Menu Monday – Eat to Live

Slow Progress is Still Progress - Eight month ago I started a new journey in health.  I had mustered all the courage I had left and visited with my doctor.  He gave me a book that changed my look at health and well being… The End of Dieting by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. (click here to get this book for yourself off… Continue reading Slow Progress is Still Progress
Another Week of Success - It’s been a good week of eating… even it I tried a new recipe that I wasn’t a fan and didn’t eat much of it.  I was able to stay on track and eat healthy foods all week. Monday I started the day with a berry smoothie for Breakfast.  I went across the street and… Continue reading Another Week of Success
First Week of the Holiday Season – Success! - Last week was a crazy good week of eating!  I succeeded in staying away from unhealthy, inflammation causing foods.  Although I had a couple days of horrible leg cramps, I made it through Thanksgiving and actually LOST weight!  When does that happen? Monday looked like this: Jamba Juice for breakfast; a yummy salad with a… Continue reading First Week of the Holiday Season – Success!
Menu Monday – Still Waiting for Variety - My life is still so fast paced that I haven’t been adventurous with food.  I haven’t even taken pictures of what I am eating. I will do better this coming week. Again, I ate veggies or a smoothie for breakfast. Again, I had a salad or soup for lunch. I made Asparagus and Sunny Side up… Continue reading Menu Monday – Still Waiting for Variety
Eating Well… Even on Vacation - I got a little more variety this past week.  For breakfast most days, I had a smoothie with berries from my freezer,spinach and a banana.  On most days for lunch I had a salad or some soup. Last Tuesday was National Nachos Day.  I decided to make my own Healthy Instant Pot Refried Beans. The family… Continue reading Eating Well… Even on Vacation
Ready for Some Variety - A crazy week with four shows didn’t allow for much time at home to create meals… again.  I am ready for some evenings at home where I can create some meals that will give some variety to what we eat.  I haven’t bailed on the new plan… it’s just that I have been eating the… Continue reading Ready for Some Variety
Soup 3 meals a Day - It’s been a long week getting my show open.  Thankfully, my husband did all the food prep for the week.  He made 4 different pots of soup and got them in the fridge.  That made it easy to have healthy food… but I did eat soup 3 meals a day.  LOL.  Here are the soups… Continue reading Soup 3 meals a Day
It’s not a Diet… It’s a Lifestyle - It’s been a busy week.  I didn’t get pictures of any of the food I ate, but rest assured that I have been successful in my Eat to Live goals. Fast food and crap food avoided.  I survived because this week my husband was willing to do the prep work, and a good friend brought… Continue reading It’s not a Diet… It’s a Lifestyle
It Can Be Done – Even When You are Insanely Busy - Wow!  What a week! The next 2 weeks look just as nuts.  However, eating well can be done! This past week I ate a ton of salads.  My friends Rachel continued to bring me soup.  I did make a couple of yummy things. This week I made Wendy’s Tomato Pie I love this recipe!  I… Continue reading It Can Be Done – Even When You are Insanely Busy
Wendy’s Red Kidney Bean Chili - Ingredients 1 pound dry kidney beans soaked overnight and drained 1 c chopped carrots 1 onions, chopped 1 c bell peppers, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 28 oz canned tomaotes 4 c vegetable stock 1 jar salsa 3-5 Tbs chili powder 4 bay leaves 1 Tbs cumin Directions Saute garlic, peppers and onions until… Continue reading Wendy’s Red Kidney Bean Chili
Another week of Progress - I have a show opening in 2 weeks and I am rarely home.  My Saturdays have been taken up working on getting my set done.  This past week it was ok.  I was able to get a little prep work down so I could have the veggies I wanted for breakfast and lunch… this past… Continue reading Another week of Progress
Win Some Lose Some - Breakfast consisted of sauted vegetables or a smoothie. Lunch was always a small salad and a bowl of soup and mixed nuts and seeds. Dinner was a salad and soup.  It was a busy week so a large pot of soup got eaten for nearly every meal.  Nothing like a crock pot to save the… Continue reading Win Some Lose Some
A Menu of Plants - Life is running along quite quickly.  It would have been tough week getting nutrition if I didn’t have a prepped and stocked fridge.  Because I took the time to chop and store veggies and fruits for the week I was successful in eating healthy, nutritious food everyday. Breakfast looked like this every day: I would… Continue reading A Menu of Plants
Soup is on the Menu - It’s been a busy week.  I am discovering that I really loving vegetables for breakfast.  The veggies I saute in the morning include zucchini, mushrooms, onions, summer yellow squash, asparagus, green beans and tomatoes.  Every morning I mix up a different combination and cook them in my copper no stick pan.  My favorite from last… Continue reading Soup is on the Menu
Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail - Food is no longer entertainment at my house… if you don’t count the personal pizzas we made with the grand kids yesterday. Food is fuel.  That doesn’t mean that we don’t eat well.  We do!  Food is tasty in it’s natural state.  I am enjoying food more than I have before. Today I have decided… Continue reading Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
Wrapping up August in fresh veggies - It is great to live in a beautiful place where many things grow.  This week we enjoyed fresh plums, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, yellow summer squash, onions, green beans, raspberries and strawberries.  I didn’t really make “recipes” for meals.  Some meals were just 1/2 a cantaloupe and a spoon.  🙂  Other meals… Continue reading Wrapping up August in fresh veggies
Yummy Things at My house - Oh the bounty of veggies that are in my valley at this time of year!  It’s great!  We eat like royalty… vegetarian royal family.  Teehee. Today I am not going to give a play by play of what I ate.  Breakfast was usually a fruit and greens smoothie or sauted veggies of some sort.  I… Continue reading Yummy Things at My house
Bountiful Veggies - This has been a week of gorgeous produce – from my own garden and from the local farm we get all of our vegetables from.  Earlier this spring, my husband and I decided to invest in a local farmer and bought a co-op share in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. BEST DECISION EVER!!! Bermudez… Continue reading Bountiful Veggies
What’s on the Menu - I have realized 2 things in the last couple of weeks… I am still adjusting my recipe size.  I used to make dinner for 7 or more.  Now I make dinner for 2 and sometimes, four. (My kids aren’t ready to give up former foods, even if they are making some effort here and there).… Continue reading What’s on the Menu
Menu Monday – an example of a Lack of Preparation  - This past week was a long one at work.  We were in full production which left me with little time to prepare.  It was all doable… if I took the time.  At the beginning of the week I made a plan.  However, I wasn’t good at that by the end of the week. Here is… Continue reading Menu Monday – an example of a Lack of Preparation 
Menu Monday – What’s for Dinner  - So… Many people may be wondering Just how I eat with this new plan… lots and lots of veggies.  LOL.  It’s a little hard when I am on the go every day.  At least veggies are easy to come by right now.  My garden and the bountiful basket thing we belong to are supplying all… Continue reading Menu Monday – What’s for Dinner 
Menu Monday – Eat to Live  - It all started with this book.  Well… Maybe a little before this book, but this book is what has rocketed my journey forward. For the past year I have been feeling pretty crappy.  Headache.  Sore feet that are so bad I can’t walk well.  Sore knees and hips.  Poor sleep.  Now I am not one… Continue reading Menu Monday – Eat to Live 
Pumpkin soup  - Many people have ask how I made my pumpkin soup.  To be honest, I am mainly a dump-in-what-I-can-to-come-close-to-the-recipe kind of cook.  Thus, the following is as close as I can get to the recipe I made for… 4 tablespoons butter (I used Smart butter) 1 cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic, crushed 1-2 tablespoon Thai red curry… Continue reading Pumpkin soup 
Turning the Food Pyramid Upside Down  - Every waking minute of every day we are bombarded with mixed messages about what to eat and what not to eat. It is hard to wade through the myriad of “knowledge” that can be found in the big wide world. Fast food, comfort/reward food, snack food, convenience food, fad diet plans with their very own… Continue reading Turning the Food Pyramid Upside Down 
Stone Soup  - What’s for dinner? That is one of the hardest questions to answer. Stone Age women had no choice but to make do with whatever food their men brought back to the cave after a hard day’s hunting. Me? I have to sort through recipes, diets, allergies and picky kids. It just might have been easier… Continue reading Stone Soup 
Death By Affluence  - I am a BIG fan of mysteries. As a kid I rode my bike down to the library and checked out 70 of the 82 Agatha Christie books and read them by the time I was 15. As an adult, I learned to love TV shows like Castle, NCIS, and even Hawaii 5-0. Today, I… Continue reading Death By Affluence 
Stressed – OUT… and dealing with it  - Staying focused is sometimes a very difficult thing to do. Most of us know what our triggers are. Triggers are situations and circumstances that put us at our weakest point in terms of staying on track. I have to admit my greatest trigger is stress… any and all stress: job stress, financial stress, teen stress,… Continue reading Stressed – OUT… and dealing with it