Tea for Detox (COUPON ALERT)

Plain white rice. I had too much of it this weekend. I celebrated my friend’s birthday on Saturday. It began with lunch at Jimmy Hula’s. I wrote about that place before, remember? Well this time I got a wipeout taco AND the baja bowl with grilled chicken and WHITE RICE!

Afterwards we hit the Cork & Olive for PaintNite. We both tried a flight of Moscato. #sugaronfleek

THEN we hit the Orlando Improv to see Finesse Mitchell. The night ended with sweet potato fries and a brownie sundae. OMG.

I’m feeling like a pig. I did manage to get my exercise in, but nevertheless, I ate way too many calories and consumed an obscene amount of sugar.

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Photo credit: penelopesoaisis.com

I jump started my “get your life in order” regimen last night with a cup of Teami Colon tea. The benefits of this tea are amazing (taken directly from the Teami website*):

  • Improved digestion
  • Cleansing and detox
  • Ridding the body of toxic waste
  • Improving sleep

*Results may vary

Couple this tea with healthy eating and exercise and your body will thank you. Teami also has a host of teas with various benefits: Profit, Alive, Energy, and Relax.

Here’s a gift for you. Purchase ANYTHING from Teami’s website and you’ll receive a discount at checkout if you enter the coupon code drzumba.

If you try the tea I’d love to get your feedback. It’s certainly helping me get over my piggish weekend!

(Is piggish a word?)

Eat 58% Sugar and Live to Tell About It

On this journey to become what I eat I am always looking for ways to get away with eating sugar. Back in the day I could easily eat an entire row of Oreo’s with a glass of milk, or a carton of double chocolate fudge Bryer’s and live to tell about it.

It’s different now for several reasons. The first is that my metabolism doesn’t behave as it did 20, or even 10 years ago. The second is that when you know better, you [should] do better.

In the morning I usually have a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, peanut butter, and a handful of raisins. The macro nutrients fill me up, and I get my sugar fix. Lately though I’ve been feeling guilty about eating raisins, and I’m not sure if I should. So, I thought I’d do some research.

Raisins are dried grapes with a high concentration of sugar (30% fructose and 28% glucose). Don’t let that scare you though. Raisins are nutritious as they are rich in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. They are low in fat and have been recommended as a snack for weight control, digestive health, and regulating blood pressure.

There is so much debate online though. Dentists preach against them because they stick to your teeth. Since they contain fructose (and it’s supposedly toxic) some people stay away from them.

What I get from everything I’ve read is that they are to be enjoyed in small amounts. If I have to choose between raisins and cookies, I’ll choose raisins–unless my other choice is an oatmeal raisin cookie…then what am I to do?!

 

You Say Potato, I Say Potato

I’ve always loved potatoes. Hash browns. Fries. Mashed. I can literally find a reason to eat a potato at every meal. I remember being at a buffet, looking down at my plate, and to my own chagrin I had fries, mashed potatoes, AND potato salad on my plate. OMG!

On this journey to become what I eat I’ve been reading up on tons of foods, but I’m still having trouble with the potato. For a while I stopped eating white potatoes, substituting the sweet potato instead. I remember my former pastor telling me, it’s not the potato that’s the problem, it’s the cheese and sour cream and butter that you put on TOP of the potato!

So, let’s talk about the potato. The potato has essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and potassium (when you leave the skin on). We know the potato for it’s carb content, which is why we are afraid of it (or is it just me?). Because the starchy potato is resistant to digestion enzymes in the stomach and small intestine, it may have the same physiological effects and health benefits as fiber (yippe!). Additionally, “it provides bulk, offers protection against colon cancer, improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, lowers plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, increases satiety, and possibly even reduces fat storage” (according to Wikipedia).

Where do we go wrong with the potato? The problem lies in our storage and preparation. Here are some tips:

  • Keep your potatoes in a dark, well ventilated area
  • When potatoes start to sprout, cut off the sprouts BEFORE preparing them for your meal
  • Eat baked potatoes topped with chives and broccoli
  • Make fries by cutting potatoes into thin strips, brushing on a bit of olive oil, and baking
  • Chop potatoes and saute them with onions and peppers

Don’t let the potato scare you like it did me! What are some of your favorite health conscious potato recipes? Post them below.

It’s not a #PattiPie.

My mother has been making sweet potato pie for decades. So did her mother, and her mother. This tasty dessert will be featured on many a Black Thanksgiving Day table this fall, and has been featured for probably a century. However, it was when a celebrity put her name on it and a video went viral (OMG 5M views and counting!) that the world seemed to have “discovered” something I’d been enjoying all my life.

The #PattiPie has been around for about 8 months, but I tried a slice for the first time last week. Walmart had a booth at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and they were giving out samples.

Yeah, the pie was pretty good. It was very creamy, but it was not as good as my mom’s. #imjustsaying

I would NEVER knock anyone’s hustle. I wish someone would market my chickquinoa stuffed peppers. I’d gladly sit back and collect that check. I’m not writing this post to hate on the beautiful and talented Patti Labelle (come on Patti!). I’m writing this post to inform you about the nutrition information for this pie so that you know what you’re eating.

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Image from Amazon. They sell them for $28.94 + $3.99 shipping

One slice of pie is 440 calories my loves. It contains 29 grams of sugar! Let me tell you what you could eat for 440 calories:

I’ll stop there.

It’s not a #PattiPie, but I promise you your blood sugar and waistline will thank you if you substitute one of the above options for a slice of that sweet potato pie.

“But I want dessert, not an entree.” Okay fine-I hear you. Here’s a list of desserts with WAY LESS than 29 grams of sugar:

I could do this all day, so let me stop. I think I’ve proven my point!

Thoughts?

 

May I Have Some Corn?

Yesterday hosted a BBQ for my love. He graduated from Columbia College today with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration. #proudgirlfriend

Anywho, planning a BBQ can be stressful, but it turned out to be spectacular. We all chipped in on the menu items, there was great music, spades, and tons of splashing in the pool.

I managed to go the entire day without touching the baked beans and BBQ ribs. I had him grill salmon (yummy!) and I had a little pasta salad and corn on the cob.

In the back of my mind the entire day I was wondering what the deal is with corn. Yes, it’s starchy, but it’s from the earth so I feel like I should be able to eat loads of it. I probably had 4 ears of corn yesterday! Too much?

I did some research. I learned the following:

  • Corn IS good for you. It’s a vegetable for goodness sake.
  • Corn feeds the good bacteria in your body.
  • Corn contains vitamins B and C.
  • Corn contains magnesium and potassium.
  • Corn contains antioxidants good for eye health.

One more thing: there are more grams of sugar in 1 banana than there are in an ear of corn. We don’t hesitate to eat bananas, so we shouldn’t hesitate to eat corn!

I’m glad I learned these tidbits because if I have to give up corn I may cry!

xo

I (re)Discovered Peanut Sauce

One of my favorite places to eat in Lake Mary is Jimmy Hula’s. They honestly have some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever tasted. They are known for their amazing sauces as well. I usually order the Wipeout taco. It has steak, shrimp, fries, jack cheese, salsa, avocado, and baja sauce. That taco is THE BOMB people. It’s the taco on the right in this photo.

14199736I went to lunch at Jimmy Hula’s with my significant other and was honestly pretty stressed about it because I didn’t think there was anything I could eat on the menu. As you know I’m working very hard to limit my sugar intake, eat less fat, etc. I usually order a wipeout taco and a baja bowl (white rice, black beans, salsa, grilled chicken, cotija cheese, and baja sauce).

Needless to say the options above would have caused some serious inflammation, so what was I to do!? I didn’t even want to look at the salad section because, let’s be honest, I’m getting bored with salads. I did anyway and to my surprise I found something I’d NEVER considered before!

It’s called the thai salad. It was simply leafy greens, mango, carrot, avocado, and peanut sauce, and I added grilled fish. This was LITERALLY the second best salad I’ve EVER had!

Who on earth thought it was a good idea to put peanut sauce on salad? I want to thank that person SO MUCH! It was so good I asked the staff to give me two small to-go containers of the stuff.

Now, when I got home of course I had to look up the ingredients, because a sauce this good can’t possibly be good for me. Most of the recipes I found online include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ginger
  • Garlic

My love for peanut butter is real, but I’ve been battling lately because the brand I love adds white sugar. How can I make peanut sauce without the refined sugars? Do you think the recipe would work with agave nectar? Help!

I think I found something here. I’ll let you know what happens when I try it.

Sugar Withdrawal

I have a horrible headache, and I know why. I remember having this feeling the first few days into the Daniel Fast back in January. I haven’t had processed sugar since Monday, and I’m going through sugar withdrawal. One of the “symptoms” of withdrawal is the dreaded headache. sugar-spoon

I remember one night in graduate school I tried weaning myself from sugar. I had a craving so bad I woke up in the middle of the night, juiced 5 apples, and chugged the juice faster than you can say criss cross apple sauce! My headache/craving went away instantly. Yes, the sugar was natural (from apples), but the fact of the matter is sugar is just as addictive as drugs! Did someone say dopamine?

I’m writing this post because if I don’t I will truly go in the kitchen and make myself a bowl of Coco Puffs to “cure” my headache. If you know me, you know how I feel about Coco Puffs.

Have you successfully given up processed sugar? Leave me some tips!

Doritos.

I had an interesting conversation with a family member last night about Doritos. We are both trying to limit the amount of processed food we intake. Well, one of us is trying harder than the other…but I digress.4f0711bd624601325863357_blog

This family member made the argument that Doritos, specifically Cool Ranch Doritos, are “good for you”, and asked about having some after we had eaten a healthy and satisfying dinner. I begged to differ, so we examined the nutrition label.

I began with the calorie count: 12 chips = 150 calories. “Well, how many calories was our dinner? I can have up to 2,000 calories a day.” My issue is not how many calories, but the type of calories. 150 calories of buttermilk, sugar, and cheddar cheese is not the same as 150 calories of fiber and protein. (Check out this article from Women’s Health on The Difference Between Good and Bad Calories.)

I went on to read the ingredients and had a hard time pronouncing a few of them outside of cheese, milk, and corn. “Those are just preservatives.” Guess what? Preservatives can be harmful for several reasons. They reduce heart health, increase your risk of cancer and may cause breathing difficulty. Don’t believe me? Read this and this.

The moral of the story is that there’s more to food than counting calories, but if you still want to go that route here’s a list of snacks at 150 calories or less that are good for you. You’ll have to do a little work to make these snacks, but it’ll be worth it. Stay away from the Doritos if you can.

  1. Chocolate Almond Smoothie
  2. Baked tortilla chips and salsa
  3. Sliced cucumbers and cream cheese
  4. Cocolate and Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
  5. Avocado with rice & bean chips
  6. 1 banana and a square of dark chocolate
  7. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Balls
  8. Air popped popcorn (2 cups)
  9. Oatmeal with honey and blueberries (follow the serving size!)
  10. Chocolate Almond Coconut Protein Balls

See what I did there?

The Most Important Meal

Is breakfast truly the most important meal of the day? Let’s explore what happens when you DON’T eat breakfast. I’ll use myself for example: #truestory

One day (after not getting enough sleep the night before) I woke up (LATE), rushed to freshen up and ran out the door. Since “I didn’t have time” to make breakfast I stopped at Starbucks and ordered a sausage and cheddar breakfast sandwich and a chocolate banana smoothie. Yum, right? NO.

I won’t go into the nutrition facts for the smoothie. I’m too embarrassed. Let’s just talk about the sandwich. Drum roll please!

Calories 500 (YIKES!)

Sodium 920 mg
Total Fat 28 g

Potassium 0 mg
Saturated Fat 9 g

Total Carbs 41 g (and not the good kind)
Polyunsaturated 0 g

Dietary Fiber 1 g
Monounsaturated 0 g

Sugars 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g

Protein 15 g (THANK GOD)
Cholesterol 165 mg
Vitamin A 8%

Calcium 35%
Vitamin C 0%

Iron 20%

Not having enough time to make breakfast, do you think I made lunch? No. I don’t remember what I grabbed that day, but it wasn’t healthy. When you begin your day with bad choices it becomes a domino effect, and I went on like this for an entire week!

Not today. This morning, even though I woke up later than I wanted to, I made myself two scrambled eggs with spinach and ate half a grapefruit. I went to work feeling full, energized, and satisfied!

The moral of the story is simple: make great choices in the morning and your body will thank you for it. Oh, and I need to get more sleep.