Love with Food: August 2014 un-boxing

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box that I currently receive every  month. If I had to choose one box, this is probably the one I would keep. I really enjoy the healthy snacks that are included in the box. The company also supports a great cause and donates a meal to a child with every box that you purchase! I thought it would be great if you could tag along while I opened my box this month so I uploaded a video blog for this one. Its a little shaky as it was my first one, but I didn’t want to re-enact the un-boxing and my kids ate all the snacks already! lol.

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This is the box when it gets delivered to you.

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The first thing you see is the booklet that goes over all the products, the ingredients, a little blurb about each one, and also the twitter handle for all the companies- this helps you to find where you can buy your favorites. (I always check on Amazon or on the lovewithfood site). This one included a recipe for Chocolate Peanut cookies and they sound A-MAZ-ING!

Now lets get into this months snacks!

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Watch my VLOG on the unboxing here:

****Free Love with Food Box: HERE! ****

(Make sure you order by 9/1/14 if you would like to get the September box. I usually get the box around the 13th-15th of the month)

Let me know what you liked and didn’t like in the comments. I need to find a room in the house with better lighting and I used my i-Pad to record this, but will use the video recorder next time! 😉

Thank for checking out the blog!

 

*~Michelle~*

****Note: This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are sincerely my own****

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Weight loss project

In July, I started on my weight loss journey. Lots of friends have inquired about the detox that I completed and I wanted to give a little overview and update on the whole process.

I found Dr. Hyman’s 10 day detox through a friend on Twitter. She always has great workout advice and she updated about her process on the detox and it seemed to really be working for her. I have attempted plenty of detoxes- The Master Cleanse, juice detoxes, green smoothie detox, etc. Nothing really worked for me long term. The one thing that drew me into Dr. Hyman’s detox was that you can actually EAT on it- and really good food at that.

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Dr. Hyman has this really great book to inform and help you along the journey. The end of the book includes suggested recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I found the book to be really helpful in learning about sugar and how our body reacts to it. He also goes into how much sugar we are eating but don’t really realize we are eating. For example the jar spaghetti sauce in my pantry has 14 grams of sugar per serving in it! WHAT?! That, to me, is insane. It took me 15 minutes the other day at the grocery store to find a jar sauce that didn’t contain a load of sugar in it (and of course it was expensive!)

The basis of the detox is to eat good fats, non-starchy vegetables, and lean protein. I didn’t count my calories or fat intake. As a matter of fat (did you see what I just did there!) The whole food breakfast smoothie that he includes in the book has 52 grams of fat! In one smoothie!! But its all good fats that our body needs throughout the day! Carbohydrates and sugar are cut out completely from your diet and replaced with good whole foods. It gives your body a quick jump start to get rid of sugar cravings and help aid in weight loss.

I completed the 10 day detox and had a combined loss of about 8-9 lbs. I’m not going to lie the first 3 days on the detox were really hard- like really, really hard. I craved bread, doughnuts, cookies, bagels, ice cream, and everything in between. Then day 4 hit and I felt A-MAZ-ING!! All my cravings disappeared, I saw a significant drop on the scale and I actually felt full after only eating a small portion of food. During the first 3 days, thoughts crossed my mind about “how the heck am I going to be able to finish this detox?” but by the end of the 10 days I wanted to continue it! It had been a while since I felt so good. I got complements on how good my skin looked and on the weight I was losing.

I am still following this plan but not as strict as I did for the 10 days. I am allowing myself to eat some sugars and carbohydrates. But I really don’t crave sugar anymore! I continue to lose weight and that continues to amaze me. I have lost about another 5 lbs since finishing the detox. I’m down about 14 lbs in total since starting this the beginning of July! I never took any measurements- so I can’t tell you how many inches I lost-but I can tell you that I am wearing some Capri’s today that I haven’t worn in well over a year!

Quickly, I wanted to touch on one more thing that I added to my diet–chromium. Dr. Hyman talks about the supplement in the book. It helps break down insulin in the blood stream and helps keep your insulin levels constant throughout the day. I take one pill every morning with breakfast (I think he recommends a little higher dosage.) It has really helped to streamline my insulin levels, and keep them normal all day. I believe this is the reason for my continued weight loss. I got the supplement at my local Publix Pharmacy. It had to be special ordered in, as they don’t keep it normally on the shelf. I found the price to be comparable to other vitamin supplements I take- it was less than $6 for a bottle containing 100 pills and the dosage on the bottle was 1 pill/day.

Sorry if this is long winded and scattered. If you have any questions leave them in the comments, I would love to try and answer them the best I can. I would recommend getting his book off amazon or the kindle edition, as it has a lot of great information in it. His website is also a great resource and has lots of great recipes in addition to the ones in the book!

*~Michelle~*

****Note: This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are sincerely my own****

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School is fast approaching!

With the start of school (for both the kids and myself) fast approaching I took some time tonight to put together some freezer meals for the school year. I searched pinterest up and down looking for a handful of recipes that my family would actually eat. I finished prepping 5 different meals today. While I was at it, I doubled the recipes and made 2 batches of each (10 meals in all), I figured it would save time later down the road. For a busy mom and college student– time is $$<dollar signs>$$ flashing before my eyes! I actually have 2 more meals left to prep tomorrow as those meals required to cook the meat portion before freezing. The recipes I made today were more “throw everything in the bag and let it cook in the crock pot later” meals!

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This is what my freezer looks like right now. I have plenty of space to add the 4 other meal bags tomorrow! I was kind of worried about space.

I haven’t tried any of these meals yet, but will update you on our favorites after we try them. I am always on the hunt for easy week-night meals so please send some my way in the comments!

After prepping the meals and eating dinner I was in the mood for something sweet. I have been on a no processed sugar “cleanse” for the past month or so. Tonight for my sweet treat I used a recipe that was posted on a blog that I frequently read. Instead of using plum’s like Jen did on her blog, I used the over ripe peaches that the kids refused to eat today, due to being “too mushy.”

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It turned out so good!

I just cut peaches in half. Drizzled them with a little agave (or you could use honey but I ran out of my favorite local honey.) Then I sprinkled the top, very generously, with cinnamon. I baked at 350 for about 20 min. Then I added my favorite granola- Udi’s vanilla granola (it doesn’t have any added sugar, just honey) and put back into the oven for another 6-8 minutes or until the granola was slightly brown. This was a nice adult treat while the hubs and I watched some shows off the DVR after the kids went to sleep!</p

*~Michelle~*

click here for the recipes I made today

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Sundays are better spent doing nothing

Sundays are always a great day to be lazy! And that is just what we did today! With the start of the new school year fast approaching, it was nice to just lay on the couch and watch some TV and just relax. We (well I) have a very busy week ahead. Finals for summer classes, preparing for the first week of 1st grade for Brylee, and starting to pack for a long-awaited vacation with my hubby. It always seems to happen at once for me and the end of this semester is no exception!

Here’s a photo of the kids from the splash pad. Brett brought the kids to play in the water recently while I was at work. It is one of their favorite places to visit!

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*~Michelle~*

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