3:52 a.m. I'm up too early but I got plenty of rest.
11:32 p.m. I spent all day cleaning, light exercising (situps, stretches, and lunges, skipping my walk for once) doing chores, and had a nap before heading to the grocery store for yummy whole foods. I was excited to try my own hot sauce recipe and it came out, praise Jesus, to be my new favorite sauce. Bye bye Frank's Buffalo! This is ALL organic and healthy. More tangy than spicy but I like it that way. This is a combination of multiple recipes so I will write it below. If you use it, feel free to play with it and adjust to your liking:
Ingredients (For a VERY mild sauce, adjust to your liking):
1. Six to Eight or more peppers of your choice.
2. One lime.
3. Sea salt.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar (or vinegar of your choice)
6. Garlic Powder.
7. Onion Powder.
8. Chili powder.
1. Cut off the stems and remove seeds from your peppers of choice (I used sweet peppers so I didn't have to put sugar in my sauce) They were red, yellow, and orange in color.
2. Boil water, then dump the peppers in for 30 seconds to a minute to blanche. Set peppers aside. You won't be needing the water for the rest of the recipe.
3. Prepare one half cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (or the vinegar of your choice) and add:
Lime juice from one whole lime.
1/2 tbsp of sea salt.
1/2 tbsp of cumin.
1/2 tbsp of garlic powder.
1/2 tbsp of onion powder.
1 tbsp of chili powder (or more if you like ;) )
4. Stir until the spices are dissolved, then add the peppers and the mixture into the blender.
5. Select 'Chop' for about 20 seconds, then 'Blend or Puree for at least 30-40 seconds.'
6. Taste and add more peppers, spices, or whatever your heart desires. Pour into a bottled container and store in the fridge.
11:43 p.m. After today's lessons, I'm thinking of going more organic and cutting out meats, swapping it for fish instead (preferably the occasional tuna, just have to watch the mercury thing) This isn't just a diet, this is a lifestyle change. I've also greatly reduced the amount of dairy in my diet and given up cheese (which is just milk fat anyway.) More veggies, fruits, and all natural ingredients. Cooking instead of processed. No fast foods. Happily given up, not deprivation. I've learned what it does to the body and my health.
I weighed myself at the store and not surprisingly, I haven't lost a pound. I feel noticeably more toned all over my body nonetheless and I am definitely healthier than before. Better than gaining, that's all I have to say.
Lacking my fruits and veggies this week really drained my energy, like severely low. I barely wanted to exercise because my body lacked it's essential nutrients. Well, now I'm prepared. Moreso, Rob got me one-a-day women's vitamins. They are not a replacement for getting vitamins from healthy foods, however, they will help with whatever ones I'm missing and then some. ^___^ Oh, and drinking plenty of water. I'm practically wary of drinking anything that isn't water at this point.
I hope I would still be a fun date. "Salad with no dressing and water, please?" lol. I don't know how boring people like me with all these 'food rules' can be. I'm still living life and if this keeps up, I can keep making more meal ideas and really enjoy healthy eating. My life will extend, my body will change, I will feel better and praise the Lord! I'm happy and the Lord has my back, that's why I know I'm not giving this up.
Tomorrow marks the end of week three and it feels good to have made it this far. I only want to keep going and see what these changes will bring, by God. SO happy with life right now!