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I hit the Pilates Studio Wednesday morning…. feeling the pain from the morning before. Boy, Cyndi our instructor really gave us(me) a leg workout Tuesday. I think it was a combination of not doing Pilates from Friday to Monday and also putting a little more attention on the legs Tuesday. It really made climbing the stairs this week a bit more difficult.

But anyway, I got home from the Jump Board 45minute workout and started fixing my Breakfast  of 1Tsp of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

Then I mixed my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach. I’ve become partial to this mix of vegetables.. and when I have the fresh Parsley I will add it too!!

30 minutes before Lunch I mixed 1Tsp of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

And prepared something I picked up from my girlfriend on my trip to New York. She made me a sandwich with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Red Onions one afternoon and it tasted so good, I recreated the meal.

Vegetable Sandwich on Whole Wheat:

Ingredients:

1Cucumber

1Tomato

1/2Red Onion

2-4 Slices of Whole Grain Wheat Bread

Directions: Wash and slice cucumbers, red onions and tomatoes. Slice Bread and layer ingredients and top with slice of bread.

I was feeling  a little rushed and knew I picked up a Bolthouse Farms Juice at the market the other day and decided to implement that in my day. So, for my Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice I used the Bolthouse Farms Vedge Juice which is 10 different vegetables mixed together. It kinda tastes like a V8 cocktail mix.

30minutes before dinner I mixed 1Tsp of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz of Distilled Water. And afterwards I started on my meal. I decided to keep it light for dinner with a Loaded Cucumber & Tomato Salad:

Ingredients:

3Cucumbers

1/2Red Onion

1Yellow Bell Pepper

1Tomato

Corriander

Parsley

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

2Tbps Olive Oil

Directions: Wash, peel  and chop vegetables. Mix into bowl and add olive oil and season to taste.

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Mike decided to make another meal form his mother’s book of recipes…. this one was even better than the last time he made this same dish three weeks ago. In Persian (farce) it’s called Asha Reshteh… which is basically a vegetarian dish. And Tuesday afternoon we sat down with his daughter and enjoyed the dish with some Whole Grain Wheat Bread. The reason I think this last preparation of the Asha Reshteh is so much better, because it was soupier. Otherwise with the noodles, vegetables and beans get so overwhelming the dish really needs more soupiness. 

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike’s Asha Reshteh

Red Kidney Beans

White Beans

Chick Peas

Lentils

Spinach

Kale

Onions

Carrots

Celery

Whole Wheat Noodles

Directions:

Wash and Chop up vegetables and put into pot with drained beans and lentils. Add 8 cups of water and put on heat for 1 or so. Boil noodles and add them at the end of the process.

 For dinner, Mike and I were out and took a ride down to Daytona. I wanted to check out a movie (Bounty Hunter) and we were an hour too early for the next showing. So Mike decided to go across the street to Chili’s Restaurant where we had Happy Hour cocktails and some munchies.

Carafe of White Wine

Carafe of White Wine

I had of course the white wine 2 for 1 and a small Asian Salad with no cheese or creamy vinaigrette dressing. I asked for Oil and Vinegar instead and Mike had the Chicken Nachos. While we waited for our food, we snacked on some chips and salsa.

Then when we got back home…. I felt so overwhelmingly hungry and had a small dish of the Asha Reshteh with a piece of Whole Grain Wheat Bread. Maybe not such a good idea because I felt so heavy in my stomach… it was uncomfortable.

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What a great day here in Central Florida! Mike wanted to make Minestrone Soup and started his cooking around 11 this morning.  So I let him do his thing and it turned out wonderful. Mike’s Minestrone Soup turned out very well, and I actually ate a bowl for lunch and another for dinner. I paired the soup with a couple of pieces of Whole Grain Wheat Bread…. too good!

Mike's Minestrone Soup

Mike's Minestrone Soup

Mike’s Minestrone Soup:

Ingrediants:

1Can Red Kidney Beans

1/2Can Chick Peas

1Tomato, quartered

1Can Diced Tomatoe

1Can Tomato Paste

2Carrots, diced

2Zucchini, choped

1Yellow Squash, chopped

2Cups Spinach

2Spoons Minced Garlic

6Red Potatoes, diced

1Red Onion, chopped

1Tbls. Dried Mint

2Tbls. Dried Parsley

1Tbls. Italian Seasoning

1 Bay Leaf

Celtic Salt

2Tlbs Olive Oil

Directions:

Wash and chop Onion, Potato, Zucchini, Squash into pan with Olive Oil and fry until Onions transparent. In a pot fill with 8 cups water, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Tomato, Diced Tomatoes, Garlic and other seasonings. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and add fried vegetables for another 45 minutes.

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I woke up this Saturday morning, bound and determined to go to a pilates class. I had enough of laying around. My body and muscles were atrophying! When I woke up around 8:30am I turned on the T.V. and watched a movie (Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood). As the next movie started (27 Dresses) I got up to make myself an Avocado Sandwich.

I went downstairs to put two slices of Whole Grain Wheat Bread (from Whole Foods) into the oven to toast. While I was waiting for the bread to toast, I mixed my Barley Max and drank it. Then, I spread a bit of “I can’t believe it’s not butter” onto the bread, sliced up the Avocados, placed them on each piece and lightly salted with Sea Salt. Yum Yum Yum!

By the time I ate my quick feast, it was time to start getting ready for my Pilates class. I actually scheduled the class last night, so I was financially obligated to attend the 11am Beginners Class. And the whole time I was getting ready, I was very worried how my back would feel in class, because it wasn’t 100% yet. There’s still some stiffness and pain when I move and walk. But I am feeling more flexible and mobile, even after walking around in those high heals yesterday.

I certainly remembered what happened last week when I was feeling better. I did something, or it was a combination of my activities that I reinjured my back. And I wasn’t looking for a repeat of that. So in the class, first thing I did was let the instructor know I have some back issues and I was very hesitant and slow to make any of the moves. But as the class progressed, I was making my moves more confidently and putting more effort and energy into each move. To say the least, I am surprised at how flexible I was without the pain I was expecting!

And as I type these words, my back is still feeling good after taking the pilates class. I am laying on the heating pad for a bit, just as a precaution!:)

I did snack on some Pita Chips and Hummus again and did drink my Vedge Vegetable drink from BoltHouse. It’s a great combination of 7 Vegetables (kinda like a v-8 juice drink). We picked that up the day before at Whole Foods. I’m trying to drink 2-8oz glasses a day.

Stacy's Pita Chips

Pita Chip SnacksHummus SnackVedge Juice

Sabra Hummus

Hummus SnackVedge Juice Drink

BoltHouse Vedge Juice

Vedge Juice

 

For dinner I got up and made a Broccoli Noodles where I just cut up some Mushrooms, Broccoli and Boiled Noodles we bought at Whole Foods. I threw in the Broccoli and Mushroom to blanche with the Noodles. The Dressing was an Oil, Dried Onions, Paprika, Sea Salt, Corriander Seasoning.

Broccoli Noodles

Broccoli Noodle Dinner

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