Last 2 weeks..

For the past 2 weeks, I got sick, got better, then got worse and then got better. It’s been a roller coaster of sickness in our house. During this time, I didn’t want to sit and write the blog. I just wasn’t in the mood. During days like this, all I want to do is sit and marinate in the couch 🙂 .

It’s been nearly 4 months since my asthma was worse and I forgot how it felt and when I started coughing at night and couldn’t sleep for 3 nights, I got emotional and angry. During these time, I get obsessed about watching a TV show and this time that show was “How I met your Mother”. It’s been 6 days and I am on the Season 8 and I can’t seem to stop it.

I don’t want to go out of the house and I just hate feeling like this. I sometimes force myself to go out until I had to go out. I had so many plans for the blog but for some reason, I have lost that drive to write the articles.

I tried my hands on many things, Zentangles, coloring, drawing, etc. but I lose interest very quickly. I did start changing my diet and I was really good till I got sick. I seriously wanted to eat only unhealthy foods. I tried to control it but with the sickness, I get emotional. So there went my plan to lose weight. I still do some exercise at least 2 times a week but that’s just a blip in calories I eat 😦 .

I still drink the green smoothies and the almond milk smoothies which I love and I had put on the weight I lost during those 3 weeks of good diet. Sometimes I just crave Grilled Cheese Sandwich. I have always known that it will be really difficult for me to control my eating habits because ultimately I cave. I have known for a long time that I am an emotional eater and that is the worst for people who want to lose weight.

So there readers, something about me you now know. If you haven’t see all those food pictures in my Instagram, then you won’t understand 🙂 . I am still not yet over my sickness because it usually get bad the day after my volunteer work in the pet shelter. Hopefully once I am over the sickness, I should hopefully stick to my healthy eating.

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Changes in my lifestyle

I haven’t been feeling good since I returned from my trip to Chennai. I think it is because of all the junks I ate there. And I haven’t been able to get back to feeling light for months. And then I decided that I need to start eating healthy and I have made changed to my eating habits.

I invested in Vitamix 5300 which I got from Costco. I know that it is expensive but I didn’t realize how fantastic it is until I used it. One of my friend have used this for the past 2 years and she makes almond milk everyday and she raves about this. So I started researching about what blender to get.

I wanted to try it first in the blender I have at home. I have a Preeti mixie which I got from Chennai about 3 years ago. This is a fantastic for Indian food. It makes fantastic powders and paste for cooking. I tried making almond milk in this for the first time and it took me 15 minutes to get it all blended and it still wasn’t smooth. Then I thought about the Green Smoothie recipe I had and it will never be good with my old blender.

I felt guilty buying Vitamix but then told myself that if I am not using it or if I didn’t like it, I could always return it. I had 2 recipes which I wanted to try, Almond milk and Green Smoothie. I had the cheater’s recipe for almond milk. Instead of using raw almond, I used the raw almond paste which you get in the food shops, the one you collect from the machine and I love how easy it is to make.

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I still wasn’t sure about the Vitamix but the first time I made smoothie, I realized why people love it. I mean seriously, It was so powerful that I didn’t feel any fiber in my smoothie. It was like a smooth juice. I was then obsessed about Vitamix.

The first day I made the Green smoothie, I loved that it didn’t taste bad. I got the recipe from  Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. I have never liked eating apples but with this juice, I don’t even feel the fiber in it. Slowly I started adding ingredients and finally I have found a green smoothie recipe which I love. I drink this every morning and it keeps me going till lunch time.

The second is the almond milk smoothie. I tried a lot and finally got a recipe which I love. I drink them for dinner and I also add protein powder in it. I realized that just drinking the almond milk doesn’t fill me up and I didn’t have a great relationship with protein powder before but I got this Organic Protein powder from Costco and it agrees with me.

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I have followed this routine from the 1st of April and I found that I am feeling very light instead of full and bloated. I found that I really feel better if I have a light dinner. I did cheat 3-4 times but I didn’t feel good. My food routine is

Morning - Green Smoothie

Lunch - Heavy; Carbs

Snack - Tea or nuts or biscuits

Dinner - Almond milk smoothie

It’s been almost a month of drinking Green Smoothie and I realized that I feel light and my skin looks better too. I have never had so much fruits and veggies for the last decade and I love my routine.

I have also found that I am not  much of a runner or walker but I do like doing yoga and I am fine with that. I try to do 2-3 times of yoga/week for about 30 minutes. I think if I continue this routine, I could see some real changes in 6 months or so but the problem is continuing this routine. I really love making smoothies in my Vitamix. I think it is one of the best investment if you really love drinking smoothies.

Let me give you my version of the smoothies I make so that you can all try it as well.

Green Glowing Smoothie
  • 2 handful of Power Green Blends (Costco, blend of baby kale, chard and spinach)
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1/2 Romaine lettuce head
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 cups water

 

Almond Milk Smoothie
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Almond paste
  • 1 Banana
  • 1.5 cups Frozen Fruit (berries, cherries, mango)
  • 2 spoons of Organic Protein Plant based powder

Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie

They say Breakfast is a very important meal of the day and I know that lot of you ladies, like me, do not feel like cooking breakfast in the morning. I am definitely not a morning person and that is why I skip breakfast sometime because I just don’t feel like cooking as soon as I get up. I tried making eggs and toast for sometime but I just didn’t feel like doing it in the morning. So I ended up eating the leftover dinner for breakfast because all I had to do was just heat it in the microwave and it’s ready.

But for the past week, I have been thinking of going back to being healthy. I have lost the way ever since I came back from our trip to India. I stopped keeping my eye on the food I eat and suddenly I realized that some of the clothes feel tight on me  and that is not good. So I ended up looking for ideas to get back to being healthy.

And lo behold, I found a health blog called Running with Spoons and I am getting ideas from her recipes and I love it. I kind of tweaked her recipe to what I had in my pantry and I made this oatmeal smoothie and ever since I am addicted to drinking them in the morning and I don’t feel hungry for at least 3 hours and that is great. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:3]

And there it is a yummy morning breakfast which I have been drinking with variations each day. Some days I add fruits or dates or almond butter, etc. I think this is one of my favorite, easy and quick breakfast in the morning.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year My Lovely Readers,

I can’t believe that 2014 is gone. Did anybody else feel that it just went quickly? December went much quickly. Hope you all had fantastic holiday and wonderful new beginning for this year.

I have been obsessed about my planner for about 3 weeks. I still have to tell you all about my planner 😀 . I bought some accessories and some sticky notes and let’s not forget pens 🙄 . It’s official, I now have an ADDICTION. Yes, I am one of the planner addicts 🙂 . I love my planner which I got it for such a bargain 😎 . I think I have to dedicate an entire article for it and that is what I will do.

Look at that.  the purple planner and a cute charm.

Look at that. the purple planner and a cute charm.

Moving on, I have made some goals for 2015 and this time, I am keeping my goals simple and attainable. Let me walk you through my 2014 goal, It was losing 10 lbs. Sounds simple, right? But what you forgot was that I am one of the laziest person 😳 . I was determined for about 3 months, counting calories and doing exercise for at least 2 times a week. I did lost about 5 lbs but suddenly I just lost interest. I hated not having the good food and I fell through. Losing weight has been one of my goal for the past 3 years and I am still doing it 😳 . But not this year.

This year my goal is just to be healthy and do 100 days of fitness. This allows me to be flexible in the fitness section especially when I am sick. And being healthy is one of my goals which does allow me to eat dessert once a week without feeling guilty. This year is NOT about losing weight.

As usual, I have joined the Good Reads Book Challenge. This year I have challenged myself to read 300 books. You might think that is a lot but for the past 2 years, I have read about 400 books 😀 . But this year, I have reduced it and telling myself that I need time for my blogging as well.

Another challenge I have decided to do is the Gratitude Challenge. This year I am going to focus on being grateful. I am going to be positive. I got this idea from Pinterest and this blog. I like the idea of blogging about it instead of writing in a journal. I really like the topic of this challenge so I decided to do it.

I am slowly going to build up my goals. For now, these are one of the important goals for this year. My other goals are some personal goals which I have written it in the planner. Seriously, I am loving my planner and I am already on the hunt of another one 😀 .

What about you all? Have you made any goals for 2015?

Update on the Healthy lifestyle

It is hard to take up the healthy lifestyle especially if I see a lot of things which I want to eat. It’s been 2 months since I have changed my eating habits but i still have lost only 2 pounds and maybe it’s because that I am still trying to do some workout at least twice a week and that is not enough. For 2 weeks, I was off the wagon because my toddler was sick and then I got sick as well. It is hard to eat healthy during that time. So I ended up making the easy food like rice and curry. I always feel hungry after eating a salad and that day is truly hard for me. So I stuck with carbs at least once a day or moderate amount of carb.

I have been using the My Fitness pal app and my carb count for every day is 175, which was nearly the same amount I was having during my gestational diabetes. I just have to control the portion size. I got some healthy snacks like nuts and sometimes I eat banana if I want to have something sweet. I also eat some chocolates now and then 🙂 . I do cheat at least once a week and have a huge desert like cake or pastries. I just can’t control it.

But I have compromised with myself. As long as I know the calories of what I am going to eat then, it is ok. If I am having a dessert then I share them with hubby so that I won’t eat whole piece 😉 . See, that’s a compromise 😆 . I do drink at least 1 liter of water. I should probably start drinking green tea but I need my milky tea 😀 and I drink them once a day only so it is not bad. I do like it when I know the calories of the things I eat. I have been loving Panera bread for that reason. Their menu has calories by the side so that you can choose your food based on calories. I am there at least once a week when I feel the need to have bread. We usually don’t keep any bread at home 🙂 . I always end up picking the pick 2 menu with soup and half a sandwich which will end up under 500 calories depending on what you choose. I have also been loving their power green smoothie 😀 .

I think my body is slowly conditioning itself for low carbs since I don’t feel hungry much these days if I have just a cup of rice with rasam. I have been making green smoothies at home for breakfast with avocado, milk and power greens. They are so yummy and filling. Though I feel light, I am not losing weight. I think I need to exercise to lose weight 😦 and I am not happy about it.

Hubby got me Polar Loop for Valentine’s day since I was very interested in a fitness watch and I am still getting used to it. I never knew how little I walk after getting it. The steps section shows that I take about 4000 or less for the first 2 days and I was shocked 😯 since you are supposed to take 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. So I try to force myself not to sit in a place for a long time. Let’s see how it works out. Will try it out for a month and then will review it.

Other than this, nothing is happening, health wise. I hope that I will do some vigorous exercise at least twice a week for my body to lose weight 🙄 . Let’s see if I can do it.

Wholemeal Chocolate Cake

I have been wanting to bake a cake with wholemeal flour which I had. I searched for the recipe and found one which is simple and easy. The original recipe is from Gels Kitchen and I made little changes to it. It tastes fantastic 😀 .

Ingredients

2 cups wholemeal flour
3 tbsp baking powder
4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup soy milk
200 g butter
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp coffee & chicory essence

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
  2. Grease the cake pan.
  3. Combine all ingredients in the bowl. Blend it with an electric blender for 4 min until creamy and fluffy.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake it for 35 min.

P.S. I burnt this cake on top because I kept the cake for 45 min in the oven but the taste was good. I have to say that it was very heavy on my stomach.

Why should you try Mineral Makeup?

Taken from Splendicity.

Over the past few years, mineral makeup has been flying off the shelves with women all around the world making the switch from traditional cosmetics. Though millions of women use mineral makeup, many still haven’t taken the plunge and often wonder why they should change. There are several solid reasons why you should try mineral cosmetics.

Natural and Healthy
Mineral makeup doesn’t contain fragrances, additives or chemicals that can damage your skin. In fact, the minerals also can protect your skin against free radicals and they don’t seep into your skin or cause clogged pores. All in all, mineral cosmetics are a healthier alternative to regular makeup.

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Image: sxc.hu

Versatility
You can mix mineral powder with water or even moisturizer to create the texture of liquid or cream foundations. Or, you can use it as a powder and still get that flawless finish and as much coverage as you need. The colors in mineral eye shadow and other mineral products are deeply pigmented. Therefore, you can change the intensity just by how much you use. Remember though, a little goes a long way. Nothing is exclusive either. One color of loose mineral powder can be used as eyeshadow, liner, blush, or even lipstick.

Shelf-Life
Mineral makeup products don’t go bad like other cosmetics because they can’t harbor bacteria. Since there are no fillers or chemicals added, it’s almost impossible for them to get old and lose their color or effectiveness.

Overview
Nearly 6% of the body is made from minerals. These minerals are essential to keeping your organs healthy, including your skin. Mineral cosmetics are created from natural pigments and healthy minerals. They are ideal for everyone. With mineral makeup, there are no oils to cause shine and breakouts for oily skin. They also contain no chemicals or fragrances, so they don’t irritate sensitive skin. Unlike some other makeup, mineral powders won’t settle into fine lines, making wrinkles more pronounced it in mature skin. No matter your age (and skin type), you can get a flawless look and rich colors by using mineral makeup.