Yesterday was a banner day as the dogs BOTH used the doggy door and ended up in the pool room together. Let me explain. I have been using this week to not only work my butt off on my freelance goals but to train my dogs to use the new doggy door my husband installed. Which means they have to unlearn where they used to go out and learn to go through the game room/pool room/man cave. Luckily, the doors can be closed so what I do is put them outside (through the doggy door) and then after putting their water and food and a snack in the room, I shut the doors and go on about my work. Well, Wednesday, Whiskey finally “got” it and came in by herself with no coaxing. Not Brandy though. 🙁
It’s tough going but they will eventually get it together. I think my youngest is on to something when he says they know how to do it, they just want our attention. They want us to get up and show them where to go, which is what I was trying to avoid, that and getting up and down at night letting them out to go potty!
Wednesday was also a good day with Dad. We ate lunch and I took him to the bank. When we got home, instead of heading straight to the pool table, we went out front and picked two bags of pecans. It seems like all it took was one cool night and they started falling. Now I have pecans to use and/or share with more on the way. His entire front yard is covered in pecan trees!
After a while of picking, you know the good ones from the bad just by the weight of them in your hand. The squirrels and bugs have had a go at them so many of them are bad. And when they still have “jackets” on, they are usually bad.
I love picking pecans because it takes me back to my childhood when we picked them from my grandparent’s orchard every Thanksgiving at the family reunions. All of us cousins in a friendly competition to see who could please Grandmother by picking the most. Oh, and there was the dime a bucket she gave us also.
I’ve been so busy around the house and office I have not taken the time to decorate the mantel, I really need to change it up for Halloween/fall. I thought maybe I might do the front yard this year also…we will see. (I get tight with my money this time of year, birthday week is coming up, then Christmas arrrggghhhh!) I’m never ready.
I felt so productive yesterday but not in the area of writing. I got lots of other things done. Of course yesterday I could rattle them all of and it was a list as long as my arm, today I remember one thing, I made my oatmeal “muffins” that aren’t muffins at all. They are individual servings of oatmeal, frozen and ready to pop in a bowl, heat up and eat.
They turned out pretty, no? It’s because I used the silicone cupcake liners like I use when I make egg cups. Seriously, they make everything so easy, they just pop right out! Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze! Work smarter not harder right?!
I also attended a webinar by Dr Axe. It was good, but I’d heard most of it at the seminar I recently attended. Anyway, the bottom line was, he wanted to sell me on becoming an essential oils coach. I can’t afford that school right now and honestly, I’m not sure that’s what I want to do. I need to concentrate on one thing at a time here and my plate is already pretty full.
Later, I got hungry and had this, my favorite lunch: half a granny smith apple, with cashew butter (my newest love) and some sweet potato chips. Yum!
That’s a little over a teaspoon, so creamy and delicious. Not much sugar either, two TBS have 3 grams and I barely had a teaspoon. Not crazy about the fact that it’s made with safflower and palm oils, but I’m not gonna stress about it either. It also has 4 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbs. Plus, it’s a healthy fat. I believe this is pretty healthy eating on a basic level. (not a hamburger right?) So, today maybe I’ll have a smoothy made with the bone broth protein I bought from Ancient Nutrition and feel even better about myself, lol!
Sorry I have not been doing the flash fiction Friday thing, hopefully I get back in the groove soon. Have a great weekend everyone!
Okay, first off I want to say that while I’m working from home again, don’t get used to me blogging every day…I just had something interesting to say two days in a row. 🙂
While many of you have probably seen my previous post on this plantain/sweet potato waffle I did in the past, this morning’s experiment may have produced something delicious, yet potentially toxic. Let me explain.
The recipe is one I adapted from Paleohacks from one of their 7 Divine Sweet PotatoRecipes. However, I had no sweet potatoes cooked, I was hungry, so I subbed some pumpkin puree. Thing is, it had been in the fridge for a while, in a sealed container, I should be ok, right?!
The next thing I did was use a plantain that was not ripened much, meaning it was so hard, for a sec I thought it was frozen!! So there might have been a few un-mixed pieces of it floating around in the batter. Still, I’ll be ok, right?!
Guess what? I ate it and it was delicious! Warm and slightly sweet with a pat of Kerrygold grass-fed butter…Yum!
I’ll let you know tomorrow if I didn’t die from my creation, lol!
Are you game to try it? Let me know in the comments.
Happy Monday everyone, I hope you are having a blessed day so far.
How many of you watch Dr. Oz? Well, every once in a while, I catch an episode and today was one of those times. I was trying to give my overworked hands a break, I clicked on the TV and there he was, saying those words so many of us want/need to hear: Do you want to know how to get rid of your belly fat?
Well, I have kinda let myself break too many rules over the summer and find myself needing this advice if nothing else than a refresher on what I should be doing and not doing to get my belly flat. Especially since pretty soon I might find myself convalescing while recovering from one or more surgeries.
So here is what the expert on his show said are the 5 steps you can do to decrease your belly fat starting now:
Cut out the sugar (We as a nation eat 152lbs of sugar per person per year!!!)
Add a healthy fat to breakfast-choose between avocado, almonds, pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef, or coconut oil added to your coffee with some grass-fed butter
Add some fiber-rich pre-biotics-try plantains, lentils, artichokes or asparagus
Set a carb window-as in no carbs after 2pm or something like that
Go alcohol-free for 30 days (say what???) yep, gotta try it or at least cut way back (this will be tough for me, but most alcohol adds so much sugar to your diet)
Weigh yourself today and then again at the end of 30 day period after following the above steps and if you tried really hard, you should see the results.
If you can’t cut the sugar out completely, make a conscious effort to make healthy choices instead, like substitute an egg (any way you like it) with bacon for that sugar-laden cereal in the morning. (or one of the choices above). If you drink two drinks a day, cut down to one, then just 2-3 times a week until the cravings are gone. Do not eat after 8pm. If you have to, eat a healthy snack like a handful of raw almonds.
They said nothing about exercise, however, even if you can’t move around much, there are still isometric exercises you can do. Like while still in bed, tighten your abs and release. Over time, this will help strengthen your core muscles. I have been adding that to my morning stretches before I ever get out of bed.
Belly fat (especially in women) is dangerous and can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and some types of cancer like colon and pancreatic. Following a Paleo diet can also help, since cavemen ate only meat, roots, vegetables and fruits for the most part. Plus, they had to exercise to hunt their food. If we ate less processed foods, we would naturally eat less sugar, being sugar is in so many packaged and canned foods.
Makes total sense if you think about it.
I do for the most part, since I start my day with my oil pulling routine, followed by a cup of bullet-proof coffee. (after brushing my teeth of course) Where I have slipped up is the addition of alcohol over the summer, too much eating out (chips and salsa) and not as much exercise. Another thing I do is two or three times a week, before my coffee and after my oil pulling routine, I drink that fat-burning concoction I call ACV tea.
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbs pure lemon juice (not from concentrate), a dash of Ceylon cinnamon, 1 packet. of Pyure sweetener in a 6oz cup of hot water. Normally the recipe calls for 2 Tbs of raw honey, but I don’t need the threat of possible Candida, so I sub the Pyure instead. (It’s just stevia)
For more information on today’s episode, go to Dr Oz episode 16 and watch it or pull it up on demand.