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


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:


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

leftover curried chickpeas and kale

chicken in Tomatillo sauce
sautéed oyster mushrooms
tomato salad


oatmeal and fruit

leftover curried chickpeas and Kale
bean salad

roasted veggie soup
spinach salad


blueberry and kale smoothie

veggies and hummus
bean salad

Thai chicken wraps


yogurt and fruit

big salad with balsamic vinaigrette

spicy shrimp noodle soup


mango smoothie

roasted veggie soup

salmon moqueca
big salad


leftover smoothie

miso soup
fruit bowl

healthy meatloaf
bean salad
green salad

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Week 2

Tomorrow I go camping and here is what is on the menu:
B - blueberry smoothie
L - big salad, honey lime salad dressing
D- Gumbo

B - Mango smoothie
L - Big Salad, balsamic vinegar dressing
D- Chili

B - Grapes, Apples and Yogurt
L - Homemade Tomato soup
D- To be determine based on what we can get at whole foods in Basalt

B - Breakfast Burritos
L- Mango and Yogurt
D - Whatever Terri's bringing, bag salad from whole foods

B- Eggs, Sausage, Tomatoes, cantaloupe
L - Whatever is left

For snacks, I am bringing grapes, apples, celery, carrots, hummus, boiled eggs, nut bars, and peanut butter.  Lots of herbal tea, kombucha and Lacroix water to drink.

Wish me luck

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week 1 Slim Down

I am happy to report that week one was very successful.  I am eating well and have followed my diet plan.  I have hiked 3x, done yoga 5x, ridden 4x,  and done pilates and weights 3x.  I have not had a drink of booze and only cheated with a few pretzels.  I have lost about 2 pounds.

Next week will be a challenge as I am camping.  As always when one travels, the temptation to indulge in a marshmallow, a beer, and a bag of chips will be strong.  I must plan well and take plenty of healthy snacks to keep the cravings at bay.

Friday, September 22, 2017

A night at the Sun Mountain Center

Our meal and tour of the Sun Mountain Center far exceeded expectations.  Even Lord M, who was a little skeptical had to admit it was a very enlightening evening.  We started with a farm tour and learned about bio dynamics.  The principals of which are to throw nothing away.  That everything, even weeds, have a purpose.  The place did look like a hot mess and being as anal as I am, I don't think I will ever be able to totally garden this way.  They were, however, growing a lot of interesting things like nematicidal marigolds. 

They had goats for milk, chickens for eggs, a pig to make soil, rabbits for fertilizer and ducks for eggs and fertilizers.  They hope to be 90% self sufficient in a few years.

Our farm to table meal was great.  First was a tomato and fresh goat cheese salad followed by a salad that contained such a fascinating variety of greens.  It had an apple caraway seed dressing.  The dragon tongue mustard greens were especially spicy and the merlot lettuce was such a dark red - full of antioxidants.  The salad was topped with beautiful edible flowers.

Next we had roasted root veggies - his Lordship was especially enamored because they left the skins and tops on.  Just the way he likes them.  Then we had Jun - like kombucha but made with honey. The kind I had was infused with eucalyptus.  It was so delish.

The two last courses were a risotto with a poached egg and winter squash in a hazelnut butter sauce and a pots de crème coco topped with raspberries and honeycomb.  The dessert was probably my least favorite as I did not really like the pots de crème coco - it was a bit rubbery.  The honeycomb was in large chunks which made it overwhelming.  It was much better when in tiny pieces.

Overall, though, a very good and very filling meal.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

biodynamic farming

As you know, Neale and I moved to a house with a big back yard so we can have a veggie garden.  On Thursday, we are going to the Sun Mountain Centers Farm to Table dinner to learn about biodynamic gardening.  It is a vegan meal made with produce they have raised. Can't wait to learn the science behind these techniques.  Glad we got our tickets because they are sold out!