My Husband Has Been Scared Healthy….And Now We Are Eating Plant Based Meals Almost Exclusively

Yes, you have read that correctly. WE, as in both of us, are now eating plant based meals 80% of the time. And the best part is, it was my husbands request. I still can’t believe it but I am not going to dare question it. It’s a dream come true for this girl!

Let’s begin back about three weeks ago when we got a call that a family member was having some health issues. OK we thought, nothing we all have not been through before…right? Well, those health issues turned major very quickly and then other things happened and wow, it just all went south from there. So needless to say, we have spent way to much time in this waiting room praying with cousins, aunts, and friends the last few weeks. As of today we all continue to keep praying and hoping for the best outcome.IMG_2868

All this along with a few other things made my husband really look at the big picture. This is now two people in his family that have went through the same big surgery and one survived and is doing ok and one if fighting for his life as we speak. Seeing a loved one in this condition is heartbreaking. You feel helpless, angry, and lost all at the same time. After two visits and numerous setbacks, I could see it was hitting home with my husband. Maybe everything I have been begging to change in our diets is worth trying. Maybe I am not just over exaggerating everything I have researched and have studied to keep us as healthy and active as possible as we age. Although, I said nothing…he had enough going through his head at this time. So when I got an email a few days later from him stating he wants to try going more plant based with our meals and also, when possible, cut out dairy, I was ALL IN!!! I did, however, ask what this meant to him and he simply stated, lets try eating meat/fish/chicken only twice a week and the remaining meals he wants all plant based. I knew right then, this was my chance to run with this. He was scared once two years ago with his own father in this same hospital unit, but this time he has been scared healthy.

So, where has this lead us? Well, its only been two weeks since we have begun and I must say I am loving it all so far. However, its been a challenge at times. The first week was great. We were home and I prepared dinner every night with success and no complaints. Here is a picture of my homemade ramen noodle veggie bowls. OMG, it was fabulous and oh, so filling. It was homemade broth with Thai curry and a ton of veggies over plain ramen noodles. YUMMMM!!!!

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The second week was tougher since he was away the entire week for work and was on his own for meals. Although, I did what I always do and made him a care package of meals for the road that he can use either for his lunches or snacks when time is tight or he just gets hungry. The difference this time was his care package was all plant based meals/snacks.

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I am still experimenting with a lot of recipes and ideas and hope to start mealtime blogging once again. I am still meal prepping which I am a firm believer it saves so much time during the week for me. This week, for instance, I prepped peppers/carrots for hummus dipping, zucchini, leek, and bok choy for a veggie lo mein I am making. and fresh fruit and eggs whites for breakfast.

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Right now flying solo at home, working, and training for our upcoming hiking trip leaves me very little time to blog. I will say, I am hopeful this way of eating sticks since I hope to never have to live the pain and agony we are living right now watching our loved one fight for his life. I will do my best to start taking pictures of meal time and share them with you whenever I have a moment.

I truly believe you are what you eat and food is medicine.

 

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Warrens Cranberry Festival With The Girls….

I had the pleasure of escaping for an entire day and attending Cranberry Fest  in Warrens, WI Saturday with two friends of mine. We very rarely escape for a girls day and I really think we need to do something about that because we had a wonderful time. We boarded the tour bus from DePere, WI at 7a.m. and were off for a day of fun.

We arrived at the festival about three hours later and the grounds were already swarming with loads of people eager to spend some money. As far as you could see up the street it was shoulder to shoulder festival goers and we wasted no time jumping right in.

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At Cranberry Fest you will find just about anything and everything you can imagine. From farmers market veggies,  IMG_2716

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mimes,

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crafts,

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and the best thing we found the entire day, frozen wine!!!!  Heaven in a cup I tell you:-)IMG_2725

It was a gorgeous day. After 7 hours of walking, shopping, eating, drinking, and laughing our way through tons of craft vendors, we again boarded our bus for a relaxing trip back home.

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We already have our fall destination picked out for next year but hopefully we can work in one more girls day before then.

Have you ever taken a bus trip anywhere?

Have you ever tried frozen wine? I highly recommend it!

My Top 10 Summer Essentials

Let’s talk about summer and some of the things I could never do without during these few months. Here in WI summer really only last about 3 months, sometimes a little more or less but for the most part 3 solid months. For me, I take advantage of every second. During these three months I have consolidated a list of my top 10 summer essentials. Let’s see how your summer essentials compare to mine.

#1 Sunscreen: I have finally found a favorite and I am sticking to it. It smells nice, actually does what sunscreen is suppose to do which is protect from sunburn, and does not feel like you are applying Elmer’s school glue to your body.

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#2 Fresh Veggies: From farmers markets, to road side veggie stands, to just stepping out in the backyard to pick our own, I cannot get enough fresh veggies.

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#3 Outdoor Exercise: Why anyone would go to a gym during the summer months to workout is beyond me. Use your imagination and get in a good sweat outside doing something fun.

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#4 Ice Cream: This is my favorite summer time treat. I would never turn down the offer to go out for ice cream.

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#5 Greecie Girl Headbands: Love, love, love these headbands. I wear these all year but would never exercise without them in the summer for sure. They stay where I put them, never slip, and can hold up to every activity I do. I have worn them on the river, trail, and at the gym. They come in a variety of great colors and patterns which is always a fun way to spice up any workout. Check them out here http://greeciegirlheadbands.com/

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#6 Vitalyte: We are an active family and replacement fluids are a big part of our summer. We go through gallons or Gatorade and Vitalyte.

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#7 Nalgene Cozy: Nothing drives me crazier than a sweaty water bottle that leaves puddles everywhere I set it down. Since I take my Nalgene water bottle everywhere with me I splurged on a Nalgene cozy with no regrets.

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#8 Clotheslines: Nothing says summer like fresh hung laundry and bedding.

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#9 Cool Summer Salads and Sushi: The last thing I want to do after spending the day outside is come in and prepare a hot dinner. So summer salads and sushi is rotated quite often on our weekly menu.

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#10 Our Kayaks: You all knew this one would be on the list, right? None of us could live without our kayaks and some paddling fun.

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What is something essential to you in the summer months?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

Once a week I try and plan a crock pot meal to make life easier. I normally plan this for Wednesday’s because that is our play day with a friend that stops in to play in the morning hours. Here is a family favorite I have been preparing for many years.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

1 pound baby carrots

1 medium sweet pepper-cut into chunks

1 small head of broccoli-cut into bite size piece

1 medium onion-cut into chunks

3 boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks

1 (20 oz) can of pineapple chunks

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 TBSP soy sauce

2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

3 TBSP. cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water

Hot cooked rice to serve it on

In your crock pot layer your carrots, peppers and onions. Place your chicken chunks on top of your veggies. Drain your pineapple. (RESERVE THE JUICE) Place the pineapple chunks over the chicken.

Now, to the pineapple juice your kept add the soy sauce, garlic powder,  ground ginger, brown sugar and the bouillon. Mix this together well and pour it over all the layers in the crock pot. Cover and cook 8 hours on low.

Before serving mix together the cornstarch and water until all the clumps are smooth and mix this into the crock pot. Stir until it thickens.

Serve over rice or any other grain your prefer.