Oil Pulling & I Think I’m Falling Off The Wagon……

Oil Pulling Day 2:
Went well, I woke up and did it before work first thing after waking up. I took in a bit less oil and it was better than day 1. I found the 20 minutes to go by fairly fast, I set a timer on my phone and since I had just woken up I busied myself with checking my emails, social media, and general news websites I frequent.

Oil Pulling Day 3:
Went well, I am actually not minding it at all. I don’t find it overwhelming like I did day one, the taste I might actually say I find enjoyable. I haven’t had any issues at all, no issues with accidentally swallowing. So far so good.

Oh yeah…. So since before I did the Master Cleanse I was drinking one Pepsi a day, which I really enjoyed. I cut that all out completely as well as caffeine and since I have never been a coffee drinker I didn’t find it to be too excruciating. But now I’ve been in a new job for almost a month and I just feel like I need something to keep my energy up. For the first 3 weeks I was drinking natural juices with fruit and vegetable servings and natural energy from tea included but I broke down this week and got McDonalds before work……twice…… :/
I know, I drive right past one everyday on my way to work and the thought of that large coke was just too tempting for me after weeks of driving past. Each time I got a large coke and ate just half a sandwich which I don’t think is terribly bad but still not ideal.
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I’ve told you guys before it’s hard to turn a fat kid straight……Okay, I went into Whole Foods with a large coke from McDonalds poured into a re-usable cup that pretty much could’ve passed for a super healthy dark veggie juice or tea….. sigh…. okay, okay I did this twice….
Well, it gets worse….
I was so tired from working one night this week I picked up a frozen pizza and box of chicken wings for dinner…from Walgreens…. and for the first time in 4 months I bought Pepsi for home…
Hence the title that I feel like I’m falling off the wagon! I feel like I’m half one person and half another sometimes. On one hand I’m buying organic grass fed beef but then on the other hand I eat a little bit of McDonalds! I drink servings of fruit and vegetables but then I drink a pepsi like I’m drinking liquid diamonds!

Any healthy energy tips?
Questions? Thoughts?
❤ Shel

Oil Pulling: Why Not Try Another Weirdo Thing

So I was thinking of trying coconut oil for cooking and oil pulling was brought to my attention. What is this weirdo thing people are speaking of? What? Swish oil in my mouth for 20 minutes at a time? Sounds like a party to me…. But then I spent a few days doing some research on it and here I am, swishin.
So I have mentioned before that I have been having some pain, soreness, puffiness, gums torn from my wisdom teeth coming in and apparently oil pulling works wonders for oral health. And let’s be honest, it hasn’t been very flattering when I get remarks from people who know me saying things like my face looks puffy.
But also, oil pulling is a natural way to detoxify your body which I am interested in.
How to:
I’ve found a variety of information but to sum up a general consensus:
Best first thing in the morning when your body and mouth has the highest amount of bacteria.
I’m using coconut oil but you could also use sunflower oil, olive oil, etc.
Take anywhere from 2/3 teaspoon-1 tablespoon of oil and swish it in your mouth, around your gums, in between your teeth for 15-20 minutes.
Spit into the garbage, or a disposable cup (clogs drains)
Rinse with warm water
Brush
The goods:
Just like with the Master Cleanse if I’m going to do something I want to be sure I have the exact right products or else I really don’t see a point. So I bought a 14 oz jar of organic UNREFINED pressed virgin coconut oil. I got it from Whole Foods and it was $5.99.
Tell me the real deal:

Day 1:

Out of complete habit I woke up and immediately drank a glass of juice before remembering that I am supposed to oil pull first thing so I will have to make a new habit of oil pulling first thing which might be weird.
Okay, so coconut oil solidifies so I started with a heaping teaspoon full and I will admit it was slightly unpleasant to put a mouthful of solid oil in my mouth that slowly melted into a liquid.
Taste: I felt that it definitely tasted and smelled like coconut. However, I actually like coconut so I didn’t find it unpleasant.
Gag Status: I think a heaping teaspoon solid was too much for me. As it melted and as my saliva and apparently my bacteria built up in my mouth I found it to be overwhelming. I lasted the whole 20 minutes but towards the last few minutes I felt if I continued to swish then my mouth would explode so I just kind of sat with it all in my mouth. The 20 minutes wasn’t  as bad as I anticipated, I recommend doing it while busying yourself with other things so you’re not even thinking about it. My jaw wasn’t sore either from all the swishing I wondered if it would be.
Also, it’s very important not to swallow the oil because it is gradually becoming more and more full of the bacteria that you are removing from your body, to swallow would be ingesting all of that bacteria.
So, I am going to try to continue, we shall see!
Here’s a link to some oil pulling, I’ve read a bunch and watched several videos but this one seems thorough enough
http://coconut-oil-pulling.com/
Thoughts? Questions?

❤ Shel

Plated Review 2

So I got my first Plated order yesterday and tonight I made my last two plates of a different meal. If you didn’t read yesterdays post here’s a link to explain Plated and their food delivery service.
https://mchellerussell731.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/plated-review/

Today’s dish was Sicilian Style Swordfish with Parsley Garlic Potatoes

I can say that I don’t have one complaint about the ingredients, the quality is great, fresh, herbs show wilting so fast and the fresh basil and parsley were perfect.
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This recipe required a bit more prep than yesterday’s but I didn’t mind.
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The recipe was straight to the point and I felt it to be easy and enjoyable. I would say this dish was restaurant quality.
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Any downsides?
I would say that the 30-40 minute time was a little off, but when I cook at home I do not rush. The potatoes needed to roast for 25 minutes after every ingredient was prepped and then plating time. Again, like yesterday’s post I find it pricey. But I can now appreciate this company after doing it for two days.
I have the food knowledhe to know that pieces of fish range in size and had to cook accordingly, some people may not be trained to do so. As well as the potatoes, some were so small they could be left whole, some halved, some quartered, etc.

I had everything I needed fresh and on hand
I didn’t have to go to a store
I didn’t have to try to plan a meal
If someone has limited time to plan out a meal and shop but they do have that one hour or so to still be involved in cooking this is a great option.
If someone has limited food skills/knowledge this is great because they don’t have to worry about what goes with what, etc (I’ve literally had someone express their anxiety over what constitutes as a pinch of salt) so having everything ready for them is a plus. They could even watch videos.
I like calorie content displayed.

Portions:
Even though this was a fish dish the portions were still very plentiful. Two people couldn’t even finish their plates and there were some leftovers before plating.
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I’d gladly review more, send them my way Plated! 🙂

Questions? Thoughts?

❤ Shel

 

Plated Review

I have excitedly waiting for my first Plated order to arrive and it did! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Plated it is a website where you can choose a meal, order it and everything comes shipped to you to cook it. All the ingredients, the recipe, etc.

I saw this on Shark Tank and was intrigued. I then saw the promo code GETPLATED for 4 free plates and definitely wanted to try it, I just had to pay $20 for shipping which means my plates cost $5 each instead of the non-member price of around $15 each.

My package arrived right on time on the day I chose. Everything was packaged superbly with ice packs and an insulated bag organized by meal type. Every item was fresh, all the proteins, herbs, everything.
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The first meal I tried was 2 plates of their Spice-Rubbed Steak with Roasted Carrots and Israeli Couscous. I had all the ingredients there ready to go and all measured out for me. The instructions were simple and easy to follow. I especially liked that there was a picture showing each step. You could also watch a video as you cook but I was fine with just reading it. The meal came out great, tasted great, no problems cooking. I liked the included calorie information as well.
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Minor Downsides:
The recipe shows lots of baby carrots with their cute little tops on and I did not receive those. I received a bag of 3 large ordinary carrots which I felt made for a less appealing presentation. I cut them smaller to resemble the baby carrots more but I chose that picture when I ordered it and expected to receive exactly what I chose. Not a big deal but still. The honey was a diner style Smuckers which wasn’t too impressive. Also, the recipe said it took 30-40 minutes to cook but the steak had the option to marinade for up to one hour which I didn’t take into consideration into my cooking time. I cooked this in a leisurely manner and it probably took around an hour.
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Portions:
The portions were surprisingly plentiful. I could not even finish my plate and I already had some leftovers before I plated so if you’re worried the portions will be skimpy because they’re measured out precisely I wouldn’t.

This was fun to try, I still have another recipe to make which I will review as well. However, it is pricey. My meal would have cost around $30 but I am only cooking for 2 people so a family of 4 would cost around $60 for 4 plates and you still have to then cook it. So far I would order again if I was offered another deal.

Here’s the site if you’d like to check it out, I believe they have a special going on right now to get your first order free and just pay shipping. If you want to order it’d be super cool to let me know because you get free plates for referring people 🙂
http://www.plated.com/

Questions? Thoughts?

❤ Shel

Are Ronald and Shel Back Together??

Okay I’ve eaten McDonalds two times in the last two weeks…. Turning a fat kid straight isn’t easy.
The first time it was after 4oclock and I hadn’t eaten a single thing yet and was driving so I was weak and gave in. I had really been craving a coke (I even dreamed about it, no joke) and was excited to drink it. The first sip I took actually hurt my throat and I burped immediately after (sexy). I ate half of a McChicken and had a handful of fries. I did feel guilty as I waited in the drive thru but oh well.
The second time I was running around and just picked it up for dinner, I swear I think the thought of that large coke is what really does me in. I haven’t gone back to Big Mac status yet….

I feel like since I cut out my one caffeinated pop (Chicagoans call it pop, not soda) a day and have never been a coffee drinker that I need something to get through work so I’m going to look at different cold tea options maybe. Something with a little caffeine, I haven’t drank caffeine regularly since before my Master Cleanse 3 months ago, any suggestions or recommendations?

 

Thoughts? Questions?

❤ Shel

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Give Me The Beef….And Hog

I don’t eat a whole lot of red meat but when I’m in the mood to cook steak I usually get one nice one and grill it and slice it thin for two portions.

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Yes, I like my steak on the rare side 😉 This was grilled ribeye over baby spinach with roasted asparagus, roasted russet and sweet potatoes and roasted bell pepper.

This was another dish I made recently.

Spinach and Brie Stuffed Pork Chop Over Mashed Potatoes

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Oh how I do love mashed potatoes. If you’d like a full recipe let me know but I basically did this:

Stuffed pork chops with a mixture of:

Brie cheese, thawed frozen spinach, garlic, sundried tomatoes and cooked. To the pan afterwards I added some lemon juice and chicken stock and reduced and served over mashed potatoes.

Questions? Thoughts?

❤ Shel

 

Working Out (or lack of) & Yummy Burgers

Okay, for realz I’m finding it really hard to start working out. I have good intentions in my head but my body would pretty much rather do anything besides work out. How do you guys make yourself?? Wouldn’t you rather watch the newest episode of The Real Housewives on your dvr? I feel like it becomes a habit but man, I’m finding it difficult to start :/

And now, because I’m a fatty I will share one of my favorite burger recipes. This was originally a Giada DeLaurentis recipe that I changed slighty by using whole wheat buns and reduced fat mayonnaise.

Chicken burgers with Rosemary Garlic Mayonnaise and Arugula

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I know the thought of a burger made with ground chicken sounds like it could be dry but adding some of the mayonnaise to the meat keeps them moist. I usually like a runny egg and bacon and cheese on my burgers so this is definitely healthier for me and they taste great! Here’s the original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chicken-burgers-with-garlic-rosemary-mayonnaise-recipe.html

What’s your favorite healthy burger?

Questions? Thoughts?

❤ Shel