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Day 13…Don’t let the color fool you.

I woke up wide awake this morning at 9:30, after only 4 hours of sleep. I’m trying to knock back the first juice of the day. You’ll understand the “trying” part in a bit. 😉

This pic is from a 10lb bag of collards that I juiced yesterday – almost a full 1/2 gallon. I love the green…HA!!

I mixed 1 cup of this healthy green stuff to 1 cup of beet juice…another lovely shade of purple…

Don’t let the color fool you…This is one mean green juice!! I am seriously having a tough go of it. Who knew juiced collard greens could put off so much heat! My throat and stomach are both protesting! I think I am going to have to cut this with some water. I like spicy food, but Holy Smokes!!

Reminds me of the time the owner of the Chinese restaurant where I worked in my younger days asked me to try a “new” appetizer. She had diced a whole jalapeno, included seeds and all, poured a tiny bit of oil on it, and gave me the spoon without me seeing what she had done. My eyes watered for hours after I swallowed it. Milk or bread cuts the heat from hot peppers, but there were neither in the store. Tea and water do not work, no matter how much you drink. lol

I should have suspected the heat when my eyes started watering yesterday during the making of the meanest mean green juice. WOW! I am definitely having a soothing fruit smoothie after this one!

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Ouch that hurts!, The 30 Day Plan

 

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Day 11…Restarting the Reboot!

Today was just insane – I have to stop staying up so late, but now I’m playing “catch up,” so it will be another late night. As promised, I did step on the scale…with much dread, because I have been eating for 10 days. I gained 3lbs back! I expected to gain some weight, but at least it wasn’t the 5 or more that I had feared.

Still, when you’re not able to walk, and your only form of exercise consists of what you can do with light weights and a stretch band, that isn’t enough to work off the fat. There are no local gyms where I live that are set up to handle someone in a wheelchair, and the closest track is in town – 35 miles away. I can forget getting out on the paved road too, since it is literally UP hill from where I live. The ride down might be fun, but I would probably end up with a broken neck. lol Not good. What would you suggest?

I have 2 new recipes to share this evening. I was sadly disappointed – make that highly upset – to discover that all but 1 sweet potatoes had gone bad, as well as all of my beets, and I just bought them last week! I’m blaming it on having turned on the heat with the cold front that has dropped in, and leaving them on the counter instead of putting them into a cooler area. So, I have to go back to the store tomorrow for more groceries. I’m not happy!

Anyhow, the first recipe is Carrot Kale Juice. It’s a bit on the green side with just a hint ofthe orange from the carrots – so it’s a very dark shade of green – almost (but not quite) brown. Don’t look at it, just drink it! LOL It tastes slightly like carrots, which is good, because I do not like straight green juice. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second juice is Beet – Kale Juice. It is a lovely shade of purple, and very tasty! I like the 2 cloves of garlic in it too. Don’t worry – It won’t give you garlic breath! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2012 in The 30 Day Plan

 

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I grew up on a solid Southern USA diet, where nearly all the meat was batter fried. Funny how I ended up working in a Chinese restaurant as a first job, and I’ve been hooked ever since on hot sour soup, spring rolls, wontons, pork fried rice, and moo goo gai pan (chicken and mushrooms). Forget those sugar-coated fried biscuits…Those are strictly an American thing. lol

One of my visitors this evening writes about Asian food. OMGosh! I think I am in love – with the food peeps, with the food! It is Taiwanese, which is the Asian food I learned to cook so many yeaers ago, and I stuck with my favorites. 🙂 Healthy soups, plenty of vegetables, and spicy — I love spicy dishes, and I am totally digging into the recipes provided here once my fast is over…or maybe sooner. They sure look delicious! 🙂

Asian Vegan Eats

I had leftover napa cabbage and bean sprout (from Shanghai Style Stir-Fried Rice Cake) in the fridge, and I wanted to make a hot soup to go with the Sichuan Cold Noodle. Taiwanese Vegetable Thick Soup was the result. Traditionally thick soup is made with pork or/and squid wrapped in fish paste. This vegetarian/vegan version is easy… just leave out the meat.

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Vegan Meals

 

In my search for the vegan lifestyle…30 days and counting, or 55 lbs. of weight loss – Whichever comes first. =D

NutriSue Nutritional Consulting

NutriSue - vegan, gluten free pumpkin pie
This recipe was inspired by a post from the Children’s Garden and Eco Programs.
They got the recipe for the filling from The Canadian Home Cookbook –  printed in 1877 and compiled by the Ladies of Toronto and Chief Cities and Towns in Canada.
The original recipe for the filling is:
Makes 2 Pies
Filling
2 cups of boiled squash (butternut squash or pumpkin work well)
¾ cup of brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tbsp of molasses
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp ginger (powdered)
1 tsp of cinnamon
2 cups of milk
A pinch of salt

I modified it to make it vegan and gluten-free and mine makes only 1 pie.
Although this pumpkin pie is vegan and gluten-free, it really is delicious.
Trust me; it got rave reviews from my guests and there’s none left!
Don’t be daunted by the thought of making a pie crust. I don’t…

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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Vegan Meals

 

10 Day Break…

Ten days on, and now, 10 days off? I am afraid to step on the scales. I figure I’ve probably gained 5 lbs. back. I’ll weigh in the morning, promise, and I’ll at least note the weight if I don’t snap a pic. lol

I had purchased containers of Greek yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and cream cheese the day before I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and I’ll most likely be tossing them in the garbage if someone else doesn’t eat them soon. I have not been swollen over the past 10 days since eating regular food, so it could very well be the dairy that was causing that. I also need to come back off the coffee and start drinking my tea and lemon water again.

What I have been missing is bread and butter. Lord, do I miss the butter, and more so than the bread. I’ve had at least 1 full tablespoon every day since coming off the fast – on grits, on toast, on baked potato — so not good! :\ I should probably pick up a few avocados for the fat content so I’m not missing it.

Anyhow, tomorrow I will be starting the juicing again. I’ve got collard greens, cucumbers, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pineapple, garlic, ginger, and bottled lemon juice in the refrigerator.  I will also be busy in my garden. I’ve got seeds for broccoli, small carrots, peas, spinach, beets, kale, leaf lettuce, gourmet blend lettuce, and baby greens. I still need to find Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard and cauliflower seeds, so will do that this weekend. I had a great fall crop last year of all the greens that grew right through to this past spring, and it’s time to get busy planting! 🙂

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in The 30 Day Plan

 

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