Update.

So this isn’t going to be a long post due to the fact that I’m posting from my phone. This past weekend has not been an easy one for me, and the next few weeks aren’t looking to go very well in terms of diet and exercise.

I was taken to the hospital Saturday screening when I had a piece of steak get lodged in my throat. I was still able to breathe but couldn’t swallow anything: water, pop, my own saliva…

I’ve had a recurring issue where my throat tends to close while I’m eating. Normally I can force it down with water after a while so I tried to do that at home. But four hours later it was still there and wouldn’t budge. Kyle made the decision then to take me to the ER.

They gave me some medicine to loosen up the soft muscles in my esophagus and some valium to calm my nerves and maybe I could pass it on my own. Unfortunately that didn’t work so I was transferred to their main hospital where I was in the ER the rest of the night. I received xrays where you could see that the cartilage in my throat was being pushed.

I ended up having to see a gastroenterologist and have it surgically removed. They also took a biopsy while they were in there due to the fact that my dad had esophageal cancer.

I haven’t heard back on that but I did get a name for the throat condition that I have had. It’s called esophageal dysphagia.

It’s mainly triggered by my nerves, and considering we had to take my husband off or bank account to ensure his student loans wouldn’t put anymore holds on it, and we’ve been having car trouble with both cars and no money to fix it, my brother still being unemployed and having to support him as well, it’s safe to say my nerves are a little frazzled.

Anyways I’m on liquids for 2 weeks now then soft foods afterwards. And I’m afraid to eat really anything. I’m restricted from physical activity for at least a week pending doctors approval. I was pricing out juicers so I could attempt to stay on the healthy side but they are so expensive that I’m basically on silk, broth, tea and the prepackaged juices (bolthouse farms, naked etc…) which I’m not a huge fan of but I have to get some nutrients somewhere…

If you have this or have been through it, know some healthy broth recipes or other liquids I would really appreciate some feedback; I don’t want to end up on a high sodium packaged diet that’ll do more harm than good when do get back to solids I’d like to stick as closely to on track as possible.

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Biscuits and Gravy!

I wanted some major comfort food for dinner and for me one of my favorites is biscuits and gravy. It has to be the southern roots! Anyways I wasn’t about to ruin everything I’ve been doing so far with my usual recipe that comes in at a whopping 860 calories! I decided I would experiment and see how much I could lower it.

So I did cheat a little and bought the premade biscuits, I know they’re not the best for you but I haven’t quite been able to work out a healthy biscuit. If you have a good recipe PLEASE share!

But I figured I could save a ton with the gravy to a point… Haha.

So here is my recipe for Sausage Gravy. The recipe serves 4.

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Ingredients:
4oz Breakfast Sausage (I used hot, I love the spice but you can use any kind you like)
1/2 Small Yellow Onion (Finely chopped)
3 Tbsp Wheat Flour
2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 cups Water
2 Tbsp Butter

To Make:
Start by browning up the breakfast sausage. Crumble it, if you fry it in patties you won’t get as much of the good stuff stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Once it is completely cooked put the sausage in a container and set aside. Keep the heat on and throw in the onions. Continue to sauté them until they are translucent and set them aside with the sausage. Add your butter to the skillet and melt, scraping up all of the bits of sausage and onion from the bottom of the pan. After the butter is melted sprinkle the flour throughout the pan, stir constantly as you start to brown the flour until the butter is absorbed. Add the sausage and onion back into the pan and mix well. Pour in the almond milk and water and stir until it is all incorporated. Bring it to a boil, and cook until it is the desired thickness stirring often. Remove from heat and serve over a biscuit.

1 cup of gravy is 189 calories! Now this is not including the biscuit so depending on what kind you get don’t forget to adjust for whatever the calorie count might be. Mine was 190 per biscuit bringing my total to 379.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. If you give it a try let me know what you think!

Chicken Hommus Pita

As I stated in my post from earlier today I planned out a menu this week and I made chicken pitas for dinner tonight.

I usually make them spicy but Kyle hasn’t been feeling well so I opted for a lighter more stomach friendly version. This recipe serves 4.

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Ingredients:
4 Four Oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Cutlets
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Curry Powder
1 Tbsp Dried Basil
1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
4 Oz. Garlic Lovers Hommus – I prefer Basha or Sabra Hummus
4 Cups Iceberg Lettuce
4 Honey Wheat Pitas – Cut in 1/2

To Make:
In a large skillet coat the bottom with olive oil. Turn heat on medium and wait until the pan gets warm. Coat chicken breast cutlets with the seasonings half on each side. Place in pan, cook about 4 minutes and flip for another 4 minutes. Remove the chicken, to cut into thin strips about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick, once the chicken is removed deglaze the pan using the lemon juice. Add the chicken back into the pan and continue to cook until the lemon juice has been absorbed.

To Assemble:
Carefully open the pitas and fill each of them with 1/2 cup lettuce, top with 1/2 oz. hommus and 2 oz. chicken. Serve.

That’s it! 1 whole pita (2 halves) came to 395 calories. You could easily substitute lettuce for baby spinach for a little bit of extra vitamins, I just had lettuce on hand.

I hope you enjoy this recipe it’s very simple and light but satisfying and most of all DELICIOUS!

What do you do for a simple light meal? Sound off in a comment I would love to hear!

 

It’s Been A While… But The Hiatus Is Over!

I hate to admit that it’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve sat down to write a blog. Sadly, I know it’s been way too long.

Honestly, my blog isn’t the only thing that has suffered over the last few weeks. I haven’t been on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest either. Aside from posting my Instagram photos because I hit the buttons automatically.

I would love to say that I’ve been doing great this whole time I’ve been away, but I haven’t. I had a lot of things happen that made it really difficult for me to care about what I’ve been eating. Mainly, the one year anniversary of my dad’s passing. We decided early on that diet would not take place because I was making his favorite dinner. Which is my home made lasagna. It comes in around a whopping 900 calories per serving, not to mention the garlic bread. Plus we also had cheesecake (his favorite dessert) Samantha brought brownies, and we had a glass of wine to toast him.

That was an extremely hard day for me, and although my two best friends were there with me and my family (dad considered them his own daughters so they’re family by his standards) I still had a hard time dealing with it all.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am an emotional eater so I ate my dinner, a piece of cheesecake, several brownies, and had wine, soda and would have gone back for more… I did do a workout but didn’t burn nearly as many calories as I had taken in.

The next day I was still upset so I didn’t care what I ate, which included more cheesecake, another brownie, a piece of lasagna for lunch, had dinner, more soda, it started that vicious cycle that I have a terrible time getting out of.

My brother’s birthday was the day after that so that meant cake, he asked me to make bacon cheeseburgers and French fries. Using real bacon and hamburger. While I don’t fry French fries I bake them, it was another high calorie dinner.

Once I started back on the unhealthy road it quickly took over and I went back to old habits. Fast food, cookies, ice cream, processed boxed food.

I’ve eaten like absolute crap for a few weeks and had no energy, didn’t feel well, and I was too ashamed of what I was doing to write, blog or even show myself on social media.

Finally I woke up yesterday and decided enough was enough. I went on my Facebook support group, A Foodies Support Group, and did what I should have done weeks ago. I asked for help, advice, and support to get back on track. Thankfully it took a matter of moments for Samantha to respond with what I knew I needed to do and with a plan that was doable.

I went over to her apartment (I was supposed to get a bed from her for my spare room) but since the weather decided not to cooperate and Kyle’s stomach started feeling queasy, we weren’t able to get the bed, we were however able to work out, have a Visalus protein shake, and talk out my emotional problems. Ultimately getting me back on track. I watched what I was eating the rest of the day, including my own version of drunken chicken that I will post in a while, I was able to make up for my Taco Bell breakfast, and came out on top.

This morning, I have done much better, I had a Visalus protein shake for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and I’m making spicy hummus pita pockets for dinner. I will post that recipe later tonight when I take a picture.

This post was really just to explain why I haven’t been around, and get some things off my chest, and also to let you all know that I’m back! So get ready for more recipes, workouts, and a lot more blogs coming you’re way. I hope you’re with me!

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Zucchini Pizzas

Since I wasn’t very good for a few days due to a few unforeseen setbacks that made cooking impossible I decided to make tonight very healthy!

I decided on Zucchini Pizzas which are great if you’re cutting out bread, and calories. I really just like the flavor and wanted something quick and healthy! It is Friday after all, and if you’re anywhere near me you know it may be a little warmer today but it is still FREEZING! So I wanted something warm, but didn’t want to have to go to the grocery store to get it.

Zucchini Pizzas

I had Zucchini, Turkey pepperoni, and fat free Mozzarella (I didn’t pay attention at the store, I never buy fat free cheese but it actually wasn’t too bad) in the fridge and I had pizza sauce in the cupboard. This recipe serves 4.

Ingredients:
4 Zucchini
40-60 pieces Turkey Pepperoni (5 per piece of zucchini)
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
4 Tbsp Pizza Sauce
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tsp Italian Seasoning
2 Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Pepper
2 Tsp Garlic Powder

To Make:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut Zucchini, mine were small so I just cut them in half, if you have larger ones you can cut them in three. Season the zucchini with salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning, Sauté in olive oil until almost cooked through. Place zucchini on a baking sheet, top with sauce 1/2 Tbsp each piece you can adjust to add more if you like a lot of sauce, top with pepperoni. If you cut them in three you can get a whole serving on pepperoni, but since I put 5 pieces per slice and only cut them in half I only had room for 10. Bake pizzas until cheese is melted and pepperoni is hot, about 3-5 minutes. Serve.

One piece comes to 227 calories, I was too full to eat my second piece since I had a late lunch. But even with both pieces its still only 454 calories. I served mine with a side of broccoli with a little butter bringing mine to 282 or 509 for everyone else.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, it was a great meal and is great for all of those carb conscious dieters out there.

Cheat Meal! My Anniversary Dinner…

So as I said before yesterday was my anniversary with Kyle, my husband, 3 years of marriage and 10 years together!

First he surprised me with a new charm for my Pandora bracelet.

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Then we decided to go all out for dinner. I was really good for breakfast and lunch but I went over what I was intending on calories with my meal… But for this one meal I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I’m not going to be under every single day of my life I just have to make sure I don’t do it often and I do better afterwards!

So for dinner we went to Cariera’s Cucina Italiana, it’s a little italian restaurant here in Michigan, It has a great mood (candle light, low mood lighting, a live singer of Italian music) although it looks bright in the photo below it’s actually very romantic, and on top of that, man is it delicious!

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For starters, I was starving when we got there so I dug straight into the bread and olive oil dip… but I did order water, so I had a few glasses of that to curb my appetite a little, otherwise I would have eaten the entire basket!
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It was half eaten by the time I got my phone out for a picture. Haha.

Then came along our appetizer, calamari fritti. (Kyle caught on to what I was doing with the pictures and wanted to help, but his flash was on so some of these pictures are a lot brighter than others.)

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After that was our soup, we both ordered Minestrone, which is my favorite!

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Main course as next, I ordered the Linguine Carbonara it’s my absolute favorite and while I’m sure it’s insanely unhealthy it’s the reason I was SO good earlier in the day. Plus it’s so filling that I didn’t even make a dent in it… I ate maybe a half cup at the most. I’ll probably be working on it for a few days, unless Kyle takes it for lunch. Kyle ordered cannelloni but I didn’t get a picture before he devoured it.

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I thought I saved room for dessert by stopping so early into my meal so i ordered Tiramisu. Which looked and tasted delicious! But I was so full from dinner that I only made it two bites in and gave it to Kyle.

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Kyle enjoyed it along with his cannoli, but again, I didn’t get a picture of his food before he dove in. Haha, he was a little too excited for it.

After dinner, we needed to get moving or we were going to fall asleep! Not only were we so full but all those carbs and all that sugar! So we decided to head back towards home and find something to do. We ended up going to Target and walking for just over a couple of hours, well until the store closed on us, but at least we got some form of physical exercise. We debated about going to a 24 hour store and walking some more but he was tired and wanted to go home.

Once we got there we took a couple of pictures together (we didn’t have time before we left) and curled up and watched a movie to end our night. it was wonderful! Just a relaxing simple night is exactly what I needed to celebrate with the man I love!

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Do you go all out for anniversary’s or do you keep it low key and simple? Sound off and let me know how you spend your special day!

Spinach & Berry Salad with Walnuts and Bleu Cheese Crumbles!

I’ve been doing a lot better with my eating since I my last post. I received my visalus kit in the mail so I’ve been shaking it up for breakfast, having healthy lunches and dinners. Well with the exception of tonight. It’s my anniversary so I’m going out to dinner with my husband and for this meal all bets are off! Haha. We’re going to this little Italian restaurant that has amazing food and fresh made Italian desserts. It’s a big year for us. I mean we’ve been married for three years but we’ve been together for 10 years today! (We got married on our 7 year anniversary.)

Either way I’ll post about that tomorrow when I get pictures and tell you all how it went.

So yesterday I made tuna wraps for lunch. I’ll post that recipe later when I take a picture of it, I was hungry and my phone was in the other room so it didn’t happen. Haha!

But for dinner I decided to do something light and healthy. So I opted for a spinach and berry salad with walnuts and bleu cheese crumbles.

Spinach and Berry Salad with Walnuts and Bleu Cheese Crumbles

This is super easy to make and takes no time at all. I mainly make it in the summer when the berries are in season, I have more available from the farmer’s market, but if you’re looking for something flavorful and easy. If you just can’t bring yourself to not have a “meat” in the salad you can substitute the walnuts for chicken breast. My recipe serves 4.

Incredients:
4 Cups Baby Spinach
4 Oz Bleu Cheese Crumbles
2 Cups Strawberries
2 Cups Blueberries
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
Dressing of your Choice (I leave that off and let everyone get their own.)

I chose a strawberry poppy seed dressing for 140 calories it may be a little high but it’s delicious! With the calorie count of this salad there is room for a splurge on some yummy dressing.

To make:

Combine ingredients (except dressing) in a bowl.
Serve and top with dressing.
Before dressing it comes to 175 calories, with 2 Tbsp of my dressing mine came to 314 calories! You really can’t go wrong!
That’s it! And it is delicious!

If you feel you really would rather have chicken in lieu of the walnuts I just cut boneless skinless chicken breast into small strips and pan fry in a little olive oil with some garlic and onion powder.

I hope you enjoy it!