Go Brown, for all your Rice

To me, the best kind of rice to always have in your kitchen is brown.

Long grain brown rice.

Short grain brown rice.

Basmati brown rice.

Why?

Brown rice is a whole food, a whole grain. White rice, however, has most of its nutrients stripped away

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Make a batch of brown rice on the weekend and leave a container of it in the fridge. You can grab it quickly through the week and combine with some beans and veggies.

It’s so easy.

I really enjoy the brown basmati rice, Here are a couple of quick pictures I took this past weekend.

I started by soaking 3 cups for 30 min. (soaking time recommended on package).

Then I rinsed it and put it in a pot with 4.5 cups of water.

Next, it went on the stove on high, with the lid on, until it began to boil.

I turned the element down to low, without removing the lid and left it on the element for 30 min.

That’s it. I let it cool and then found a container.

Healthy rice for all through the week!

Wishing you a healthy, successful journey,

SignatureAli

Mrs. Dash – a kitchen must

Find “kitchen musts” on the SHOP page.

I use Mrs. Dash, Original by adding it to soups, and rice and beans/veggies and other dishes while cooking. It also brings some life to dressings and sauces. It has NO salt, which is a bonus because you can have all the flavors without the salt. Of course, if your dish needs a little help in flavor, then at least you can control the portion of salt by adding your own.

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Product description: An all purpose, versatile blend of 14 savory herbs and spices including onion, black pepper, parsley, basil, orange peel and tomato adds flavor excitement to any dish.

Ingredients: dehydrated onion, garlic powder, black pepper, dehydrated carrot, lemon juice solids, dehydrated orange peel, parsley, tomato powder, citric acid, lemon oil, celery seed, basil, bay leaves, marjoram, oregano, thyme, savory, cumin, mustard flour, cayenne pepper, rosemary, coriander.

Look at that list! Everything looks like something I would put into my body. The only ingredient that is not ideal is citric acid, which is a preservative. Although it is naturally found in some citrus fruits, commercially used citric acid is not.

I’ve read different reports on citric acid. Some say it is produced by a mold that is fed sugar (usually corn-derived). To me, it’s important to recognize that it is a commercially synthesized product. It is just something to keep in mind. I think the main point here, is that on the Mrs. Dash list, it is the only ingredient that gives me pause. Ideally, the best herb and spice mixture would be one that you make yourself.

You can find Mrs. Dash products almost anywhere, but if you cannot, click on the image and order through Amazon.

Wishing you health and success on your journey,

SignatureAli

Things are changing…

My last post was four months ago, and even then, that post was nine months after my previous one. The post was a tough one for me because it was about the negative side of things.

I was at a low. For the last year and a half, my weight climbed about 20-25 lbs! How can that be when I was already overweight by 30 lbs or so?

I have tried for years to eat healthy consistently. That was the goal, and I figured the weight would figure itself out. Since January of 2010, when I read The China Study, I’ve wanted to eat a whole foods, plant-based diet.

The typical yo-yo success followed. For periods of time, I did great, and felt great! Then I would fall off eat crappy food (pizza, chips etc.).

But…things are changing.

I’ve finally found a program that I think I can stick to. I say, “think” because I am only 33 days in.

I haven’t “walked the talk” yet. I am still on my journey to my ideal weight.

 

  • Class #1 30 Day Whole Food Detox
  • Class # 6 Taste bud reprogramming and eliminating food cravings
  • Class #24 Food Obsessions
  • Class #32 Protective Diet Pantry Staples
  • Class #45 Weight-loss Average on a Protective Diet
  • Class # 60 Simple Meal Planning
  • Class #82 Mastering Label Reading
Wishing you a healthy journey!
Alison

Feeling like a Failure

I usually only write when I have positive ideas to share…mainly so others can benefit from my posts.

Today, I feel disappointed for falling back to eating unhealthy food…again. It has been weeks and even months. I read a post on a Facebook page today that inspired me and reminded me that I have been successful before.

Eating well can be difficult, long term. That’s my struggle.

I will keep at it. Maybe, I can get back up on that horse again. If I work at it. Stay tuned.

Day 27 of 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse

Day 27 (Jan. 27)

Morning Weight: up .2 lb; with a total loss of 14.8 lbs since Day 1.

This morning I was back to work. Still tired and coughing but my energy is better.

I had 3 jars of green smoothies throughout the day, as well as a sliced up apple. I just wasn’t all that hungry.

Then, I came home to a precautionary, city-wide, boil-water advisory, so focused on boiling some water.

Hmm…what to eat?

I chose a big wonderful banana and cherry smoothie (my favourite lately).

I drank about ¾ litre water today.

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Detox or a Wicked Flu?

I missed three days of work last week, due to what I thought was a flu/cold. If you’ve been reading my reports on my 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse, you’ll know about my complaints:

-no energy

-headaches (most of the time with some brief relief now and again)

-achy body, all over

-congested chest: this has been tough, with lots of coughing and bringing up phlegm. I will say though, that normally if I had congestion in my chest during a flu, the colour of the phlegm would be almost green. Not the case now. My phlegm is more of a neutral colour.

I know that there are a lot of different viruses out there, and there can be many different versions of how people symptomize, but this stuff happening to me doesn’t feel like anything else I have experienced before.

It is because of this that I decided to do some quick research, and see if other people have experienced the same symptoms as me, in relation to a detox.

I found an article with a title that caught my eye: 7 Ways to Avoid Detox Symptoms on a Cleanse from The Healthy Home Economist. I found some answers. Yes, other people who have gone through a cleanse have experienced flu like symptoms! Now, is this absolute proof that I do not have the flu, but am experiencing similar symptoms? No.

It does show me that it’s possible and reassures me that I have been listening to my body and that I am in tune with my body. Very powerful stuff!

I found another group of articles from Raw Food Explained. This one, What to Expect when you Improve your Diet, was quite helpful.

After readinng these articles, I am reminded of a book that I’ve read and found very helpful. I posted my review of Eating Alive in February, 2014, if you want to learn more.

I think I will have to give it a quick go-over or reread it to remind me about how the body deals with toxins.

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Day 11 of 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse

Day 11 (Jan. 11)

Morning Weight:  down .4 lb, with a total loss of 7.8 lbs since Day 1.

Did not workout today. Lounged in bed with my hubby.

Started the day with fresh juice, as usual.

Had smoothies during the day.

While out doing errands, I enjoyed another fresh juice. It was from a place in a mall that does fresh juices and smoothies. It was delicious.

For dinner, I made a big salad with: arugula, kale and romaine leaves. I also added tomatoes, green onion and cucumber. For the dressing I blended tomato, mango and red onion, along with a little water and some herbs/spices (fresh parsley, celery salt, sea salt, crushed red peppers). It was pretty good. Not one of my favourites…I think I needed to add more dressing or have fewer greens so it wasn’t so chewy.

Water consumption today was about 1 L.

Wishing you a healthy journey!