Friday, June 22, 2018

30 for 30

Our local spa, the Sunwater Spa, is having an amazing offer.  Thirty days of unlimited classes for 30 dollars!  I am going to take it as an opportunity to kickstart my yoga practice.
https://www.sunwellness.net/sunwater/

This year has been unusually bad for Yoga.  I have blown it off for weeks on end and when I do it, it is usually for no more than 20 minutes.

Not anymore - today I went to my 4th class in a row and it feels great.  Why do I blow off the things that make me feel so good?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sauerkraut and Other Ferments


At the request of sister Jeanne, I post the recipe for homemade sauerkraut.  This is so easy and very delicious.  I add my kraut to soups, sandwiches, salads, and eat large bowls all on it's own.  See a pic of my latest batch.  This batch of kraut contains 1 head each of red and green cabbage, plus some yellow beets and salt.  It fermented for about 2 weeks in the basement.  Then I brought it up to the fridge.  It continues to improve in the fridge, but the pace is much slower.  It will keep a long, long time.   My preferred recipe is Sander Katz':  https://www.wildfermentation.com/making-sauerkraut-2/ as I love his whole notion of wild fermentation.  I don't use a crock, a plate, and a rock like Sander but put my cabbage in this nice jar.   I purchased the jar from The Probiotic Jar:  http://www.probioticjar.com/ .  This site also has lots of recipes for fermenting veggies.

I also have to share 2 other interesting fermentation projects.  First, I made my very own Kombucha scoby.  I've been drinking Kombucha for about a year now, ever since sister Jeanne bought some during our trip to MN in 2017.  I love it, but it's so expensive to purchase.  So I've been making my own which is cheap and easy.  I messed up my old scoby (the strange creature which contains the microbes necessary for this particular ferment) so needed a new one.  My co-op was no longer selling so I decided to make my own.  It turned out wonderfully.  It's about 1/4 inch thick and beautiful (at least I think so)  So much better than I expected.  This process took almost a month.  Then I put it straight to work on a gallon batch of kombucha.  See this link to make your very own scoby:  https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-your-own-kombucha-scoby-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-202596 or you can have one of mine as each batch of kombucha makes a baby scoby.
 
I also love to bake bread which has been leavened with a wild yeast starter.  I keep my own starter in the kitchen and feed it every day.  It rewards me with beautiful and healthful breads.  This, again, is so easy to do.  See below instructions from the NY Times, which they borrowed from the book "Tartine Bread" written by Chad Robertson. (This is a wonderful book, btw, and I highly recommend).  To make a starter: Combine 1,000 grams white-bread flour with 1,000 grams whole-wheat flour. Put 100 grams of warm water (about 80 degrees) in a small jar or container and add 100 grams of the flour mix. Use your fingers to mix until thoroughly combined and the mixture is the consistency of thick batter. Cover with a towel and let sit at room temperature until mixture begins to bubble and puff, 2 to 3 days. When starter begins to show signs of activity, begin regular feedings. Keep the starter at room temperature, and at the same time each day discard 80 percent of the starter and feed remaining starter with equal parts warm water and white-wheat flour mix (50 grams of each is fine). When starter begins to rise and fall predictably and takes on a slightly sour smell, it’s ready; this should take about 1 week.

Monday, February 19, 2018

How's the new year going?

I completed my month of being booze free and now am drinking responsibly.  His Lordship is so please that I am available to go out for a pint every now and again!


I am still off of the coffee and have to say that I am sleeping a lot better.  Getting close to 7 hours a night.  I still wake up to pee but usually nod off with 10 minutes again so that is a big improvement.

The healthy eating plan is going well too and so is my exercise. So overall, I feel pretty swell.  How are you ladies???

However, after losing the weight gained over Christmas, I have not lost much.  The struggle goes on.  
This ad is 100 years old from 1918 proving that the battle of the bulge is nothing new!  Overstoutness - now there is a word that needs to come back into our vocabulary.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

It's January

Yes - January.  Otherwise known as diet month.  It's no secret that I packed on a few pounds over the Holidays.

So today I started my diet.  Instead of setting a weight loss goal which will inevitably fail, I am going to call this diet "Three Months of Healthy eating".  Yes until April 8th I plan to eat a very clean healthy diet.  A combo of Furhman and zone type meals, 2/3 vegetarian. No booze, coffee or sweets for the first month.  It started today.

I also have been ramping up the exercise since Christmas - hiking, doing yoga, riding.  I intend on adding Pilates and weights. We will see if that happens this time.
Well, I need to go menu plan.  Wish me luck.  I hope this doesn't happen tomorrow.
What are your New Years plans???  Any healthy resolutions to tackle?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Goodbye insomnia?

I may be jumping to conclusions, but about 10 days ago I started limiting myself to one cup of diluted coffee in the morning. 1/2 regular coffee and 1/2 hot water. And for the last 5 nights or so I've slept thru the night or nearly so. But no waking at 2 or 3 am wide awake. I read that caffeine can stay with you for 16 hours. I hope this is the answer.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Almost a month

Tomorrow will be 1 month since I went boozeless.  While my exercise program has been a disaster i.e. passed the first week, it did not really happen, my diet has been great.  I have been cooking my socks off preparing lots of healthy meals.  His Lordship and I have been eating more vegetarian options and in our meat dishes, we are eating a lot less.  My real cheat was that chocolate coffin I received as a gift from Doug and Annie.  It was too tempting to resist. But as far as the booze, it was not that difficult to abstain!  I have lost only five pounds so the corset is gonna be tight.  I will just have to loosen those laces!

The downfall of the diet - chocolate coffin from Fortnum and Mason

Monday, October 9, 2017

Kombucha

His Lordship has been providing me with Kombucha since I have gone boozeless.  We have this wonderful craft Kombucha place called Trubucha that was represented last year at the beer fest.  Our local liquor Jacks has it in kegs.  I just buy the bottle and refill it.  I love that - not so much waste.  I was not crazy about the watermelon but loved the blueberry.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Cold weather is coming

We had to pick all our peppers.  Any ideas what to do with them my Peter Pipers?




Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 3

Back from camping and am happy to report that I have lost 2 pounds.  I stayed strong and except for a Justin's peanut butter cup, some sugared pecans and some of Twisted Sister number 2's fruit crumble, I behaved myself.

This weeks Menu is as follows:

Tuesday

Breakfast
fruit smoothie - peach, cantaloupe, mango, avocado, orange juice and watercress.  I just made this up so we will hope it is yummy.

Lunch
leftover curried chickpeas and kale

Dinner
chicken in Tomatillo sauce
sautéed oyster mushrooms
tomato salad

Wednesday

Breakfast
oatmeal and fruit

Lunch
leftover curried chickpeas and Kale
bean salad

Dinner
roasted veggie soup
spinach salad

Thursday

Breakfast
blueberry and kale smoothie

Lunch
veggies and hummus
bean salad

Dinner
Thai chicken wraps

Friday

Breakfast
yogurt and fruit

Lunch
big salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Dinner
spicy shrimp noodle soup

Saturday

Breakfast
mango smoothie

Lunch
roasted veggie soup

Dinner
salmon moqueca
big salad

Sunday

Breakfast
leftover smoothie

Lunch
miso soup
fruit bowl

Dinner
healthy meatloaf
bean salad
green salad