Food = Fuel

Food is fuel.  I know this.  I tell myself this several times a week.

I know when I fuel myself with foods that compliment my life…I feel like I could rule the world.  And when I allow sugar, wheat, or too much alcohol to creep in…it is the complete opposite.

I like eating proteins, fats and veggies.  I like drinking a lot of water.  My body runs really smoothly that way.  My workouts are better, my digestion is smooth, skin is clearer, sleep is deeper, mood is elevated, and I simply don’t have the achy joints that an autoimmune disease brings.   (Looking at what I just typed I wonder how in the hell all those sour patch kids, bread and champagne made their way in to my house!)

I started a Facebook group about a month ago and it has been so supportive.  We are from different backgrounds, and all have different reasons, but all eating keto-ish.  The support, the recipes, and the accountability makes this group lots of fun.  PM me if you want to be added!

Here is a look at a few of my go-to meals…

*BREAKFAST*

Most mornings I am lucky enough to sit down and eat with my kids before they are off to school.  (I absolutely cherish that time!)

Spinach-feta crustless quiche, with a side of coffee with heavy whipping cream.

2 boiled eggs with salt and pepper.  Coffee with heavy whipping cream.

2 eggs over medium, 1/2 small avocado and coffee with HWC.

When I am on the go…I grab a protein shake.  These are my favorite pre-mixed brands.  (My favorite powders are Quest and Plexus 96)

*LUNCH*

Lunch time is usually leftovers, meals I prepped ahead of time, or I go out with friends!

Leftover Proposal Roast with green beans.

Tuscan Salmon with creamed spinach.

ChickFilA with my kiddos.  I get the Cobb salad and ask for my grilled nuggets instead of fried.  And I love their avocado lime ranch dressing!

I love going to Reid’s and getting a big salad!  I went for bib lettuce, grilled tenderloin, feta, bacon, boiled eggs, and pine nuts.

*DINNER*

We are eat at home kind of people for the most part.  There are days that dinner time is our only family time!

Grilled burger and kale/cabbage slaw.  (and a dill pickle!)

Dinner out at Viva Chicken.  I always get the stuffed avocado…it is sooooo good!   I switch out the quinoa for feta.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.   CLICK HERE for the recipe!

I love making a big batch of soup or chili for dinner.  Then we have tons of leftovers!  Having lunch ready when I am working at home is so easy and Daniel packs his lunch for work everyday.  A few nights during the week, my family has “whatever” night.  We all just grab what we want and sit down together!

I would love to hear from you….

What are your go to meals?   

 

A Day at the Spa!

My husband and I recently celebrated 15 years of marriage!

Our anniversary is on Dec 23rd, and although I loved our wedding and everything about it, finding time during Christmas season is always hard.

He was sweet enough to have this gorgeous bouquet waiting for me when I woke up that morning.   But then came the hustle and bustle of church and company and cooking.   So I decided to surprise my hard working man with a treat after the craziness settled down.

I knew we would get home right at dinner time, so before we left I made a huge pot of chili.  I like to keep my chili low carb, so I added lots of beef and sausage.  Then just added 1 can of beans, onions and diced tomatoes.

I kept the secret of where we were going for over a week…that is a big deal!  But my hubby loves surprises and his love language is quality time, (well, and physical touch!) so I kept my mouth shut.

I told him to wear workout clothes, but to pack a bag with a bathing suit, and a comfy outfit to come home in.   And I told him to make sure his underwear was in good shape.  Ha ha!  He guessed  we were doing a sexy photo shoot, or going to Ray’s  Splash Planet.  (Um, No.)

We ended up at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge.  They have a wonderful spa there with so many amenities.  The cool thing is, when you book a service, you can hang out all day long.  and that is exactly what we did.

I did insist on us getting a good workout in before we lounged and got pampered.  Only because it puts us both in such a good mood.  We did 40 minutes on the elliptical, and then some free weights.

After our workout, we changed into our suits and relaxed by the pool.  We drank a glass of wine, read and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

This picture sums up how relaxed we felt after our couples massage.  We had an add on, and we both went for the deep tissue.  I needed that!  I’ve amped up my workouts a bit so I had some pretty tight knots in my upper back and hamstrings.

After our massages, we relaxed some more by the pool and enjoyed the steam room and the sauna.  And lots of cucumber water.

Pedicures came next…It is hard to see how beautiful this view is.  It was a pretty gloomy day in Charlotte, so this picture doesn’t do it justice.    I can’t wait to come back on a gorgeous, sunny day.  I am thinking about treating my sister to a spa day when she hits her next promotion!

The finished product!  I got a cute puple color…he just got a buff and loved rocking those spa sandals.  🙂

And that is a rap!  We felt all glowy and  shiny when we left.

This is something my husband would never do for himself, but really deserves it.  He is a really hard worker and does so much for me, my kids, and everyone else in his circle.  He enjoyed it and it was so nice to get a way for several hours.

A wise person once gave me the secret to a happy marriage

“Once a week-Once a month-Once a year.”

Once a week go on a date.  This doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner, or expensive night on the town.  My husband and I go for a walk, yoga, or simply kick the kids out for an hour so we can connect over bagged salads at our kitchen table.  Once a month is when you are supposed to get away…even if it is to a hotel in the same city!   (Sending the kids away counts too!) The once a year is taking a vacation together…alone.  (That is one we are working on now!)

 

Stay tuned… next week I will recap my Raleigh trip and share what I’ve been eating lately!

xo

 

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