Transformation

Transformation

Not all that long ago I wasn’t conscious of what I consumed, and I didn’t exercise on a regular basis. With that being said, I wasn’t as bad as I could’ve been, however I was no where near where I should’ve, needed, or even wanted to be. In 8 months I turned that around, and took control of my body. With eating a generally clean diet, and regular exercise, I’ve come a long way. Now, there’s no stopping me.

Look out world ūüôā

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How to make aloe vera water, or juice!

About a week ago my boyfriend and I were watching a few documentaries on health, nutrition and wellness. ¬†Holy Moly – they’re so eye opening! ¬†Anyway, lots of foods and herbs were being named and one thing that stuck out to me was aloe vera. ¬†Aloe vera? What?? How do you eat aloe vera? I thought it was only used in lotions and for sunburn?

Aloe vera is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and full of healing properties. 

Well, then we ended up at this very strange and weird “World Supermarket.” ¬†When I say they had nearly everything, I mean it: from guava, avocados bigger than your fist, to dried shrimp and fresh beef tongue. ¬†I’m trailing off again.. ANYWAY, they had aloe vera! Huge aloe vera leaves for only $.99. ¬†Needless to say, we took that bad boy home with us.

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While in the store we also kept seeing “Aloe Vera Juice” and “Aloe Vera Water” – It was extremely tempting to get some, however after reviewing the nutrition labels and seeing that they loaded it up with a ton of garbage and sugar, I decided I could try to make our own. Anddd, It was unbelievably simple to do!

To cut the aloe vera – you want to remove the green rind, so slice longways. ¬†You also want to be sure to not use the ‘yellow’ gel (closest to the rind), as it can cause stomach cramps and diarrhea (not so cute!).

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You’ll slice until you have just a slab of clear aloe vera. ¬†Just a tip, keep a towel handy as you’re doing this because aloe vera is extremely slimy!

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If you’re like me and you bought a big leaf, then you’re going to have a lot of extra. ¬†I stored the remainder of mine in a mason jar, in the fridge. ¬†However, if you used a smaller leaf, perhaps from aloe vera you’ve grown yourself, you probably will only have about 2 tbsp, which is exactly the amount you need for this “juice”

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To make the juice/water:

2 tbsp aloe vera

8 ounce (1 cup) of juice or water.

Mix in blender, and drink immediately, or store in air tight container in the fridge.

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I personally don’t drink juice, so I did water, then squeezed one slice of lime into it. ¬† It didn’t have much of a taste, so the lime really made it.

You can consume this juice/water, whatever you want to call it up to twice daily.

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Soup

Last night I must’ve known that today was going to be a hectic, long day. ¬†I say this because I told myself, make a crock-pot dinner tomorrow morning before work – and I am SO thankful I did. ¬†I got this recipe from someone I follow on instagram – and her website is actually:¬†http://paleonadime.blogspot.com. ¬†I tweaked the recipe a bit, and am really happy with how it turned out. ¬†However, I did add corn which is not paleo; therefor this version is paleoish! ūüėõ

Recipe:

1 lb chicken breast (diced or shredded – your preference)

1.5 cups carrots (I sliced full carrots but you could use baby carrots)

1 diced sweet potato 

4 cloves minced garlic

1 diced onion

2 cups chicken broth

1/2 – 3/4 cup hot sauce (Use as little or as much as you like depending on your preference)

1 can(15 0z)/cup diced tomato

1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce 

1 can (15 oz) white kidney beans

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp paprika

Salt / Pepper to taste

Mix all of these together in your crock pot; cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 4-6 hours.
I actually cooked mine on low for 6 hours and it was fully cooked & the veggies were soft.
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Keep in mind that if you don’t like some of the veggies or other ingredients in here – you can either A) substitute ingredients OR B) simply not include them. ¬†The original recipe called for 2 ribs of celery, sliced. ¬†However, I don’t like celery so I omitted it. ¬†One of my favorite parts of cooking is tweaking the recipe to make it a little different each time – so don’t be afraid to alter recipes and try new things!!

Homemade pesto

 

 

 

 

Who knew that pesto was so easy to make? I surely didn’t! Not only did it take under 5 minutes to make, but it’s also only FOUR ingredients.

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup dry pine nuts

1 bunch of basil

Juice from 1 lemon

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Now put all of those goodies into your food processor, and puree until you get this consistency:

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Voila! No need to buy store made pesto again!

I have to thank one of the lovely moms I work for, for sharing this recipe with me today. A real eye opener! If I’m capable (and it’s not super pricy) than I would much rather make it myself rather than purchase “store bought” any day! ¬†When you do it yourself you KNOW what you’re putting into the recipe, therefor you KNOW what you’re putting into your body!

Lifestyle Change

Only a few short months ago, in May 2013, I decided it was time for a change. ¬†I’ve always been relatively active, ate fairly healthy, and have been “skinny.” ¬†However, one day it just hit me (quite possibly while I was dunking chips ahoy in a glass of milk) that I could be living life much, much healthier. And therefor much happier as well.

I never paid all that much attention to ¬†what I was eating: never taking into consideration certainly not the calories, nor the ingredients – and definitely not the serving sizes. ¬†On random occasions I would go on those “health kicks.” You know, we’ve all been there: “Oh, I’m going to start working out and eating healthy” Perhaps for a day or so you eat “healthy” and maybe even work out some. ¬†Only for a few days to pass and you’re back in the cookie jar, sitting on your bum watching How I Met Your Mother.

Well, here I am 4 months later and I’m here to say that it is possible to make the change! ¬†You’re more than capable of eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis all while not wrecking your budget, maintaining your work/school life, and even your social life.

Don’t believe me? Then allow me to prove you wrong. ūüôā