Thinking Out Loud: Confessions

Hey there nutters!  Today I have a bunch of random… confessions!!  Time for some Thinking Out Loud.

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Thank you to the fabulous Amanda from Running With Spoons for hosting this fun link-up!

Confessions…

  • I am NOT a fan of Easter.  Ok, sorry, I said it. *please don’t throw things*  Not being a religious person, plus trying to avoid sugary junk food… makes it not so much fun.  Brian’s side of the family celebrates, so at least we’ll get some family time from it.
     
  • I am addicted to eggs lately… eggs all day everyday.  They’re just the perfect food.

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  • I have too many candles on my counter… I’m hooked & can never decide which one I want to burn. #undecisive
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  • I cheated yesterday & had a Quest Bar. *gasp*  I stopped off to grab one on the way home from class yesterday because I was craving one for some weird reason.  I also wanted to see what the heck all the hype is about with that latest Cookies N Cream flavored one…. eh, it was ok, but I honestly don’t see what the fuss is about.  To be completely honest, it left a really bad aftertaste in my mouth & some less than optimal breath.  There are definitely worse “cheat” options out there though. Personally, I still think the best one they’ve made is still the Coconut Cashew one. Thinking Out Loud: Confessions Thinking Out Loud random thoughts Quest Bars eggs Easter confessions candles
    Thinking Out Loud: Confessions Thinking Out Loud random thoughts Quest Bars eggs Easter confessions candles
  • Current guilty tv pleasure for Brian & I is watching Naked & Afraid.  Yeah, you see a lot of naked butts, but it’s entertaining & pretty amazing to see what some of those people can do to survive out in the wild… naked… & afraid.
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  • I really do have the BEST husband.  He & a friend went to a baseball game about 2 hours from here yesterday afternoon & the closest Trader Joe’s is also in that area… he went & got my favorite pantry staples for me – so sweet!!  He knows me so well.  It’s a good day when your husband comes home bearing a TJ’s bag. Thinking Out Loud: Confessions Thinking Out Loud random thoughts Quest Bars eggs Easter confessions candles
    Thinking Out Loud: Confessions Thinking Out Loud random thoughts Quest Bars eggs Easter confessions candles
  • My dog is a weirdo.  She will squeeze herself into the narrowest places… like in between our ottoman & L-shaped curved couch, then sleeps under my legs.  How she gets out of there is beyond me.  She’s also a real fan of belly rubbin’.  So cute.
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  • I’m FINALLY in the home stretch with my huge business plan project that is an assignment for my Practice in Dietetics Management Class.  Just making final tweaks to my 18 pages of the plan (w/references) & working on a handout for my presentation next Wednesday.  So nervous!  I LOVE my plan & business idea though, it’s so needed (healthy drive-thru fast food – only WHOLE foods)!  Here’s a sneak peek of a screenshot from my website (I have a website & commercial I’ve also made).

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Well, those are my confessions!  Glad to get all that off my chest, phew!  haha

What would YOU like to confess today?  Have you ever seen Naked & Afraid?

WIAW: Birthday Celebrating

Hey there foodie friends!!  Happy hump day & What I Ate Wednesday!!

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A big thanks to Jenn for being a fabulous link-up party host! Click on over & drool a little. WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday, but our family always likes to tease him & say that it’s “Birthday Week” because he usually gets spoiled all week long.  Anyone else do a “Birthday Week”?  So let’s wish a Happy Birthday WEEK to my Dad!! WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

The following eats are from yesterday…

Breakfast… 3 eggs in coconut oil (1 in an avocado ring), bacon, broccoli (under the eggs), sauerkraut, & black coffee.

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Lunch… I took my Dad out for his birthday for lunch & he wanted to go to T.G.I. Friday’s so that’s where we went!  He got a fantastic looking burger – he said it was pretty tasty!

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As for me, I got their Chicken Cobb salad, minus the balsamic glaze, blue cheese, & dressing.  I brought my own Tessemae’s Southwest Ranch dressing. WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

It was a pretty good salad & I really enjoyed getting to spend some time, just my Dad & me.  It was nice getting to chat since we really don’t get to see each other all that often due to work & school schedules.

Snack… I may have been a bit piggy when I got home later that afternoon & pulled out my Nutiva Coconut Manna (aka coconut crack butter) jar & just dug right in with my spoon.  It’s just so darn good though!  I seriously stock-pile that stuff in my cupboard… a year ago it was close to 20 jars of PB, these days it’s 3 jars of coconut butter… & some almond butter in the fridge. WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

I also enjoyed a cup of dark roasted coffee while I got my study on…

WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

Dinner… was brinner style!  I had 2 eggs in coconut oil, over steamed broccoli, some chicken sausage & onion sautéed in coconut oil, & some sauerkraut.  Kind of random, but VERY delicious.

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Desert… I wanted to end on a decadent note, so I made some Sunbutter Cups, which are tahini/sunflower seed butter (without any funky vegetable/soy oils added) mixed with a bit of coconut oil & put into silicone cupcake molds, then put into the freezer to harden.  Then, I mix coconut oil & some cocoa powder with a bit of vanilla stevia & put it over the tops, then back into the fridge to harden.  Voila!  A tasty little treat that is clean & paleo.

WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today friends!  Oh, & if you’re wondering if I’m still doing the paleo/keto thing – yep!!  Still going well!!  I know I’m losing inches, my belt keeps feeling slightly looser. WIAW: Birthday Celebrating TGI Fridays paleo Keto dad birthday week

Do you have a birthday WEEK at your house?  What’s the best thing you ate today?

Nutty Knowledge: Sulfur vs. Unsulfured Dried Fruit

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Are you a dried fruit lover?  I love me some dried fruit, but there are a few things to know
about it before you just grab any ‘ol bag off the store shelf.

Some things I’ve learned… 

  • READ the label.  A lot of companies are sneaky and put additives in their dried fruits, such as sulfuric acid or sulfur dioxide, more sugar, & added vegetable or hydrogenated oils.  All dried fruit is NOT created equal.
  • Look for minimally processed or organic varieties when possible.
  • Just because it’s in the bulk section at the nutrition store does NOT mean it’s healthy – check labels, or ask for an ingredient list.
  • If a dried fruit is much brighter & “prettier” than you’d normally imagine a dried fruit should be – it probably has sulfur in it.

Ok, so what exactly is sulfur dioxide?  Sulfur dioxide is a chemical compound with the formula SO2 (one sulfur & two oxygen molecules), which is a gas with a pungent, & rotten smell.  It occurs naturally from volcanic activity, but could be potentially toxic in large amounts with direct exposure to it.  Sulfur dioxide is often used to create sulfuric acid (a drying agent), but many companies & food manufacturers use one of these two forms to preserve dried fruit & other foods.  It helps to keep dried fruit from breaking down, helps prevent bacterial growth, gives the fruit a brighter color, & greatly preserves shelf-life.

Why may sulfur dioxide/sulfuric acid not be good to have in your dried fruit?  Well, it is a chemical additive & many people prefer to avoid added chemicals in their food (as I do).  The amount of sulfur dioxide/sulfuric acid in dried fruit really isn’t significant, which is good (you’d have to eat a LOT of dried fruit), but it’s up to you as to if you prefer to avoid it or not.  Unfortunately, some people don’t have a choice since they’re very allergic & react to sulfur.  Just be sure to check your labels.

As for taste, it’s said to sometimes vary a bit between the sulfur and unsulfured dried fruits.  The ones with sulfur (usually much brighter in color) can sometimes have a bit of an “off” flavor.

Personally, I prefer the unsulfured dried fruit… I don’t really care if it’s not as pretty, or doesn’t last as long on the shelf.  I just care about it not having any chemical additives & about it tasting better.

Just be sure to read the labels & to know what you’re putting into your body… be on the lookout for that extra added sugar & oils to those fruits too!  I HATE that companies feel the need to add even more sugar to an already sweet fruit.  Insanity.

Do you check labels for sulfur?  What’s your favorite dried fruit?  Do you find it as ridiculous as I do that companies add more sugar to already sweet fruit?

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfur_dioxide
http://smallbites.andybellatti.com/you-ask-i-answer-unsulfured-dried-fruit/

 

 

MIMM: Biggest Supporter

When times are tough, who do you lean on?  Who’s your biggest supporter?  Who’s a shoulder to cry on, your biggest cheerleader, yet at times that voice of reason when you need it?

Who often believes in you more than you believe in yourself?  I know without a doubt, that for me, that person is my amazing, loving, & supportive husband Brian.

“Mr. Nutty” believes in me when I don’t believe in myself, cheers me on 150% & is always there to catch me when I fall.  That’s love.  It’s also pretty marvelous.

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Thanks to Katie for hosting this marvelous, positive link-up! Click on over & spread some love!  Happy Monday friends!!

Who’s your biggest supporter & cheerleader?

The Week In Fitness #34

Hey guys, Happy Sunday!!  Hope you’ve enjoyed a tasty, leisurely breakfast & a nice warm mug of coffee this morning… kind of a gloomy day here, so perfect time to kick back & enjoy it.  Plus, after a great week of workouts - it’s well deserved!

Speaking of workouts… let’s take a look at this past week’s fitness & see how it went, shall we?

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I’m still working my way through p90x3… I think I’m just finishing up the end of week #7.  It’s still going great & I’m feeling stronger & fitter.  I’ve also noticed I’ve been losing inches with my belt having to go in another notch – score! The Week In Fitness #34 workout plank p90x3 goals fitness exercise

I’m still doing the April Fitfluential Plank Challenge (#FFAprilAbs) too!  I’m up to just over 2 minutes most days, which I originally thought I could NEVER do!  It just shows that if you keep at it, you gradually get stronger & improve.  Don’t give up!

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Monday 4/7/14:  Dynamix

Tuesday 4/8/14: Triometrics

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Wednesday 4/9/14: The Warrior

Thursday 4/10/14: YogaX – felt great!!

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Friday 4/11/14: MMX – this was a great stress release after two difficult exams!

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Saturday 4/12/14: Incinerator

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Sunday 4/13/14: CVX 

It was a good week of workouts!  Definitely helps burn off some of the stress… it’s been a rough week!  Cheers to next week being better!! 

Oh, & I’ll leave you with a picture of Mya, the workout hound… aka “workout saboteur”.  Every time I workout she finds a way to either A) try to sit on me, or B) bark or growl her fool head off at something out the patio door!  Doesn’t make for the most… relaxing, or zen yoga workout, that’s for sure!  haha LOVE her to pieces though!!

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The workout hound, aka workout saboteur

How was your week of fitness?  Are you planking in the April challenge?  Do you have a workout saboteur, or workout hound of your own?