Archive for January, 2012

brown rice is gross…or is it????

January 19, 2012

I have really not enjoyed brown rice in the past. However, I got a great tip from an naturopathic MD to soak the rice in water for 2 hours before cooking it. I actually have done it for less than that it still tastes good. I don’t know if it is soaking, the type of rice, the water (we have soft water at the house we are in right now), or the rice cooker, but I have been loving it and just don’t really miss white rice at all!

This is the combo I use right now:

I had a conversation with my sister, who has really been the source of most of my education on recipes and etc. on this diet, but she bought a super duper awesome (so jealous of her) rice cooker and she said her brown rice is fantastic and she does not soak it. I’ll need to find the brand to post up on a later date.

I have to cook only 3 cups at a time as you need to add more water when making brown rice in the rice cooker. You can freeze rice and use it at a later date also. This has saved me a few times too since it’s easy to just eat something with rice that is already cooked. Try it. Frozen brown rice is also fantastic in the cooking process of fried rice. In fact, it’s better than using room temperature or hot rice.

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already slacking…but I feel so busy

January 19, 2012

I’m already behind on updating the blog. I guess, I just need to make 52 entries this year so I need to do a couple this week.

I have been playing with vegan and anti-inflammation foods/menus since the beginning of the year. I think I am finally ready to make the switch. Part of the problem was that I wanted to do both, but they don’t always agree with each other so I was sooooo confused! I think I have sorted it out enough now. I’ve decided that I am going to stick to the anti-inflammation diet (AD), but try to be as kind to the earth as possible on it as on this diet we can eat some organic meats (chicken, deep sea fish (no shellfish), and even small amounts of beef). Some of the ingredients are processed also.

I finally have my kitchen stock

ed with staples and mixed up a batch of this gluten-free stir-fry sauce. I wasn’t sure how much it made in one batch, but I plan to make a whole lot next time, since you can freeze it for future use. I then just grabbed a few items from my frig and started to cook. I ended up stir-frying chicken thighs with onion and oyster mushrooms and throwing it on top of brown rice (all items are organic except for the rice). I was afraid the sauce wouldn’t be salty enough for me. It was not as salty as I am used to, but it was still very delicious! Not to mention probably the right amount I should have eaten anyways.

I also plan to make this other gluten-free stir-fry sauce and rotate between the two.

In my quest to give up processed/refined foods and quit my sugar addiction, I have also been doing well. I have only had a few moments of weakness that I blame on the kids. We found a small bag of M&Ms in the car and they just had to have some. I was so famished as I didn’t plan well and had nothing for me to nibble on. I ate a few. I also had a white castle fish and cheese sandwich. Again, because I didn’t plan well and had no time to eat dinner between viewing a house and then going to see “The Lion King” at the Orpheum.

I found that making almost vegan and gluten-free desserts helps me a lot. I don’t really feel like I’m giving up anything. Lara Bars are also saving me when I need something sweet. I need to switch to ones without chocolate chips though since they may have traces of dairy in them. I also nibble on dairy, gluten, soy, nut – free chocolate chips when I need something sweet. So is that cheating? I guess whatever gets me through it right now as I am transitioning over.

We have also been letting the dairy slowly go away. Aria still drinks 2% organic milk because I am not sure what else to give to her (and she loves it) and Roan still gets a couple cheese filled meals a week. He won’t eat the soy cheese I tried to slip into his lunch the other day. Truthfully, the kids (and Choua, my husband) have a longer ways to go than me, but I think it is my responsibility to help them along as I do most of the cooking when I am home.

I’ve tried a lot of new types of food and spent a lot of time at Whole Foods. It’s crazy! I’ve also spent a lot of money, but I hope that that will be offset by the fact that I hope to eat out less…which we have!!! I hope it goes down even more in the next few months.

I have also noticed that my skin looks so much better and that I am less tired than I used to be. I also fell asleep so easily last night! I usually have a hard time falling asleep. Maybe it’s the placebo affect, but I hope it gets better also as I fully move over my meals!!! Now I just worry about the weeks I travel. I think I may need to get a room with a kitchen so I can cook (and bring my frozen stir-fry sauces) or start ordering The Zone meals for delivery when I do. It keeps me up at night.

year of the dragon…out with some old…in with some new

January 5, 2012

Hello! It feels good to be back! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and I can’t wait to start reading blogs again.

I am going to start this year with my New Year Resolutions. I didn’t do any last year…mostly because I didn’t allow myself enough planning to think of them before the new year. I have learned that I am a person who needs goals and the start of a new year is a great and easy time stamp to measure against. My 2012 New Year Resolutions (in no particular order):

1. Prioritize God in my life.

2. Start living a “Kind Life”; which includes:

   a. Cut out refined sugars from my diet

   b. Move towards a vegan lifestyle, with a start on the anti-inflammation diet

3. Start moving again (aka: start running and doing yoga again).

4. Re-take up guitar (and singing).

5.  Start writing my blog at least once a week.

I feel that a lot of my daily life goals will be enhanced when I achieve #1 and #2. I have done a lot of research and it appears that people become more pleasant when they do. I pray that it helps me to be more patient, kinder, and well balanced so that I can be a better person.

And because I am on my work computer, I am limited with the photos I can attach so I am attaching one from the 2011 Holiday Card That Wasn’t: