2 months ago
So some of yall have seen the post on my fb page. I wanted to let the rt community know...
I have a new job!
It only took me 2.5 months :) I cant say much about the job other than I now work for the government :3 Im excited for this nee opportunity,even though ill miss being a stay at home mom.
Thanks everyone for your support!
3 months ago
Its 11pm and im supposed to be asleep, but my mind is going crazy! For the past 2 months, ive been searching for a new job to help support my family. With all the applications ive put out, it seems incredibly difficult to find what im looking for.
Recently, i feel like God has put it on my heart to start my own business. I love the idea of doing what ive wanted since college, but the idea of putting it together scares the heck out of me.
Just wanted to put my thoughts out there. I know how supportive and amazing the RT community is and im so proud to be a part of it.
Ill try to keep yall up to date on everything!
Love you all so much!
4 months ago
I lost my job yesterday. Through some misunderstandings and some inappropriate handling of paperwork (not by me), it was decided that I should be let go. The initial shock is over. I still have some things to take care of, but I think overall, this is a good thing for me and my family. I'm going to miss the people I worked with and came to know as a part of my family. I hope to keep in touch with some of them.
Today, I'm just enjoying time with my son, dinner with my family, and planning for the future.
I have experienced so much and learned more than I thought I would. My hope is that my next job is fun and fulfilling!
5 months ago
I realize there are a lot of people in other regions of America who have had their fill of snow, but I live in North Carolina. We usually get ice. Its wonderful to actually get real snow! So snow cream is a rare delicacy for us.
If you only get to eat the real stuff once a year, using real cream and sugar would be ok. If you are able to get fresh snow more than once a year, you might want to use healthier ingredients.
Altering a Recipe
8 cups snow, or shaved ice
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place snow or shaved ice into a large bowl. Pour condensed milk over and add vanilla. Mix to combine. Serve immediately in bowls.
8 to 12 cups of snow
2/3 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup raw local honey OR maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
In a small bowl, combine coconut milk, honey or maple syrup and vanilla. Set aside.
Take a large container outside to collect 12 cups of snow. It is best to collect snow from the highest point in your yard.
Add 8 cups of snow to a large mixing bowl. Add liquid mixture and fold together using a spatula.
Add more snow until the desired ice cream texture is achieved.
This may be served immediately or kept in the freezer.
Just a note to remember:
- Altered recipes do NOT taste exactly the same as the original...
BUT that doesn't mean its not good! Keep this in mind when you try new, healthier recipes so you have a positive outlook over the food.
5 months ago
My hubby and I have trouble some time finding opportunities to go out and spend time together. Babies make it difficult.
Yesterday, he and I played a minecraft game I had built just for the two of us. It was soooo much fun even though he is not used to the minecraft controls. Now I have to find more games to build XD
Any ideas? They can be competitive, but I would love some game types where we have to work together to win. We mainly use the Xbox one version of MC.
5 months ago
Sugar is everywhere! And it tastes great! But did you know that it is one of the most addictive substances on the planet?
I confess I am a sweet-oholic and would love nothing more than to curl up on a couch with a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream and a box of Girl Scout Caramel delights. Even thinking about it raises my endorphin levels. So often we depend on sweets to make us feel good or feel better after a stressful day.
How do we beat the sweets when we're trying to be healthier?!
First things first, make it a priority to reduce your sugar intake. I'm not saying "stop eating sweets forever!". That would be completely unrealistic. Look at your current habits:
- having dessert after every meal => try replacing sugary desserts with fruit or sugar free jell-o
- having a bottle of regular soda 2-3x a day => switch to diet soda or reduce intake to 1-2x a day for the first week
- adding sugar to coffee/tea => switch to a no-calorie sweetener
On the topic of Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners have been a controversial topic for many years. This is mainly due to the studies that found introducing sweeteners into rats increased cancer development.
- In the studies, scientists injected the artificial sweeteners into the rats.
- There are some people who are sensitive to artificial sweeteners, resulting in headaches/migraines. These individuals are instructed to steer clear of sweeteners.
- There is an upper limit for artificial sweetener intake per Day:
- For someone who is 150 lbs:
- 17 cans of Diet Coke
- 97 packets of Aspartame sweetener
So if your priority is to reduce sweets and sugary beverages, set some goals and share them with people who will keep you accountable. Once you have control over your sweets intake, you'll find it much easier to say no to the temptations that are out there.
Control your food, don't let your food control you!
5 months ago
One of the most common complaints I receive from "dieters" is that they are constantly hungry after cutting back on portions or restricting their dietary choices. This is understandable if they are used to eating enough food to cause weight gain.
Its at this point when I encouraged my clients to add low calorie, nutrient dense foods to their meals.
mmmm... appetizing, am I right?!
Vegetables tend to be the most under-served food at meal time. So its no wonder we're hungry when we reduce protein and starch to their proper portions.
My encouragement to everyone is to try something new each week. Make sure you have a well tested recipe to go along with it! No one expects you to like raw radish. Instead, try thinly slicing it or chopping it up into a soup/stew. It will blend in with all the other flavors while adding more volume without the calories.
You can also dress up some of your favorite comfort foods, like:
and so on~
Adding these low calorie options to your meals and snacks will help you stay full and satisfied. And when you find an awesome recipe, share it!
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6 months ago
It seems like a good time for a challenge! As a dietitian, I get to hear every excuse as to why someone can't make a change. Some are difficult to overcome (ie. My family hates vegetables) and some are fairly simple (ie. I don't know how to cook that). I want to put together a way for people to make a change that is reasonable/realistic. I never expect my clients to go from fried food and starch to baked lean meats, veggies, fruits, low fat dairy, and whole grains overnight, but if they can start adding veggies to one meal a day, then there is a much better chance at a lifestyle change.
So, lets begin!
1. Pick one thing you know is affecting your health and WRITE IT DOWN (ie. I drink 6 regular sodas and 1 energy drink a day)
2. Set a Short term and Long term goal for how you want to change this habit (ie. Short term: I will reduce my regular sodas to 4 a day and not have the energy drink. Long term: I will drink 64 oz of water a day and switch to Diet soda.)
3. Share your goals with someone or start a journal. Accountability increases your chance of being successful.
4. Change your goal when appropriate (ie. I will reduce my regular sodas to 2 per day and add 1 20oz bottle of water.)
Recipe of the week:
Asparagus & Ham Stuffed Potatoes
From EatingWell: March/April 2013
Asparagus adds a touch of spring to this overstuffed ham-and-cheese twice-baked potatoes recipe. Use another vegetable, such as broccoli, if you prefer.
Makes: 4 servings, 1 potato each
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Low calorie | Low cholesterol | High potassium | High calcium | Diabetes appropriate | Gluten free |
4 medium russet potatoes (about 8 ounces each)
1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (If you're not ready for Asparagus, try broccoli instead)
1 cup diced ham
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives, divided (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on Medium, turning once or twice, until soft, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add asparagus, cover and steam until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Combine the steamed asparagus with ham, sour cream, 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, 6 tablespoons chives, salt and pepper in a bowl. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut off the top third, then gently scoop out the flesh; add to the bowl with the ham mixture and gently mash together.
Place the potato shells in a microwave-safe dish and evenly divide the ham mixture among them. (They will be very well stuffed.) Top each stuffed potato with 2 tablespoons of the remaining cheese. Microwave on High until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish with the remaining chives.
Per serving : 386 calories; 13 g fat (8 g sat, 4 g mono); 56 mg cholesterol; 45 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 23 g protein; 4 g fiber; 689 mg sodium; 1196 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Potassium (34% daily value), Vitamin C (32% dv), Calcium (29% dv), Folate (22% dv), Zinc (21% dv), Magnesium (20% dv), Vitamin A (18% dv), Iron (17% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 3
Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 medium fat meat, 1/2 fat
Super power: Ability to teleport into and out of the RT bathroom (bestowed by Shunejii)
Down Side: I have no control over when this super power happens.
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