"The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands". Prov.14:1 (NASB)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Menu Planning My Way {Dinner}

Hi everyone. I'm back to share the last of my menu plans. I had intended to write this last week but I was dealing with bad allergies. I didn't have much energy to do everything on my To Do list :/ It's a good thing I learned about keeping a running Brain Dump page in my planner so I can remember what I wanted to do. I just move plans over to the next day, week, or month and it's all good.

Here is where I was playing around with ideas of different things to serve for dinner. Lots of things can be mixed and matched to create different meals when there are leftovers for another night. Another thing I do is use certain things (like meats or veggie sides) to create an entirely new dish so it doesn't always seem like leftovers. Just click on the image to see it better.

I also mentioned in my lunch menu plans that dinner leftovers are a great option for those meals too. As for where to store my menus, I keep these lists in sheet protectors and hang them on my pantry door for easy access. Other than that a meal planning binder works just fine for keeping my menus (in sheet protectors) all in one location. I’m now working on writing up some seasonal meal plans so I can create a quarterly rotation for the way we eat during certain times of the year.

 

Feel free to use any of the ideas on this list if you find them helpful. Check out my breakfast, lunch, and snack menu plans if you haven’t already. Time for me to get ready to enjoy my favorite season of all. I can’t wait to get out all the colorful Fall décor :-)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

My Way of Menu Planning Snacks

Snacks are not the norm around our house these days since I changed to Intermittent Fasting last year. However, there are days someone wants a little something to grab just in case. I also like to have my “snack” as a dessert option instead whenever I eat my meal for the day.

This time I divided the list into different categories. This way I can quickly come up with a 4-week rotation.  This simple list allows me to mix and match snack ideas so it doesn’t feel like we’re always having the same thing over and over. Since I prepared my list of ideas in Word docs to screenshot and share here with you, just click on the image to enlarge it. That way you will be able to see it more clearly.

I will swap out some of the ingredients for us to continue eating our very low carb, high fat, high protein diet (Keto). Feel free to use this list if you like. If you missed my updated Breakfast and Lunch menu plans, go ahead and check those out. In the next couple of weeks, I will be back to share my updated Dinner menu plans with you.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Lunch Menu Planning My Way

I’m back again to share more of my meal plans. If you missed my updated breakfast menu ideas last week, please head over there and check them out. I have updated my list of meals that I like to plan for our weekly lunch. If we happen to have leftovers from dinner the night before, I'm sure to add them to the choice of lunch meals for the week as well. I love how this saves money on not having to rely on takeout. The best benefit is that food doesn't go to waste by getting thrown in the trash. No one in our home complains about leftovers so it’s not a problem for me to do this.


This meal list is great for rotating every week, bi-weekly, every 3-4 weeks, and so on. Click on the image to see it better. I like to keep the options of meals simple so that I don’t have to put a whole lot of thought into planning what to eat during this time of the day. I will "see" you again next week with more menu plans. Until then I hope you find this helpful :-)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Updated Menu Planning My Way {Breakfast}

Back in 2016, I shared my list of go to meals for my monthly menu plans. It’s hard to believe it has been over 10 years since I ventured off into the world of freezer cooking, batch cooking, and menu planning. I have learned so much through the years as I’ve tried various tips and tricks. It has been six years since I shared my post and I have gotten away from doing these simple plans. Lots of things have changed since then. Seeing everything going on these days with inflation, it’s no longer working for me to rely on searching online for new meals to try out all the time. I decided I need to go back to my earlier days of simple menu planning.

I've created a list of meals in different categories we usually end up having. This way I can quickly come up with 4 weeks or more worth of menu plans to put on my month of meals calendar. Lots of things on here I will mix and match for “new” meals so it doesn’t feel like we’re always having the same thing over and over. Several of these meals work as a Breakfast for Dinner (a.k.a Brinner) for us too. I prepared my list of ideas in Word docs so I could screenshot the list to share here with you. (Just click on the image to enlarge it to see more clearly.)

I plan to still swap out some of the ingredients for us to continue eating our very low carb, high fat, high protein diet we have come accustomed to over the past year (Keto). Feel free to use this list if you like. Next week I will be back to share my updated Lunch menu plans. Also, in case you missed it, here are my meal plans for July 2021 and August 2021. They have the plans from 2020 linked as well.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

My Health Journey 2 years later

I’m back to sharing updates on my health journey this past year. It’s hard to believe it has been 2 years since I started this new way of life. If you missed my 1st year update, be sure to check that out. I am amazed at the accomplishments from last year. I learned so much about myself that it would take a whole separate post to talk about. It was quite the journey to my 50+ lb. weight loss and I'm glad I finally found a way of life that I'm sure I'll stick with. Join me as I take a walk through the process of how I got to where I am now.

The process goes a little something like this:

1. One day I decided to try portion control along with exercise to see if it would help me shed some pounds. I started exercising (at home) 5 days a week by watching various YouTube videos. I paired that along with portion control eating throughout the day. I discovered how weekly meal preps could help with that. I put everything I prepared ahead of time in my food prep boxes. That in turn helped my family and me to cut down our portions without me having to do any calorie counting. There were so many benefits like no longer being able to overeat at a meal. Little did I know it set me up for what came next.

2. The next thing I ventured into was Intermittent Fasting (IF). I lost a little weight during the 6.5 months of doing portion control. I was not too happy when I hit a weight loss plateau. This is where I usually give up trying to get healthy and lose weight any further. This time around I was desperate to figure out what to do so I wouldn’t give up on my health journey. I started drinking a whole gallon of water a day. This helped me to get started fasting and keep feelings of hunger at bay until it was time for me to eat my first meal. I no longer had to do portion control with IF because I was already in control of my eating. IF was weird/hard at first but I got the hang of it after a month of doing it.

3. I did so well with the different IF eating windows that I decided to push further and try to eat only two meals a day (2MAD). At this point, I was on the road to reducing my Insulin Resistance. My hubby was so impressed by what it did for me that he decided to try IF for himself. I eventually moved on to eating 1 meal a day OMAD) later on and am still doing OMAD to this day. The only thing different is I have extended OMAD to the weekends as well. Every once in a while I’ll eat 2 meals a day, but I mainly stick with OMAD each day of the week. It has really helped me keep from gaining all that previous weight back.

4. When I dropped down to eating 2MAD, I struggled to drink an entire gallon of water each day. I drank up to 1/2 gallon (or a little more) but I also learned to count my daily cup of herbal tea with my water intake for the day. I have lost well over 50 lbs. so far. I have maintained my weight loss without gaining any extra pounds during the holidays. My goal this year is to lose 20-25 more lbs. I have a ways to go to get to my ideal weight. It takes commitment, patience, and time to get there but I’m determined. I will keep declaring that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. ~Philippians 4:13

5. These days I am curious about doing Alternate Day Fasting (ADF). I have seen lots of videos and read other people's testimonies. I plan to give ADF a try for 3 alternating days each week starting in August to see how it benefits me in my goals. I know I’ll have to adjust my eating yet again in order to do this. That’s why I take each new change in baby steps. I also am sure to learn from doctors and health coaches the safest way to go about these changes. Also, I still drink my ACV tonic 7 days a week. I'm happy I can now drink my coffee without cream and sugar if I wish to. This new life has benefited me greatly. I have gained self-control in ways I never imagined.

I pray I reach my goals before the closing of this year. Even if I don't reach them all, it is worth the discipline and change in my mentality that I'm experiencing. I will be sure to come back with updates soon. Thank you for joining me as I share my journey of getting back healthy one day at a time.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Checking in once again…

Hi everyone. I know it's been a while since my last post. Life has been busy around here. I kept intending to write a post but struggled to find time to sit and begin. My son and I have been helping my hubby out at work with some things; so that slowed me down too. I'm glad I was there to help him because he was very grateful to get a lot done in half the time it would have taken him if he had done it by himself. I'm excited for Father's Day to get here. We love to bless him and show him how much he means to our family.

Before that day comes I wanted to take a moment to reflect and share what he helped our son to do for me for Mother's Day this year. My son kept saying for several months that he had never given me flowers. He said he wanted to get me some for a gift sometime soon. He also kept hearing me talk about wanting to try something from Edible Arrangements for several years now.

For Mother's Day, he surprised me with this lovely bouquet of Tulips and the yummy (and pretty) flower arrangement from Edible Arrangements. I had to snap pictures to have as a memory before the Tulips died and my edible flowers were all eaten 😊

I also tried something new. I did what's called an Egg Fast. It's a great reset if you have enjoyed too many holiday treats or have stalled in losing weight. It lasts anywhere from 3-5 days.  I have done a few Egg Fasts so far. I was really shocked I could stand eating nothing but eggs each day. I read so many Egg Fast tips from Ketogenic Woman. She has a whole guide where she shares different recipes, answers questions, and even talks you through how to transition back to normal eating after you are done. 

Some of the things I tried were Egg Shake. Let me stop to tell you about that shake. I was about to pass up on consuming that. After all, it has raw eggs in it. The thought was making me gag. She has a page where she talks all about people's concerns. I was brave enough to finally give it a try. I was so shocked to actually like it. You couldn't tell the eggs were in there. I could drink this stuff every day in place of powdered protein shakes. Other meals I tried were pancakes, cheesy scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, waffles (Chaffles), and lemon bars (the round ones you see).

Here are more meals I tried. Just like the egg shake, I thought having a raw egg yolk in my black coffee would be disgusting. Well after trying it there was no egg taste and it helped give me some creaminess that I would get when I used heavy cream. I also had fried boiled eggs with yum yum sauce, egg noodle Alfredo, Egg "mac-n-cheese", egg drop soup, and egg salad (not pictured). Eating different things really helped to keep this interesting to get through each day of the fast. It would have been boring if I had to stick to eating only boiled eggs. I was happy I did break through my weight loss stall and am back on track.

Spring is almost over. It has been cooler than normal this time around. We have had some very warm temps just not as warm as it was last year. Do you see my new pillow covers in the pic? I love these velvet apple green pillow covers I bought to go with my Spring decor. I bought them late so I only had them on for a month. Next week I plan to start switching out my decore to welcome in the next season. I will definitely replace those Spring covers with the new ones I ordered for the Summer. I love the ones I found. I should share a pic of those sometime this summer.

Last year I shared my 1 year health journey and I'm still on that journey. I have stuck with my plans and continue to lose weight. I was looking back at last year's calendar to see when I started doing OMAD (One Meal A Day). It is coming upon a year real soon. I actually stuck with it that long. I will share with you my progress from then up until now. My next post will be an update on my progress so stay tuned. I still do my weekly meal planning. This year I decided to stick with rotating through some of the past meals that I posted on here. The only difference is that I have switched out all of the high-carb foods from those meals to fit my current way of eating. Here are the menus from May 2021 and June 2021 in case you missed them. Well, that's all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by :-)

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