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Friday, December 16, 2011

TV Forces Metric System on USA

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All Rights Reserved


ARE WE HEADING TOWARD USING 
THE METRIC SYSTEM AMERICA???



Okay, I remember way back in the day we were told the world of math was changing and we needed to learn the metric system. This really didn't happen but now North American TV is bringing this subject up again.
Specifically the good 'ole USA TV!

I really never learned how many cm were in an inch or for that matter what constituted a meter, etc. Now I've Googled occasionally a measurement or two but really never thought it was required to learn.  My thinking has always been as such:  we live in the USA, we've always used inches, etc. (at least to my knowledge) so why should we change what isn't broken?  

I'm feeling a little lost as I have no clue how many feet equal 30 meters or how many cm 24 become in inches!  Maybe if I would travel abroad I might learn what all the hoopla is about but in the meantime I really wish that my favorite TV shows would stick to inches, feet, etc.  For now I'll just keep googling the answers when I need to know.



POINTS TO PONDER:
  • Who else has noticed that measurements on various prime time shows have been given metric measurements?  
  •  Are we going to need to learn this finally?
  • Have you taken time to learn the metric system if you live in America?
  • Chime in and let me know what part of this big blue marble you live and how you measure!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Recipe: Turkey and Red Kidney Bean Chili


 Turkey and Red Kidney Bean Chili


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INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 tbsp soybean oil
20 oz Ground Turkey 99% fat free
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup white onion
1 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp paprika
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
 1 can red kidney beans
1 can reduced sodium chicken broth
1 can diced salsa style tomatoes fire-roasted in tomato puree



DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet heat oil, saute onion until browned.  Add turkey and spices until cooked.  Add remaining ingredients to the skillet.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.



YIELD:  4 SERVINGS (1.5 CUPS EACH)

Calories per serving:   370

Carbs per serving:        31 g

Fat per serving:               9 g


Protein per serving: 
     42 g

Monday, September 12, 2011

Keeping It Real: Sunday September 11, 2011


Keeping It Real: Sunday September 11, 2011

Day 7 of 14 of Phase 1

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As of Sunday the 11th of September nine pounds have been vanquished on this journey.  I am at the halfway point of phase one.  I am so blessed.  I am taking a triple joint supplement made from Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and Vitamin d3 (2 tablets a day).  I hope it helps with my knees as I was able to walk today for the first time in a very long time.  I managed a nice walk!  WhooHoo!!! Progress.  I am also taking an additional 2000 I.U. of Vitamin d3 because I am forever having to take mega doses of Vitamin d after the doctors run blood work on me.  My remaining supplements are Omega-3 Salmon Oil 1000 mg (2 tablets a day) and a daily Women's One-A-Day Multi-Vitamin.  I also have my blood pressure medicine and a muscle relaxer/anti-anxiety prescription, both of which I am almost out of and will eventually need to see a doctor for refills.  It's been a rough year of no health insurance/no $$ for doctor visits but I decided that if I can lose the weight maybe the need for prescribed meds will no longer be viable.

For dinner on the 11th I had an awesome turkey chili/soup.  It was so delicious!  I'll post the recipe soon.  Foods have been beach-y and now I plan to exercise more so the weight will eventually slide right off!

GOALS FOR WEEK TWO OF PHASE 1

Living Life Fully
N*E*W*S
  • COMPLETE PHASE 1 & MANAGE TO EAT 3 MEALS & 3 SNACKS EA DAY THIS WEEK
  • WALK 3 TIMES THIS WEEK (managed two during week one)
  • DRINK 129 OZ WATER EACH DAY
  • SLEEP 8 HOURS A NIGHT - WORK ON FLIPPING DAYS/NIGHTS




 PERSONAL




  • UNPACK ALL BOXES INSIDE OF HOUSE
  • SET UP SCRAPBOOK/CARD MAKING AREA
  • MAKE CARDS AND PRE-PLAN HOLIDAY CARDS
  • KEEP LOOKING FOR A JOB


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Recipe: Chicken Taco-Fajita Meat


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All Rights Reserved
Tested In Cizon's Kitchen
on 2011.09.10


CHICKEN TACO-FAJITA MEAT


INGREDIENTS:
20 oz. CHICKEN BREAST, boneless, skinless, diced 1/2" cubes
2 tbsp. SOYBEAN OIL
4 tsp. CUMIN, ground
1 tsp. CILANTRO, dried
1 1/2 tsp. GARLIC POWDER
1/2 tsp. ONION POWDER
1/2 tsp. CAYENNE POWDER
4 tsp. PAPRIKA
1/2 cup WHITE ONION, diced

DIRECTIONS:
Combine diced chicken breast, cumin, cilantro, onion powder, cayenne powder, paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1 tbsp. soybean oil thoroughly and marinate overnight or at least a few hours.

Preheat skillet to med-high with 1 tbsp soybean oil and grill diced white onion.  Add chicken and stir-fry mixture until completely cooked.


YIELD:  4 servings
Calories per serving:  251
Carbs per serving:  5
Fat per serving: 12
Protein per serving:  33

Recipes: Faux Mexican Rice


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 Faux Mexican Rice

So we wanted Mexian food tonight and I had figured out how to make healthy tacos sans tortillas but I just wanted Mexican rice too.  So I got this nifty thought to go out and look up a recipe for fake - faux call it what you want Mexican Rice but without the rice - Mexican Rice.  I found it!  I found this wonderful site to make fake starchy foods with vegetables.  Check out this link:  Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes.  It was awesome to find a selection that included my rice.  So I tried her rice and I want to share the recipe with you too.  I used some specific ingredients so I'll share those below because they will determine the food counts below.  Serves 6-1/2 cup servings.


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INGREDIENTS:
10 OZ FRESH CAULIFLOWER, GRATED ON SMALL GRATE
2 TBSP SOYBEAN OIL
1/2 CUP WHITE ONION, DICED
1/2 CUP PACE MEDIUM PICANTE SAUCE
1/8 TSP GARLIC POWDER
3/4 TSP SALT
1/4 TSP BLACK PEPPER
1/8 TSP GRANULATED SPLENDA

DIRECTIONS:
In a large skillet saute white onion until tender/browned.  Stir in the grated cauliflower and then the remaining ingredients.  Mix Well.  Cover skillet with lid and simmer 10 - 12 minutes until the cauliflower is tender but not mushy.  Stir occasionally.

YIELD:  6 - 1/2 cup servings
Calories per serving:  84
Carbs per serving:  10 g
Fat per serving:  5 g
Protein per serving:  2 g

Keeping It Real: Saturday, September 10, 2011


KEEPING IT REAL:  
Saturday, September 10, 2011
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Well I keep eating brunch when I very well know I need to be eating Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and two snacks.  I'm hitting right at 1000 calories a day on average when I should be hitting at least 1200.  I'm not hungry.  I am managing to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep each day but not when normal people sleep.  I find I sleep best when I take my slumber at about 6 or 7 in the morning and rising between 1 and 2 in the afternoon.  I just feel better when I sleep these hours for some reason.  I am at my best function right now.  It is 1 in the morning.  Maybe its time to quit looking for a day job and search for a graveyard job instead.

Overall today was a very beach-y dayin the house despite having 2 snacks, brunch and dinner.  I almost hit 1000 calories today.  Today I was in the kitchen seeking faux foods again.  I really wanted to have Mexican rice with dinner tonight so I found a recipe that I modified for a Low Carb Mexican "Rice" made with cauliflower. Chris even tried it....Let's just say it's going to need to grow on him for future consumption!  I made theBBQ Chicken last night and had a little over a pound of chicken left that I diced for tonight's dinner.  I made a fantastic Chicken Taco-Fajita Meat Mix.  Chris ate the chicken on the tortillas but DG and I had meat only on top of our faux rice.  Add some black beans to the mix and a couple of tablespoons of light sour cream and it was delicious!  Andrew ate the chicken...only the chicken.  I asked him how he liked it - he said it was good.  That was after he had doused it with a ton of ketchup.  He covers everything in ketchup...such a picky eater!

Before I headed to bed Saturday morning I stretched for the first time in a long time.  I read yesterday that stretching can help with weight loss but I know it will also assist the pain I have with my Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I plan to research a bit more the effects of weight loss from stretching and I'll share it with you soon.
 
DID YOU GET YOUR WATER TODAY?
I managed to drink 80 oz of water today.  I am not drinking as much water as I once drank.  We transferred to a Brita water pitcher in our home earlier in the summer and I try to keep a 16 oz glass full most of the time to compensate for the 16.9 oz bottles I was always guzzling.  I'm getting in about 5 - 6 glasses a day now which is far less than the 8 - 10 bottles a day I was drinking before.



The best part of the day was dessert! 
 
Ten Calories of a 1/2 cup of bliss!
 STRAWBERRY ~ BANANNA

J ~ E ~ L ~ L ~ O
OH, And learning I had lost 9 pounds total since beginning this new healthy way of living was also a best part of the day!!



Saturday, September 10, 2011

Recipe: Mock Worcestershire Sauce


© 2010-2011 Cizon Sauceda
Tested in Cizon's Kitchen
on 2011.09.09
All Rights Reserved
 
 
 I was in the kitchen cooking and found that I did not have the worcestershire sauce called for in making a healthy bbq sauce.  So I went searching for ingredient replacements and found one for a mock worcestershire.  This is a modified version of the substitute from items I had in stock.  Enjoy this healthy Mock Sauce.

Mock Worcestershire Sauce

Ingredients:
4 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp no calorie sweetener such as Splenda

Directions:
Combine ingredients and store in fridge.

Yield:  12 tsp
Calories per teaspoon:   1
Carbs per teaspoon:  0 mg
Fat per teaspoon:  0g
Protein per teaspoon:  0
Cholesterol per teaspoon:  0
Sodium per teaspoon:  143 mg
Fiber per teaspoon:  0

Recipe: Healthy BBQ Sauce


© 2010-2011 Cizon Sauceda
Tested in Cizon's Kitchen
on 2011.09.09
All Rights Reserved

HEALTHY BBQ SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:
2 - 8 OZ CANS TOMATO SAUCE
4 TBSP DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR
2 TSP MOCK WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE (SEE RECIPE)
2 TSP STONEGROUND HORSERADISH MUSTARD
1/2 TSP SALT
1/4 TSP BLACK PEPPER
1/4 TSP GARLIC POWDER
2 TSP CILANTRO FLAKES


DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients, mix thoroughly and store in fridge.

YIELD:  10 - 1/4 cup servings
CALORIES PER SERVING:   17
CARBS PER SERVING:  2 g
FAT PER SERVING:   0 g
PROTEIN PER SERVING:  0 g

Recipe: BBQ Chicken


© 2010-2011 Cizon Sauceda
Tested in Cizon's Kitchen
on 2011.09.09 
All Rights Reserved 
 
BBQ CHICKEN
 
INGREDIENTS:
2 TSP SOY BEAN OIL
24 OZ CHICKEN BREAST, RAW, SKINLESS, BONELESS
1 TSP SALT
1 TSP BLACK PEPPER
1 TSP GARLIC POWDER
1 TSP ONION POWDER
1 1/4 CUP HEALTHY BBQ SAUCE (SEE RECIPE)


DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
 
In a 12" skillet brown both sides of chicken breast in soy bean oil for 2 - 3 minutes each side adding seasonings of salt, pepper, garlic & onion powders.  Transfer browned chicken to baking dish.

Top chicken evenly with Healthy BBQ Sauce.


Yield:  4 servings
Calories Per Serving:  242
Carbs Per Serving:  3.75 g
Fat Per Serving:  7.5 g
Protein per Serving:  39 g

Keeping It Real: Tues-Fri - Sept. 6-9, 2011


KEEPING IT REAL 
Tuesday - Friday 
9/6/11 - 9/9/11
TIME TO STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR  NOT HAVING A ROUTINE!!
Each of the past four days have been an awesome education of what is healthy and what is not.  It has been about choices.  I have stuck to healthy phase 1 food choices but I have failed at eating three meals and three snacks.  I have no routine for life and will work on the final ten days of my new way of living to find balance.  I have my days and nights mixed.  As I write this it is 6 am on Saturday and I have yet to turn in for the night - it is now morning - so I will lay down shortly and sleep for at least six hours. 

 GOALS FOR THE FINAL 
TEN DAYS OF PHASE 1:
  • Continue to encourage my daughter by example - (she is on this healthy way of living with me)
  • Get to bed by 10 p.m. each night & Rise at 6 a.m. each morning
  • Meet SBD Guidelines of 3 meals & 3 snacks while eating from the Phase 1 Food List.

Notes for Tuesday, 9/6/11:
Walk,Walk, Walk, Sweat, Sweat, Sweat. Approx. 30 minutes walked in 90 minutes spent at my son's open house tonight. Up stairs, down stairs, across campus and then back across the campus at Chaparral High School. Profusely sweating, sick, low back pain, felt like I was going to pass out. I don't know what was happening to my body but it did not feel great. I managed to get thru the open house and met all the teachers but this is considered walking at a slow pace. I sweated!   :)   Kept to Phase 1 Food List - Just not the 3 meals/3 snacks today.  Even though I wasn't eating 3/3 I did not feel hungry.

Notes for Wednesday, 9/7/11:
Really need a routine. Kept to beachy foods.  Still need to eat 3 meals/3 snacks.  Even though I wasn't eating 3/3 I did not feel hungry.

Notes for Thursday, 9/8/11:
Days and nights are still mixed up.  Its 3 am and I am still wide awake. This effects my eating on the sb guidelines. Will work on beachy foods for remainder of the day. Ok so I ended up with 2 hours of sleep for Thursday. I'm exhausted tonight and ready to head to bed. It is 11:55pm. I had a really good sbd day. I only missed breakfast today so tomorrow I plan to eat according to the guidelines! Night all.
Notes for Friday, 9/9/11:
Slept and slept and slept. I was exhausted after only sleeping 2 hours the night before. Again, I keep telling myself a routine is the answer. Time to get on one!!! Kept to healthy SBD foods today. Today was Day 4, Ten more to go. Gonna try and stick to the SB Guidelines the next ten days. I still tend to not eat B/S/L/S/D/S-D instead it is more like L/S/D/S-D. I'm not hungry though.  Drinking lots of water.  I managed to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks today!  Better!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Keeping It Real: Monday, Sept. 5, 2011


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Keeping It Real:   Monday, Sept. 5, 2011
This is it!
D-Day!
I started Phase One on Monday, September 5, 2011
I am motivated!
I am making progress.
I will be healthy.

Because of the sleeping pattern I've been in I did not eat breakfast or a snack today.  I ended the day just before midnight hunger free but know I need to aim for all three meals and snacks as a part of phase one.  Tomorrow will be better and to bed I'll head soon.
Today's Entry

Today's Weight
267

Today's Waist

57.75

P&B

Missed This

Sleep

8 Hours from 6am – 2 pm

h2o Intake

96 oz.

Exercise

None Today

BREAKFAST

Missed - Sleeping

SNACK

Missed - Sleeping

LUNCH

2 cups Romaine, Chopped
3/4 cup black beans
1 tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp Newman's Own Light Balsamic

SNACK

1/2 cup Romaine, chopped
1 hard boiled egg, large
Dash of Pepper
Dash of Salt
1 tbsp Pace Mild Picante Sauce

DINNER

2 cups Romaine
2 tbsp Newman's Own Light Balsamic
8 oz. Baked Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast

SNACK/DESSERT

1/2 cup Yogurt, Plain, low-fat
1 tsp raw sunflower seed kernals
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp imitation vanilla
2 tsp splenda