Mar 28 2012

Three Healthy Weight Loss Recipes

Category: Cooking,My Outfits,ProjectsEyeliah @ 1:37 am

There are so many posts I want to write right now but I cannot find enough time.
This is the list…

1. The clothing swap items I recently acquired.
2. My favorite silk pieces on etsy right now (see my faves here).
3. A polyvore compilation of 4-5 looks where just changing accessories changes the look completely.
4. The latest review / giveaway for you all to enter.
5. The dress my mom got me months ago in an outfit.
6. Another literary inspiration post.
7. The five items I got at the thrift shop today for a mere $6.
8. A closet recap (no longer just 99 pieces).

So I am giving you three posts in one to get a few out of my system.
1. Three great weight loss recipes
2. My weight loss update and
3. A recent outfit

RECIPES

Kale Chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash kale and then tear into bite size pieces. In a medium bowl add kale, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/4 to 1/2 of a lemon to taste and massage together.  Spread out kale evenly on two baking sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes, until crispy.  So many vitamins and utterly delicious.

Homemade Vegetable Soup

Saute onions in garlic in a light amount of olive oil. In a large pot fill many veggies like eggplant, carrots, green onions, zucchini, peppers, broccoli stems etc.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Once the onion is translucent add the garlic and onion to the pot.  Cover and simmer for at least one hour.  This is great to make in a large batch, just put leftovers in the fridge and reheat as needed.  I tend to add a pinch of sea salt to my bowl of soup as well.

Avocado Mango Pita

In a medium bowl mix half an avocado and a third of a mango and fresh veggies such as spinach torn in bite size pieces, yellow pepper, peeled carrot, cucumber, tomato and then set aside.  Mix in a small dish 1/4 tsp horseradish and 2 tsps fresh lemon juice and then drizzle over veggies and toss together.  Add mixture into whole wheat pita and eat right away.

WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE

My healthy eating plan is going quite well.  It has been 20 days and I have had 18 perfect days.  Sunday was a bit harder with a family meal early in the day and another day I had a few fried food tastes and a drink.

~Inches Lost~
Bust: -1 Waist: -2 Hips: -1 Arm: -0.5

I have already seen HUGE results, 2 inches off my waist already?  Wow!
With these results I decided to make my goals slightly more lofty.

 ~Inches Left To Lose~
Bust: -0 Waist: -1.5 Hips: -3 Arm: -1

I am hoping to be at my goals at the end of 8 weeks total.  At that time I will gradually increasing my calories to 500 extra per day.

AN OUTFIT

This is a clothing swap skirt (thanks Karina) I have been wearing at least once every week.  I am a huge fan of olive green, pockets and a line skirts so of course I love it.  I am also kind of digging how short it is.

What have you been wanting to post?

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Thrifted Polka Dot Wrap Top. Olive Green Skirt, Free from Swap. Lululemon Wunder Under Tights (was teaching this day). Acquired Wrestling Boots.

*Paris, Friendly Fires*

Love Eyeliah

 


Mar 12 2012

1200 Calorie Menu Plan for Weight Loss

Category: Cooking,LifeEyeliah @ 4:13 pm

Below is the menu I painstakingly created for a a weeks worth of 1200-1300 calories a day.  True story, I used to consult in weight loss and know quite a bit about nutrition, meal planning and goal setting so I really need to step up.  I have set the goal to reach to my desired body shape in three months and once achieved will reward myself with laser eye surgery, I feel motivated every time I inch my glasses back up my nose!

Recently I threw out my scale (and felt powerful well doing so!) but then was not quite sure how I would measure my progress…  I’ve decided to take my measurements every two to three weeks and also use items in my closet that are a bit tight as a guide and hopefully this will suffice.  I will also measure changes in my energy levels.  Here are my goals in inches;

~Inches~ Bust: -0 (don’t take my bust!) Waist: -1.5 Hips: -2.5 Arm: -0.5

Once I am there bye bye glasses!  Even though I am not using a scale, this menu should equal 0.5-2 pounds of fat loss per week.  In it I kept in my favorite foods in small doses; things like avocado, bacon and all natural peanut butter.  I am also indulging in the power bar I am very much enjoying; Luna’s Chocolate Peppermint Stick at 180 calories.  Water intake is being tracked at bare minimum of eight cups per day, eight hours of sleep a night and an average of twenty *extra* minutes exercise per day.

I know I can do it, I have to!

And For Old Times Sake A Few PRE Weight Loss Recipes Including Bacon Cookies (!!!)

This right here is why you should always make twice as much dough as you need.  I was able to make Quiche Lorraine AND raspberry tarts with leftover pie crust.  First a classic quiche from the Joy of Cooking (similar recipe here).

 

And then the tarts were a delicious recipe of my own creation, though of course I did not write the details down darn it.  I also forgot to take an after picture, I guess I was just too busy tasting my creation.

Next up I had to try my hand at bacon chocolate chip cookies.  Yes cookies with bacon and they were beyond delicious, recipe from All Recipes.

 


Feb 13 2012

I Baked A Pie

Category: CookingEyeliah @ 6:43 pm

Before I went gluten free, I baked a pie.  My friend Kathleen came over with her rolling pin and pastry blender and walked me through step by step and it turned out delicious. Thanks Kathleen!

Start by blending and blending and more blending of butter and twice sifted flour, I wish I had a mixer!  Then there is lots of rolling of the dough and more rolling and more rolling until it is evenly flat.  Then take the pie dish and place upside down on the dough, make sure the dough is at least an inch wider than the dish.  Fold the dough in half to place gently into the dish and then unfold the dough.

For the filing we mixed rhubarb and a simple custard, mmmmm.

We made a lattice top and then finished off the edges with thumb prints.  Make sure there is no dough hanging over the edge of the pie plate, it will burn.

Then it bakes and fills your house with yummy pie smell.  This pie lasted less than 48 hours.  
I don’t have the whole recipe anymore but this is a great How To on WikiHow which includes the lattice crust.


Feb 03 2012

Gluten Free

Category: CookingEyeliah @ 12:13 pm

I decided to go gluten free, and I am on day three.  I want to see if cutting out gluten will benefit my health, allergies and weight.  I found a great website Gluten Free Goddess and this post in particular on getting started with Gluten Free is excellent.

It has been challenging considering how much I actually ate that was a wheat product.  Breakfast was granola, gluten.  Lunch was a pita, gluten.  Dinner was not so bad since I eat mostly rice, but pizza nights will surely be missed.  My breakfast is now an egg and quinoa with coconut milk and pineapple.  My lunch is struggling to be replaced, I ate the same delicious pita everyday.

To make pita deliciousness; Lightly coat 1/4 tsp olive oil onto pita.  Broil pita for 3 minutes. Cut avocado and tomato into slices and pile onto crispy pita.  Add a dash of salt, coat with lime and pepper. Enjoy!

Are you on a special diet?


Jan 29 2012

I Made Sushi

Category: CookingEyeliah @ 5:10 pm

I made sushi!  It was delicious, affordable and it was also quite easy to prepare.  To make sushi you will definitely need sushi rice, rice vinegar, seaweed and a bamboo roller.  The options for what you put in your sushi rolls is limitless.  We had avocado, cucumber, imitation crab, ginger, sweet mayo, wasabi and fresh salmon.

The trick in making sushi is to prepare the rice just right.  After 1.5 cups of rice has been cooked heat 1/2 cup of rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a saucepan.  Once the ingredients are dissolved remove from heat.  Now move the rice in a wide bowl, toss it, spread it, fan it, do whatever you need to to cool it down.  Once the rice is no longer steaming slowly add in and mix 3 tablespoons of the rice vinegar.  Taste the rice and you can gradually add up to 3 more tablespoons if you like.

Just don’t ask me how to roll the sushi, I was terrible at that part!


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