Well friends, it’s official. For the first time since I was….ten maybe? Just kidding. 18. I mean, 21 of course…. I have gone 4 full weeks with no alcohol or coffee.

I decided to focus this blog on alcohol, as alcohol is such a prevalent and expected part of society. In the past month I have given up alcohol and coffee. Reactions I get when I say I gave up coffee are usually along the lines of “good for you!” “that is awesome!” “you’re going to feel so great!”. Reactions I get if I start off saying I gave up alcohol are usually “are you serious?” “Why would you do that?” or simply….”Ha.”

Why the difference? Alcohol is actually 100x worse for you than coffee! Well, the difference is alcohol is a huge crutch in society. Coffee is an admitted addiction – but alcohol is not. Even one glass of alcohol at dinner can cause serious health effects such as lack of sleep, sinus congestion, digestive issues, acne/premature aging, and liver/blood issues. On top of that, we drink at the worst possible time for our bodies – before bed.

So in celebration of my 1 month detox coming to an end today, I am reflecting on this month by highlighting the 4 things that will happen when you cut out alcohol for even just 4 weeks.

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1) YOUR SKIN GLOWS AND YOUR SINUSES CLEAR UP

Your liver’s health is reflective in your skin. Alcohol is actually a poison – or – more commonly referred to a “toxin” (sounds better right?). We all know this, and we all know our liver is responsible for breaking it down. When your liver cannot break down the large amounts of alcohol, it has to be rid of your body in other ways. So, your body can rope in your skin for reinforcement. Side effect? Your skin looks dehydrated, old, and “flat” or not glowing, and break outs can even occur. You ever heard of why pregnant women “glow?” a big part of that might be because they aren’t drinking! Ditch that $30.00 face cream that promises you “glowing skin”. If you really want to see an improvement, you will, in 4 weeks of no alcohol.

Additionally, there are very large levels of histamine in alcoholic drinks (especially beer and wine) which directly attack your sinus cavities. We usually drink at night as a society, when sinuses naturally get worse anyway. Even one glass of wine at dinner is enough to dehydrate you, increase histamine levels, and keep you awake. The combination of not sleeping well, not being hydrated, and having increased levels of histamine leave you waking up with a head ache, stuffy nose, and wrinkled/dehydrated skin.

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2) YOU WAKE UP BEFORE YOUR ALARM

Did you know that one night of poor sleep takes your body roughly 10 days to recover from? You may think drinking a glass of wine or whiskey before bed can help you fall asleep (and you are in a sense correct…) but your quality of sleep is going to suffer. Drinking even one glass of alcohol puts your body in “overdrive” trying to break down the toxins in your body. Your cells basically freak out because they know the alcohol doesn’t belong there. This makes your body work 10x harder when you are “sleeping” (which probably won’t involve REM cycles because alcohol typically makes your body skip REM completely) which makes you either wake up around 2-3am unable to fall back asleep, or makes you feel very uncomfortable and unrested when you wake.

Ditching the alcohol brings your body and your brain back to a place of comfort and routine. You will begin to dream, and remember your dreams, and wake up at the same time every morning happy and energized – and fully rested.

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3) YOUR STRESS LEVEL GOES DOWN

When you are supplementing your body with toxins and stimulants and depressants, your body gets stressed out. You may feel stressed and blame it on your job, or your coworker, or your dumb boyfriend (who let’s admit it needs to grow a brain), when in reality your body is stressed by what’s been going into it. Taking out alcohol and coffee brings your body to a level playing field, and your brain is satisfied and isn’t over-working and over-stressed. When your brain can finally relax, so can you. Stressful situations seem manageable, and you can attack issues from a strategic, calm place vs. a place of haste, confusion, and anger.

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4) YOU SAVE A LOT OF MONEY

Wine bottles are expensive. So is a drink at a bar. So is getting a cup of coffee from your favorite breakfast place every morning every day of the week. I can’t even begin to tell you how much money I have saved this month. Should I buy a pony?? (Seriously, though).

So there you have it. I’m beginning to think this was the best thing I’ve ever done – regardless if the sinus infections come back or not.

 

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Hello Everyone! I felt like I hadn’t blogged in a while and then I realized I actually did last week. Ha!

This week has been crazy busy and I ended up having to get food out a lot because I didn’t meal prep to my full potential on Sunday.

Saturday I spent the day shopping with my mother and godmother – I know they are so cute. After going from store to store where t-shirts were $300.00 I finally found two things I loved – a fuzzy white sweatshirt for $25.00 and a bath and body works candle! So all week I have been coming home, putting on my fuzzy sweater, and lighting my bath and body works candle!

I had a LOT of left overs from where we went to dinner including a HUGE serving of brown rice stir fry, and a huge side of vegetables. I also had half a pound of halibut that I cut up and put in with a salad, and some clam chowder.

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Other meals this week were oatmeal for breakfast, (one day I got a Santa Fe from protein bar; eggs/spinach/tomato) and a spinach smoothie. For lunch I either had a pasta dish with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and cheese, or a salad, or soup. It’s been crazy! I’m hoping this weekend I can get back on track, and I’m making some broth now and defrosting the rest of my bread dough so I can make proper meals again this coming week.

Nonetheless, I thought I would share with you a great tip. After going to a restaurant – sometimes you just don’t want your sides anymore. For me, I just didn’t want to eat more plain vegetables on the side. So I decided to make them a) last longer and b) taste differently in an entirely new dish by transforming them from vegetable sides to a vegetable stew.

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This process can’t be easier, and can be done with any side dish you find yourself coming home with.

Step 1) Place your vegetables in a sauce pan and fill the pan with broth

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Step 2) You can let it simmer and add additional seasonings if you like, (or just package it up right away)

Step 3) When you are ready to eat it, top it with cheese and pop in oven or microwave until cheese is melted

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And voila! You have a delicious new dish from an old one! #OneYear

I have been budgeting my money since I could walk. I consider budgets like a game, and like any other game, I love to win. So here is how YOU can create a budget (game) and stick to it (win).

Step 1) Track Your Expenses for 3 Months

This isn’t as hard as it sounds. Simply go online, and export your credit card activity for 3 months. In the exported excel or csv file (whichever it exports to) begin highlighting/color coding groups of expenses. If you go to the same breakfast place every day, highlight that yellow. Do this for every credit card you have, as well as your bank account activity history to include any auto bill payments. I created a “Dummy” credit card statement and “Dummy” Budget for example purposes.

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**QuickTip: If you see the same word showing up multiple times (i.e., starbucks) you can do a quick excel trick and type “Ctrl F” and then say “Find: STARBUCKS” and then click “Replace with” and choose a “fill color” and then click “replace all. This will automatically highlight every cell that has “STARBUCKS” in it. You can do this for all of your common expenses to get an idea of how much you spend at the same place in a given month.

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Step 2) Create a Reasonable Budget Number Based on Your 3 Months

Let’s say every month you spend about $50.00 at the drug store. Some months it’s $60-80, other months it’s $40. $50 is somewhere in the middle, and is probably a good budgeted number for “drugstore” purchases every month. If you see yourself going to Starbucks every day for coffee, this can motivate you to make your own coffee at home before work. Too much work? Maybe you can buy your favorite coffee in bulk and keep some at work. Does work have coffee? Maybe you can just drink that! This is the step where you brainstorm ways to change your routine to save money – or – to budget for parts of your routine you know you can’t change/cut out.

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Step 3) Download a “Budget App” on Your Phone

This is the reason I even wanted to make this blog today. For SO LONG I have budgeted in Excel on my computer. It’s been FUN for me (but I am also an accountant). Even back when I was 8 years old, I had a budget in a journal for the ice cream truck (neurotic or admirable? You can choose). Either way, one day I decided to just search “Budget App” in the app store on my phone and I was SO EXCITED to find that there are TONS of them out there! You can do a 2 week budget (if you want to budget by pay check) or monthly, or quarterly. If you buy things like rice, pasta, flour, and soap in bulk (like me) then you might be having larger lump sum expenses every couple months – and these apps allow you to account for that!

Ok ok, maybe I got a little too advanced there. Let’s say you just want to do a monthly budget. It’s very simple – and the app makes it even very fun YES FUN! You simply put in your income, and then allocate to different “envelopes” the amount you are allowed to spend on each aspect of your life. You can sync the app to your computer, email, or a partner’s phone, and automatically update it as you purchase things. You can add transactions as they occur – or whenever you look at your credit card statement. It automatically will update to tell you how much money is left in your envelope – so before you go out to lunch on the 3rd Friday of the month….. check the envelope. You can also transfer funds from envelope to envelope if you are spending more in one area vs. another.

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I have an android and now use the app “GoodBudget” you can also visit their website at https://goodbudget.com/  but there were tons out there, all for free, and all the same concept and bells and whistles. I personally do a 3 part budget – a budget app on my phone for individual allocations of money already allocated toward entertainment/food (broken up into: eating out at work, eating out – other, taxi work, taxi other, tickets/events, groceries, shopping, salon, etc.) , another budget for operational expenses (expenses I can’t avoid like rent, bills, etc.) and a third tier budget for investments, savings, and portfolio monitoring or as I like to call it my “Play Money”

 

Do none of these ideas sound flattering to you? Maybe not. But maybe this will – Excel already has tons of personal budgeting templates available FOR FREE on the Microsoft Office Excel application. Simply open up the excel application, and click “File => New” There, you can search for templates, or look at what pre populates as “Budget” is often one of the first ones you will see.

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This is a great, comprehensive, home base for a monthly or annual budget. I think the app is great for bi-monthly day to day expenses (like cups of coffee in the morning or eating lunch out vs. bringing it) but the spreadsheets are great for a birds eye view of your monthly/annual cash flow. You can account for loans/mortgages, electricity, water, sewage, parking, transportation, groceries, medical, etc.)

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Budgeting your money is one of the most important and impactful habits you can have. Here are some more quick tips on how to save throughout the month. For more Ideas you can check out my blog category “Money Saving Tips” to see how to make your own Clorox wipes!

  1. Buy Rice, Pasta, and other Grains in Bulk (If you live in the city you can have bulk items delivered to your building from distributors)
  2. Buy Soap in Bulk, and then re-fill your small soap dispensers (do this for body soap and for dish soap too! If you haven’t seen my blog on Dr. Bronner’s Soap click here – you can use this soap for dish washing, clothes washing, hand washing, and in the shower!)
  3. Buy Toilet Paper and Paper towels in Bulk (are you seeing a pattern yet?)
  4. Cook. Cook Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Restaurants are literally stealing from you without a gun. I mean please – do you know how much it costs to make soup? 90% of it is water. And they charge $10.00 for it at Zoup. Or pasta – how much is a pound of pasta? And HOW MUCH is it at a restaurant? I rest my case
  5. Go Shopping in Your Own Home (Think you need a new face mask? Need some new face wash or shampoo? What about a new shirt? You’d be amazed what is lurking in your closets at home! So go shopping whenever you feel like it – but do your browsing at home first)
  6. Set your bills to auto pay (Setting your bills to auto pay will automatically move the money from your direct deposit checking account and will leave you with the funds remaining. After you get a paycheck, immediately move “x” amount to your savings account, and set your auto pays to happen on the day after you receive funds, too.
  7. Buy Concentrated Cleaning Products (you can buy cleaning products in their concentrated form straight from the distributors. Paying $10-$20 for a cleaning spray you are practically paying for water. You can use Dr. Bronner’s soap and dilute that in an old spray bottle, or you can buy a concentrated liquid and dilute it.

 

There you have it. These budget apps are just SO COOL and so much fun – even for the psychology majors out there. I promise!

It’s been 3 weeks with no coffee, alcohol, or processed food! (Minus pasta.) I have to say, the first 2 weeks were really difficult. That first week back to work after Christmas vacation was straight up brutal. I could smell the coffee in the kitchen in the morning, and it took EVERYTHING inside of me not to just pound it. I’ve been drinking decaf, because let’s face it, I love a cup of joe in the morning, and have now gotten hooked on the decaf coffee at a coffee shop by work that has fresh ground decaf coffee beans from PERU! (I just think it’s fun to say that). Where I used to crash around 3-4pm I am now peaking, and the days are going by SO much faster and I feel much more on top of my game.

This week I was going to go bowling on Tuesday but actually felt super punky all last weekend (why I didn’t vlog) and ended up coming home to sleep instead. Thursday was our company party, and it felt so good to be drinking water and not feeling bloated/ill while socializing like I would drinking a “real drink” !

Two weeks ago I made a huge batch of homemade broth, and let it cook all day Saturday and then let it cool Saturday night as I went to a party. It worked out perfectly, because by the time I got back from being out the broth was cooled and I could transfer it into mason jars in the fridge (no I wasn’t drinking and wouldn’t advise transferring broth to mason jars under any influence). I’ve never done a full post on how to make bone broth, but if you want to see it let me know! I froze a couple mason jars of broth for this week (which was a life saver considering I wasn’t feeling 100%) and used it for this weeks meals.

I started off my days  this week with either greek yogurt with granola and berries or eggs and bacon or just eggs…or just bacon. A lot of people were surprised that I was eating bacon. DO YOU NOT LISTEN TO ANYTHING I SAY? (JK). But I do eat meats, fish, and dairy. I have talked about  “Orthorexia: An Unhealthy Obsession with Eating Healthy” before where I reference my favorite author, Michael Pollan. He discusses “macro” vs. “micro” processed foods, and is a great resource/reference.

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Then around lunch time I treated myself to some homemade bread and tomato soup! (And no – you DON’T need a bread machine to make bread!) It is super easy and takes about 20 minutes of prep time, and then you just let it rise and cook itself and leave it alone. It was the perfect thing to do on Sunday when it was -20 degrees outside! If you want to see a full “How To Make Bread Without a Bread Machine” blog let me know! (There are definitely a couple secrets that they DON’T tell you!)

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QUICK RECIPE:

  • Peel and deseed tomatoes (Or use some that you canned from the winter! To see my blog on how to can tomatoes click here – I’m also a fan of canned tomatoes but beware of extra sodium/ingredients that can be put in canned food! For my blogs on how to can/canned goods you can click here!)
  • Chop up 1 onion and 2 cloves garlic, sautee in olive oil in large sauce pan
  • Add in tomatoes, and season with salt pepper
  • After a couple minutes, add in enough bone broth to just cover the tomatoes
  • Cover, and bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Blend with either a hand blender (I just got an AMAZING Hamilton Beach Handheld Blender from Amazon. It is honestly saving my life so dramatically I will make a video specifically about how amazing it.) Or – you can let your soup cool, and then put it in batches through a blender.
  • Once blended, put it back on the stove and turn on medium low (low enough it won’t boil) and season it as you like. You may need more salt and pepper, and I always like to add Cajun seasoning and/or cumin. Pop a bay leaf in and let it sit, and I added just a splash of whole cream.
  • Check the soup to ensure there are no bits of seeds and peels (learned this the hard way) if there are, then put the soup through a fine mesh strainer to make it super smooth)
  • Transfer to Mason Jars so you have a serving of soup for every day!

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For dinner I would have a brown rice stir fry, and then before bed I will munch on some veggies or nuts or popcorn ( a small snack) and some ginger tea! (click that link to see my blog post on the healing powers of ginger tea!

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The week ended Friday night with my friend’s birthday! I had never baked a cake before, but wanted to make sure she had candles to blow out, and certainly wasn’t about to eat a store bought cake! (You never know what is in that stuff!)

The cake was super easy to make, I got the recipe from Hershey’s website! It was SO EASY, not messy, and delicious – you can find it here!!

And I made the frosting by just bringing a stick of butter to room temperature, blending it until smooth with my new Hamilton beach handheld blender! and then adding in a little bit of sugar, vanilla extract, and a splash of milk. For the chocolate frosting I added pure cocoa powder, and for the vanilla I didn’t add anything else. The cake took 1 hour in total from taking the ingredients out of my pantry to pulling it out of the oven. The only disaster? I didn’t have a nonstick cake pan! I greased and floured my regular casserole dishes, but needless to say it kind of fell apart. That made it uneven, crumbled, and made the frosting extremely difficult to put on. LESSON LEARNED! Here’s the pic of what it turned out like afterwards –

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so you tell me- SUCCESS OR FAILURE?!?!?!?! I tried to be funny and write “Happy 62nd 26th Bday!” But I don’t think anybody could read it. In fact….numerous people told me the cake “looked like shit” or looked “half eaten” or thought it was scraps from an actual cake that I stole and brought her.

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I can’t believe it’s been two weeks without alcohol, coffee, or processed foods ! My Vlogs are always 1 week behind – so you can track my week 1 above! But – that works out well because I cook my meals for the following week on those days.This is surprisingly much easier than I thought it would be, and thank God for decaf coffee & non alcoholic wine! LOL!

The first week was an exciting one as this was the week we celebrated New Years at my Greek Orthodox Church. It is a greek tradition that on New Years Day you cut a cake with a coin baked inside. Whoever receives the piece with the coin, receives good luck for the year! There is a ceremonial way of cutting the cake, and the cake is usually made by a yia yia at the church. Luckily, the recipe is pretty simple, and here is a great link to an easy to make Vasilopita so you can try it out next year!!

Easy Vasilopita Recipe!

After an exciting day at church (No I didn’t receive the coin) haha, I did some grocery shopping and began my cooking for the week. Week one of my cleanse included the following:

Breakfast: Switched between Greek Yogurt with Berries Granola and Honey, to Oatmeal with Berries and Cinnamon, to Eggs & Bacon w/ Banana (changed every day)

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Around 10 am: Carrot Apple Ginger Soup

 

QUICK RECIPE:

  1. Sautee Chopped Onions, Garlic, and Ginger Root in Olive Oil for about 5 minutes
  2. Add in Peeled & Chopped Carrots and Apple (about 1 apple per 4 Carrots)
  3. Add in about 2 cups broth (or enough to just cover the carrots & apple)
  4. Cover, Bring to Boil. Then turn down and let simmer for 15 minutes (or until carrots are fork tender).
  5. Let cool, and then blend in blender. Put back in pan to heat and season. (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, Cajun seasoning, and let a bay leaf bask in it for a bit).
  6. Remove Bay leaf and let cool a bit. Transfer to mason Jars. Enjoy!

Around 1pm: A brown rice casserole made with the carrots and celery from the broth scraps, and tossed with homemade tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese

Around 3pm: Homemade Granola Bars (If you haven’t seen my post on how to make this click here! I used my Homemade Peanut Butter to make the granola bars, so everything was delicious and non processed! I also switched out the plain cereal with peanuts and almonds!)

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QUICK RECIPE

  1. Mix Old Fashioned Steel Oats (about 2 cups) with a handful of: peanuts, almonds, flax seed, granola
  2. Blend 2 cups peanuts with 3-4 tablespoons oil until smooth. Cool in fridge for couple hours. Then heat up in skillet with a few tablespoons honey
  3. Mix the melted peanut butter and honey into the oats mixture until sticky
  4. Melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips in skillet with a couple tablespoons of whole milk
  5. Move the Oat Mixture into 8×8 pan, flatten, and top with melted chocolate
  6. Store in Fridge until Cool, Cut into bars, and enjoy!

Around 7pm: Chicken with Broccoli or Chicken With Salad

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“Choosy Mom’s Choose Jiff”

Really??? I’m not a Mom, but I can tell you right now my child is going to eat the way I ate as a baby – real – mashed up food. Which is exactly what peanut butter should be.

If you look at popular foods in the grocery store, these foods should be basic parts of our diet. Looking at something like peanut butter or sliced bread you begin to seriously wonder if the government is trying to kill us with early diseases in a form of population control (yes that’s my conspiracy theory..)

Nonetheless, peanut butter is so easy to make you won’t believe it. Peanut butter, Almond Butter, any nut butter – or any nut milk – Almond milk, etc. are all SO easy and take 1 – 2 ingredients: the nut, and some sort of liquid to make it creamy and blend.

1. Salt and Roast your Peanuts in 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until golden brown

2. Put them in a blender with about 3 tablespoons Peanut Oil

3. Blend for about 2 minutes straight, scrape down the sides and add more oil if you need to

4. KEEP BLENDING!!! If you want it chunky (like I do) it will need to be blended for about 3-4 minutes; if creamier peanut butter is desired – perhaps blend to the song “American Pie” vs. “Let it Go”

5. Store in an air tight container in the fridge

This is perfect to eat with apples or celery – or if you are like me, I love to use this in my home made granola bars! If you are new to the blog, you can see the post for my homemade granola bars by clicking HERE!

 

Enjoy Nut Lovers!

*Caution: DoNotMakeThisTreatIfYouAreAllergicToNutsSpecificallyPeanuts

This is SUPER easy and can be done with any kind of winter squash: pumpkin, butternut, acorn – you name it. I also follow similar structure when making carrot soup or sweet potato soup, but I don’t roast the carrots/sweet potato -I just peel and pop them in the pan.

Step 1) Put your squash in a baking pan in 450 degrees F for 30 – 45 minutes

Step 2) Check the squash; if you can easily put a fork through it – take it out and let it cool until you can handle it (I let it cool overnight in the fridge)

Step 3) Cut the ends of the squash, and cut the squash down the middle. Scoop out the seeds at this time. Cut the squash into pieces without the seeds and put it in a bowl.

Step 4) Peel and cut your apple. 1 apple to 1-2 squash

Step 5) Sautee onions and garlic in a large sauce pan in olive oil. Add in your apples and squash. Fill the pot with broth until the broth covers the apples and squash by about 1 inch

Step 6) Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down and let simmer for 15 minutes or until apple/whatever vegetable you used (squash – carrot – sweet potato) is fork tender

Step 7) Season to taste; let cool; then blend in your blender or with a handheld blender. (Caution: blending hot liquids in a blender can cause the top to shoot off and fo the soup to go EVERYWHERE and BURN YOU. Let it COOL and then do it in very small batches!)

Step 8) Store in mason jars and enjoy!

 

 

Happy New Year! I know that the 2016 year hadn’t officially started the last couple days, but I started the clean train anyway. I did indulge in one last coffee & glass of champagne to kick off the next year’s detox! I’m ready to go one year clean! #OneYear #Clean16

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Breakfast:

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  • Spinach and Mushroom Frittata
    • Crack two eggs in a bowl and whisk. Add a tablespoon of milk and a handful of cheese, 2 cut up mushrooms, and a handful of spinach. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and other spices you like. Mix. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in small pan and spread to cover the bottom of the pan. Pour egg, milk, cheese, mushrooms, and spinach into the pan. Let it sit on medium low until eggs are done. Slide onto plate, and top with slices of avocado and chervil herbs.
  • Leftover Ham from Christmas
    • Bring ham to room temperature, and preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Put 1 ham flat side down on a roasting pan with a cooking thermometer placed in the center. Pour some water on the bottom of the pan. Roast until the temperature in the thickest part of the ham registers to 130 degrees F. (takes about 15 min per pound)
    • Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Paint a glaze on the ham if you like. Check on the water. If it’s evaporated, add more. Cook for about another 45 minutes or until ham reads about 140 degrees.
    • Let rest, and cut in slices. To heat up for break fast, just pop back in the oven for a couple minutes or heat in a skillet.
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  • Green Tea with Raw Honey
  • Water

Also indulged in a decaf café – I was craving coffee; so I simply had to. I was surprised how delicious it was! Tasted JUST like coffee, and made me FEEL like I was getting energized but I never had a crash or a jittery feeling (obviously).

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What Was Lunch?

  • I didn’t Eat lunch! I was full from breakfast until dinner. Just had a couple pieces of fruit in the middle of the day

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Calamari Steak with Broccoli and Brown Rice and Nonalcoholic Wine

    • You can purchase this at your local market, or get any fish fillet and this will work.
    • Fill 1 shallow bowl with flour and another shallow bowl with a beaten egg or two
    • Cover the calamari steak in flour, and then cover in egg, shake off excess, and place on a plate
    • Once oil is heated in the pan cook each side of the calamari steak until golden brown. Shouldn’t take more than a couple minutes, depending on how thick your steak is.Top with lemon.

Serve with sautéed broccoli with garlic, salt, pepper, and other spices

Also serve with rice of your choice, we added some nuts and egg noodles as well, cooked in broth, and seasoned with salt and pepper.

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Breakfast was scrambled eggs & ham. Was going to make a smoothie but didn’t have time! Lunch was pasta with mushrooms in a tomato sauce. And for dinner, the Danish Hen Dinner and MockTail!

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Danish Hens, Snap Peas, and Wild Rice

  • Rinse the hens under water and remove any giblets from the inside (You can buy them with the giblets removed, it will say so on the outside or ask your butcher to do it for you). Place the hens in a roasting pan (If you watched the vlog, you don’t need to stand them up, they just keep more evenly that way, but you can just place them on a rack on a roast pan)
  • Season with salt, pepper, any other seasonings you like. I like to sprinkle with lemon and olive oil as well.
  • Cook at 375 degrees F for about 45 min to 1 hour, or until the juices run clear. You can also start the hens at a higher temperature (like 450 degrees) and then turn it down after about half an hour

Serve with sautéed snap peas and baby bella mushrooms and rice! Nomnom.

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Delicious Mocktail to Replace A Whole Night of Champagne!

A big shout out to my Aunt Lori who gave me the best recipe ever for this! It came from a “Mormon New Year” guide of sorts, so you know it’s good – because if anyone knows how to make a good Mocktail – it’s the Mormons.

This was a very simple one that looked similar to Champagne so I thought was perfect for NYE.

It’s 1 part gingerale to 1 part white grape juice. A little treat, but one that doesn’t leave you with the effects (affects?; ugh I always mess that up) of alcohol!

Don’t fret though, I did have a big cup of my favorite coffee on NYE, and ended the day with a glass of bubbly champagne – it was my big bang before the year detox! I have to admit, that I did wake up SUPER stuffed up (or maybe I’m just sensitive to it now) so let’s see if this year detox actually works and if I can go 1 year WITHOUT getting a sinus infection!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!