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Finger-lickin-nutrition…(Caution: Potty mouth ahead)

Fingerlickinnutrition? What in the heck is that?

Honestly, I’m still trying to figure that one out. I had big dreams of turning this blog into a meal prep, work out central, weight loss support, da-bomb-diggity-one-stop-shop for all of your health needs and so much more. And then…I disappeared for two years, no sorry, FOUR YEARS! I was in no position to try to tell anyone how to change their lives when I was struggling to change my own. I thought that if I wasn’t perfect, then no one would listen to me or care about the ideas I was trying to put out there into the world. Hey, there’s still no guarantee that anyone will read this, but I’m going to write it anyway. And I’m just gonna keep it real with you, I’m still trying to get my shit together.

I dreamed of telling all of you how the girl down there…

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August 2010. Still hovering around 200 lbs after regaining a few pounds.

Transformed to this girl…

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New Years 2012

 

To this health nut…and maintained…

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2013

But here I am now. This exhausted, anxious dreamer right here with exceptionally wild hair and a slight obsession with fringe…

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2017

I’ve been struggling with weight gain over the past three years and lost focus despite the fact that I know what I need to do to make “healthy living” a lifestyle. I repeat, ‘a lifestyle.’ My excuse? Hell, life just happened. I moved to a new city and got wooed by a lovely “boy”, moved in with that lovely “boy”, started a job and met some wonderful people. Years later I was diagnosed with anxiety and just simply shut down. I felt lost and forgot how to navigate through change, family issues, questionable friendships, doubting my career choices. I lost focus and started to put the weight back on. Now an engaged woman at the awesome age of 34 with belly bloat, Eustachian tube dysfunction (never knew such a thing existed) an achy foot, knee, back and fatigue… I feel like poop. I’m tired of being tired and feeling like poop. And I’m also so damn tired of thinking about food “all of the time.” EAT THIS, NOT THAT! FAT CAUSES CANCER, SUGAR CAUSES CANCER, DAIRY CAUSES DIABETES, FRUIT CAUSES DIABETES. I’ve heard it all and I feel trapped in this world of super saturated food facts and “Google-litis”.

It is absolutely exhausting to try to live within these rules that may or may not even work for you in particular.

So what happens when we flip the script and break the ‘food obsession’ cycle? Or a better question, ‘How’ do we do it?

What if food and exercise weren’t the main ingredients for weight loss or good health in general? What happens when we stop reaching for our iPad and plugging every ailment into a search engine, looking for that magic elixir that will make everything in the universe okay? What happens if we just…stop? If we do something different like go for a walk after a rough day at work instead of heading straight to the fridge the second we enter the door?

Or hey, how about doing nothing at all. At least for the next five minutes. Just chill. Let the madness pass, let the anxiety or whatever is bothering us just complete itself and then and only then do we focus on the real issue at hand (boss was an ass today, boyfriend was an ass today, you were a jerk today…whatever it may be.)

What if we feed our bodies and minds with more positive thoughts, positive habits to override the old, shitty ones? Do things that make us feel sexy and good about ourselves? Become honest with others, honest with ourselves, choose exploration over fear, challenging ourselves to go above and beyond the norm despite everyone’s expectations? What if those are the missing ingredients to happiness and great health and indirectly, weight loss? To look our core issues in the eye and tell them to f** off, we’ve got better shit to do. I’m not going to sit in self-pity and stuff my face with cookies today just because I made a mistake at work, I’m going to Zumba instead.

This is what Fingerlickinnutrition is all about. Positive, mental and spiritual nutrition for the body and soul! Nutrition beyond the plate. Honesty about our struggles and seeking fulfillment, not perfection. With a side of cake, of course (every once in a while)!

I want to explore these ideas and share my journey with you. And you, share your journeys with me.

So raise up your glasses of kombucha or red wine or hell, skip the extra glass of wine and take a bubble bath instead (Did I go to far, wine lovers?)…here’s to a

Healthy Journey!

 

 

 

****Disclaimer: I am not an expert by any means.  All of the information presented are based on my personal experiences and resources that I come across via online sources, word of mouth, and trial and error.  As with anything related to fitness, health, and your safety, consult your doctor before giving it a go.

Wishing you the best and a healthy journey!

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Tested: DIY Protein Powder II

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Oatmeal….yummmmmm!

Hemp Seeds…delicious!

Quinoa…complete protein perfection!

Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)…nutty awesomeness! (when cooked)

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All of these ingredients grounded into a fine powder, blended with a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, banana, and honey……a test kitchen disaster.  Folks, the taste was a little rough, but great if you’re into drinking bean flavored milk.  I originally added two tablespoons of the DIY Pro-powder to my normal morning smoothie, but found the garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to be extremely overpowering.

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When adding only one tablespoon, the taste was less extreme and sweeter.  The drink itself was somewhat bearable, but far from enjoyable.  Well, at least I could taste a little bit of the sweetness from the milk and the banana, but the bean flavor was still pretty pronounced.  Soaking the beans overnight and adding a few to the milk and banana mixture may be the solution, but has yet to be tested.

The upside of this kitchen nightmare is that all of the ingredients were things that I had on hand.  In general, aside from the hemp seeds, the ingredients are inexpensive.

There’s potential with this protein combination if I skip the chickpeas, but I think I’m going to play around with a few more ideas as well.

Folks, it ain’t over!

‘NOT SO YUMMMY’ – DIY Protein Powder

1/3 cup oats (not instant)

3 tbsp raw hemp seeds

3 tbsp quinoa

3 tbsp garbanzo beans, uncooked

* Blend ingredients in a food processor or heavy-duty blender until fine powder if formed.

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Healthy Journey!

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Gluten-Freak

I have to confess that I haven’t been focusing so much on losing weight these past few months.  In May, I was totally stoked and energetic about cutting calories (well, not really) and getting fit with Shaun T, but then I realized that I’ve got bigger problems.  My food is attacking me.  At first I thought that if I made a few adjustments, ate less dairy, less cookies, less this and that, I would start to feel better.  That didn’t work as well I would have liked.  Folks, when you’re waking up every morning with stomach pains and there’s no pill that can make it all better, there’s really only a few ways to rectify the situation.  One, start from scratch!

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I did a cleanse last year from the CrazySexyDiet book by Kris Carr and had amazing results, but I had the discipline then.  I wasn’t living with my soul and foodmate at the time so I wasn’t easily influenced by temptation (love you, Baldy).  In other words, I was a badass-juicing-raw-vegan-gluten-and-dairy-free-running-strength-training-detoxing machine.  Mentally and physically, I was in the zone.  My energy levels were super high, I felt sexy, and unstoppable.  Then my 21 days were up and I had a hard time keeping up the new lifestyle.  I wasn’t ready to go completely vegan let alone raw vegan.  Day by day, I began to slip back into my old habits.  I gained all of the weight I lost and then some.  Not because the detox sucked, but my inner rebel resurfaced and I wanted what I wanted, when I wanted it.  Helloooooo, cupcakes!

The good thing about the cleansing program is that I kept some of those healthy habits and found that I really enjoyed juicing.  I continue to juice several times a month and oddly enough, my body never looked at dairy the same.  I still eat a little bit here and there, but it’s not the star of my food dreams anymore and thank goodness for that.

The point of this post is that I need to detox again.  It’s possible that gluten is trying to kill me and I think the stomach pains and feeling crappy is my body’s way of saying it needs a break and soon.  It’s going to be a challenge, but one worth trying.  Decisions, decisions.  Am I ready to do this again?

Sweat.Eat.Transform.

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Some Call It A Comeback…

I’ve been here for years.  On the same journey, wishing for the same results, but allowing every little thing to become a distraction or a reason to celebrate with food.  However, lately, I’ve been inspired to make a few small changes because Folks, it sucks to carry this extra weight.  You know, those same twenty pounds that I vowed to lose last year are still here.  Sure they’ve fluctuated from time to time, but they haven’t changed because my mindset is still the same.  I’m still keeping the negative thoughts, processed foods, and despair into my life and that my friends is a recipe for redundancy.  So what happens when you decide to replace that negative crap with something good?  When you choose to eat more vegetables instead of bread?  When you decide that eating in is so much awesomer than eating out?  Well, sometimes!  What happens when you decide that being healthy and feeling good is so much better than the alternative?  I’m still pounding the pavement and working it out because giving up is not an option!

 

Sweat.Eat.Transform.

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Cucumber Hummus Recipe

CUCUMBER HUMMUS

(Makes 2 1/2 cups)

Adaptation of Cosmic Cafe Recipe: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/cityofate/2009/02/appetite_for_instruction_hummu.php

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2 cups Garbanzo Beans (Cooked or canned), drained

1/4 cup Tahini

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Juice of 1 Lemon

1/2 bunch of Cilantro

1/2 Cucumber, peeled and cubed

1-2 Garlic cloves or 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp white wine vinegar or pickle juice

Water or Broth (to make hummus thinner)

*Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor.  Add water or broth to thin out based on your taste.

Use this recipe as a dip for vegetables or condiment on wraps and sandwiches.  Also feel free to adjust ingredients based on your preference.

Calories: 70 calories per 2 Tablespoons

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