times three

Ya’ll may have given up on me posting tonight.. I mean it’s almost 9 pm .. where the heck has she been?

Training for a race, that’s where 🙂 🙂 🙂

So let’s talk watermelon. It’s a melon. It’s made of water. Lots and lots of water.

It’s fun to eat in the summer. It’s fun to have it drip all over you bbq shirt. it’s a BLAST to spit the seeds. It is summer in a food

It’s PINK!

I have always loved watermelon. As an adult I started to appreciate it back in the early 90s when I read the book Fit for Life .

(anyone else read it? show of hands? oh.. only me.. that’s cool  :))

Anyhoooo… The preface is that your body is made of mostly water so you should eat mostly food made of water. Also, you should never eat a protein and a carb together, never eat fruit with anything other than fruit..  that you get out int the sun and soak up the free vitamin D.. and most importantly, only eat fruit until noon.

And the fruit should have high water content. Like watermelon. Because it’s made of water.

Are you gettin’ where I’m going here?

Are you smelling what I’m cooking?

watermelon is chock full of water.

*ducks* ok. ok. I get it…  you know what I am trying to say..

soooooo our first recipe will blow you away. Or at least it did me. I saw this earlier this summer on the Rachael Ray show and I was like, ” GENUIS!”

*side note.. I was on the Rachael Ray Show last year.. yeah.. I’m famous ~~  :inspects manicure like I’m important)*

So Rach (I can call her, that, we’re buds)was talking about how watermelon was made of….ok.. you get it, I know, I know!!!

do you know where I’m going with this?

Let’s play a game. Let’s look at some pictures.

look liked plain old cubed watermelon, right?

look again

getting cooler warmer?

ok.. I’ll give it to you… I’m nice like that 🙂

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!  you have figured it out, haven’t you… you are a genius.. you are… YOU ARE!!   She made watermelon ice cubes!!!!  because #$%^&  melon is made of #%$%^ which freezes! GENUIS! 

so to make these watermelon cubes even better.. I added them to this…
tea that Amanda and I found while she was here..( on clearance!).. although I think that you could use any fruit tea.. truth be told, it was her idea to use this tea with the cubes… she also comes from great jeans genes.

brace yourself..

I’ll give you a minute… I understand…

So the next recipe…. Years ago I came up with a brilliant idea to make a watermelon salsa. I was SOO proud of myself and promptly made some for my mom proclaiming my obvious talent.

And while we were eating it, a chain restaurant advertised on tv their ‘new watermelon salsa’

Really? REALLY?  yeah, really.

But in my heart of hearts,. even if the rest of the world was already doing it, I came up with my own in my kitchen, so I’m ok with that 🙂

Watermelon Salsa

2 Cups cubed seedless watermelon

1 bunch cilantro, rinsed, chopped and soaked like we did for the leeks

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Sea salt & pepper

~ everyone in the pot~

and mix :).. seriously…  you CAN do this!

volia!  done 🙂 I like it if it sits overnight but it is reallllllly hard to do… cause it’s

so

darn

good

You can top grilled chicken with this, tofuTop a salad… or eat it alone. 

Maybe if you live on the wild side like me, you could put it on vanilla ice cream

*note to self.. buy ice cream tomorrow*

here’s a napkin for you 🙂

Okkkeeddookee…. last recipe…

we are going to get smoky.. and sultry.. and tangy

with watermelon?

um. yes.

Grilled Watermelon Salad

1 thick piece of watermelon, about 2×4.. sprinkle with salt & drain on a paper towel ( I tried to use my tofu press, but it didn’t do much) then rinsed after 10  min

1 tomato, sliced, sprinkled with salt, drained on paper towels ~ I did not rinse the salt of these babies ( I chopped the end up for topping)

1 thick slice of red onion

A few chunks of feta cheese

2 wedges of lime

Olive oil & a pastry brush

Grill pan

Sea salt and pepper

start by making sure that everything is as dry as it can be. Then using pastry brush, brush all veggies with olive oil. Preheat he grill pan until it is super hot then place watermelon, tomato and onion in the pan. then let the pan do it’s work.. don’t play with it!  After about 5 minutes, using tongs, carefully flip them. ( my tomatoes didn’t look so purty.. but they did taste good 🙂

Place the watermelon on a plate, pretty side up, then arrange remaining ingredients ( except lime) on the plate..  Squeeze on wedge of lime over the salad and garnish with another.

this recipe is sensory overload. The smokiness from the watermelon with the sweetness of the onions, the depth from the tomatoes and the zing from the lime juice & saltiness of the feta….. I loved this!

Ic ame up with the idea after seing one of the contestants on Hell’s Kitchen the other night ( don’t tell me the winner, I had to DVR it until Scott comes home this weekend )

I saw a similar combo on the show and have obsessed over it since then.

’cause sometimes I do that..

like with watermelon 🙂

night friends…..

I have a kitchen to clean!

oxox

starbucks’ mango black tea lemonade copycat

howdy friends!

Every summer I tend to find one beverage that I just cannot get enough of.  2016 is the summer of Michelle sucking down mango black tea lemonade from Starbucks.

But damn.. Those drinks add up!

I’ve spent the last 5 weeks driving my son back and forth to Boulder everyday for a class, and for a hot summer drive, there’s nothing quite like iced tea to have along side . ( that and some Springsteen music 😜☺️)

and although I’m pretty good about using my Ibotta money to buy Stbx gift cards, I knew I had to find a way to recreate this drink at home.

My daughter originally turned me on to this drink.  Essentially it’s black iced tea, lemonade and mango syrup.

I liked it when I tried hers, I just thought it was a bit sweet for my taste. The barista suggested I try fewer pumps of the mango syrup.

Bingo! We have a winner!

so I order it with only 1 pump of syrup now now and it’s perfect.  Just the right amount of sweet to balance the wonderful tart of the lemon.

I’ve been on the hunt for a mango syrup, ( ok, I looked in 1 store.. It still counts) and didn’t find one.

This past weekend I opened my fridge and discovered that someone had bought mango lemonade.

Um… Genious!

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The combination of these 2 beverages perfectly mimics the $4 drink at Starbucks.

I use mostly iced tea then top it with a splash of the mango lemonade.  If you wanted it like the original, I would use 1/2 of each.  Play with it to find your preferred sweetness.

It’s not really a recipe, persay, just something I stumbled upon (happily) and wanted to share ☺️

 

Keep hydrated, my friends!

 

 

 

Other summer beverages

Iced chai tea

Watermelon hibiscus iced tea

Cucumber martini

 

 

coconut crusted chicken with grilled pineapple salsa

whelp, the school year is winding down..  My younger two kiddos are finishing up their classes at college and will be home next week! 

I was talking to my daughter yesterday and she asked what I was making for dinner.  And I told her. Poor thing…  Usually I don’t talk about what I’m cooking, because I know how tired they are with college food.  It just slipped out.. 

I swear. 

Coconut crusted chicken with grilled pineapple salsa 

For the salsa: 

Pineapple slices ( I used fresh, because the hubs had a pouty face at the store last week when he saw it.. And I told him we didn’t need a whole pineapple for the two of us . I got cheese, he got the pineapple. That’s how you stay married for 25 years 😉 

But you can use canned, just dry with a paper towel ) 

1 jalapeño

Handful of cilantro. ( if you don’t like cilantro,sub parsley.  It’s not your fault, the cilantro taste is a gene thing ) 

A few green onions

Juice and zest of one lime ( I used lemon because I had it.  Just pretend it’s a lime ) 

Sea salt and pepper 

*** Coconut oil 

Start by heating your grill or grill pan .

Coconut oil is solid if it’s under 60 degrees.  So heat it up either in a pan, in the microwave, or in a heat safe dish right on your grill! 

  

Brush veggies with coconut oil and grill until you get nice grill marks 

Remove from heat and immediately sprinkle with sea salt. 

When cool enough to handle, rough chop veggies ( except lemon) and toss together in a bowl 

  Squeeze lemon juice atop and set aside. 

For the chicken : 

2 chicken breasts

About 1/3 cup coconut flour

1 egg, lightly scrambled 

About 1/2 cup coconut flakes

Coconut oil for Cast iron skillet

Preheat oven to 350 

Start by seasoning your chicken with salt and pepper 

Dredge chicken in coconut flour, then egg, then coconut flakes 

  

Heat oil in oven safe dish (like cast iron 😉 ) and cook chicken on each side until  golden brown . Be careful not to let the coconut burn.  Chicken will not be fully cooked yet..

From here, transfer to oven and let finish cooking until internal temp is 165. Pull out, let rest for 5 minutes, then slice. 

I served ours on a bed of baby spinach with the salsa on top and a sprinkle of toasted slivered almonds 

  

I’m so excited to have my kiddos come home so that I can cook for them again! 

Enjoy! 

more meals featuring grilled fruit 

Pork chops with mango jalapeño sauce

Grilled watermelon salad

turkey-stuffed peppers with dried cranberries,pine nuts and feta

today’s recipe comes to you courtesy of a still rainy day and a trip to the store that had me wandering and tapping into my inner rumbly tumbly. 

It all started when I saw watermelon on sale…  And where there’s watermelon,there’s feta. And since I was buying the feta, I decided to include it in my stuffed peppers.  A quick look around the kitchen when I got home, and voila! 

Turkey-Stuffed peppers with dried cranberries, pine nuts and feta 

1 pound ground turkey breast 

1 cup cooked whole grain rice 

1/2 cup dried cranberries 

1/4 cup red wine 

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 

1/4 cup pine nuts ( you could sub a less expensive nut, maybe walnuts? I just happened to have these in my fridge ) 

3 peppers 

Big handful of flat leaf parsley 

1 large egg 

A few gratings of nutmeg 

1tsp ground cinnamon 

1/2 tsp ground ginger 

  

Start my charring your peppers.   Simply place over a gas fire or under the broiler. You can skip this step, but I really think it adds flavor.  Using tongs, careful place on cutting board allowing to cool. 

  

Meanwhile, toast pine nuts in small cast skillet over medium heat.  Watch carefully..  They burn quickly. 

Pour wine over cranberries and heat up either in small pot on  the stove or in the microwaves. This reconstitutes them and add tons of flavor 

When peppers are cool enough to handle, slice in half and remove seeds. Place peppers in a lightly oiled baking dish . 

Chop parsley fine and mix with turkey, egg, rice,pine nuts, feta, cranberries ( with juice) and spices,  season with salt and pepper. 

Divide mixture into 6 portions and carefully stuff each pepper . 

  

Cover with foil and bake at 350 until internal temp is 165. Remove foil, sprinkle with a bit more feta and let cook an additional 5 minutes.  

Serve alongside a salad! 

  

A balsamic glazed like I used in Goat cheese and beet salad would have been perfect as a drizzle on top, but I was surprisingly out of balsamic vinegar!   Must buy some soon! 

Other stuffed recipes 

Pork stuffed peppers with raisins and pine nuts

Caprese- stuffed tomatoes

Lightened up cabbage rolls

Chicken sausage stuffed peppers

roasted beet and goat cheese salad

friends, I was having a bad day today.

some days are just like that

But I had a great conversation with a couple of friends, and a nice text from an old friend that I haven’t chatted with in awhile, and just like that… I’m feeling better 🙂

and that brings me back into the kitchen. ( barefoot, of course 😉 ) to make this salad for you. IMG_0577

look intimidating? I promise you, it isn’t. In fact it’s quite simple.

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you’ll need

2 beets ( red or yellow, I used one of each)

1 tsp olive oil

2 ounces of goat cheese

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 red onion

1/4 cup cashews

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

fresh thyme sprigs

I was inspired to make this after we went to the Farmers’ market and found a bunch of beets that had both the yellow and red in it

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( I’m still in shock that I can walk to the market from my front door)

start by roasting your beets  ( you can do this a day ahead of time)

cut the greens off of the beets and wash the bulb under cold water to remove any excess dirt. dry.

add  each beet to a piece of aluminum foil , drizzle with olive oil and wrap up like a Hershey’s kiss

* just like we did when we roasted the onions *

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*** side note… as you may have noticed I use a lot of foil ‘ packets’ especially when I’m grilling which is like every day these days.  I used foils from the beauty supply store. ( the kind used to highlight hair).. they are pre cut and make the perfect size for packet making.  One box will last you years, I promise 😉 ***

roast the beets either in a 375 oven or on the grill for about 20-30 minutes or until tender ( the smaller the beet, the faster they will cook.)

remove from heat and cool.

once the beets are roasted, the skin will pretty much slip right off of the beet without skipping a beat 😉

HA! I made a funny!

* dead silence*

Ok.. I’m a 7 year old at heart.

annnyhow… have a bowl of soapy water handy, of using red beets your hands will get red.

meanwhile, slice red onion very thinly and place in a small bowl and pour red wine vinegar over. toss to coat and let the onions marinate.

chop the cashews ( I would have liked to use pistachios, but didn’t have them.. thus the cashews)

roast the nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant and beginning to toast

next, slice the goat cheese. ( slice the cheese before you slice the beets, because your cutting board will get as red as your hands 🙂

next, assemble salad.

I arrange it in a semi- circle ‘ cause I wanted to make it all purty.

in this order

beet

goat cheese slice

beet

goat cheese slice

etc..

remove onions form vinegar and place alongside.

add balsamic vinegar to a small sauce pan and heat until reduced by half & it should thicken.

drizzle over beets and cheese and top with cashews

voila!

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see.. wasn’t that easy?

I wanted to share this picture just for fun

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thanks for reading!

click for some more salads!

spinach salad & dressing tutorial

prosciutto- cantelope salad

massaged kale salad

grilled watermelon salad

I’m almost embarrassed to post this..

almost.

hiya friends.

today what I have for you I cannot really call it a recipe. at all. in fact, I don;t know what to call it other than genius.

I can do that, it’ my blog and my happy place and I make the rules and I called it.

🙂 🙂 🙂

You know when you stumble across an idea and it’s like, ” duh? self, what exactly took you soooo long to think about this?

like last summer when I made watermelon cubes.

https://barefootgirlinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/watermelon-times-three/

insanely. awesome.

Ok.. let’s backtrack a little bit, I love to tell a story. Pull up a chair. grab your blankies.

When I was visiting my sister last month we had a day ( my niece’s graduation party day) that we were running 10,000 errrands and although we stopped to get tea, I a;ll of a sudden got one of those

out-of-the-blue-oh-my-God-I -need-to eat-RIGHT NOW kinda feelings.

I know you know what I’m talking about 😉

She happened to have a protein shake in her backseat ( that girl is always prepared ) and although I like to ‘eat’ my meals, it was actually pretty good and did a great job of quieting the beast that is can be my stomach.

So fast forward. It’s Thursday of last week, and I’m picking up a prescription from Target ( which has an excellent prescription rewards plan, BTW.. every 5 scripts and you get a 5% coupon for one whole day at Target!!)

and there’s a problem with the script… so after calling the doctor, we fixed it but I was going to have to sit there for 30 minutes. Bored and alone.

and guess who came to visit? That nasty hunger beast again.

remembering That it did the job when I was with my sister, I picked up a 4 pack and managed though the next 1/2 hour ( without wandering the store and loading up my cart with Target stuff…. now this I KNOW y’all know what I’m talkin’ about.

The flavor that I had at my sister’s was strawberry. Because I’m all into ‘livin’ on the edge lately’, I bought chocolate fudge.

Imageand discovered that it tastes *just* like* a * fudgscicle!

* show of hands who knows where I’m going with this *

yup! straight to the freezer!

Imagenow does this taste exactly like a full fat fudgsicle?

probably not, after all, this isn’t Oz..

but it was a pretty good replica.. and the perfect snack after a walk ( or run, bikeride, yoga..)

high protein, and cold and refreshing.

so that’s what I have for you today 🙂

If you are friends with me on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pages/barefootgirl-in-the-kitchen/247408031957513?ref=hl

then you know about the psuedo- chopped challenge that I”m doing (for fun only)

this week’s ingredients are

zucchini

quinoa

hot peppers

and chicken breast.

If this turns out o be as fun as I hope it will be , next week I will have anyone who wants to suggest a food give me one item each. I will but them into a hat and randomly pick 4.

let’s see how this first challenge goes…

and if you missed the details on the challenge, just search barefootigirl in the kitchen on facebook!

ciao bellas!

for more frozen treats

pina colada freezer pops

watermelon ice cubes

my thoughts on cleansing

take it or leave it… Some people believe in cleansing, some do not.

last summer I took a workshop in conjunction with my yoga teacher training…  I sought out the before and after pics and dug up my blog posts from right after it was done…this pic was on the first day…

Hi friends!

I said that I was going to blog about this whole expereince, but in the end found that it was just too much to keep track off with everything else, so I will do my best with recapping from memory

I would be lying if I told you that I was only doing the cleanse/ detox to lose weight, althougth that part has been a HUGE benefit. Prior to staring, I felt   horrible. I was eating too much, drinking too much, walking around with a feeling of self-hatrid & I felt like I was just spiriling out of control. I couldn’t clear my mind.

I took an all day seminar at my yoga studio with Michelle Fleming, nicknamed ‘yoga yodi’ by a good friend. She is well trained & educated & a master in her field. The day consisted of  2 1/2 hours of detox yoga ( many twists & breathing excersices) and  the rest of the day talking about the cleanse itself.

Not everyone who took the class rigth away started right away. But I had the luxury of having one full week wiht nothing at all on my plate. School had just let out, My daughter was out of town for 8 days and I could truly wrap my mind around what I wanted to do for myself

It was either that or sit by the pool with fruu fruu  alcoholic drinks & pretend I was on an island somewhere.  (NOT me at all.. I cannot sit still)

During the class, Michelle mentined that there is a book called CLEAN by Alehandro Junger that really gets into physciall and emotional reason why some cleanse. He also has a website. I did buy the book ( thanks to my borders rewards ) and I also joined the online community there. Althougth I never posted onthe site, I read alot & learned alot form others’ posts.

The cleanses ( Yoga Yodi’s & Jungers) were similar, but different. I chose to follow Michelle’s, but applied the knowledge I learn form Jungers as well.

I can honestly say that I mentally prepared myself for this. I think that that is why I feel that I had such success.. It was a mind game & I won!

The idea of the cleanse was to slowly eliminate food from your diet until you were down to a raw diet. (raw food means way more than salads, btw).

after a few days on the raw diet, you can transition to a ‘juice cleanse’ for 1-5 days for a more intense detox, or you can slowly add foods back into your diet taking the time to see what foods agree with you.

When I began this process, the thougth of 5 days just juicing  was absurd to me. But one I got to that point, I was feeling SO great that I continued and did in fact  do all 5 days of the juice cleanse.

I have taken supplements througth this procees. I bought a ‘box cleanse’ from my health food store. It is just a bunch of herbs & extracts that enhances the detoxificaton process.

I also took spirualina tablets, which are a highly digestable vegetable protein. And sublingual B12 supplements.

I drank ALOT of water.. as Michelle stated, almost obscene amounts

I drank alot of teas… mostly Yogi teas… they make detox tea,  fasting tea & an aweosme bedtime tea.

I went through alot of lemons as everyday is started with a glass of warm lemon water.

I will recap briefly about when to do what, if you want to know more, just let me know & I will happily elaborate 🙂

OK..

Days 1-6 were about elinaimating caffeinne, alcohol, proccessed foods, then onto wheat, and dairy.

I made smoothies & juices ( the first few days I wrote what I ate in my diary.. I began on June 19th if you want to look)

Day 7 began the raw portion of the cleanse.  Raw veggies, hummus ( I made a white bean hummus that was to die for) nuts ( if you soak them in water first it is easier digested.) Fresh fruit.

I made lettuce wraps & filled them with fresh veggies & drizzled with olive oil ( olive oil is ok thtoughout the whole cleanse)  I also made a lemon tahini dressing that was awesome.

I jullienned zucchinni & pureed avacado & lemon & herbs & tossed it all togeth for a ‘pasta dish’

I ate alot of watermelon.

( everyday was started by drinking a warm glass of lemon water) I drank alot of yogi teas and a TON of water.

I then went on to the 5 days of juicing

watermelon was ok to eat during this process, so when I felt that I needed to ‘chew’ watermelon was my friend.

day 17 -19 started to convert back to the raw portion of the cleanse for a few days, then I slowly added a ittle bit of brown rice  & quinoa.

next day I switched the veggies from raw  to steamed..

then slowly  switch to roasted and start to add the bread ( sprouted)  back in. A few days later, I had a bit of yogurt & some goat cheese on my salad.

I still have not added back any meat to my diet and so far I am ok with it.  I have been eating alot of nuts, tofu, veggies ( this is such a great time of year for this)

I did ‘cheat’ and have a few glasses of wine over the 4th of July weekend, but other than that, I behaved wonderfully. I found will power that I never knew I had.

for excersise, I just did yoga & walking. I have slept better int he last month that I ever have in my life.

I have been having fun exploring new recipes  for example.. last nigth I made a creamy dressing for my salad out of cashews!!  it was so awesome & the whole family ate it I think they thougth it was just a buttermilk dressing ( that’s what it  looked like & tasted like).

so the big question everyone keeps asking.. “what do you do after the cleanse?”

well that is where I am now. I think for the time being, counting calories & points is not somethign that I will be doing. I have started listening to my body and I’m going to try to listen to my own inner intuition.

I still haven’t added caffeinne, back, but It has been super hot here, so the thought of a hot steamy drink isn’t doing it for me yet. And I do miss my lattes, but I think it was more of a habit. That doesn’t mean I won’t have one, I just haven’t wanted one yet.

Prior to taking this class & reading the book CLEAN I would have told you that I didn’t belive in a cleanse/ detox program. In fact one of  my closest friends told me when I started this that our bodies are made to detoxofy themselves.

True.

However when we get bogged down with metabolic waste & all of the chemicals that we end up taking in simply by breathing each day, it’s hard for the body to do it’s job.

Over the last 21 ( plus) days I have:

drunk alot of water and herbal teas.

slept better than I have in my whole life

drank alot of lemon water

practiced yoga & walked

chewed my food thouroughly.

this sounds simple, but rarely is done properly ( at least by me prior to)

I rmemeber form my nutrition class at J&W that we have an enzyme in our mouths that starts to break down food imediately while chewing. The more you chew, the more surface area of your food that the enzyme can touch, making your food easier to digest.

further more, there is an enzyme in your stomach that stops ( or maybe slows down it’s been a few years)  digestion. It isn’t unitl your food leaves the stomach that the realy digestion takes place, so breaking it down in your mouth really aids in the process once it reaches your gut.

You should be able to drink your food after it is chewed properly.

I have had lots of fresh fruits & vegetables ( this time of year has been a lifesaver)

I have tried a few new foods. I bougth nutritional yeast and really like it.

I bought the Braggs ( excellent prodcut, btw) shaker herbs.

I found that I really enjoy tofu. ( if it’s cooked properly.. my experience is that those who do not like it have not had it prepared properly.. come on over.. I’ll make some for you to try 🙂 )

You are also supposed to let 12 hours pass between dinner & breakfast. It takes 8 hours for your dinner to fully digest & it is in the hours that follow that your organs can detoxify itself.. becaue it is now longer working on digesting dinner.

When I began the cleanse, my daily weight fluctuated between 153-156.

Now my weigth fluctuates between 138-141.

I have never been an advocate of fast weigth loss, in fact I would say it is downright unhealthy. However, I look back at all the wonderful foods that I’ve eaten and how my body has reacted and I feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

I would never say that this was easy, because it took immense dedication. There is only one other time in my life that I remember having this amount of persevearation ( I’m sure that’s not a real word) I was 16 then and determined to be a good mom despite my young age.

Mentally prepping myself was a huge part of it. The day after my juice cleanse transitioned back to raw foods, I had 2 days of family & fiends over & I BBQed for everyone. and still, never strayed from my ‘approved’ foods at that point. AND I didn’t want to.

I do feel like this has been a fabulous experince for me 🙂

xooxoxox

thanks for letting me share 🙂

ok… back to today…  September 2012…

A friend of mine works for beach body and has been raving about a 3 day ‘mini’ cleanse…  I decided that this would be a good time for me to try it.. I”ll be traveling soon and want to feel well 🙂

oops.. fuzzy picture…. sowwy.

Today was day 1….

I had a packet of Shaekeology blended with water.. It tasted fine.. like any protein mix

around 10 :30 I ate an apple

Another packet for lunch.

about 2pm  I had a small bowl of raspberries ( it was the hand to mouth action that i was missing_

I also had a few of these these! ( the cubes, not the other two)

For dinner I will have one more shake and a salad topped with some tofu.. ( chicken or fish is what is suggested, but since I don’t eat either of them, I’m taking the tofu route)

I’ve had lots of green tea, water and lemon water.

Part of why I write about this is to remind me.  I just enjoyed reading back over my notes from right after the  cleanse…..  thanks for reading 🙂

 

Monday night edit…  I have done pretty well today.  I did have a piece of Paleo toast ( dry  ) this afternoon but other than that I followed like I should.

For dinner I had another shake ( I added about 1/4 cup raspberries ) and I made this salad

 

I used a tiny bit of coconut oil ( LOVE this stuff) and sauted tofu cubes.. then i added some spinach and just let it wilt.. topped with 1/2 cucumber and a few slices of red onion and a mater.  I used a dash of Ume plum vinegar and Himalayen Sea salt ( helps alkanalize your body )   I’m off for another cup of tea 🙂  see you in the morning!

where we were

9/11/2001.

A day that will we will never forget.

Victims that we will never forget

Heros that we will never forget

Terrorists that we would like to forget

Family who will forever be in our hearts…

It was a day that we held the ones around us just a little bit tighter.. because we could.

this was a day that everyone remembers where they were.. what they were doing and who they were with.

here’s my story…

It was a beautiful Monday morning. The kids had recently gone back to school. I was a cosmetologist with some wonderful clients and I would often go out of my way to accomodate their schedules.

Back in the the the Beauty industry really didn’t work on Monday. They just didn’t.

One of my favorite clients ( they all were, really ) was Mrs. M. That’s what everyone called her.. never by her last name. She was from new Jersey and had a summer home in Chatham, on cape cod.  She was a fabulous cook and we got along perfectly despite that fact that she could have been my grandmother.

(on another note.. she was a hot spook…. she helped set my kitchen up with everything form an ice cream maker to food processor because she was mad at her husband.. I’ll share that story another time )

So I had met her at the salon for a 9 am appt. It was just the two of us.  I didn’t bother to turn on the radio because she didn’t like music… and we would be doing what we always do.. I would be doing her nails & we would be talking food.

Which we did.  For over an hour.

We left the salon together around 10:20 am.

I went to the grocery store, and remember thinking how happy I was.. It was fall, my favorite time of year, I had a great job, happy kids who were busy in a cute school house being educated and I had a beautiful kitchen to cook in and the afternoon to do just that. I left the salon and went to the grocery store.

And stood at the deli and ordered turkey breast.

A man was standing next to me & I turned to him and said ‘” isn’t this nice to not have to wait in line now that the tourists are gone? I’ve missed turkey.”

( if you live on the cape or visit the cape you know that the in the summer the stores are CRAZY to navigate  and the deli line is simply ridiculous.. Everyone wants to buy deli meat to make sandwiches for the beach.. it’s common to wait in line for up to 45 minutes… or just go a summer without deli meat, like I had )

He looked at me blankly and said ‘ ” how can you say that after what just happened… all those poor people”

Now I was really confused because I still had not known.

He said, ” the world trade center was attacked.. planes flew into.. many people died”

The blood went from my face and I left the store, leaving my cart behind.

You see, Scott worked in Boston. a few blocks from the world Trade Center and his company actually had meetings there often.

I quickly drove home ( I lived close) and saw the answering machine blinking.

First message was from my mom ‘ “is Scott ok?”

Second message was from my mother -in -law ” have you heard from Scott?”

Third message… the kids’ school ‘” due the the tragedies of today we are releasing the kids to be dismissed”

I tired calling Scott’s office and did not get an answer.

57 times.

This was before cell phones so I only had the one number.

Sick to my stomach and worried how I was going to raise my kids on my own I sat on the couch and finally turned on the Tv.

It was only then that I realized that it was the World Trade Center in  NYC, not in Boston.

I felt relief, then sadness.. I could not believe what I was seeing.

All of those people, all of those families..

I never did hear from Scott. And I kept worrying about that because at that point, America didn’t know what was next .. it was surreal.

He arrived home almost 3 hours later. HIs company sent everyone home as a safety precaution.. and he never thought to call me to let me know.

he was home safe, but I still kept thinking about all of those people who weren’t so lucky… all of those familes.. lives changed in an instant.

I hugged my kids so tight that day.

A new new generation of Military was born that day… Kids in middle school who quickly learned that they loved their  country and that they would fight to defend it… Years later, I’m proud to say that both my son & nephew were two of those kids.

We all know that sadness and empathy that  came in the days to come. I know this anniversary affects some more than others, so if my thoughts and prayers go out to you if you or your family were directly involved.

I’m off to play with some watermelon, but I felt like I needed to acknowledge this day and share my story…..

what’s your story?

I’ll be back later on

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