Sunday, March 26, 2017

Backyard Container Garden - Gardening for the Non-Gardener

On February 18th I started a small container garden.  We turned an old cedar chest in a planter for some tomatoes and bell peppers.  Today is March 26th, more than a month later.

The plants look great but I think we still have a long way to go before there are actual tomatoes and peppers.

Today I staked the tomatoes because they were looking tall and floppy.  I really don't know how long it might be before the plants bloom.  I water the box once a day, in the mornings.  They look healthy so I assume they will bloom.

So, I planted all the tomatoes and pepper seeds that I had.  In retrospect, that was too many.  If all of the tomato plants bear fruit, we'll be neck deep.  I should have planted just a few of each vegetable.  Lesson learned. 

I also decided not to plant anything else until I see that this little garden experiment is working.  It's expensive to buy planters and the three part soil combo, so at this point it's a wait and see situation.  If I get vegetables then, when the next planting season comes around I'll do a couple more planters.

The other reason I have done more is that I'm not sure I like where I have the box sitting.  By the time I start getting vegetables I'll have a better feeling about where the box is sitting.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

What to Eat on Low Carb

This is what I ate this last week:
 Above is a crab augratin.  It's crab meat, cream cheese and shredded cheddar.  To be honest, I didn't eat any.  My husband dipped tortilla chips into it and loved it.  I just wasn't in the mood for seafood this week.
 Sausage and saur kraut.  This was one of my favorite meals.  When you stop eating sugar you taste buds change.  I fell in love with the saur kraut and I paired it with meat for several meals during the week.
 Bacon Cheesy "Potatoes" - Radishes has replaced potatoes for me.  When cooked they taste very similar to potatoes.  I roasted the radishes, then piles on cheese and bacon and browned it.  Perfect low carb side dish.
 Cold Cut Wraps.  I made these wraps with lettuce leaves, cold cuts, tomato, avocado, sugar free pickles and car free mayo.  Loved them.
 Low Carb Bread - This is called "90 Second Bread" and is very easy to make.  It's just one egg, 1/3 cup almond flour, 1 tsp of baking soda and salt.  Mix and microwave for 90 seconds.  This recipe makes one slice of dense bread.  I then toast it.  there's only 2 carbs per slice.
 Chocolate covered walnuts - Melt unsweetened baking chocolate with coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla, swerve (artificial sweetener) and peanut butter.  Pour over walnuts and pop in the fridge for 30  minutes.  Once it's solid, break it up and store in fridge.  This is the perfect sugar free treat when you want something sweet. and 8x8 pan lasts me all week.
 Corned Beef and Spaghetti Squash - I boiled the corned beef for three hours, with seasonings that come with it.  Bake squash for 1 hour, until soft.  Low carb and delish.
 Grilled Steak with sauteed peppers and onions - this was a real winner this week too.  I sauteed the peppers and onion in bacon fat and man was it good.  I marinated the steaks with salt and pepper and let them sit in the fridge for two days and then grilled them.  Melt in your mouth goodness.
 This is just a simple cold cut platter - beef bologna, boiled egg, avocado, tomato, sugar free pickles with mustard and mayo.
 Bakes chicken and spaghetti squash.  This doesn't look that great but I baked the chicken in butter and it was incredibly juicy.
 Bakes chicken legs and brussel sprouts.  I have decided that I really don't like chicken legs unless they are fried.
I ate this last night.  The chicken is fried and came from our local Publix grocery store.  I paired it with some of the peppers and onions; very low carb and good.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ketogenic Diet Update

I'm down one pound for the month of February.  That makes eleven pounds this year.  I think, after struggling for several weeks with Keto that I've figured out how to loose weight on this diet.

You have to eat very low carb.  Easy, right?  Options get far fewer the lower carb you go.  It's a very simple  way of eating that doesn't include much.  Yes, if you google keto food list you'll get a  wonderful long list of stuff you can eat.  Really look at that list.  It's meat, fats, whole fat dairy and leafy green vegetables.  There are other things on the veggie list, but it not stuff anyone likes.  You can have nuts but only in small portions.  You can have some non green leafy vegetables, but again, only in small portions.

I'm still committed to the plan.  I'm loosing weight so I'm still on board.  I just think that anyone trying this diet to loose weight has to be realistic.  You will have to dramatically change the way you have ever eaten.

I started tracking my meals this week.  What I found is that I still have to watch calories; just as I said in my last post.  Calories do count.  The more simple I made my meals, the better my stats look at the end of the day.  Almost all foods have carbs.  It's very easy to get to 20 grams of carbs per day.

The other part of the equation for me is exercise.  That's much harder for me than the diet part.  The exercise part takes a lot more motivation for me.  It means getting up early and exercising before work and then after work exercising again.  You see, once you pass 40 you need a minimum of a hour of exercise every day, seven days a week just to maintain you weight.  Yeah, it sucks and I'm way past 40.

So, along with my more simple food plan, I'm putting together an exercise plan that I know I can handle and commit to.  At the end of the day, getting old sucks.  It only gets harder and harder the older I get.  But I'm not giving up.  I can't because I don't like the picture of what I'd look like and feel like if I did give up.

So, the story continues....

Morning at the Lake

Morning Motivation

I've started listening to this video every morning.  It's so motivational.  I, like many, need help staying motivated.  This isn't the only motivation I use on a daily basis, but I really like the message. 

The title is "End Laziness".  I have a choice each day whether or not to jump out of bed and get busy being better.  I need to be reminded of that daily.  Life is hard and sometimes it's really hard.  But I still have a choice each day about my attitude, regardless of my circumstances.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The secret to Florida gardening - A Non Gardener Gardens

I recently decided that I wanted to have a garden right outside one of my back door that leads from the laundry room to outside.  It's sunny there and the perfect place for a kitchen garden.  So I bought several books, one of which is by this author, David the Good, "Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening".  I'm using his recommendation on ingredients for best growing and my husband is going to make me one raised bed to begin with.  If I'm successful, I'll expand.  So today I started my bell pepper seeds and some tomato seeds.  I also started four avocado plants from seeds.  Once my husband has my raised bed completed next weekend,  I'll plant the other seeds I have. 
So, in the coming weeks and months, as there are developments, I'll post about it.  I'm so excited because this is my first garden.  If anything at all grows I will be thrilled.

I also have plans to plant several fruit trees that he recommends.  I can't find any of them locally right now so I am considering mail ordering them.  Updates on that will be coming too.

 The three ingredients I mixed and put into each planter is vermiculite, pete moss and compost.

 I will have my raised bed divided into 16 sections but today I only found 8 vegetables that I know we would really eat.  So, if I have left over from these packets, I just do extra sections of those.

 I've put the avocado seeds in my kitchen window so that I can watch over them.

Gary Taubes ‘The Case Against Sugar’

I don't even know how I came across this video.  I think it came up in my "recommended" feed on Youtube.  It's long; it took my two sittings to listen to the whole thing and I really need to go back and listen to it again.  It's a lot of information but it's very good information.  This guy is not a doctor, which he says at the beginning.  He's an investigative journalist.

I have to say that we're pretty much stopped eating sugar.  I haven't bought real sugar in years, but we were still consuming products that contained sugar.  It's hard to eat anything pre-packaged that doesn't contain sugar.  But after watching this video I am even more convinced than ever that I'm on the right track with a low carb lifestyle that excludes all sugar.

I definitely think this video is worth the time to watch it.