In From The Cold

Now that the cold weather is here and the snow has started to fly a bit we have decided to come in from the cold.

Back when I was in High School and College, I ran track and cross country. I absolutely HATED running outside in the cold weather during the spring time for track and fall for cross country. The coldest marathon we ran was the 2011 Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC and it was 28 degrees with a brisk wind. I remember us standing in the north parking lot of the Pentagon near the start waiting to line up with a black garbage bag wrapped around our legs trying to stay warm. Simply put. . . . .we do not like running in the cold.

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So we recently picked up a six month family membership at a local gym called Darwin’s Health Club. I trained over the winter of 2008 for my first marathon in there and ran quite a few 18 and 20 milers on the treadmills. The owner Ross is a great guy and gave us a really good price for the family plan so we signed up. Now, three days a week, we can get our runs in without worrying about twisting our ankle by slipping on ice or freezing to death like Jack Nicholson at the end of The Shining.

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Things continue to go really good for us on the Plant Based Only approach. Stay the course my friends! 🙂

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Deviled Potatoes???

You bet!

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While on this journey of Plant Based Only we have used potatoes a few times in different dishes. Potatoes themselves are not bad, it’s what you add onto them that can bite you.

I started thinking about the idea of deviled eggs and trying that out with potatoes ala the twice baked concept. I made these tonight and they came out really good!

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The recipe is really simple and I have included the way I made them below.

  • Bake or cook the potatoes in the oven or microwave to soften them up. We personally use the microwave after I stabbed them up a bit to release the pressure obviously. 🙂
  • While the potatoes are cooking, cut up some onion and three cloves of garlic into small diced pieces and set aside. You could use onion and garlic powder if you prefer.
  • Next in a separate bowl mix up 1/4 tsp of cumin, 1/4 tsp of turmeric, some black pepper, tiny bit of salt and set aside.
  • When the potatoes are done and cool, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out most but not all of the insides and set that in the bowl with the spice mixture.
  • Now dump in the onion and garlic pieces and mix everything with a hand mixer or mash/mix it up good.
  • To that mixture add to taste an amount of dijon mustard and mix well.
  • Lightly coat the bottoms of your potato halves with olive oil and sprinkle on some black pepper with the olive oil coating.
  • Set the potato halves on a baking sheet and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. It helps to use parchment paper underneath the potato halves.
  • Now fill your potato halves with the mixture and sprinkle some paprika on top of each piece.
  • Bake in the oven until golden brown. It took ours approximately 20 minutes.
  • Take out and enjoy!

This was a recipe that came out great and we both really liked it. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did and remember. . . .Stay Plant Based Only!

Honey…I’m having an affair and it’s driving me bananas!

I’ve noticed that my relationship with food has changed since I have started eating a Plant Based Only diet.

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I no longer crave the sweets such as honey, sugar, fats, or any processed foods. I have been on a strict Juice Reboot for five days now and I caught myself having a craving the other day. What surprised me was that the craving was for the plant based foods we are eating and not a food I use to hammer, such as pizza, beer, chicken wings, etc.

It’s amazing how your body and mind can rewire itself. I honestly no longer even desire those foods and I never thought in a million years I would think or even feel that!

 

Roasted Acorn Squash stuffed with Mushroom and Sage

So, I’m on day three of my juice reboot. I’ve started to hallucinate and the dog is plotting against me I know it.

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I’m just kidding, it’s going really good with no issues. One thing that has helped me on a juice reboot is cooking. You might think it would be hard not eating to “prepare food” but it helps. I get to smell the items and it clears my head a bit. Plus I actually enjoy it.

Tonight, I made Charlene a recipe I stumbled across on Joe Cross’ website which is roasted acorn squash stuffed with mushroom and sage. Apparently it was quite a hit! 🙂 It smelled really good.

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You can find the recipe if you are interested in the above link.

 

Early Thanksgiving Day

I know it’s not officially for another few weeks but today really feels like it to me.

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Today marks 2 months that I have been living a Plant Based lifestyle and I feel great. I woke up this morning after a great night of sleep and decided to weigh myself. If you remember from my earlier posts, I originally had planned on not weighing in to check my progress until my Doctor visits. My next scheduled visit is at the end of December but I had to weigh in this morning. Today I am starting a 30 day plan of juicing based on Joe Cross’ Reboot with Joe plan and I needed to check my starting weight so I have a mark at the end of the 30 days.

In two months time I have lost 62 pounds!

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I just love that picture. Belushi was one of my favorites.

Sixty two pounds in two months on a plant based eating approach and I haven’t regretted it once. Charlene has also lost 20 pounds in two months eating a Plant Based approach to foods. She really didn’t have much to lose to begin with and she looks great! The interesting part for me is that for the first month I really couldn’t exercise due to my weight, and I still lost 62 pounds in two months time. I referred to today being like an early Thanksgiving Day not only because of the weight loss, but the fact that I am back to running again without the knee problems that stopped me a few years back. I have a lot to be thankful for and I know it. Today, when Charlene and I finished our 5K run, I also had a weird bit of irony happen to me.

Years back, when I dropped that large amount of weight and had started running, I had something occur one day. I had just finished a run and it was a really good one. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was feeling great. As I walked around the block to wind down and stretch a bit, I spotted something on the sidewalk near our old house. One of the old sidewalk blocks had the impression of a leaf in the cement. The leaf had fallen into the wet cement years ago, left it’s impression, and was now long gone. The impression of the leaf had been faded by the elements over time but it was still visible. It struck me that at that point in my life that is what I had done to my body. I had changed it and left a mark.

Today, as Charlene and I walked after our run, I spotted one of the new sidewalk blocks that had been replaced recently and what did I see when I looked down?

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A new impression of a leaf that had fallen into the wet cement of a replaced sidewalk block.

I’m a Christian and believe in God. I believe he plays an active role in our lives whether we acknowledge it or not. It felt to me like a higher power telling me it was a fresh start and I was going to be fine like last time. It just really struck me. Like he was saying, “Yep, I got your back this time too.”

So with everything happening today yeah, it kinda felt like Thanksgiving Day. I’m thankful for the weight I have dropped. I’m thankful for the way I feel. I’m thankful for not being on any more medications. I’m thankful that I am able to run once again.

But most of all, I’m thankful that my wife Charlene is on this journey with me.

I know there are individuals that stop by and read this blog as I check the stats every so often. If anyone would like any information regarding the different plans, equipment we use, etc. please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Taco Wednesday!

Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be Tuesday but it sounded good for tonight so we went with it.

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This is a great recipe from Forks Over Knives and you can find it here if you’re interested in giving it a try.

The soft taco shell is a organic corn shell that you heat in a pan for a little bit to warm it up. The recipe includes black beans, onions, corn, sweet potatoes, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper seasoning. We like to throw a little turmeric in the mix also. You can also dice up tomatoes with this but we skipped on that tonight. Another nice addition is a bit on lime juice on top after you put it all together.

A great plant based dinner or lunch combination that tastes great!

Got Sick?

I haven’t posted in a while as I have been busy and then WHAM!

I got sick.

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I felt it coming on the other day and I was really hoping it wasn’t true. The problem I have is typically when I get sick, which is only 1x a year on average, it knocks me down for a good two days.

I felt a good head cold, sore throat combination coming on and it laid into me pretty good late one evening. The funny part is I only had it for around 6 hours! Like I mentioned I’m usually down for a couple days but 6 hours and my body had cleared this out. I didn’t take any medication or anything else besides my usual dietary intake. In fact the only thing we take is vitamin B12 daily.

I honestly believe that eating and juicing the way we have for a few months has boosted my immune system so it knocked the crap right out of that bug.

Back to normal and on track once again. 🙂