It’s a winter wonderland out my window. The snow is coming down and it’s the perfect day to get caught up at my desk with a cup of this Rich and Creamy Hot Cocoa, dairy and sugar-free. This is a recipe repost from last winter when I first created it for my grandchildren. It’s basicly made with this DIY Almond Milk, Dagoba Cocao Powder and dates. Fortunetly today I don’t need to run off and go anywhere. It’s a laid back day to also cozy up with a good book and a cup of this yummy drink and I’m good to go! I am going through these 2 books currently and it’s great to have a relaxed day get through them. My interest in nutrition never gets boring. There is always new info to read up on. It keeps me learning. These books were recommended by one of my daughters. I promised in my last post to share how a few stubborn pounds were lost before Christmas and kept them off. For starters, ever since September, I’ve been eating fewer and fewer grains. Age is informing me that what was once good for me, is not so now. It’s been noticeably different that by minimizing gluten and other grains, my body functions better.
I also changed up my exercise regime. At the time one of our daughters was living here during their kitchen remodel and she had just started a new exercise DVD called PIYO. Her results were noticeable with a minimal investment of time. She was disciplined and consistent though, and it paid off. The program is not difficult, nor time-consuming, doesn’t require extra accessories and is gentle on the body. A perfect mix for this “mature” woman. I took measurements before beginning. Umm, no, I didn’t take a before picture, and you can be thankful for that. But 3 months in and I’ve lost almost 6 pounds, 1 and a 1/2 inches around my waist, 1 inch around my hips and 3/4 inch around my thighs. I realize these aren’t big numbers, but I have never had these kind of results with other exercise programs. And I’ve maintained regular exercise throughout my adult years. Of coarse my dietary changes play a huge role in the big picture too. But this PIYO program by Chalene Johnson is one that brings results. I love that I can work out in my own home, for a 30 minute segment-that targets problem areas, and get results. If you’re interested in checking it out, click here.
Now that the calendars has flipped over to 2015, we (our daughters families and us) are all doing the Whole30 challenge. I am 4 days in so far. Never have I cooked so many meals around animal protein, and I have to admit that seafood remains my favorite. But hey, I’m only 4 days in, so we will see. For most of our adult life, daily fare has consisted mostly of grains, legumes, vegetables with an occasional animal protein, small amounts of dairy and fruit and nuts.
In Whole30, meals are centered on animal protein, lots of veggies and healthy fats. No sweeteners, no dairy, no alcohol, no grains and no legumes. I haven’t cooked this much animal protein ever in all 40 years of our marriage! It’s an experiment for me to see how this body may function differently. I’ll update you with appropriate changes as the month progresses.
It’s a discipline in perspective as well as self control. I have more options when the focus is on what I CAN eat and not on what I can’t eat. Today as the snow fell non-stop and I was craving a comfort drink, I realized this Hot Cocoa fits into the Whole30 with the right kind of vanilla. It’s a recipe I had in my back pocket, so-to-speak. When I focus on what I CAN eat, I see all the possibilities. When the focus is on what I can’t eat, I’m blinded to the possibilities. Even when the options have narrowed, the choices are many! Stay tuned for some new recipes on AMKT that are Whole30 compliant as I continue to be amazed at the possibilities.
Here’s to a healthy 2015 my friends!
How easy is that?
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