Recently, I mentioned that I was on a weight loss mission. My ultimate goal is to lose 65lbs so I can go shopping for the cute clothes and just feel better in general.
I have been working hard for the past 4 weeks and I have lost nearly 20lbs in that time. I am logging all of my intake, so I can be accountable for what I eat. You would be surprised how much you can overeat without even knowing. For instance, I love SunChips and this peach salsa. When you “gasp” look at the bag you will see that a serving is only 15 chips or something like that. When you sit there and physically count your chips one by one, you will realize that this seems like a meager amount. Normally you would just reach in the bag as much as you want until you are satisfied.
I have had to adjust the way that I eat. If I want something sweet, I head for the fruit before I go to my next step which is chewing gum. I will admit that I do not deny myself treats. In fact, I made a homemade chocolate cake with chocolate icing from scratch and had one piece nightly after dinner for a few nights. The key is moderation.
I had not been used to eating healthy, so at first a piece of fruit tasted like crap to me. But now it is something that I crave. If I eat a piece of chocolate and go to fruit, the fruit doesn’t taste sweet, so try to avoid high sugar foods.
I have gone from walking between 5-10 miles per day, to starting to run. I only made it ten full minutes, before I thought I was gonna die, but it feels good do it.
My favorite snacks so far:
Sliced white peaches with a Tbs of light whip cream
SunChips Garden Salsa flavor with peach salsa
Carrots drizzled with a half tsp of green goddess dressing
Apple with 1 tbs natural no sugar peanut butter
Cranberry Rush Trail Mix from Meijer and Nutrition Nut/Fruit Mix from Planters
Chocolate graham crackers with light whip cream in between, and put it in the freezer for a mock ice cream sandwich
My favorite breakfast
Maple and Brown Sugar Outmeal with Flax by Three Sisters
As for dinner, I haven’t found a favorite meal, but I tend to eat whatever is made for the family but I measure out portions. I will drink water but sometimes I want something else and I have found that I really like the regular Vitamin Water.
What are your favorite lo cal snacks?
Diets are no fun. The minute I start to eat all the so called good for you foods, I get cranky. Going through the grocery store, makes me feel like I must be blindfolded so I don’t pout. And flaxseed with oats tastes a bit like dirt, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
I hate water, well not hate but, I like soda, and not diet. My goal is to avoid artificial sweetners and soda all together. I am drinking more water, and feel like I need a catheter permanently attached to me, so I don’t have to be in the bathroom peeing every five minutes and im only drinking three glasses a day folks.
I am walking every night and dragging the dog along. I put my iTouch on shake to shuffle, and walking quickly made me feel a bit ADHD because it didnt like my brisk walking and proceeded to change songs with every step.
Day two and I am still alive! I am sure after my chocolate and coca cola withdrawals (in about 4 weeks), I will be a much happier camper. But until then look for crab apple posts like this one.
I will conquer.
Our family consumes a lot of juice, especially the boys. First thing in the morning, it is the thing they ask for the most. To incorporate more water and less sugary juice, I started watering it all down. Both of my kids love fruits and vegetables of all kinds, so that has never been a struggle, so I started considering ways in which I could still give them the juice that they loved in the morning and throughout the day, but offering them a healthier choice.
A good friend of ours suggested a juicer, so I went on a search to find out more information. I used to own a juicer back in my college days, and a lot has changed since I owned that dinosaur of a juicer. There are a lot of juicers on the market, there are centrifugal juicers, masticating juicers, and others, that make your mind spin with information. One of the supposed key benefits to juicing are the mega health benefits. When you buy bottled juices in the store, most of these are pasteurized which means it is heated. The problem with that, is you kill off all the “good for you” stuff, and you are not getting the maximum benefit from the fruits and vegetables. If you are drinking heated juice, then you might as well stir up some sugar water, and call it a day. After reading about it, I don’t think I would ever go back to a bottled juice again.
After countless hours of researching the health benefits, I realized that I wanted to try a juicer, not just for my children, but for myself as well. I recently had the opportunity to review and Omega Vert Vrt350 HD Juicer. For the most part, juicing is a foreign to me, so when it arrived at my doorstep, I was excited and a little intimidated by using it. The first thing I noticed is that it was heavy! I thought there must be a hunk of lead in the box, but to my amazement the juicer itself is very compact in size, the bulk of the weight is in the part that houses the motor, and the Auger (the part that turns to work the fruit through the mesh juicing screen). I was surprised how easy it was to get up and running, within just a few minutes, I was already juicing my first apple and a carrot.
Try not to laugh at my demonstration video!
Omega Vert VRT 350 HD DetailsThe Omega Vert VRT350 Juicer features the high efficiency of a masticating juicer in a vertical design that is compact, contemporary and productive. Most juicers process at a speed of 1,650 to 16,000 RPM, destroying many healthy enzymes and causing juice to degrade shortly after being extracted. The Vert VRT350 Low Speed Juicing System processes at 80 RPM, preventing oxidation and allowing juice to be stored for up to 72 hours without degradation. The Vert VRT350 also features an innovative auto cleaning system that keeps the screen clear during juicing and increases its efficiency. The contemporary design is complemented by a virtually indestructible ULTEM juicing screen that will withstand heavy duty juicing. Ideal for fast pace commercial environments, this juicer combines a contemporary styling with the technology to cater to the health conscious.
• Innovative design squeezes out
juice rather than grinding
• Preserves natural taste and
color of juice
• Preserves natural nutrients
• Exclusive Blade Cleaning System
keeps the screen clean during use
• Efficient Design ensures maximum
juice extraction with the driest pulp
in its class
• Easy disassembly and reassembly
• Auger is extremely hard and durable
• Auto Cleaning System
• 80 RPM for peak efficiency
• Crushing Ribs
• Commercial 1/3 HPMotor
• Exclusive Underwriters Laboratories
Inc. (UL) Household and Commercial
After using the Omega Vert VRT 350HD juicer for about 8 weeks now, I have noticed a marked difference in how I feel physically and surprisingly, juicing has changed how my skin feels. I have also used it to help me in my weight loss, and have just been drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, when I am hungry between meals and have managed to lose weight in the process without feeling cheated. I actually enjoy getting the juicer out and making fresh juice for me and the boys and experimenting with different combinations.
I have found that if you are over zealous with certain vegetables like celery, you can over power your juice, so with a little experimenting you can find a balance that tastes good to you. The Omega Vert VRT350 HD comes with two juicing screens which allow you to have more or less pulp in your juice. We prefer the finer screen with most things with the exception of juicing oranges and lemons. My husband likes to run his through and even finer strainer after the juicing process, but he is ultra picky about anything healthy LOL! In the process of juicing, I also discovered a new way to make blackberry jam as well. I wanted to make a seedless version, and was fighting with a potato masher to get the seeds separated, but then I decided to try my juicer and it removed all the seeds and left me with just the good stuff from my blackberries! The Omega Vert VRT350 HD is awesome for this too!
What I love about the Omega Vert VRT 350HD juicer is that I can control what my family is getting with maximum health benefits. It is very very easy to use and there is no fuss when cleaning it when I am done. I can juice and clean the system literally in about 5-7 minutes which makes it practical for families on the go. There is actually very little to clean with the silicone wiper blades that rotate along the juicing screen, there is little in the way of food that gets stuck anywhere. It is perfect for kids and adults with texture issues who do not like to bite into an apple or a raw carrot but are willing to drink the juice instead. I also like that, if there are bruised fruits in my fridge, I can toss them in the juicer and still get the same benefit and avoid tossing away money spent on fresh produce. This juicer is also super quiet! When I first used it I was expecting loud noises as it would grind up my fruits and veggies and I was beyond surprised. I can run my juicer early in the morning and no one hears a thing. We did have a little trouble juicing pineapple, but I found if I cut it into smaller pieces, the pulp chamber was less likely to back up. Juicing also creates pretty much no waste if you want it to. With the remaining pulp you can easily use this as compost in your garden, I plan on creating a composting bin starting this fall and this is perfect for that. The Omega Vert VRT350 HD retails for around $380 and is worth every penny in my opinion. If you are interested and serious in making some major changes in your diet, I would suggest trying a juicer and I highly recommend the Omega Vert VRT 350 HD juicer. I have not been disappointed with it in the 8 weeks that I have had it.
Overall this is a great product, if you are interested in making health conscious decisions for the family and you want to offer the healthier choices for your kiddos. Neither one of my boys has noticed a difference in the juice that I offer them from the juicer versus the watered down concentrates I used to give them. This in itself is worth the switch. You can read more about the Omega company and how they got started with their full line of Omega juicers.
**The Omega VRT350 juicer was provided for me to review, the opinions expressed here on my blog are that of my own.**