(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In 2006 I moved with my Hubby (then boyfriend) to Florida. His boss was Brazilian and thus we hung out with a lot of Brazilians. I tell you what they have some of the best BBQ and food around! They buy large “slabs” of meat and cook it up and cut it there right off the grill, everyone sort of gathers around to munch on the meat. I learned a really simple dish from the boss’ wife, because of the language barrier we lovingly started calling it Brazilian Rice.
The first thing that she did was fry/brown the rice. I had done that with rice-a-roni before but never in just making homemade boiled rice, although I confess most of my rice experience growing up was instant rice. After the rice is brown then you add your water, bring to a boil and cover.
Chop up like making salsa: tomatoes, onion, garlic, green/red bell peppers, cilantro and then season with allspice and salt.
THAT IS IT! Once the rice is done then you add the fresh ‘salsa’ on top of the rice and enjoy. I tell you what the fresh food on top of the rice really pops in your mouth.
I used to make this all the time but over the years I have stopped, but I never stopped thinking about it. I often wonder if I forgot a spice or two or even some vegetable (lemon or lime maybe?). I’ve done internet searches to see if I could figure out the real name, but no… so alas we have Brazilian Rice ala Florida.
Today is day 23, down another pound, feeling great, clothes are fitting better, energy is high. I do admit there is still hunger, something about juice just doesn’t make our minds think we are full. I know I’m getting all the nutrition I need, I am seeing the “glow” in my skin now. Although I am ready to get back to a semi normal life. I crave a cheese burger pretty much daily, so I know when I am done there will be a burger in my future! Almost two weeks left, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!
- Shortcut Cilantro-Lime Rice (seacreatively.wordpress.com)
- Adding a little flavor to rice (twinglemom.wordpress.com)
- Vegan Pineapple Rice (myhealthbank.wordpress.com)
Read Full Post »
I was taking out the trash at work a few minutes ago and when I went to grab mine out of my office, I noticed it felt so light. I looked in and all there was in there were lime peels and avocado peels, it was so satisfying. No wrappers from a burger I might have had for lunch, or cheese and crackers… it was just produce. It was a nice change.
So I met a goal, ok I’m exactly 0.4 lbs away from being under 200 lbs! Since I got off the “meds” my old ND had me on, I’ve pretty much stayed steady at 215 to 220 lbs. Even though I eat much more healthy than anyone else I know, I still stayed there. HOWEVER, it’s time to celebrate! Goodbye to those nasty pounds that are now gone! I’m down 15 lbs and the numbers continue to fall. Praise GOD!!
I have had some heated food this week, still all plant-based. Morrell mushrooms were a special treat for me. This weekend I also plan on having some homemade beans on some homemade non-gmo corn tortillas (which is just corn & water) with tons of fresh produce on top, no cheese. In fact, I’m pretty sure dairy is going to be out for me after this whole experience. I’m 99.9% sure my body can’t process dairy correctly. I also plan on staying away from sugar. Not in its natural forms, I will still consume honey and maple syrup and DATES especially, but cane sugar is out. Although I will still need to buy it for my kefir water. Does anyone have a good source of cheap organic dates? Please share with me if you do!
Last but not least… I noticed for a few nights that I had the WORST trouble falling asleep then didn’t get much sleep. I chalked it up to Hubby not being there that night, but it happened again when he got back. So I got this wild idea that maybe I had too much energy and I wasn’t spending enough of it. Yesterday I went on a long walk at work (my boss believes in health and offers us time to go walk or run or whatever) and went home and slept like a baby. So even though I get home and FEEL tired I do have to push myself to workout daily to burn off this excess fat and energy.
That’s my news. I’m pretty happy with the results. My moods are the biggest change and I feel even and more in “control” and less like a crazy person with crazy emotions trapped in a body I can’t control. God is good to me!
Me in 2009 with my Gramps
Read Full Post »
Most of us have some clothes somewhere that are only in our closets to wear “when I lose some weight.” Since I struggle with PCOS, I struggle with weight issues. Not everyone with PCOS has weight issues but everyone I’ve met so far do and I’m not the exception to that rule. Even though I eat really healthy and avoid fast food, I still struggle with it. Until now I haven’t lost weight since I was seeing a naturalpathic doctor, who was going to “heal” me. I was on some “medicine” with her that worked to help me lose weight but didn’t change any other of my symptoms, when I got off that said “medicine” I gained all the weight I lost back.
I only have a certain amount of work pants. When I gained my weight back I struggled to fit into a pair that didn’t have an elastic waist, those and a few shirts became too snug, so into the top of my closet they went. Friday I got home and was feeling kind of “thin.” I got this hair to go try on those non-elastic waist pants and guess what? They fit!! (And quite nicely I might add) I went into where Hubby was and did a little happy dance for him. Today I’m proudly wearing those pants. It feels SO good to finally fit into them again! PRAISE GOD!!
I also went off the beaten path a bit this weekend, I made some raw tacos. Hubby really enjoyed them although he thinks the “meat” should be warmed. This is a great recipe for us here, we have TONS of walnut trees around us. I am all about harvesting what God gave us rather than having to buy something extra, so this could save us some money, and they are tasty. Hubby even thought I should run one over to the neighbor to see if they could tell there was no real meat in it, but I didn’t. Maybe next time I make them!
2 cups soaked raw walnuts (soak over night or 24 hours)
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
3-4 tbsp hemp seed oil OR cold pressed olive oil
You blend (or food process, I only have a magic bullet so I used that) all ingredients. I did the walnuts separately then added everything to a bowl and added my spices etc. Make some homemade guacamole, and any garnishes that you normally like on your tacos. Take a leaf of lettuce put down a layer of guacamole, then some of the walnut “meat” and then your toppings. Fold up your lettuce like a taco and enjoy! I promise you, you won’t know there is not any meat in these either, they are surprisingly good!
Today is day 13 of 40 of my juice fast. As you can see I got board with only juice and have included some raw food into my diet. I don’t do this everyday but as little treats and to feel a bit normal. I am still feeling great, still losing weight and happy with my journey so far. God is really working in my life and I am so grateful.
Read Full Post »