Sunday, April 24, 2016

Homemade pizza on a ground chicken crust

In an effort to cut my carbohydrate intake I have been experimenting with different ways to make the food that I love. In the process I came across this gem of a recipe. The crust is ground chicken and it was surprisingly delicious. I hope you enjoy :)
Ingredients; 1 lb. of ground chicken
1/2 of a cup of grated parmesan (I used a mix of  shaved parmesan and romano)
1 cup of shredded mozzarella
1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
Sea salt and Ground pepper
1/2 a cup of pizza sauce of your choice
Crushed red pepper flakes
4 or 5 fresh basil leaves or dried flakes
Toppings of you choice, I used fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, ground turkey sausage, diced pepperoni and a little ricotta.
Instruction: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet, pizza pan or stone with parchment paper or foil, spray top to bottom with cooking spray. I used canola oil spray. In a medium bowl mix 1/4 cup of parmesan, 1/4 cup of mozzarella, 1/2 tsp. of salt, 1/4 tsp. of black pepper, 1/2 tsp. of garlic, and 1/2 tsp. of oregano. Mix well and put mound of chicken mixture onto the parchment paper. Pat into a flat rectangle or circle. Cover with plastic wrap and evenly press or roll the chicken out. If you can use a rolling pin or something similar because you want it thin enough to crisp. Remove the plastic wrap and roast in oven until golden about 12 to 15 minutes.
Drizzle crust with olive oil and smear with pizza sauce, sprinkle a remaining parmesan and mozzarella, layer with toppings. I like to alternate: a layer of cheese then toppings then cheese etc. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and oregano. Put your pizza in the heated oven and cook until bubbly and heated through about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh chopped basil and Enjoy.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Salted Caramel Shakeology
DESSERRRRRRT!!!! YUM!  I have an uncontrollable sweet tooth some days. I mean.... they make me feel good. Really what girl doesn't feel good while she is indulging in her go to feel good treats? But then immediately following comes the guilt Right?!?
Not with my Shakeology and I didn't believe it when I first heard about it satisfying cravings and keeping me from actually eating chocolate covered caramels that make me want to cry after. But this has become my go to when I get home to quite the chocolate lover inside.  I used to have to work so hard to suppress that but no so much anymore. If I have my shake that day I know I won't be in danger of the debauchery.
The best part, I can change it depending on what kind of mood I am in. I keep Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate on hand for those days I am in the mood for a milkshake,  or other days I want ice cream and not as often but occasionally, I want pie and I get all three options, whenever I want completely GUILT FREE.

Fun Fact about Shakeology: It contains Maca Root, Chia seeds and Flax seeds. Three supplements I no longer have to buy separately ;)
In case you didn't know you can get Shakeology at a discount?
Send a message and ask me how.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

WOW!!! It has been such a long time since I have been able to blog. My semester is ending and the demands on my time have been so crazy, but I am back. I still have two weeks of classes and finals but I am going to do my best to be on here more regularly. I really miss this as my outlet. Finding that illusive perfect balance continues to be a struggle for me. I honestly don't think it exists. I will just have to find a level close enough to it that I am comfortable with and work towards making it part of my life. I am still training for my first triathlon and enjoying my runs more than ever. I am increasing my distance and shortening my walk intervals, I am very proud of my progress. My speed still isn't quite where I want it to be but I will get there. Honestly I cannot wait for the triathlon to be over so I can get back to hammer and chisel and training for my half marathon so I can work on my speed as my cross training. Anyway, I am in a good place with my workout goals and motivation. Hopefully I can find a happy medium as far as balance goes soon and stay on the straight and narrow.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Most woman are under the misconception that if they start lifting heavier weights, they will get bulky like men. Well, that is Physiologically impossible unless you are taking anabolic steroids. We simply do not naturally produce the type of hormones (namely testosterone) necessary for such a thing. What lifting heavier weights will do for you is increase your confidence, release feel good endorphins which can produce a more positive outlook on life and possibly, if  done consistently, create; a rounder firmer derriere, firm and toned legs and arms, a flatter belly and a big scoop of "sexy back". Try this circuit workout to get you moving towards lifting heavier body changing weight. Start with your heavier weights (should be about 2lbs heavier than what you lift now) do as many as you can and finish with your lighter weights. Perform this workout 3 times a week on alternate days. Enjoy ;)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Addictive behaviors

I have really been struggling this week with emotional eating. It started with Antico pizza after my sons track meet last Saturday and I haven't been able to get it under control since. I start the day off good but then by evening I am craving anything to satisfy me and  although nothing is doing it, I just keep eating. I thought this week would be great since my husband was out of town I wouldn't have the  added temptation that his presence brings, it wasn't better. I was the culprit, I was the one bringing the bad food home and thinking up comfort foods that I could sit on the sofa with. I am not sure what to do, I am thinking there is something more going on than simple portion control. My period is due Monday so that may be my problem. I just cannot wait for it to get here already so my hormone levels can return to normal and I can get my head back on straight. Now that I think about it, I am pretty sure that is what's going on. I remember feeling this very same way a week before my period and having similar eating problems last month. I am going to research things that I can do to help me stay on track this time of month. There has got to be a remedy of some sort right?!?! I mean, I hate the idea of working hard for 3 weeks all to throw it away the week before aunt flow. Now you would think that one week should not unravel the majority of a month spent on the straight and narrow, but as a recovering alcoholic I have no concept of "Moderation"... that word exists in my vocabulary but is not existent once I open the flood gates. And I mean it is a flood gate, I will eat an entire box of dove chocolate cover sorbet pops instead of having one of two. I don't know how to stop, I will want to, but I can't and the more I eat the more I want.  I guess that will forever be my cross to bear as an addict. But there has to be a way to contain the debauchery, to keep it from getting completely out of control.... or at least a way to channel that energy into something else like ; meditation, prayer, service work or my workouts. So I will begin my research, although I am not sure where to begin......Ah, I just thought of my health psychology professor. I will start with her. There has got to be a way to get to the root of what happens to me every month and how it triggers my addictive behaviors and manifests itself with food and a subsequent way to ease or eradicate the problem.... So the search for relief begins.....