Yesterday my girls helped me out at my Naturale Foodie Cooking Class, and requested I do a repeat for them. So being the Foodie mother that I am, I whipped up two of the breakfast dishes featured at the event. Since it’s Sunday (and you know Sundays are made for decadent eating…at least in my house, Lol!), I went in a little heavier on the cheese, maxed out the salmon, and added extra butter, maple syrup, nuts, and cinnamon to the apple crisp, and finished those babies off in the oven so we can take our pick of grazing savory or sweet today. Me, I plan to oblige both. Now let’s hope I have a bottle of Prosecco and tangerine juice to make a mimosa. I’m so extra… Lol!
Monthly Archives: January 2017
Since I had a big salmon salad for lunch, it’s a cheese plate for dinner. Stilton blue cheese, Grand Cru, 4-year vintage cheddar, and triple cream French Brie with cashews, sliced apple, and red wine. Getting in good fats, fruit, protein, and resveratrol. What I love about cheese, besides obviously the yummy taste it brings to the palate? It is satiating. All it takes is a little taste of this or that, and your stomach is satisfied.
Woke up feeling “lighter” this morning and thought I would hope on the scale …you know, to see what if anything had transpired since indulging myself during the holidays. 140.5, 5.5 pounds of weight loss to be exact, down from 146 on Dec. 28th, a week ago from today. Yay!
First of all, before I share what I did, let me say a true Foodie never frets. She enjoys sampling all the holiday delectables, not once concerned about the extra pounds that might be accumulating on the thighs, butt, and midsection because she knows how to reign it in when necessary. A natural Foodie keeps the balanced wisdom of knowing that although food can get her in trouble, it can also be used to help get her out of trouble. How? By pushing back on all the heavy hitting foods that pack on weight, eating cleaner, and incorporating some form of exercise to help tighten the ship back up.
The week after Christmas, I cut out sugar drastically, limited grains, like corn and oats, and ate a double portion of vegetables with my meals along with meats. Did I eat good? Oh yes, you bet’s to believe it! 😂 (taken from a line in Beyonce’s video, “Formation…after all, that is what I’m trying to do) Lol! I dined at my favorite restaurant, Connor’s, and had grilled steak with extra steak butter, a salad, plus vegetables, mango smoothies, kale lemonade green drink, chicken salad, big salads with full fat dressing and crumbled blue cheese, spaghetti with meat sauce, a glass of red wine, and even had a Paleo cupcake to help get a sweet fix satisfied. All this, coupled with Bikram hot yoga and Pilates, and drinking lots of water. No sweet tea. That was huge for me. I stopped drinking my calories, only iced water with slices of fresh citrus. The only tea I have is a hot cup of Tulsi organic tea with holy basil at night before bed with a tbspn of raw honey.
So the point being, once you understand food, how it works, what causes weight gain, and are eating mindfully, meaning you are fully aware of what is going into your mouth and the benefits or repercussions to that food choice, you are 80% equipped already for success because you know the action plan needed to do battle in the kitchen and get you back on track at a moments notice. These are the principles I look forward to sharing with my group of attendees at my cooking class. I practice food, by practicing on myself, first. Oh, you wait until summer when I show up looking svelte like J- Lo, without the jello. 👌
Check out these helpful links below on which discuss two of the main culprits to weight gain: wheat, grains, and sugar.
Happy New Year, and welcome to the Naturale Foodie Cooking Class! As a personal chef, it is my pleasure to share with you my love for food, as well as the tools you need to create fabulous food, while maintaining your fitness and weight goals.
The upcoming cooking class scheduled locally will focus on clean eating, and I will take you through the ropes of getting your kitchen in order for success, reading labels, grocery shopping, as well as demonstrating recipes and techniques in the kitchen to make clean eating fabulously delicious! To sign up to attend the local class, see flyer here:
So why start with food? Because your success depends on how you work it out in the kitchen. Total fitness results is 80% of what you do in the kitchen, and 20% of what you do in the gym. That means that 80% of your success depends on the food you eat, not at how often or strenuous you work out. Go figure, as I am sure there was an 80% increase in gym memberships this week alone! That is backwards. There is an adage that says, “You can’t outrun your fork,” and for most, that fork is the “heaviest” piece of equipment they are working with. Lol!
I want to see you succeed, and that starts with changing our mindset on food:
1. While food is a source for nutrition, it can be enjoyable.
2. Be open to unlearning what you “thought or told” was healthy, even if it goes against mainstream advice, and educating yourself on how food works.
3. Know that you have the tools (your hands) and can learn the creative skills to become the food maven in your own kitchen!
Allow me to lead the way. Below, I am sharing with you a couple of links that explain what is clean eating, ingredients used in clean eating. Also, make sure to subscribe and follow this blog as I will be sharing new as well as previous blog posts I have written that will aid and entertain you on how to have fun in the kitchen and eat GOOD!
Feel free to ask any questions and comment on the blog posts. I LOVE to chat with my followers, and my kitchen seat here is always open for you to stop by and chat food.
Talk to you soon!
Happy New Year! I start my first meal of the year with a pot of pinto beans, not black-eyed peas. Never been a fan of the peas, although I have memories of my mom fixing them, along with okra (another one of my food nemesis, unless it’s fried, Lol!). Anywhoo, I just felt like a good pot pinto beans were in order today, and I want to share how I make mine extra healthy and nourishing.
Beans: I use organic pinto beans found at Earth Fare. No pesticides in these buddies, just good ole beans. I rinse them in apple cider vinegar to clean.
Aromatics/flavor: Fresh garlic, onions, smoked sea salt, black pepper, bay leaf, onion powder, liquid smoke, ham bone, chicken stock or bone broth, olive oil. Swirl a little olive oil, add the fresh garlic, onion, and ham bone, sautée for 3 minutes, then add the rest of ingredients, and the beans to slow cook in Dutch oven on top of stove.
Bone broth is super nourishing to your body, so today I used it instead of chicken stock as I had it on hand. Google all the amazing benefits of bone broth to see why you may need to incorporate it into your health.
Then let that baby simmer. Add the smoked sea salt last to flavor when almost done to avoid beans getting hard while cooking. And to thicken my beans, I take a few beans out and mash them with a spoon and bean juice, then add to pot. To accompany this pot of beans, I will make a skillet of gluten-free corn bread and serve with chow-chow, sliced tomatoes, and fresh onions. Simple yumness in a bowl! No need for extra meat in meal today, the only meat I will have is that HoneyBaked ham bone when it pulls away from the bone. Ironically, that is when you know the beans are about done.
What will be your first meal of the new year? Are you a bean or pea type of person? Feel free to comment and share below.