Turkey Stuffed Peppers- Skinny Taste Recipe! HEALTHY

So last night, my brother asked me to come over and hang out with him for a movie night. Can I just say, I adore him. Seriously, he is like the male version of myself lol.  Anyway, we made a fire, laid out a blanket, and watched movies. At one point he came up behind me and just wrapped his arms around me.  If this all sounds romantic, please know that we are just very affectionate with each other. Last night put me in a much more positive mood!

Hence, why I am posting a recipe post and not a depression post ❤

I made stuffed peppers yesterday that were so delicious and healthy. I’ve really been trying hard to lose some weight. It’s back to finding healthy recipes.

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Skinny Taste Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Once done, you can add a bit of cheddar cheese to the top if desired.

I actually loved the idea of adding the 1/2 can chicken broth to the bottom of the pan for the peppers.  It made them a lot softer. In many recipes, they say just to stick the peppers in the pan resulting in very crunchy peppers.  I would highly recommend this recipe!

The only alteration I would make is use 1/2 cup of tomato sauce instead of 1/4 cup. The consistency of the meat and rice just seemed like it needed a bit more sauce. Other than that, I followed the recipe and added one more pepper (4 peppers in all).

I must not fail said the tiny snail…

Ok so it’s Wednesday! I just weighed and I am 190.8 pounds. Thank God.  I never thought I would be saying “thank God” to that number in a million years but when you have hit 200 pounds on the scale and gained 30 pounds in 3 months it’s a huge relief to see that number! The not having snacks thing seems to be working for right now.  I made it through yesterday without any I believe. My body is craving food but I am trying really hard to not give in. I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner so please don’t think I am starving myself. I think I thought the idea of having several snacks during the day would work for me to help me carry over into the next meal.  I feel like though now even with the snacks I’m always starving. In my opinion, it’s because I have become so focused on FOOD.

It’s time to refocus on other things like blogging, school work (notice I list blogging 1st 🙂 , getting outside, moving….

No more snacks and no more being obsessed with facebook.  (I deleted my personal page)

So far, this has been a productive week!

Also, one other tip…..

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An interesting study was done at Yale, Pennsylvania, and Cornell on snacking.  According to the study using pringles chips, if we have a “interruption point” in our snack we tend to eat less. Meaning, it’s worth it to count your chips (or other snacks) out in serving sizes and put them in little baggies. When we get in front of a TV screen or other activity involving food, we often completely tune out how much we are actually consuming.  I encourage you to take a look at this study at the Prevention website located >>> HERE. I thought it was really interesting!

Weight Loss Tip (Snack Warning)

I’m really sorry guys that I have not kept up with the Wednesday Weight Loss Journal thing. I’ve really let life get in the way. I promise I am getting back to it though. Here is a health tip for you that I have personally discovered. I for the longest time was doing the elliptical 30 mins a day 5-6 days a week and maybe lost 4 pounds in a matter of MONTHS. Then I got an infection and stopped for a few weeks. When I went to the doctor they said I am in the “obese” catagorie (GREAT there goes my last shred of my self confidence) and that I need to lose weight ASAP.  So I decided…..

to cut out ALL my snacks. I usually have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2-3 snacks..(sometimes 4 if I am being honest during the day).  For the past two days I have been doing this.  Granted, last night I ate an entire bag of light butter popcorn because I was starving my ass off from only having 3 meals lol but it’s a start! Today I weighed in at 192.6 .  This is lower than I have been in a long time! I weighed in at the doctor a few days ago at 196. I have exercised only once so far this week.  The snacks that I eat during the day I did not think were bad for me. We are talking fruit, nuts, veggie chips, etc. Turns out, they apparently are packing on weight. 😦 I just wanted to warn people who are struggling to lose, exercising, and feeling totally burned out that eliminating snacks might REALLY help.  Hoping next week I will feel less hungry.  It’s like going off of diet coke. You crave it, feel like you can’t live without it, then the feeling passes.  ❤

I also read an amazing quote today in the SELF magazine. “Skinny isn’t sexy if you are dead.” This means: diet safely, make sure you get enough calories, and focus on health not starvation.  If you diet/eat healthy  for the right reasons & the right way the weight will eventually come off. For all those struggling please don’t give up. I have my days believe me where I want to stay in Pj’s all day, not go near a mirror, and heaven forbid walk outside for others to look at me. I get it. I’m Mrs. Body Dismorphia right here. But we must fight back because this battle is possible to win ❤ I have to believe that. Hope everyone is having a nice week.

Wednesday Weight Loss Journal

Sorry this is late! It’s going to be super short because I am exhausted. Between working, walking, and doing exams I feel like I could collapse! Unfortunately, I did not lose weight this week 😦 I weight and was 196.2 this morning which means I gained a few pounds. I am also getting ready to have that monthly thing that we women are cursed with so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. I tend to binge on not only food but MILK right before I get it! Anyone else? I’m thinking maybe I need to take some iron pills the week before to see if that helps? All I know is I am craving something in milk because it happens every month. I’m considering buying a cow to save a bit of money hahahah This is totally random but I just looked up tax break if you own a cow and I came up with this hilarious article….

America’s Dumbest Tax Loophole: The Florida Rent-a-Cow Scam

Ok back on topic! I have been keeping up with the elliptical and walking though. I’ve done both in the same day before but tonight I just did walking. I feel sure we walked at least 2 miles in a neighborhood by the beach. It was good conversation and fun walking with friends. They had their babies and I had my chihuahua baby (Daisy).  We seriously looked like a parade of strollers or traveling circus since the dog was included!

I found some interesting information on Pinterest about Blueberries that I wanted to share with you all. I did not realize that they were packed with FIBER. This means blueberries can help keep us full! 🙂 Also, a cup of blueberries is 80 calories.  That’s a good size for a serving size.  Beats a little prepackaged packet of crackers. How many crackers do you get in those damn things…like 8 ?!  Check out these cool facts:

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I leave you with these words ❤

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Wednesday Weight Loss Journal 3

Hello Friends! Hope you are having a nice morning. We are getting closer to Friday. This fact will never stop feeling good to me!

So I weighed in this morning and I was 193.0 ! yay!

I have not seem the number on my scale go down that low in a while. It means progress is finally beginning to happen.  I had a bad day yesterday but one of two things did not happen. I did not ignore my Elliptical and I did not binge eat. I feel that is why the scale seemed to reward me by going in reverse.

Today I want to mention Soft Drinks/Sodas and their health risks.

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As I’ve been researching, I’ve realized a lot of studies have been done that show conflicting outcomes. Going off of WebMD though, which is a website I respect, I found out some interesting information that I would like to share.

Hannah Gardener, PhD,of the University of Miami “presented early results from her ongoing research at a health conference, and was completely unprepared for the media attention it received.The early findings showed a 48% increase in heart attack and stroke risk among daily diet soda drinkers, compared to people who did not drink diet sodas at all or did not drink them every day.” –WebMD Salynn Boyles

Susan Swithers PhD also did a study in rats in which findings suggested the potential that no-calorie sweeteners increase appetite.

Michael Jacobson PhD states ” sugary soft drinks deserve to be singled out in the battle against obesity because they are the biggest single source of empty calories in the American diet.”

Marion Nestle PhD goes on to say ” pediatricians who treat overweight children tell her that many of their patients take in 1,000 to 2,000 calories a day from soft drinks alone.”

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Wikihow‘s article goes on to show us How to Clean a Toilet Bowl With Coke . The acids in the coke break down the stains. Maybe this is just me personally, but I don’t want anything that is strong enough to clean a toilet bowl in my body.

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There is also one very concerning factor that I want to touch on. A chemical called Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is present in several soft drinks and sports drinks in the US including (some flavors) of Powerade and Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Squirt, and Fanta Orange. This chemical is a flame retardant and was once banned by the FDA. It is now allowed in soft drinks again but in a smaller quantity. The point of the chemical is to keep citrus flavoring oils from floating to the top of the soft drinks.

BVO has been linked with

Lowered Fertility

Early Puberty Onset

Impaired Neurological Development

There is a healthier replacement for BVO called natural hydrocolloids which the UK uses.  They do the same exact thing BVO does but are safer. However, it is speculated that due to cost, the US has not turned to replacing BVO with this alternative.

NO WONDER AMERICA IS GETTING FAT

Seriously, if it’s not natural or I don’t understand the ingredients, I am really going to think before putting it in my body!!!

If you would like to read more on BVO please check out the  Natural News article Flame retardant chemical found in US soft drinks.

Weight Loss Update

My weight this morning read 194.6  ! I never thought I would be excited about this number! At the beginning of this month I was about 200 pounds so I am proud of myself for sticking with the Elliptical every day or walking with my friends. I’m telling you that when you walk with friends it makes exercising much more enjoyable. Especially when you bring up a topic like homosexuality and people’s views. That particular walk FLEW by as we were all sharing different perspectives haha!

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I need to work on my drinking water. I’ve kind of failed in doing that the past few days. I do drink water, but I have not been tracking it like I should. Please note: I do NOT count my calories nor track my food. I am learning to eat healthy and am also working on forgiving myself for the times that I don’t. For me, tracking my food holds me accountable and when I fail (do too many calories..eat too much) it just makes me feel like I’ve bombed an important test. I need to track my water though because it’s really healthy for the body to get 8 cups a day. It’s easy to veer off and do like 2-4 if we include other drinks we may be having. Also, nothing against flavored water (I often drink it!) but I prefer to have several good cups of water with 0 sweeteners involved.

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Anyway, I just need motivation personally and tracking, recording, dieting,etc does not do it for me. If it works for you then by all means go for it!! I learned in my Stress Management class that we need to tailor our workout programs to fit our lifestyles. What that means is that what worked for that woman who dropped 50 pounds on the weight watchers program may not work for YOU.  Anything that makes you miserable & frustrated is not a lifestyle in my opinion. What I have learned about weight loss and being healthy is that you REALLY have to want it. You must be willing to:

work

sweat

push

deal with some discomfort

more than you ever have in your entire life.

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But at the same time tell yourself this will pass. That you are strong and WILL get through this. Don’t give up ❤

Weight Loss/Healthy Living Blog?

I know there are so many weight loss/healthy eating blogs out there so I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not.  I’m considering making one separate from this website (www.muffinsandmocha.com) .  I do know that people who are really desiring to lose weight need motivation. It would make sense to me that they would not feel motivated to look through a DIY/recipe website to find tips on weight loss.  Would anyone be interested in following me if I created one?

Everyone swears by counting calories. I’m not saying that this doesn’t work because I know it does! I also know that diets work for many people.

Here is my thing though. I want to create a website based off of loving oneself…not just losing weight. So many people are dealing with low self-confidence, have a severe lack of motivation, and deep down do not love themselves. I am working on loving myself but am definitely in the beginning stages of it. I’m in counseling and have learned that if we do not love  ourselves at the size we are now that we most likely will not love ourselves when we are 4 sizes smaller.  I feel like weight loss is an emotional and physical thing.  I would like to incorporate such things as meditation, alternative ideas, touch on body dismorphic disorder, discuss why eating certain veggies & fruit is important (besides just saying it’s “healthy”), etc.

What do you think?

Any good ideas for blog names?

Once again, www.muffinsandmocha.com is not going anywhere!! This is my safe space to discuss things I love and meet new friends. I’m just considering incorporating a weight loss/healthy living page on a separate site.

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