Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday and Friday.. wow.. still need more work!

Well, I'm keeping track of what I eat for this week and as hard as I try to eat ALL that we are supposed too, I still have a very hard time fitting in all that food! Now most people can, but for me, my stomach just wont let me. So I have to break things down and eat just bites at a time all during the day just to get it all in. And that is still not good. I thank God for how I can eat now because a few years ago I couldn't eat much at all. (that's a whole other story)

But this is what I had for Thursday:
I had a chicken sandwich for lunch, dinner was stirfry- full of veggies and I had a yogurt today.. Still no fruit, but, I did buy some today!

And for Friday:
Breakfast - peanut butter sandwich. Lunch - few bites of left over stir fry, dinner- whole wheat pasta with shrip sauce with toasted whole grain bread. Once again, no fruit.. but I do drink unsweetened fruit juice. I know it's not as good as having the fruit.

As you can see just from the past few days, I'm still not reaching the much needed food groups that's required each day. But as we go through this Healthy Eating, I'll go more into what is considered a healthy diet. And in doing this, it also gives you a place to start on how and where to change your diet.. So keep tracking what you eat each day and we'll work on this togehter.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Do you really eat healthy??

Just a little test here.. Do you really know if you eat ALL the foods you're supposed to? Are you getting the amounts of fruits, veggies, grains, etc.. in your diet each day?

I feel that everyone should write down every day for a week, what they eat just to see if they are eating right. So, just to see what you do intake each day, Start writing down for the rest of the week what you have for each meal and snacks. Then later this week I will post some info on what your supposed to each each day.

Even if you eat what you consider a healthy diet, you can still be lacking in many areas. So drag out a little notebook and begin to track what you consume each day.

I'm going to try and post here each day what I eat.. just so I can see how far off I am of a healthy diet. If you would like to post your eating, feel free to do so!

Tuesday - Lunch- Leftover guacamole salad with wild rice. Had tomatoes,peppers,cucumber,onions,garlic and spices.
For dinner I had squash spaghetti/sauce w/toasted wholegrain bread with olive oil and garlic. snack today was 1 slice whole wheat bread with peanut butter.
hmmm didn't get in any fruit today.

Wednesday - I had homemade manicotti, steamed green beans and stuffed eggplant with toasted rye bread with olive oil and garlic.. and I just had to treat myself.. I had a 25 cent candy bar and sprite today. Seeing I had been on the run all day, didn't leave me much time to eat anything else. So, once again.. no fruit..not enough grains and not the full serving of veggies.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Vegetarian 28 Day Meal Plan.

This weeks recipe is not quite one recipe... but a great vegetarian meal plan. These are not recipes that I have worked up, but one that I read about on a site that I just love to visit. I am always looking for more veggie recipes and at Eating they have tons!

So this week I'm posting the link to this great site. One that I know you will enjoy just as much as I have. And whats so great about it is, it's a 28 day meal plan. It has breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a wonderful snack. It's a wonderful plan that can help get you started towards more healthy vegetables in your diet.

Vegetarian Meal Plan
EatingWell 28 Day Vegetarian Meal Plan

We hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Product Pick of the Week - Energizing Soy Protein

By far, This has to be one of my favorite products. Why?

Consumers reported changing their eating habits due to specific health concerns. Among the greatest worries were heart health and dietary cholesterol intake.The major dietary concern (reported by almost half ofthose surveyed) was reducing fat.

Animal protein is a major contributor to the fat in the average American diet. Americans eat plenty of protein,but it is mostly from meat, eggs, and dairy sources, which are usually high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

In contrast, Energizing Soy Protein is high in protein, that is naturally low in fat, and naturally lactose and cholesterol free. It also provides all the amino acids,including the nine essential ones your body needs but cannot manufacture itself. Using the newest methods for assessing the quality of protein, soy protein that given the score of 1.0 — the highest rating possible and equal to that given animal proteins such as those from eggs and milk. Energizing Soy Protein products are also good sources of calcium and iron.

In addition, Energizing Soy Protein provides naturally occurring beneficial plant compounds that are being extensively studied. Soy contains isoflavones, especially genistein and daidzein. These are intriguing to researchers because they are phytoestrogens and maybe related to soy’s ability to regulate hormonal balanceand deliver long-term health benefits.

Some soy protein products are alcohol-processed, which removes isoflavones. Energizing Soy Protein is water washed to retain naturally occurring isoflavones such asgenistein and daidzein. Shaklee uses only non-genetically modified (GMO) soy protein certified through an Identity Preservation Program (IPP). This programassures that the soy we use is tightly monitored and controlled from planting and harvesting to processing.

Who Might Benefit from Energizing Soy Protein?
• 58 million people who are concerned about heart health
• People interested in reducing their intake of the typically high-fat, high-cholesterol animal sources of protein and supplementing their diet with a plant-based protein source that is naturally low in fat and lactose and cholesterol free
• Vegetarians or vegans looking for a high-quality protein source that contains no animal products
• People interested in the health benefits associated with consuming soy
• Anyone interested in supporting the body’s natural ability to ward off hunger and maintain energy for hours
•Helps build muscle, skin, and hormones
•Supports the immune system
•Retains normal cholesterol levels
•Promotes heart and prostate health.
•Contains soy isoflavones, which can help minimize hot flashes and promote breast health.

Why Choose Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein?
• 14 grams of protein per serving
• Uses only IPP-certified non-GMO soy protein
• Highest-rated protein quality
• Natural vegetarian protein source
• Naturally cholesterol free
• No saturated fat
• 1 gram of total fat per serving
• Naturally lactose free
• 50% of your daily needs for calcium
• All the amino acids, including the nine essential ones you must get from food
• Water-processed to retain naturally occuring isoflavones
such as genistein and daidzein
• Choice of Creamy Cocoa or Natural Vanilla flavors
• No artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives
• Kosher certified

How to use:
Mix 3 tablespoons of Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein with a glass of milk, juice, water, or your favorite beverage. Optional: add fruit and blend.

To learn more, visit our site for Energizing Soy Protein

Friday, October 2, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Honey Baked Apples

With the fall season here, it brings us a bountiful abundance of apples and I love apples. So this week I wanted to post a very simple recipe but one that is delicious.

Honey Baked Apples:

4-6 Delicious Apples

4-6 TBL Honey

¼ cup Orange Juice

Pinch Cinnamon

I like to take my apples and cut just the tops off. Then take a melon baller and scoop out the core section. Just don’t go through to the very bottom of the apple. Then mix the Honey and Orange Juice together. Spoon this mixture into the center of the apple. Then sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. (If you like, you can also add some raisins and very fine chopped nuts to this mixture)

Place apples in baking dish. You can add just water or a little apple cider to keep the apples moist while baking. Bake in 400 degree oven for about 1 hour or until apple is tender. If your apples begin to brown to fast, simply cover your apples with a little foil.

Let cool for about 10 min. Apples will be very hot!

We hope you enjoy!
Patty Dooley