Monday, September 22, 2014

healthy = hard and unhealthy = easy

Why does it have to be this way? Why can't it be easy to stay healthy and hard to be unhealthy?? Ugh!

Finding healthy (tasty) recipes has been challenging, but little by little I am building a new set of "go-to" recipes that are delicious! Did I mention I haven't had butter in over 2 weeks? OMG! Everything is better with butter though.... Oh, goes on:-)

I have completely replaced beef with turkey....and so far so good. Spaghetti is just as good with turkey....tacos are too. I changed the tacos a bit because of all the cheese and sour cream that we would normally put on them. I found this recipe and Joel and I both love them! You won't even miss the sour cream and cheese....ok, maybe you will a little, but these are great tacos!

Here is the recipe:

I think the hardest part so far is staying on track. I will do great for a few days.....then I get lazy and don't stay prepared with the food needed to cook a healthy meal. I need to work on that!

Joel went to the doc the other day and we are waiting on results to confirm that pancreatitis is really what he has. There are a number of other things it could be.....we won't know until all the results come back. He has been feeling a lot better since we have been eating better though...amazing how that works, huh? lol

My neck is doing great! It's been a few weeks since my flare up and I am ready to start working out. Doc said I need to take it running....or yoga, but I can walk and lift light weights. I plan on starting to walk at my school after class....and to do some light weight training at home.

Monday, September 8, 2014

My journey to get me and my husband healthy:-)

Joel and I have lived our lives pretty much doing and eating what we want. I was always told smoking would catch up with me...and eating unhealthy would catch up with me. Ugh...wish I would have listened. At 35 and 36 Joel and I should be at the prime of our lives enjoying every second of it, not worrying about our health:-( I am truly ready to make a lifestyle change so that we can enjoy the rest of our lives together, healthy and happy!
   I finally quit smoking. It's been almost 5 months and I already feel so much better than I did 5 months ago:-) The first few weeks were really hard, but now I rarely think about smoking. That was one of many battles I face getting healthy. One down and many to go!
   I have already had a fusion done on my lower back and just recently found out I have two herniated discs in my neck, ouch! I have really done some damage to my bones and hope that I can get healthy and get my bones were they need to be (as much as possible considering I can't go back in time). I have gained about 30 pounds and it's time to get it off! I don't like the way I look or feel. I love to eat and I love to cook, so now I just need to learn how to eat and cook the right way! Butter does make everything better, but it also makes everything fatter and more!
   Joel is still smoking, but I am hoping he will quit very soon. He has always had digestion problems since I met him. For year we thought he had gastritis and just recently found out he has pancreatitis, after spending a few hours in the ER with severe stomach pain. We are getting him in to see a GI doc so we can both learn how to control his pancreatitis. I have already started to do some research and it looks like a low fat/sugar diet is going to be best for him. Obviously it's really best for both of us anyways:-)
   This journey is about learning to change our lifestyle so that we can still enjoy to cook and eat like we always have, just doing it in a healthy way. I am looking forward to seeing our progress and living many more years with the man of my dreams!!!!
   I started out today with a low fat, healthy breakfast and it was delicious. I was raised in the south and the thought of putting salsa on eggs was outrageous, but, it has NO fat and gives great flavor! Breakfast was delicious!!! Ready to get this journey on the excited!!!
   I will post all of the new recipes that I try on my food blog. I am hoping to be able to completely (almost) replace all of my previous recipes with new versions that are just as tasty without all the fat! I know this will be trial and error....and there will be many things that we I know there are lots of tasty healthy recipes out there!!!
   Wish me luck y'all!!!!