Detox Update & Natural Shampoo & Conditioner Recipe!

Phew, the last day & 1/2 was not pretty. Not sure how I could describe it. I didn’t feel ill, but I certainly didn’t feel like myself, so I needed to take a day off of posting. If I would’ve posted in the mental state I was in, I would’ve cursed the yeast detox up & down, sideways & backwards. That wouldn’t have been helpful to you at all.

But today I’m feeling great & almost better than ever!

Latest Measurement Updates:

Waist: 34 & 1/2″. I have lost 1/2 an inch!! ūüôā

Arms: same

Thighs: same

I have come to the conclusion that the detox won’t do much for my arms & thighs, but that’s ok. I’ll be starting Insanity soon, Lord help me, & that will most assuredly take care of those problem spots.

The last recipe I told you about was the stew. I don’t recommend it. It turned out tasting just like chicken noodle soup with a lot of extra work & no noodles. ūüė¶

Last night we had pan fried pork chops, mashed potatoes (my 1 night of red skinned potatoes) & roasted asparagus. Yum-my!

Todays Menu:

Breakfast: Omelet with left over roasted veggies

Lunch: green salad with light dressing

Supper: Almond Crusted Chicken with roasted broccoli, onions & walnuts

Almond Crusted Chicken

2 tbls Dijon mustard

4 Chicken breast, pounded to 1/2″ thickness

1 c. sliced almonds

One 14oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 c. baby corn, drained & cut crosswise into 1″ pieces

1 1/2 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

2 tbls chopped cilantro

Brush the mustard all over the chicken, place almonds in a shallow dish, add the chicken & coat both sides.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken & cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Add the tomatoes, corn, curry powder, salt & pepper & bring to a simmer. Partially cover the skillet & simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat & top with cilantro.

Roasted Broccoli with Red Onions & Walnuts

6 cups broccoli florets

1 small red onion, cut into 2″ wedges

1 tbls olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 c. walnuts

2 tbls balsamic vinegar

1 tbls honey

1 tsp dried thyme

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, onion, oil, salt & pepper. Toss to coat the veggies with the oil. Arrange on a large baking sheet in a single layer & roast for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the walnuts, vinegar, honey, & thyme. Remove the baking sheet from the oven & sprinkle the walnut mixture over the top. Return to the oven & roast until the broccoli is crisp-tender & the walnuts are golden brown, about 10 minutes more.

Homemade Shampoo & Conditioner

Today is a twofer blog post! I want to share with you about the baking soda shampoo & cider vinegar rinse I have used on my hair.

So far I’ve used it twice & the only word to describe it is weird! It works, but it’s weird! Not having something lather up in your hair is an odd feeling. And maybe I have the mixture too baking soda heavy, but it’s gritty, which REALLY feels strange! But when you rinse it out, my hair does feel squeaky clean.

I have put the cider vinegar mixture into a spray bottle which makes it easier to apply. I am using Bragg’s Cider Vinegar, which seems to be a lot more potent than regular cider vinegar. Bragg’s is unfiltered & supposed to be better for you. It smells to high heavens, but once I rinsed it out, my hair felt clean, but very stringy. I have overly processed hair, so I’m sure that is the reason my hair feels like a haystack after both of these treatments.

After the shower, I was able to comb through my hair easily. I guess vinegar is a detangler. Bonus! I have been afraid to blow dry my hair because it just feels SO dry after using these natural products, so I’ve been letting it air dry. Takes forever, but just to scared I’ll look like a frizzed out lion if I take a blow dryer to my hair.

The end result is hair that is full of body!! My volume is equal the volume I get after applying 2 different volumizers with a blow dryer, so that is cool. The ends of my hair do seem to be a bit more frizzy than before. Probably because of the hair color & the fact that I’m in need of¬†a serious trim.

I can’t say I’m totally sold on this method. With the condition my colored hair is in, it just makes me nervous that I am drying it out more than helping it by going natural. So I am on the fence about continuing. I’ve read you need to give it 3 weeks for your scalp to rejuvenate it’s natural oil production. That means 3 weeks of questionable hair styles, lots of hats & maybe scarves, ala Grey Gardens. (if you don’t know about Grey Gardens, look it up, it’s fascinating!! Especially if you are a Jackie Kennedy buff.) GREY_GARDENS_still

Here are the recipes if you are so inclined to go natural on your hair:

Shampoo:

1 part baking soda

1 part water, distilled

Take an empty shampoo container & add your equal parts baking soda & water with the help of a funnel.

Shake before each use because the baking soda will settle in the container.

Apply to scalp & work your way down to your ends.

Rinse with cool water.

Cider Vinegar Rinse:

1 part cider vinegar

1 part water, distilled

Add to a spray or squirt bottle, apply to hair & scalp, rinse with cool water.

The smell does go away after your hair has dried, I promise!

Let me know if you try these natural hair cleansing products & what you think!!

Til next time, kids!

sjb

 

 

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Day 1 of Yeast Free Diet

I thought I’d outline what day 1 of being yeast free is going to look like¬†for me. If you are following along, share what your 1st day will look like. Suffering is more fun in groups!

I started off my day by walking into the corner of a door. I don’t suggest you do this. It’s painful & you sound stupid when you try to explain you really DID walk into a door.

Next, I made a cup of French Vanilla Chia Tea. I normally drink an English Toffee coffee drink, so thought this may be similar. It’s not. I’m just not a big hot tea person. Give me iced tea any day of the week & I’m happy. Hot tea, not so much. But I need something hot in the morning & I don’t like plain coffee, so this will have to do.

For breakfast I had 1/2 of a cold left over hamburger w/o any toppings or bun. Sounds gross probably, but it really is yummy. I never have time to make a breakfast, so I usually grab something from the fridge or pantry that is easy to shove in my mouth & not messy. Today it was a hamburger. I did buy myself some pomegranate multigrain oatmeal, but by time I realized I was starving, I didn’t feel like waiting 2 minutes for oatmeal.

I took a probiotic supplement after I ate because as my body gets rid of all the bad flora from my gut (again, yummy!) I need to replace it with good flora. I can do this by eating yogurt & taking the supplement. I buy all my supplements & vitamins from VitaCost.com. They are a great company that carries a lot of different vitamins & supplements. I’ve never had a problem with them, except their shipping is extremely slow. Expect a week for your items to get to you if you order from them. Through their refer a friend program, you can get $10 off your purchase & I’ll receive a¬†$10 credit towards my next purchase with them! ūüôā Win~Win! Follow this link: VitaCost.com.

For lunch I plan on having a stuffed green pepper. This is also a left-over from the weekend. I had made Philly Steak & Cheese green peppers with saut√©ed onions & mushrooms & they were SOOO good! I’ll have to forgo the cheese, but I can eat the rest.

For snack I plan on having some pumpkin seeds & celery sticks with peanut butter.

For supper we are having pepper steak over brown rice & green beans as the side. I’m totally getting all my “greens” in today! And that is basically all you need to know to follow this diet. You can eat any green vegetable to your hearts content. All other veggies are ok, but green are the best.¬† No fruit, no sugars, no breads, no dairy…the end. Oh, & no alcohol. ūüė¶

I will be drinking my lemon water throughout the day as well. Lots & lots of it. I weighed all the benefits of lemon water compared to plain water & figured that 1 slice of lemon a day was not going to sabotage my yeast/sugar detox. I was worried about the extra sugar, but lemons are a natural dextoxer, so I think I’ll be fine.

So that is the plan for the day. Hopefully I’ll stick with it! It shouldn’t be hard because I’m trying to look at these next two weeks as an opportunity to try new foods. Last night I ate salmon for supper, I never do that because everyone else here hates fish. It was yummy! A little evoo, a little basil & dill. Scrumptious!!

I’ll report back tomorrow & let you know if I stuck to the plan & how I am feeling. I will be weighing myself¬†later, I was going to do it earlier, but running into the door knocked me a little silly & I forgot why I was in the bathroom after that. Not sure if I’ll post my weight, but I will write it down & at the end of 2 weeks I’ll be able to tell you how much I’ve lost. I’m also going to take measurements of my muffin top,¬†tree trunks¬†& bat wings…tummy, thighs & arms. I am hoping to lose a lot from those problem areas! Especially the muffin top!!

MKB is trying to get me to do that Insanity work-out. He said since he’s going yeast free, I should go insane with him. (skipping obvious joke here) Jury is still out on that. I hate to “work out”. I like to take walks, do a little yoga or Pilates, but not all that jumping & hoping around. I’m supposed to look up the infomercial on YouTube today & let him know what I think. Do ya think I can still claim “brain fog” & forget to look it up??

Ok, that’s all for now kiddos. Have a great Monday! Go make someone smile!

sjb

Creamy Cucumber Salad

I just made¬†the 2nd batch of cucumber salad of the summer. It’s a staple here and always brings back one of my best memories of summer.

When my grandma, Zona Armbruster, isn’t that a cool name…Zona…anyway, when she passed away I got a few of her things. One of my favorites is her Kitchen Klatter cookbook.

The cookbook alone is a hoot because it was written when housewives still cooked with lard…daily! There stops my beating heart. But I discovered a sweet surprise when I opened the book cover,¬†¬†in my grandma’s distinct handwriting was her recipe for creamy cucumber salad! The recipe is not a secret, I’m sure it’s the same as everyone’s grandma, but since this is my grandma’s recipe and this is my blog…this creamy cucumber salad recipe is the best in the world. ūüôā

1 c. mayonaise

4tbsps vinegar

1/2 c. sugar

4 c. cucumbers

Onion

Mix, pour over cucumbers

While I was making my salad, I was remembering eating it at grandma and grandpa’s house. The most prominent¬†memory¬†of eating this yummy salad is after a long morning of “putting up corn”. She’d serve it alongside¬†her delicious roast, some of the just picked sweet corn and of course there was homemade apple pie for dessert.

Putting up corn is¬†a chore, but one I looked forward to. I was pretty little, but was still included in the process. The men would all go out to the sweet corn patch that had to be 100 acres¬†large (that is an exaggeration, I have no idea how big the sweet corn patch was, but the corn never seemed to stop coming in!) and bring bushels¬†upon bushels¬†of corn down into grandma’s basement where all the women, my aunts and cousins, would all be set up in certain stations. First we’d all sit on crates and pull the husks and silk off the cobs. Then the corn cobs would be taken to the sink where they were gently scrubbed clean of any remaining silks & the random bug (eek)!¬† Then the cobs were taken to my aunts, apparently¬†the only ones trustworthy enough to work the electric knives and they would shimmy that corn right off the cob into large roaster¬†pans. After that, I’m not sure if they added any ingredients or not. I was little remember! But as an adult I’ve learned that some people add sugar and other things before they cook the corn. The corn was then cooked, cooled and stored in bags to be frozen and stored. There is nothing better than sweet corn in the middle of winter!

After the long morning of “putting up corn” we’d be rewarded with that wonderful home cooked meal from grandma Armbruster. Somehow we’d all fit around the small kitchen table and eat, chat and relish in the hard work we had all just put in. I miss those days of when we’d all get together and do something like that, but so thankful for the memories.

Love ya kids!

sjb