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Loving the Luscious Choices

Day 204 in nibbling my way to a healthier me for when I meet up with Mickey

Today’s plan is to plot out my menu for the week.  Six dinners  for the week, because we’re eating out on Thursday after Damascus Road rehearsal.  Then I’ll make my grocery list with those meals in mind.

For breakfast this morning, I went back to try a recipe I’ve wanted to try for a while. I found it on the tinterweb, but I can’t find from whom.  If you find it, then let me know so I can credit the right source.  🙂  See below:

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal:

  1. 1 cup of whole oats (not instant)
  2. 1 cup of coconut milk
  3. 1/3 c. of pure canned pumpkin (no sugar added)
  4. 1/2 tsp. stevia powder  (about a packet and a half)
  5. a pinch of vanilla powder
  6. a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice OR 1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients and stir well.  Heat to boiling while stirring.  Simmer at lowest setting for 15 minutes, stirring often.  Enjoy!

It was sugar-free and decadently delicious!  I lamented about missing all things pumpkin during the holidays.  I have been enjoying pumpkin flavored coffee thanks to the kids, who found sugar-free pumpkin syrup .  But today I got to eat a scrumptious pumpkin treat, and it’s guilt-free!  Ya-hoo!!!

Now that I’m limiting my sugar and salt intake, I’ve found that I am appreciating the REAL taste of foods.  The crunchy goodness of raw cauliflower, the natural sweetness of an apple or clementine, the satisfying taste of unsalted nuts and seeds.  It’s taken me a long time, but  I am leaving the allure of sugar and highly salted food behind me.  Thanks be to God!

Meet you at the Kingdom!


Rampant Research Reading

Day 52 in my moves toward meeting Mickey

Today’s plan is a no-brainer.  I received in the mail “Birnbaum’s 2015 Walt Disney World” The Official Guide.  Am I excited?  Oh, yeah!!!  I will look it over and begin to read it in earnest tonight.  Then I will begin to plot our parks schedule for 2015.

I also received “The Skinnytaste Cookbook” by Gina Homolka with Heather K. Jones, R.D.  In previous blogs I have mentioned the website skinnytaste.com.  I love the light recipes that I’ve found there, so I am pretty excited about the new cookbook.  I will also give this book the once over tonight to start getting some new ideas.

It’s a very chilly 55 degrees here today, so settling in with two good books sounds just about right for this evening.  First though, I am going to go for a walk when I get home, 20 minutes or bust…I might just bust.  🙂  No more fear!

Meet you at the Kingdom!

BTW: The quesadillas last night were outstanding!

Delicious Bounty

Day 34 in my trek to meet Mickey at the Magic Kingdom

Today’s plan is all about the food: Crock Pot Chicken a la Criolla: this is what I just spent a half an hour preparing.  Now it will cook slowly for the next six hours.  Thank you skinnytaste.com for the recipe!

Mrs. Bryan (Mike’s boss’s Mrs.) has been giving us delicious fresh vegetables from her garden.  So tonight with the chicken we’ll have a vegetable salad with peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and green beans.

Mike will grill zucchini slices brushed with olive oil.  The last time Emi visited, she taught us to cut an eggplant, set it on a rack, salt it and let it sit to get some of the water out before you grill it.    The result was firm, delicious eggplant.  We use the same method with large zucchini.  The results are scrumptious.

Here’s to planning healthy meals, preparing them and then partaking guilt-free.

Meet you at the Kingdom!

Time to Tidy

Day 28 tidying up for Mickey

Today’s plan is a very simple one: I will spend at least five minutes every hour (until Mike comes home) up and about tidying some corner of my home.  It’s good for the house, and it’s good for me.

I charged my Fitbit last night and will wear it today to see how much I walk.  And in honor of dusting it off and putting it back to work, I will take a little walk today.

This morning I woke up early to prepare a pork roast for the crock pot.  Today’s new recipe is Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork).  It smells delicious.  I am going to steam a bunch of broccoli and cook some Cilantro Lime Rice to go with it.  Yum!  (Thank you skinnytaste.com for the recipes for the pork and the rice!)

Busy day today, but I’m up for the challenge.  Meet you at the Kingdom!



Day 21 of Disney dreaming

Three weeks sugar-free.  That is a major milestone for me.  I don’t remember ever being sugar-free for three weeks, not in my entire life.  It feels good.  My blood sugar has stabilized, which can only be a good thing.  Yippee!  I feel less volatile.

Saturday dinner has often been from Dominos or KFC or Taco Bell.  A fast food dinner to “reward” ourselves for a day off after a week of work.  Now I’m rethinking that idea.   What is rewarding to a healthy body?  A high fat, high salt, high cholesterol, high simple-carb dinner?  Or a dinner that is low fat, low salt, low cholesterol with complex carbs.  I choose the latter.  Today I choose the latter.

Here’s the plan: today I will research four new recipes to try this week.  The internet has been my best tool in eating healthy.  Then I’ll make up my grocery list for the week and be ready to shop tomorrow.

Dinner tonight?  Easy Salmon, a recipe I found last week.  I mix one quarter cup of low-sodium soy sauce with one teaspoon of lemon juice, half a teaspoon of ginger, one quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and an eighth of a teaspoon of pepper.  Then I place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish, pour the liquid mix over the fillets (two 6-ounce fillets) and bake at 325 degrees about 25 minutes.  We will feast tonight on salmon, boiled potatoes and fresh veggies with black bean hummus.  Delicious!

Thank you for reading, dear friends.  Meet you at the Kingdom!  (I’m on my way, Mickey!!)

Making Plans for Nutritious Meals

Day 14 of getting ready for Mickey

Wow!  Two weeks in already.  Last night Mike and I brought all the equipment back into the church and set it up.  Holy wah!  What a huge task!  Platforms and cords first, then chairs, then all the gear.  It took us two and a half hours.  I prayed for strength before we went, and, thank you, Jesus, I was able to do quite bit.  It was empowering.  For a change, I did not hide from the physical work.  I dove right in and survived!  Halle-J-Lujah!

When I meet Mickey at the Magic Kingdom, I want to feel my best.  Nourished and healthy.  So here’s today’s plan:

  1. I will research 3 new healthy recipes online.  (skinnytase.com and ifoodreal.com here I come)  🙂  
  2. I will plan my menu for the week.
  3. I will make up a shopping list for needed ingredients.

I am also visualizing:

  1. I’m climbing into a boat on “It’s a Small World.” Then I’m singing along to that wonderful song ’til the end of the ride.  🙂
  2. I’m flying over London on “Peter Pan’s Fight.”
  3. I’m careening down a mountain on “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.”
  4. I’m in the final free fall on “Splash Mountain.”
  5. Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho, a pirate’s life for me…  “Pirates of the Caribbean” is next.

There’s a huge grin on my face right now.  🙂

Thanks for reading.  Meet you at the Kingdom.


To Market, to Market…

Day 8

OK, to finished the title “to buy a fat pig, home again , home again, riggety-jig”  I promise I won’t buy a fat pig there.  🙂

I have been a student of nutrition for 40-some years.  I’ve studied fats, sugars, carbs in general, the power of protein, etc., etc…  So I was delighted yesterday when I researched for low-sugar and no added sugar recipes to come across some very helpful websites.  I especially like skinnytaste.com (Chicken Ropa Vieja) and ifoodreal.com (Skinny Tortillaless Chicken Poblano Enchiladas).  Seriously, I’m so excited!

So here’s today’s plan:

I am going grocery shopping by myself, and I am going to fill my cart with healthy, nutritious foods.  Then  I will come home and put away all of those groceries by myself.  My menu is planned for the week.  My pantry has room for the new groceries.

I have not gone on a big grocery shopping trip by myself in a while.  Mike and I usually go on Sunday and pick up our week’s worth of food.  It will be a big physical undertaking for me.

BTW: The ingredients on food products are listed by weight, not volume.

See you at the Kingdom.