Popcorn for Dinner

Kettle Corn

I just made a very important decision about dinner tonight.  You see, I’ve had two pretty healthy meals today, both of which included vegetables and protein.  Okay, it was only one vegetable, but I did have it for both breakfast and lunch, so I’m counting broccoli as two vegetables today.  Either way, I’ve decided that I’ve had enough vegetables today.  And fruit.  And protein.  On top of that, I went to the dentist today and found out that I have no cavities and I do a good job of flossing.  So after all my healthy eating and all that praise I received from my dentist and hygienist, not to mention it being my birthday month, I’m feeling like I should treat myself. Continue reading →

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Wordless Wednesday: Bard Valley Date Harvest

Date Harvest

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Loaded with Lemons

Meyer Lemons on Tree

Our Meyer lemons are just about ripe and we have a ton of them.  This lemon monster was pruned back quite a bit before we moved in but it definitely got away from us again.  The tree is so loaded with lemons that the branches sagged to the ground and just started growing out along the pavement!  It needs a lot of thinning, but we just can’t bring ourselves to cut off any of the unripe lemons. Continue reading →

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Losing Weight in the Digital Age

A Walk in the Mountains

As you might have noticed from the recent photos I’ve been posting, I’ve been up in the mountains a bit lately.  Sadly, it’s the time of year when we have to close up the family cabin for the winter and say goodbye until next spring.  That’s what we did this last weekend.  But the weekend before, when this photo was taken, we were up there just to enjoy some long walks in the crisp clean air, Jeep rides through the fall foliage, food that always tastes better in the mountains, and a cozy cabin warmed by the wood stove once more before closing time.

It’s kind of funny that I’m starting a post about fitness and dieting apps by talking about the cabin – the one place in my life that hasn’t been completely taken over by technology (at this time, we have no telephone, television, or internet access at the cabin), but it was on this latest trip to the cabin that I really got to play with my latest fitness gadget, the Fitbit One.  Have you heard of Fitbit?  It’s one of those newfangled pedometers that track your steps and then wirelessly transfers the information to your computer or smart phone where your activity level is displayed in graph form and you can easily see just how lazy active you’ve been in a day, week, or month.  Mine even has a built-in altimeter that keeps track of how many floors you climb. There is also a setting to track how well you’re sleeping based on how much you move during the night, something I didn’t care about or think I’d use, but it’s actually pretty cool. Continue reading →

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Silent Sunday: Autumn in the Mountains

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Baking with Almond Flour: Snickerdoodles

Grain-Free Snickerdoodles

As we’re transitioning from the Whole30 diet that we followed last month, I thought it might be fun to experiment with some grain-free baking.  We have added small amounts of natural sweeteners, butter, and cheese back to our diet this week but won’t be adding any wheat back for a little while yet.  This Snickerdoodle recipe from Deliciously Organic works perfectly for us at this stage because it uses almond and coconut flours in place of all-purpose wheat flour and is sweetened with a combination of honey and coconut sugar.  I followed Carrie’s recipe exactly and these were simple to make and they turned out perfectly.  The only real difference between mine and hers was that I used the convection setting on my oven when baking them.  Even though I turned the temperature down and shortened the baking time, the coconut sugar browned faster than I was expecting.  They didn’t burn, but they definitely have a delicious though unintentional caramel flavor.  Next time I’ll bake them without convection and then see which I prefer. Continue reading →

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Welcome, November

Central Camp Swimming Hole in November

I can hardly believe that October is over, but I’m happy to meet November again, nonetheless.  It’s the month of important birthdays, Thanksgiving, and days finally cool enough to wear big hooded sweatshirts and fuzzy slippers.  It’s also National Blog Posting Month where I force my writing, photos, or recipes on you every single day until we’re all sick of me.  Ah, November.

The last time you heard from me, I had just pledged to avoid unprocessed foods for the month of October along with the thousands of other people who signed up for October Unprocessed this year.  What you don’t know is that Phil and I decided to take it a step further and attempt the Whole30 Challenge, where you remove all sugars (even natural ones like honey), alcohol, dairy, grains, legumes, and processed vegetable oils for 30 days.  The Whole30 is basically 30 days of following a very strict Paleo-style diet, which is more restrictive than I ever plan to be on a regular basis, but I have to admit is a very healthy way to eat if you can manage it.  We decided to try the Whole30 for a few reasons.  First, we are both trying to get as healthy as possible to increase our chances of having a healthy pregnancy and we thought this would be a great way to jump start a new healthy eating plan.  But we’ve also been wondering if Phil has a sensitivity to either dairy, wheat, or both.  By stripping down his diet completely then adding things back in carefully, we’re hoping to be able to figure that out.  And finally, I’m going to be wearing a wedding dress in January and I’d like to lose some weight. Continue reading →

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I Took the Pledge… Again!

October Unprocessed 2013

First of all, thank you so much for all of the support that poured in after I published my previous post about our struggles this past year with recurrent miscarriage.  Of course I was extremely nervous to open up and share something so personal in such a public way, but the positive response was immediate and really helped to me put me at ease.  You guys are wonderful.

I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to commit to October Unprocessed again this year.  We both signed the pledge in 2011 and it was a lot of fun, although I think we may have given in to a tempting bag of Halloween candy on the last day of that year’s challenge.  Because we enjoyed the challenge so much in 2011 and because I like to support Andrew in his mission to help people learn more about what they are eating and make healthier choices, we signed up for the challenge last year as well.  But I was recovering from my first miscarriage last October, not to mention completely gutting and remodeling a house we had purchased, and the October Unprocessed challenge didn’t work out so well.  In fact, my diet was pretty terrible last October and it’s pretty terrible now as well. Continue reading →

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