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My Booch

Booch, Kombucha, KT, are all names for it (and I’m sure there are more) – my new favorite thing. I first discovered this probiotic drink at a farmer’s market where a local company had theirs for sale. I tried two flavors, and I liked it. I also tried some from a local health food store. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the price. It’s so expensive to buy it already made! I found a couple of flavors that I liked, but also just liked the original just as well. Everything I had learned about this beverage was that it is very beneficial for my health, detoxing, packed full of B vitamins and more! It is also full of probiotic friendly bacteria needed for a healthy gut (something I’ve been learning alot about)! I will share more about what I’ve learned about healthy guts later.

Well, loving the drink, needing the benefits it provides, but not having the wallet to support my new addiction…I learned how to make my own for a fraction of the price! I did my research from all my favorite blogs and facebook pages, and ¬†recently began my journey for my first very own scoby (the culture used to make kombucha). I quickly learned that these things reproduce quickly, and shared some scobies with friends. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. ūüôā

My scoby!

It’s probably going to take a few ferments to figure out how to get it just right, but it’s close! I think I got the flavor right on this time, but it’s not bubbly – so I’m going to work on that. I’m excited to make my very own! For information on making your own kombucha tea, I recommend visiting Kombucha Kamp or Cultures for Health.

PS. My 3-year-old loves it, too! ūüôā

The sweet tea mixture, cooling so it can be added to the jar with the scoby.

All ready for about a week of fermenting before I can enjoy yummy kombucha!


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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Food/recipes


Keeping Balance

Do you know anything about PH? What about acid versus alkaline? I didn’t know about this stuff until recently. You see, apparently my body is being taken over by yeast and causing some problems. A number of different symptoms have all pointed to yeast when my chiropractor tested me. Found out an overgrowth of yeast is caused by a highly acidic environment in the body. Viruses, bacteria,¬†and cancers are also more likely in this environment. Our bodies are supposed to get a balance of acid and alkaline, but in our society it’s easy to be more acidic, since much of the processed foods and sugars lead to it, as well as antibiotics that many rely on for sickness. A diet in green veggies helps alkalize the body, but many of us don’t eat near enough of those! I’m convinced that my strong history of taking antibiotics (which has stopped, but I’m still paying for my history) and my love for all things sugar are to blame for my problem of too much acid which has led to yeast…a lot of it!

This¬†link¬†contains great information about this subject, complete with a chart of foods and whether they are acidic or alkaline. My doc¬†has ordered me to lay off the sugar and take apple cider vinegar with each meal until my PH balance is restored (who knows how long that’s going to take). In addition to this, I’m trying to eat mostly foods from the alkaline side of the chart on the previously mentioned link. Really hoping we can get my balance corrected, as all this yeast is really taking it’s toll¬†in many ways! One obstacle I’m running into is not being able to pass up the sugar at this point. I can limit it, but have not been successful in avoiding it all together! I guess you could safely say it’s an addiction! The detox we went through earlier in the year has helped decrease the amount I intake – I can’t eat as many sweets as I used to – but I still crave what little bit I have. It’s all the harder in the summer because this is when my ice cream and milkshake cravings are the worst!

Take a look at the chart for yourself. Do you eat a healthy balance of foods between the two sides? Also, if you are interested in finding out if you are PH balanced, you can use a litmus test to find out! Not sure where to find these. Probably can find them online or in a pharmacy.


Detox: Just About There!

Well, look at that! I’ve been so busy eating good, wholesome foods that I’ve not been keeping up with my posts this week! Ha! Okay, now seriously, we have been eating pretty darn good this week I have to say! My hubby (who was whining about all the veggies he’d have to eat for 3 weeks) has even loved them all! Here’s a recap:

Monday, Day 16:¬†Standard Process shake for breakfast, along with a veggie omelette (can’t help myself – they’re SO good). Only another shake/smoothie for lunch. Some bell pepper for an afternoon snack. Then for dinner, we got to eat out at Bob Evan’s for Poppy’s birthday! I had grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, and a salad. We’ve come to actually like oil and vinegar as a salad dressing! This was also one of the only days predicted to be not-raining sunny this week so we took a walk around the neighborhood before dinner, too! I love those walks, and have missed them over the winter!

Tuesday, Day 17: Smoothie for breakfast and lunch, along with a salad from Subway for lunch – just veggie, no chicken this time. That night we had a marvelous dinner of whole roasted garlic rosemary chicken with carrots and asparagus! The hubby could not stop talking about how good this was – every bit of it! The chicken was my recipe that I came up with on the fly, and turned out very tasty!

Wednesday, Day 18:¬†Smoothie for breakfast and lunch, along with a little leftover chicken and some cucumber for lunch. For dinner, I experimented with the leftover chicken and came up with this chicken pico¬†de gallo¬†with rice dish, which actually was tasty, as well! I just love it when my experiments are a success! This didn’t contain a ton of veggies, so we had a huge salad with it! Yum! Throughout the day I also snacked¬†on mandarin oranges (one of my current favs), grapes, and a boiled egg.

Thursday, Day 19:¬†Smoothie and veggie omelette for breakfast. Smoothie and leftover chicken pico¬†and rice dish for lunch. Then garlic cod¬†with broccoli for dinner! This turned out very yummy, as well! I must’ve been craving sweets in the evening, because I had a banana and an apple. Then, finished off my night with a boiled egg.

Well, today is day 20, but we’re only halfway through so I’ll save that for another post. Overall, I’m feeling good, healthier, lost 9 pounds, and I’ve got some great new recipes to take with me post-detox! We do plan to continue trying to eat healthier once the detox is over (with the exception of little splurges here and there of horribly unhealthy things…as long as those splurges are few and far between). We were already making strides before this, but I think some of the things we’ve learned during this experience will help us to do even better from here on out! There is always room for improvement! ūüôā

(I have tons of great pictures to go along with this post, but technology – you gotta love it – is not working for me today. I’ll have to try to post them later!)

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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Food/recipes, Health


Detox: 2 Weeks Down…

2 weeks down and 1 to go!

Okay, so I haven’t kept up with the blog as well this week, but we’ll get caught up in this post. I promise!

Thursday, day 12:¬†Started my day with another veggie omelette¬†(becoming my favorite breakfast) and a smoothie. Then for lunch all I had was another shake. We went out for dinner that night to take my momma out for her birthday. We went to Cracker Barrel and I ordered some rainbow trout dish with salad and baby carrots. I ate half the fish and then switched with my hubby who got grilled¬†chicken. There was probably a little cheat with the carrots, because they had a glaze, but it was Cracker Barrel and I didn’t have many options that were detox approved! At least I got another veggie! I¬†also had another green tea or two, which I can pretty much go without saying from here on out, since I’ve been having it about every day! We also took a walk around the neighborhood as a family, because it was a beautiful day! May not have been sweating, but I did get some exercise at least! I’ve got to say that I was a bit discouraged this day, because in tracking my weight I was up a pound from the day before (every other day I’ve lost at least a few ounces).

Friday, day 13:¬†For breakfast and lunch both I had a pina¬†colada¬†smoothie. For lunch I also had some leftover brown rice and lentils from a couple of days¬†before. I tried my hand at some spaghetti squash for our dinner meal, which wasn’t bad but wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever had. I think it could be pretty tasty if I could tweak the marinara¬†sauce a bit. It had too much of some herb which made it too strong. I will have to work on that, and this could be a great, nutritious meal! Throughout the day I also snacked on a bit of raw broccoli, bell pepper, and even had a third smoothie at night for a snack!

Homemade marinara sauce cooking

Spaghetti squash baked and partially shredded to look like spaghetti (it really did, too!)

Finished product! Looked like real spaghetti, doesn't it???

Saturday, day 14: Smoothie and…you guessed it…veggie omelette for breakfast. Smoothie and salad for lunch. Grilled salmon and sweet potatoes for dinner.

Sunday, day 15:¬†Well, this day’s not over yet, but I started out with only a smoothie. Then at a family gathering lunch, I ate a chicken strip and pasta salad without the pasta. Haha! Yes, I got a few spoonfuls of the pasta salad and then picked out the pasta to eat only the veggies! You do what you have to do! Those were the only thing there that I could have on this cleanse! And don’t think for a second that the birthday cake wasn’t staring me down! It looked SO good!!!! My doc would be proud, though…I resisted! (Not sure if I will be able to resist, though, once detox is over! Maybe just a small piece for special occasions?) We came home and ate our afternoon smoothie. Not sure what the plan is for dinner, but I’m thinking maybe leftover spaghetti squash?

So far, I’ve lost about 7.5 pounds, which is good. I’ve put on about 10 extra over the past year or two, so hopefully I can at least get rid of that. Although, I’m not doing this to lose the weight, but that’s just an added bonus! Just wish I could’ve lost as much the second week as I did the first! Week 1: 5.5 pounds; week 2: 2 pounds.

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Food/recipes, Health


Detox: Welcome Back, Meat!

Hello, day 11! This is the day we could add a lean meat back into our diet! (I’ve had a little chicken the last couple of days, though…don’t tell anyone!) Let’s backtrack, though, to see what we’ve eaten the last couple of days. Sorry, no pics this time…

Monday, day 9: Made scrambled eggs for breakfast, along with a smoothie. For lunch, only a smoothie and a few chicken nuggets (doc said it was okay). Then we steamed brown rice and some veggies for dinner, and had some more peppers and guac for a snack. I also added dry skin brushing as an added detox method. I bought the brush to try this a month or so ago and would like to start doing it on a regular basis. Also went to the gym to burn a few calories in the cardio room (which I do a couple of times a week).

Tuesday, day 10: Had my favorite, strawberry-mango-blueberry smoothie for both breakfast and lunch. Also had a salad from Subway with chicken added. For dinner, I broke out one of my favorite recipes from last week because it’s so easy – brown rice and lentils. And for a snack…you guessed it…peppers and guac!

Wednesday, day 11: Today, my hubby had the day off work and made his amazing veggie omelette for breakfast. Other than that I had a smoothie (of course). Then we had lunch at Subway. He was itching to have some chicken, since that is allowed back in our diet today. We can have either chicken or fish in small portions. So, at Subway we both had a salad with the oven roasted chicken chopped up in it. Came home and had a smoothie. Then for dinner, he grilled out some chicken and veggie skewers. Very tasty! I had a banana before going to workout (I think it helps give me energy) and then tonight we had the rest of our sweet potato fries from last night while we watched Toy Story. ūüôā¬† I also cracked open a fresh coconut I’m hoping to use in a smoothie tomorrow. Never had fresh coconut! This will be my first! Excited to try it!

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Food/recipes, Health


Detox: On To Week 2

Yesterday, we ended week 1 of our 21 day purification program. I had a smoothie and scrambled eggs for breakfast. Only a smoothie for lunch. Then for dinner, we went out to Frisch’s with my husband’s parents. We, of course, got the salad bar. We just couldn’t have any of the macaroni salad, cole slaw, and such. I had a salad with oil for dressing, and fruit. Last night I wanted to attempt a couple of the snack recipes I’ve been dying to try. I attempted sweet potato chips and guacamole. The sweet potato fries just never did turn out right, but the guacamole is divine! I think I may stick with sweet potato fries for a snack…it’s easier, and less time-consuming that the chips. The guacamole is amazing¬†to dip peppers in…or just by itself! I admit that when I ran out of red peppers last night, I continued to eat the guac¬†straight up! So yummy! My husband isn’t a fan of it (doesn’t like avocados) but that just leaves more for me! ūüėČ

Homemade guacamole! D-i-v-i-n-e!

So, today we are on to week 2! This morning, I only had a shake (and 2 bites of my husband’s amazing omelette he made). My shake was really good! It was apple cinnamon. I give it a 4 out of 5 (5 being amazing). For lunch I attempted a carrot ginger smoothie recipe the people from the program included in their email. Not so great. That one would be a 2 out of 5. ūüė¶ Now I’m sipping some iced green tea sweetened with stevia and thinking about breaking out the peppers and guac¬†again! Haha! Just enjoying this weather we are having, and loving wearing shorts! I must say that it’s nice that my¬†pants are getting easier to button again! I’ve lost just under 6 pounds so far.

For dinner tonight we plan on dining out again – this time with my mom. We want to go to Logan’s and get a salad and baked sweet potato, and maybe some grilled veggie skewers they have! It will be extremely hard to not be able to eat the rolls or the peanuts, though!

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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Food/recipes, Health


Detox: Almost 1/3 Finished

So, we are almost through the first week of three! This week has actually gone kind of fast, surprisingly!

Yesterday – day 5 – I had a strawberry/banana/pineapple smoothie with the shake mix. It was good! I really can’t remember what I had for lunch, other than the rest of my smoothie…but it was just some peas or something small. For dinner, we had some wonderful stuffed peppers! The stuffing had lentils, brown rice, tomato, and onion…among other things. Very good! We even had two peppers left over to have for lunch today! Bonus!

Strawberry banana pineapple smoothie

Stuffed peppers!

Today – day 6 – My smoothie today was one of my favorite so far! It was strawberry/mango/blueberry! I added more water this time, and I liked the consistency much better than the thick smoothies I’ve been getting all week. Gonna have to start adding more water to all of them. I thoroughly enjoyed today’s smoothie for breakfast and lunch! I also had that leftover pepper from last night for lunch, so I was full. For dinner, the little guy and I went out to Bob Evans with my mom since the hubby had to work late, and I¬†ordered a garden omelette and omitted the cheese. It had spinach, tomato, and onion in it. It was good and filling! As of this morning, I’ve lost 5 pounds since Sunday. that pretty much goes along with what they say in this program that you may lose about a pound a day (although, we are not doing it for the weight loss).

I also made some sweetened iced green tea today! A friend on facebook gave me¬†the recipe. Since green tea is allowed on this program, I’m all about trying it!

Now off to bed to wake up to day 7, and the last day of week 1!

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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Food/recipes, Health