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After I munched on some trail mix and nectarines… a proceeded to have some Homemade Berry Sorbet Ice Cream with a Whole Grain Bar (form Costco) and a single serving bag of Popcorn. Talk about the munchies!!!!

Homemade Berry Ice Cream Whole Grain Bar

Homemade Berry Ice Cream Whole Grain Bar

Single Serving Popcorn

Single Serving Popcorn

I was inspired to make some Vegetable Kabobs, while Mike added some meat to his. I also had Mike Grill/Roast some Asparagus too.

 

 

Vegetable Kabobs

Vegetable Kabobs

Vegetable Kabobs:

Ingredients:

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Orange Bell Pepper

1/2 Onion

5 Sticks Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

2Tbls Olive Oil

Paprika

Garlic Powder

Cumin

Directions: Wash and Chop the vegetables and start skewering them on metal kabob stick. In a small dish add the Olive Oil and seasonings and brush the vegetables on the grill with the seasonings. Grill for about 20 minutes or until tender

After dinner… Mike and I went on a 45 minute bike ride around the neighborhood…. and then we took a walk on the ocean for the first time in a long time. And it seemed like everyone was out on the beach enjoying low-tide. It truely was a nice walk.!

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I love how all the vegetables in my salads and dishes just sparkle with bright, rich colors. The minute I sprinkle Olive Oil on the veggies, they just seem to come alive. And I know that once I eat them I will come alive with nutrition and healthy cell rejuvenation!!!!

So, this morning I started with a brisk hour-long walk in the neighborhood. It was a great feeling after the food I ate last night.. I’m still kinda getting straight from the Hibachi Meal.!!!

Then we let Mike’s son take a ride on Mike’s bike around the neighborhood, while Mike and I took a walk down to the clubhouse. There, we waited for his other kids to come over to have lunch.

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables

We decided to grill some beef burgers, turkey burgers, and I made the token vegetable dishes. First on got crackin with the Grilled Vegetables:

Ingredients: Red & Yellow Bell Peppers

Zucchini

Asparagus

Mushrooms

Olive Oil

Dried Onion Flakes

Paprika

Cumin

Celtic Salt

Directions: I chopped up some zucchini, Bell Peppers Asparagus, and Mushrooms and put them into some Tin Foil paper and sprinkled some Olive Oil and Seasoning on the pile of vegetables and handed it off to Mike to put on the Grill. He kept it on the Grill shelf for about 15 minutes.

Then I chopped up Vegetables for another Fresh Vegetable Salad I’m saving for either tomorrow of later today!!

I also made a Cucumber & Tomato Salad and brought out all the stuff to eat on the patio. Before the meal, we were all munching on Hummus and Stacey’s Chips.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad:

Ingredients:

Cucumber

Tomato

Olive Oil

Dried Parsley

Cumin

Paprika

Celtic Salt

Directions: Chop up the cucumbers and tomatoes and sprinkle with 2 tbls of Olive Oil, Dried Parsley and seasonings.

Now, we’re relaxing and watching some TV…. I think I may have had too much Hummus and Chips.  But, hopefully my afternoon juice will help wash things down!!!

Speaking of juicing…. I ran out of Carrots yesterday and made juice with Asparagus, Celery and Apples. It was really good… it tasted different but good!!!

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Yesterday was bad!!!  I ate way too much food. For lunch I had a hearty helping of my Fresh Vegetable Salad and another hearty helping of Mike’s Asha Reshteh.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Asha Reshteh Ugh!! I was so bloated after that meal, after which I vowed I wasn’t going to eat anything for dinner.

But as luck would have it, Mike made a dish with Okra, Brussels Sprouts, Zucchini and Eggplant. He actually tossed all the vegetables in flour and put it on the Coleman Grill he has. 

Mike's Okra

Mike's Okra

Mike’s Okra:

Ingredients:

Okra

Brussels Sprouts

Zucchini

Eggplant

Flour

Olive Oil

Directions:

Cut up the vegetables and wash, blot with paper towel and roll into a cup of flour. Fry in a pan/grill with Olive Oil until tender. 

Red Bell Pepper SaladThen he finely chopped up some Red Bell Peppers and Orange Bell Peppers with Cucumber for a Salad. He added an Oil and Lemon Dressing to it. And then I added some Avocado and Paprika, Cumin, Celtic Salt, and Dried Onions to the Dressing mix.

Bell Pepper Salad:

Ingredients:

Red & Orange Bell Peppers

Cucumbers

Olive Oil

Lemon Juice

Paprika

Dried Onions

Cumin

Celtic Salt

I ate a much smaller amount of  THIS food… which was really good. But I was ultimately thinking about lunch and how much I had eaten.

Then to make matters worse, I didn’t work out last night. Because I had soo much food, I felt really tired and couldn’t bring myself to it.

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While we were in Daytona running some errands we came across a new restaurant called Vince Carter. It’s a very spacious piano bar, sports bar and steak restaurant all in one. The food was great too.!!!

 

 

Riesling Wine

Riesling Wine

I had a glass of Riesling Wine, which I didn’t finish; it was just a bit too soon to be drinking after Saturday’s binge. Then we ordered this great appetizer of Roasted Vegetables (Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Squash and Mushrooms) with a homemade Hummus and Bread.

Roasted Vegetable & Hummus

Roasted Vegetable & Hummus

But when I took the picture, I had already eaten all the Vegetables and bread.

 

 

For dinner I had a wonderful Central Salad, which consisted of

Romaine Lettuce, Artichoke Hearts, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Tomato and Almond Slices with a very tart Vinegarette. 

Vince Carter Center Salad

Vince Carter Center Salad

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This morning I got up and looked outside the window and saw the rain… thought there go my walking plans. All day today, the forescast says it’s supposed to rain.  So I will have to figure out something else for a workout.!!!

But until then, I made my Juice in my VitaMix Juicer.:

Carrot Juice:

Ingredients:

 4 Carrots

 4 Celery

2 Handfulls of Spinach

1 Apple 

Directions:

Cleaned and Chopped up Vegetables, add water and ice. Turn on VitaMix on Variable 1 and turn up speed to 10 and mix for 1minute or until desired consistancy.

Barley Max Mix

Barley Max Mix

Then I went ahead and pulled the Barley Max container out of the cupboard and mixed a glass of water with 1 spoonful of the powder.

What Is Barley Max??

BarleyMax is a barley juice product, which is grown from specially selected seeds on fields that are certified organic in a pristine area of the USA.

Alfalfa juice is blended with the barley juice to optimize the nutritional values and achieve the highest macro and trace mineral content possible.

WHY  CHOOSE BARLEY MAX?

BarleyMax has a balanced and richer amount of macro minerals and trace minerals. Higher mineral content gives more cofactors for higher enzyme activity and building blocks for the living cells, tissues and organs of the body.

Vitamin Content – Tests and research indicate higher vitamin content in BarleyMax. This may be due to growing conditions, but also to lower heat and oxygen exposure during processing.

Antioxidant Capacity – Green drink powders are a rich source of antioxidants. In a measure of total antioxidant capacity, this product is the leading green drink juice powder. Levels of beta-carotene are highly dependent on storage time and light exposure.

Looks Fresh – BarleyMax is green. When mixed BarleyMax has a deep, rich green color. Even if it sits on the counter for a while, it does not separate. This indicates true solubility. It mixes easily and stays mixed.

No Maltodextrin – Though we have believed for years that maltodextrin preserves the sensitive nutrients from damage, our recent laboratory tests indicate that this product, over a year old, without maltodextrin, still has most of the enzymatic activity remaining. This is also good news for those who believe they are sensitive to Maltodextrin.

No Brown Rice and Kelp – BarleyMax is a pure juice product whose mineral and micro mineral values are as good if not better without the use of these additional ingredients. No MLM – What more can you say? This is just a straight purchase. You get what you pay for. You will actually get a better product, more servings, and a lower price. It’s simply a great deal.

Tastes Fresh – BarleyMax tastes fresh. The flavor is full of vitality and has an aroma of freshly squeezed juice. If you put BarleyMax juice, beside the freshly squeezed juice, you will have a difficult time telling the juices apart.

BarleyMax Nutritional Content Trace Minerals:

BarleyMax contains 100% organically grown barley juice concentrate and a small amount of enzyme-rich and nutrient-dense alfalfa. Alfalfa plants have roots that reach deep into the earth, drawing out precious trace minerals that are not found in other grasses. Enzymes are the life force of raw foods.

As we age our body’s ability to produce enzymes weakens resulting in poor digestion and elimination leading to acute health issues and chronic illness. We can conserve our enzyme potential by utilizing raw foods rich in enzymes.

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After a many hours in front of the computer, taking an online real estate course, I didn’t get a chance to eat. Then before I knew it I was running late for my 3pm appointment, and literally ran out the door. Luckily, Mike came with me and after the meeting I took a quick detour to Wendy’s while Mike went into Staples to get some office supplies.

I ate the Southwest Salad and asked for the Chili on the side and tried to pick off all the cheese I could. Once I went through all that effort, I realized the dressing was a creamy Southwestern Spicy Dressing. At that point I was so hungry, all I could do was mentally through my hands up in the air and eat my food.

That was around 4pm, because afterwards Mike headed to the interstate north. He had a piece of property up in Jacksonville that he wanted to see. So up north is where we headed to see some property, meet with his son, stop by Costco for the Vita-Mix Juicer and have dinner.

I had my eye on the Vita-Mix Juicer for some time, and it just so happened that Mike was thinking about getting the Juicer as well. So, luckily the gentleman at Costco was doing a demonstration of the Juicer and we were sold!!! I can’t wait to juice in it tomorrow.

Then we headed to Wasabi-Japanese Steakhouse for dinner and invited Mike’s son to join us. While we were waiting 45 minutes for our Grill side seats, I sat at the bar and ordered small Cold Sake. Then at the table, I ordered another one.

Something I thought was great! When the chef started to make the Fried Rice, I asked him to make a little with no egg in it. And he complied. I was thinking about asking him to use no butter on a handful of vegetables, but I thought I might be pushing my luck. So, I took what I got and was very happy (Inside I was jumping up and down!).

Then it was time for the hour-long ride home 😦

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It’s been quite crazy up here in the North East. With everything from traveling to New York for a Gift Show, getting pounded by a snow forecasters dubble “The Blizzard of 2010”, losing power and until now internet service it’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks.

Tyson Corner Shops

Tyson Corner Shops

Blizzard 2010

Blizzard 2010 Aftermath

Neighborhood Road After Blizzard

Neighborhood Road After Blizzard

Through it all, I’ve managed to indulge, over indulge, come back to my senses and to reality for Team RawToLose40. Today, was my first day back to pilates and boy did it show I hadn’t been in the studio since last week.

In the course of these 13 days I’ve stayed off the blog, I did managed to make some great meals.

A Layered Vegetable Salad which takes nothing but imagination to make. Then I consulted the cook book and made the Vegetable Soup Stock because I saw some recipes in there that I wanted to make which required the Soup Stock.

Layered Vegetable Salad

Layered Vegetable Salad

Layered Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Yellow/Orange Bell Pepper

5Mushrooms

1/2lb of Green Beans

2Stalks of Celery

1Tomato

1/2Can of Kidney Beans

1Cup of Broccoli

2Carrots

4Green Onions

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

Paprika

Cumin

Garlic Powder

Dried Parsley

Directions:

Wash and Chop up all the Vegetables and place in a bowl. Add the ingredients for Oil & Vinegar Dressing and toss.

On a more serious note…. These last 2 weeks have been particularly difficult for me to bear. I’ve been eating recklessly and with no cares about the foods I’m eating and what they’ll do to my waiste line and health. Speaking of which, I’ve noticed the scale moving in the wrong direction and my waiste not getting any smaller. I keep saying these words, “that I have to buckle down”, “I have to eat right”, but the words have just not meant anything these past days. I know I have to find the will power in me to move it forward. Hopefully with the availability to pilates again, I will have the power back!

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I had a scheduled Mammogram appointment this Thursday morning… and did it hurt. I do have to say though; it didn’t hurt as bad as it did last year. I asked the technician giving the Mammogram, do you think I could have lost weight in my breasts and that’s why it doesn’t hurt? And she replied, it could be! It just so happens; I did lose about 5 inches in my breasts!!!

Afterwards, I met up with my girl Robin at Panera Bread for lunch. I had my usual, Vegetable Soup and a Greek Salad with no Feta Cheese. This afternoon, I tried and Iced Green Tea and it was good. It tasted really sweet, so I’m wondering now just how much sugar was in that drink????

I came home to find Mike packing to drive up to Washington D.C. Friday EARLY morning. So it was all about packing and getting things ready. For dinner, I had some Minestrone Soup with some Naan Bread (White Flat Bread) and the bread is still weighing heavy on my tummy.!! 😦

This isn’t the best thing to do… because the longer the Juiced vegetable sits in it’s juiced state the less nutritious it is. But I don’t want to get up before 5am to Juice, so I pre juiced my vegetables tonight for the road tomorrow.

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I’m really lovin’ this walking every morning. It’s very invigorating. I’m noticing muscles forming and my body getting tighter. It’s not even hard anymore to wake up at 6:30 am or 7:30am to get dressed and hit the road, even with temps in the lower 40’s and 30’s.

The walking is great cardiovascular and it also helps clear my mind to remind me of what I need to do that day.  And Wednesday, I had a Dental Appointment to get my teeth cleaned. Afterwards, I decided to do a little grocery shopping to pick up some odds and ends to last me until Friday before we hit the road for D.C.

I stopped into a couple of little boutiques and bought some things for the house… and headed home for a Green Salad and Minestrone Soup Lunch. I finally finished off the Salad I made earlier in the week (because Mike doesn’t eat the salads I make!) and ate a bowl of My Minestrone Soup with Whole Wheat Bread Slices.

While I was eating, I had the chance to sit down and watch another Old movie on TMC Wednesday Afternoon. This one was a movie with Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez. Right now, I can’t remember the name of it, but it also had James Mason in it. Cute movie.!!!

For dinner, I had the chance to make this White Bean Soup I had my eye on since the beginning of the week. I’ve wanted to make a soup with some beans in it, and the White Bean Soup sounded really good. I ended up using the White Beans in the Minestrone Soup and again for the White Bean Soup. Another bonus for this recipe was, that I realized I had frozen some Vegetable Soup Stock and needed to use it.

I warmed up the remaining slices of the Whole Wheat Bread and waited until Mike made his Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Lemon Dressing.

Cucumber Tomato w/Lemon Dressing

Cucumber Tomato Salad w/Lemon Dressing

Mike’s Cucumber, Tomato Salad w/Lemon Dressing:

Ingredients:

4Small Cucumbers

4Tomatoes

1/2Lemon

4Garlic Cloves

Celtic Sea Salt

Directions:

Wash, Peel and chop the Cucumbers and Tomatoes into a bowl. Cut half of a Lemon and squeeze onto the Salad. Mince Garlic Cloves and add Celtic Sea Salt to taste. Mix and Serve. 

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup:

Ingredients:

2Cups White Beans

2Cups Onions

1Cup Broccoli

1Cup Red Bell Pepper

1Cup Yellow Squash

2Cups Vegetable Soup Stock

Celtic Sea Salt

Basil, Oregano, Rosemary

Directions:

Soak beans overnight and drain. Or drain beans from can, place in pot with soup stock and cook for 1 1/2hours if they are uncooked adding more soup stock or distilled water if needed. While beans are cooking, chop Onions, Broccoli, Squash, and Pepper. Add these vegetables, seasonings and Celtic Sea Salt to the beans and cook an additional hour.

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Boy, when I woke up it hurt to take my first step out of bed. My calves got such a workout yesterday; I didn’t realize it until I was walking away from the bed. I wanted to hit Pilates again this morning, but thought better of that idea. 🙂

So instead, I did something better (as I type facetiously).  I got a Starbucks Tall Pumpkin Spiced Iced Latte with Soy Milk instead. There’s 5 or 600 calories of sugar and fat I can’t get back!

Garden Green Salad

Garden Green Salad

For lunch I made a Garden Green Salad with a bunch of great Vegetables in it. Today, I added Raisins and an Oil & White Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.

Garden Green Salad:

Ingredients:

1-Bag of Spring Salad

4 Mushrooms

4 Green Onions

1 Avocado

1 Orange Bell Pepper

1 Tomato

1/4Cup Raisins

Directions: Wash the Spinach and Baby Greens from the Salad Mix Bag. Wash and chop up the Vegetables. Add the Raisins and Dressing and serve.  

Oil & Vinegar Dressing:

Ingredients:

2 Tbls. Olive Oil

2 Tbls. White Balsamic Vinegar

I’ve got to say, my experimenting is getting better and better. I had just a little bit the Whole Grain Rigatoni left, so I heated it up and had that as well.

Assorted Danish Cake

What's Left of Assorted Danish Cake

And I hate to say this, or even document it, but I had yet some more morsels of the Danish Assorted Cake Mike bought at Costco. This is what was left of the Assorted Danish Cake after I got my hands on it. Both Mike and I had a part to play in polishing off the tin of Danish. It’s ruining everything I’ve done so far by going to the Pilates classes this week.! But I’m happy to write, Mike ate the last of the Danish, so thankfully there are no more temptations.!!!

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