Monday, March 31, 2014

Foodie Penpal and a sick baby

My baby has been sick for over a week now. Nothing bad, just a common cold, but she's to young to drink the apple vinegar, honey and lemon anti cold remedy. So she get's other helpful things done to her to help her get better faster, like chamomile steam, and Anis butter.
My foodie penpal sent me a wonderful organic honey from Belgium this month, and I'm using it in the anti cold remedy mentioned above, and in the weight loss remedy. It tastes wonderful!
She also sent me a St. Bieber. I thought I read her note wrong for Bieber translates to biever, a furry wood eating creature, but I was so so wrong. It was a spice cake simular to Lebkuchen here in germany but not as dark, with Marzipan in the middle.
Then there was 3 small bunting cakes with green mate as a key ingredient. Unusuall taste. Not queit mine, but I loved trying something new.
 Since she sent me a lot of sweet things and I can't have a lot of sugar I gave my hubby a chocolate bunny and a Ragusa blond candy. I kept the bunny in the hot pink wrapper, for although I didn't mention it it is my favorite color. :-)
The honey nuts will have to wait for better days, but the miso soup is today's lunch. I have a bad cold too thanks to my poor sick baby. We'll get over our cold soon.

Can't wait for the next foodie penpal. Next month is easter month and I want to send mine a easter basket.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Weight loss "remedies" on the cheap?

I've tried a few weight loss remedies and/or pills. A lot of them were not cheap either. From Chitosan to Alli, from Almaseed to Slim Fast :-P (yech by the way), they all cost a pretty penny.

That's why when I was browsing around on Pinterest I decided to try two home remedies that supposedly aid you in losing weight, exspecially around the belly where I have the most fat.

One is easy:

Well I am a Tea drinker, and I have a few very good quality green teas in my cabinets. I have no problems with drinking 5 cups of tea a day. So I started that yesterday after I discovered it. Let's see how this weeks weigh in will look like.
Number two is a little time intense, but nothing serious, and it costs a tad bit more money.

I discovered that little tid bit 3 days ago and started the "treatment" that evening. This one together with the green tea should give me a terrific weigh in Saturday right? Just in case I measured my tummy too. If the two remedies do not show on the scale. (Ha Ha from Nelson here)

Yes I am also critical.
A little background Info: I changed my eating lifestyle from a lot of meats to vegetarian a little over a week ago. No, not because of the animals, bless them for they do have to suffer, never should have watched that slaughter house movie (shudders), but because of my health. 
I've been having a lot of joint pain due to gout and possibly the starting of arthritis and that with 35 years of age! Changing my eating habits has cured the joint pain within two days! Yep it was that fast, and the pain was so bad I could hardly move my left arm, or lift my baby up.
Maybe it could also mean a big difference when it comes to my weight too. I wouldn't know for the last time I've eaten little to no meat was when my mom did all the cooking for the family. Back then it was cheaper than buying meat daily.  
I am also watching my calorie intake. Hey I have a lot of fat I want to get ride of. You can't do that if you keep eating to much. 
I am also doing something for my body and soul. My little girl deserves a happy mommy and every once in a while mommy deserves a break, so my little one stays with daddy or Omi so that I can do something for me for a hour or two. Most of the time I do something fitness related. I'm going to start a running program next week. 

So maybe in the end just like the big expensive weight loss cures it is me doing a lot of work that is the "trick" or "cure". Not the green tea or honey water. They do taste good though.
Not that I am  bickering or putting the "cures" down or anything. 
Green Tea is good for my health, full of cancer smashing antioxidants and so is honey, along with a load of minerals and vitamins that fight viruses and the like, cinnamon helps keep blood sugar levels under control. These are "super foods" by my definition.  
I also feel calmer and more confident, lack of sleep due to the baby waking me up at all hours doesn't bother me as much as before I started. A big plus. The cold I felt coming on hasn't broke out yet, just a slight stuffy nose that I can help with mint oil. I haven't had much of the usual sugar cravings due to lack of sleep either. 

So looking at all this even if the "cures" don't help with weight loss they have helped me in a few other ways. 

Still out of curiosity I will tell if I have a significant amount of weight off my body Saturday. When I just eat right and exercise I usually have a kilo per week off- if it's more this time I will tell you all.

Bye for now, Thanks for reading.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Foodie PenPal Febuary 2014

Sorry I'm late blogging this. I didn't get it until yesterday. Mail was a little slow.

I was excited when I came home late yesterday and it was sitting in front of my apartment door. One of two parcels, the other one was my repaired tablet, another story.

Opening up the parcel I was greeted by a note and fire kindling. LOL. After that was taken out I was greeted by. . .
Jamie Oliver!  :-D        And a few other goodies! My foodie PenPal sent me a whole lot of different flavours and textures to try,I had the fire cracker and Proper Corn this afternoon. Both where extremely delicious although I have to admit when I read Worcester Sauce and sun dried tomato I thought "ick!", but I was pleasantly surprised. 

Next I want to try the Jamie Oliver stuffing inside of chicken.The malteaser bunnies will be saved for a while later. The rest will be tried by and by. I think on the next rainy day I'll have a soup. 

It was a wonderful Parcel for rejoining the foodie penpals, and I really enjoyed what I've been given. Thank you very much!!