Monday, July 24, 2017

A Sugar Free Life Style.


This is to keep track of my new toxin free way of eating.

This is a combo of Sugar free diet, Intermittent diet. and what they call Paleo and Keto diet. Mostly meats, fats, veggies and some fruit. No processed foods! No calorie counting. Chewing slowly, Drinking lots of Alkaline water. Eating between the hours of 10am and 7pm only.

My name is Samantha and I am a sugaroholic, a lot of people have no idea they are sugar addicted I didnt. First week your off of it if you go cold turkey like I did the first time, you get flu like symptoms from the withdrawals its that bad, you get the shakes, headaches, your body feels like crap, you sweat and you will do almost anything for some sugar, you dream about it, you will want it so bad a lot cant make it the first week without cheating a bit. Just one more piece they say it can't hurt, can't be rude need to eat some birthday cake. All processed foods are made with sugar even milk. If you can't go one day, without some kind of sugar without thinking I can't wait till tomorrow to get my soda, coffee with sugar etc..you are sugaroholic.

Since I was a kid my father wanted something sweet way into the night after dinner, ice cream with peaches, sugar cereal bowl what ever my mom could make, I grew up I had to have dessert at night. It came to a point in my life where if I didnt have something with sugar on it, my body would start to shake my face would feel dumb, almost a paralyzed state of not being able to move a bit in my facial features felt like I was having a stroke, I asked the doctor about it, maybe I was having a heart stroke? Nope...diabetic? since it runs in my family, nope that wasn't it. Found out after being off sugar after two weeks it was just my body going thru withdrawals wanting more sugar. Always felt better for a bit after having some sugar substance, then it would happen again a vicious circle. My knees were going out on me cuz of my weight, if I kept on the weight I would eventually need knee surgery I just knew it they ached so bad in the cold weather.. Not being able to do things with my family like walk fast in my daughters campus to keep up with everyone was embarrassing to me. Not being able to ride a bike with my son was disappointing, I used to love riding bikes. I love to swim but I am just to tired. Worried that I might not fit in an airline seat, worried if I fell down could you get back up without help. Feeling young but your body feeling so old. Yah that was me.

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Prior two weeks b4 I started, I started to cut down on sugars never ate any past noon especially the desserts, tried a few days not eating after 7pm went on and off with that very hard to do. Doing this slowly this time, tried sugar free diet for a whole month once but got off of it after the month challenge was gone. Felt good during that time, hope to feel that way again.

July 11th Start date with no sugar all day, no process foods. Meats, Veggies only, No calorie counting-July 11-13th Have pretty bad headaches start drinking more water 8oz-6. My suggestion if your going to start this make sure to have a few days off a week would be better, do it on the weekend your going to feel like crap and can barely move if your a sugaroholic like I was :(Felt hungry a lot ate lots of boiled eggs.

July 14th Headaches lifted also a kind of haze that I seemed to be in

July 15th the sugar cravings are pretty bad, its all I can think about but on the up side fruit have become my new best friend in moderation of course but the taste is intensify now. Try to keep busy so I wont be thinking of sweets, also had a dream of a straw berry milkshake that I was drinking it lol

Would also like to add the first week of no sugar I had massive hair loss when taking a shower, after the second week it stopped, I think my body just went into shock. 

July 19th Nine days being sugar free I woke up feeling GREAT!!!! started my exercises 1 mile every other day walking. I am doing this every other day because the last time I tried to walk a mile every day I got heel spurs and I was down for weeks in a cast. As I lose more weight I will increase my exercise.

July 20th started the 7/10am Intermittent fasting diet where you only eat from 10am to 7pm  most people do 11am-7pm but I find I need to go places do things and I cant wait around till 11am to eat so 10am is working good good link to it. This is easier in the morning then at night. I am used to snacking at night so this has been really hard on me. http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/05/17/intermittent-fasting-diet.aspx 

Also this is about the time July 20th and 21st that the nightmares started. Two nights of nighmares was wearing me out when I awoke. Luckily after those first two start up days I have been nightmare free.

July 22nd-23rd the hunger pains at night and noise associated with it have started in my stomach. Hubby said and from what I read its my stomach breaking up the food. Need to read more on it, will link up later. Ok its later...its just what he said its not that I am hungry its just digesting food, did more research said to try to drink some mint/peppermint tea to stop the noise or water..I tried just water didnt help but tried the tea yes it does help!!! Stock up on Mint tea. :)

July 24th Marks two weeks sugar free and four days on the Intermittent fasting diet. Lost only 4 lbs but that is about 2 lbs a week so its ok, feel less bloated. Morning and afternoons are better then the evening times, it would help if I could get to bed early but sometimes that is not the case when your a mom and have an elderly father that sleeps all day but is up most the night. It was suggested last night that I find a button pants try it on and go by how I lose that outfit will be on me as time goes by rather then always go by the scale.  Still doing my mile walking I have skipped a few days depending on how I  feel and how much walking I have done that day. Good video on how our fat cells work and why not to go by the scale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF3rmi4DJAw&feature=youtu.be  

July 31 Marks three weeks sugar free one of the easiest weeks yet, the mint tea helps at night with the hunger sound pains, its getting easier not to eat so late at night brushing my teeth helps, my period came as usual for my age that is, but I still lost some weight during this time which I thought was weird being bloated, I had at least two nightmares this week and one where I was getting frustrated with a woman at Baskin robbins for not getting my order right lol. The weight was falling off every day till the last two days. I have lost a total of 10 lbs. Still getting sugar cravings but its just like a memory now. The thought of eating greasy foods like french fries or hamburger with buns makes me ill. I can't eat a big breakfast anymore its either a small breakfast or my protein shake can't have both at the same time so yes I have noticed the amount of food I eat is getting smaller and smaller now. I still have the mentality that 7pm is coming I better eat what I can!!!! its hard to fight that and if I over eat I get sick to my stomach. Exercise is every other day I walk a mile so far its been good on my feet, plus I try to park places far off and I try to do a lot more walking on the farm, on the days I dont do my exercise are usually the days I have to haul six buckets of water to refill my chickens water bins I keep in there. In all a good week. I got one more week left to break my no sugar free record. "Crosses fingers"

Aug 7 Marks four weeks sugar free, portion size is smaller not because I made it like that its because I can't eat as much anymore and I am not forcing it. Sugar Cravings are not that bad, but I am still craving a bit but I think I am at the point where I could control myself if I had once piece of chocolate without going over board but I havent as yet. I only lost one pound during the whole week, I am constipated I have taken natural laxatives but it does not seem to be working much, exercise is the same I might need to step it up but I was really hoping to get the pounds off my feet to be able to exercise more, my feet have been swollen for months now and adding pressure to it exercising hurts. Its frustrating to lose so much then flexing on that one pound all week, they tell me I shouldn't get on the scale but if I dont I feel  I am not motivated enough. I feel it in my clothes I am wearing that everything is fitting better, I feel better over all. Night times I still hard but in all its been a good month. So total of 11 pounds in a month. 

Aug 15 Marks five weeks sugar free, I have actually been weighing myself one day b4 the day I am suppose to be weighing myself I goofed. So correcting myself to weigh in every Tue now. Weight is...to follow......2 lb more this week total of 13 pounds.  The last following weeks I have been learning how to eat smart at fast foods and restaurants. Burgers the thought of eating one from McD's or Wendys just gross me out, but from a good burger joint its ok, I just omit the french fries and soda, I stick to BQ places without the sauce or sides, Subway is another place to have a good 6 inch tuna sandwich on wheat bread. Plus I always if I do have fast food with any carbs like the hamburger bun to have it during lunch time this way I can burn it off the rest of the day. I ate for the first time since I started this at a restaurant breakfast at Jims Restaurant I was thinking the right thing to do was order an omelet but I really didnt want to eat their caged eggs, what I really wanted was a pancake so I ordered one pancake and one bacon which theirs tasted gross the bacon so never doing that again, and unsweetened tea. I am still doing well at stop eating at 7pm. I drink my smooth move tea at night so I can be regular in the morning, so far so good finally not feeling so bloated. I have been having trouble with not having much strength now. I can't lift the 50 lb bags of feed anymore, feeling tired, but I think thats cuz of lack of sleep but started taking B12 to help with energy levels we will see if it helps.. 

Aug 22 Sorry forgot to write. No change in weight. Still doing pretty good. Just still really tired and sleepy all the time. Still trying to adjust to all this.

Aug 29

Notes:

Buying Fresh fruits, veggies and pasture raised meats is expensive, however once you stop buying processed foods you will find out you will be able to afford this better now.  I found out this last week when I realized I actually had money left over b4 the next payday in my grocery acct.


Links:

People been asking me about benefits of Alkaline water I get mine in San Antonio off of Bandera. I find it feels great on my skin I use a small container after taking a shower on my face, I never drink it after 9pm cuz yah it gives me energy and will keep me awake.  http://www.med-health.net/Alkaline-Water-Benefits.html

Zaycon Meats: Chicken, Turkey, Quail meats and eggs we get from our own farm, but some things like my yummy bacon and hamburger I try to get from Zaycon I order in bulk for myself or sometimes with friends, its fresh from the farmer to me, Zaycon is a pick up service in a refrigerated truck that meets at diff places and diff times. Check to see if they have one near you. https://zayconfresh.com/refer/zf231090

Recipe Links:

Salmon with butter, lime juice, honey, cilantro sauce. I also put in shrimp with it as well. Bought four pieces of Salmon at our Local HEB for $16 also if you dont like cilantro try parsley or something else. http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a52015/honey-cilantro-lime-salmon-recipe/ 

Tuna patties: I added cheese with mine. http://blog.paleohacks.com/tuna-patties/#

Green beans, Zaycon bacon and Parmesan cheese- Fresh green beans boil them 10min take out put in cold water for a few seconds put in dish, cook bacon a bit I cut mine up, put on top of green beans, you can put salt pepper, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese or any cheese. Bake 350 for about 15-20min depending on your stove if you put on regular cheese just make sure it wont burn.

 

Peach or any other fruit dessert. 

1 large Diced peach, put in microwave bowl with 1 tablespoon of honey, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of salt, 1 tsp almond flour. Put in microwave 1 min or if you dont like microwave I guess you can cook it till its softens on stove top..Crumble top you mix in bowl separate, 1/2 cup of almond flour or coconut flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt, pinch of nutmeg, 2 tb milk, I use raw milk, 3 tablespoons of butter (not margarine) cut up, put this on top of the peaches, I mix a bit up with it but mostly use the top for a top crust crumble....Bake at least 20min 350 Makes enough for two to share.

Coconut Cookies: I am going to try next time to use only 1/2 sweetener or maybe use honey instead. It was sooo good but a tad too sweet with 3/4 cup of sweetener. I used Agave/Stevia sweetener found at HEB next time going to try raw honey.

Recipe: https://lowcarbyum.com/basic-coconut-flour-cookies/
  

Recipes I want to try:

https://beautyandthefoodie.com/2-minute-chocolate-peanut-butter-mini-cake-low-carb/

https://lowcarbyum.com/jicama-fries/


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Recycled Tires

 Recycled Tires

For years I've never cared for old tires I've seen the same old idea of making it into a colorful planter for plants. Boy have things changed~~

Old Tires have become a work of art like below roses made out of tires

 

 Planters made more beautiful


Kids playgrounds


House hold use for for the man cave.


Outside Furniture 


Useful use





If you would like to see some more awesome ideas check out my Pinterest ideas



Sunday, November 27, 2016

My DNA family

So awhile back I sent away my DNA sample to ancestry's I was curious, I know I had Mexican/Spanish links but it was actually surprising to see what other DNA links I had as well as surprised I had 54% Native American in me and only 24% percent Spanish. I found out the Native Americans is very vast, so it was hard to link it to any particular Indian tribe, though I do have my maiden last name linked to an Apache Warrior in South Texas. Most the Mexicans come from what I like to call the Old Indian tribes, Aztec, Mayas, etc...its a big mixture. I am currently researching the "Mestizos in Mexico"

African, Greek, Italian, Jewish I am linked to them all, along with it, I am connected to multiple cousins 1st, 2nd 3rd etc...I have always had a large family now its more then I can imagine. Was it worth it, I think so, my mother passed away so I can't do her DNA testing but I did my father so I am hoping with his and comparing to mine I will see what might have been my moms DNA and what I got from her. I was also fascinated that though my siblings might have the same DNA from our parents they might have a less or more percentage of something, for example I had 24% Spanish but my one sister might have 28% and yet another sister might have less 20%.

So you send away for the kit, after about a week it comes in, you spit in it making sure you don't eat or drink anything b4 doing it, mix it with the blue mixture it comes with, seal it up in the prepaid box log online and they will notify you when they receive it and let you know when its being processed mine was about 3-4 weeks.

I plan to do my husbands next then my kids next, they are curious on what percentage they will have from both their parents, this has also made me do more history research on my family, my father and my older aunts and uncle are getting on years, I need to get information from them before they pass away, once they are gone my link to information will be gone as well as them :(

This is important to research this for my kids. Americans are so mixed in our race, their shouldn't even be any racist in our great country since I bet if everyone did this they would be surprised on what they really find out and how mix we really are

If your interested I can get you 10% off plus bless me too

https://refer.dna.ancestry.com/s/cf4n5


Happy DNA testing.







Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Queso Blanco Cheese

This is one of my favorite cheeses to make because its fast, and as a Prepper this takes the least amount of ingredients in it. I add the lemon because I plan to have a few lemon trees as well as do have an apple tree where I can make apple cider vinegar. With lemons it gives it a nice taste to it. You can use goat milk or cow. I have a goat so I use goat milk.


I use crushed pecans, chopped garlic chives, and a bit of olive oil

  • 1 gallon whole pasteurized or raw milk ( I use raw goat milk)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar or distilled vinegar I also use juice from 2 lemons.
  •  Salt to taste I use you can also use different flavor salts as well, there is a lot of flavors out there.

  • Best to use stainless steel pot heat milk stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Get the temp up to 170'-180' once you get it there keep it for 10min at that temp, make sure to keep stirring this is the time it can scorch.


    Once 10min is up slowly pour in the vinegar and add lemon juice if you like, if you don't use it you might want to use a bit more vinegar but be careful don't use too much. Curds will start to form as you stir gently, turn off heat. Slowly

     



    Line a colander with butter muslin under a pan that will catch the whey, I like using these white cotton dish towels I got from Walmart. Slowly pour in the colander some people like to grab it with a large spoon either way is fine.



     
    Tie the corners into a knot, making a draining bag, and suspend this bag over a bowl to drain for a few hours, or until the queso blanco has reached the consistency you prefer. Usually about an hour just before it seems to form is when I add my salt in it, this is a good time to try to get it in the shape you want.
     
     

    They also sell at the stores, cheese molds with holes you can use instead. This is how it comes out looking


    Refrigerate in seal tight container will keep for about a week.

    What to do with the whey? It’s packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Besides giving it to your dogs they love it, you can also use it for

    There is a difference between acid whey and sweet whey depending if you want the acid taste of apple cider vinegar in your stuff use caution.

    1. Substitute whey in any baking recipe that calls for water (or even milk) pancakes, waffles, etc..

    2. You can make whey lemon pie http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/06/lemon-whey-pie.html

    3. I made pudding with it one day it came out pretty good, vanilla pudding with a hint of lemon from the whey yummy.

    4. Use whey to lacto-ferment vegetables, condiments, sauerkraut, chutneys, they said to be careful with jams though.

    5. Use whey to soak grains, Depending on your recipe, several tablespoons or more can be added to your grain and legume preparations to make them more digestible.

    6. Use whey to cook pastas, potatoes, oatmeal, or rice

    7. Add whey to soups and broths

    8. Make a whey marinade. Add your favorite spices and seasonings (garlic, salt, pepper, maybe some rosemary to the whey and allow it to marinate your steaks, chicken, fish, or pork chops. The enzymes in the whey help to break down the meat and add flavor.

     
     
    Apple Cider Vinegar from Scraps Note: I am not sure this will work with the cheese but I plan to find out later when our pears come in and I make some Pear vinegar to try with it.
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    Recipe type: DIY
     
    Ingredients
    • Apple peelings or cores
    • Sugar (1 tablespoon per one cup of water used)
    • Water
    • Glass jar (a quart is a great place to start, but you can definitely make larger quantities, too.)
    Instructions
    1. Fill the glass jar ¾ of the way with the apple peels and cores.
    2. Stir the sugar into the water until it's mostly dissolved, and pour over the apple scraps until they are completely covered. (Leave a few inches of room at the top of the jar.)
    3. Cover loosely (I recommend a coffee filter or fabric scrap secured with a rubber band) and set in a warm, dark place for around two weeks.
    4. You can give it a stir every few days, if you like. If any brownish/greyish scum develops on the top, simply skim it off.
    5. Once two weeks has passed, strain the scraps from the liquid.
    6. At this point, my vinegar usually has a pleasantly sweet apple cider smell, but is still missing that unmistakable tang.
    7. Discard the scraps (or feed them to your chickens!), and set the strained liquid aside for another 2-4 weeks.
    8. You’ll know your apple cider vinegar is complete once it has that unmistakable vinegary smell and taste. If it's not quite there yet, simply allow it to sit a while longer.
    9. Once you are happy with the taste of your vinegar, simply cap and store it as long as you like. It won't go bad.
    10. If a gelatinous blob develops on the top of your vinegar, congratulations! You have created a vinegar "mother". This mother can be use to jump-start future vinegar batches. You can remove it and store it separately, but I usually just allow mine to float around in the vinegar as I store it.
    11. Use your homemade vinegar just like you would storebought vinegar-- for cooking, cleaning and everything in between!

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

    Gardening under Pecan trees

    My Hugelkultur Key garden under the Pecan trees.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Years ago we bought our property that had a lot of pecan trees, we were told by the Texas Agriculture center that we shouldn't plant anything under the trees that it would not grow.

    Determined we planted anyways with hit and misses today this is what our garden looks like above:
    Yes its true some things can't grow under the trees, but that's because its too shaded and needs more light like tomatoes.

    We tried digging but we would hit thick roots. We were also told the roots would kill the plants and might be toxic we decided not to go that route...., however we have made a Hugelkultur key garden pictured above which is filled with pecan limbs, sheep manure and good old dirt on top and it seems to be doing fine.

    Aloe Vera, carrots, onions, lettuce, basil, rosemary, tarragon, oregano, lemon verbena, flowers, sage, parsley, sunflowers, garlic chives, chili's, mulberries, ginger,  are all things I have grown so far successfully.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Basic Couponing


    Check out this basic coupon holder I love that you can put wrap it around your shopping cart. 



    I prepared this document for my Women Preppers group its the basic on coupons, I was really into it awhile back but got busy with other things so sort of let it stop, but now I noticed my containers are getting empty tooth brushes, soaps, deodorant, razors etc so its time to get busy again. Couponing does take some time, the more time you give it the more you will save.

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    This is the easiest way to start off couponing, yes there is a lot of other ways on savings you can learn all that too, but this is the basic's to get you started. 10 cents here 50cents there it all adds up in the end.

    1. Collect the Sunday coupons, ask your family, friends, neighbors for theirs never hurts to ask especially if they don’t use them. Look in recycle bins. There is a few ladies that have access to coupons you might find them thru friends or Craigslist or coupon groups they can hook you up for a small fee, yes its suppose to be illegal to sell them but it happens anyway thank goodness.

    2. There will be Smart source, Redplum and sometimes Procter & Gamble are the main coupons, mark on the front of it the date that they came out.

    3. Go to couponmom.com sign up its free, don’t go anywhere else on the page later you can do that it will get you confused, hit “Grocery deals” Then “Your state” then the store you want to go too. Later you can try the other stores to see who has the better deals

    4. It will tell you on percentage what you will save from 100% down. I usually buy fom 50% on up I consider a good deal and will stock up on the items. S is for Smart Source and R is for Redplum, PG is Procter & Gamble go to the date it says and your coupon will be in that one, cut out.

    5. Things to remember – If your coupon is for $1.00 and your item is on sale for 90cents they are not going to give you 10cents back and it might be a problem if it’s the only item your buying so I would advice to buy something else too you need, to offset it. Also Target online, Walgreens, Family dollar and Rite Aid also has their own coupons so check those out too.

    Other ways to save, start a grocery price book, this can be a notebook, on your computer, on your phone write down the normal prices of items you buy all the time and compare it with other stores, this way if you see a deal you will know you are getting a better deal or not.

    If you see it a product on sale and you use it a lot this is the time to buy it now. Rotate, rotate even on shampoos and soaps.

    Good luck and happy savings. 


    If your looking for a bigger coupon holder try a binder with inserts.



    Saturday, October 17, 2015

    Quail


    Our new quail cage the eggs roll out, automatic water

    We gave up on the rabbits for a few reasons, 1. its too hot they wont breed in this hot Texas heat having to put out ice cold bottle of water for them to lean on was a pain 2. Not a fan of rabbit meat. Dont get me wrong if something happened and I had nothing else to eat I would gladly consume rabbit meat in a heart beat thinking it was steak :)

    Quail have been so easy to raise, they are cute, they are tasty! You can eat the quail eggs too! We have been raising them for about a year now or more got a batch of eggs from a local boy in San Antonio bought ourselves an incubator with a battery back up a must if your into Preparedness like us and hatched out our first set of quail.



    Eggs are pretty tasty I prefer my chicken eggs over quail but they are ok to cook with I dont have any trouble selling or bartering them either. My daughter loves the Chinese recipes that have quail eggs in them, hubby just likes to boil them and cook them in with some bacon grease and a bit of seasoning....yum

    They lay pretty much all year round so thats another plus, they make these odd sounds at night that could be a downer for people who live in the city, its mostly the males that do that so if you can only keep a few it wont be so much of a problem.

    The chicks are so tiny they do this adorable play dead thing on their side when sleeping with their legs sprawled out, they are fast got to watch it they run faster then a lil mouse! When we transport them from incubator to their brooder we have to be careful they have popped out so fast and ended up on the ground at a full run.

    Later as they get older the chill out and are easy to handle, hubby says they are easy to butcher too we just did a batch not long ago we have it in the freezer and we ate some, talk about some good eatings! Its got to be one of my favorite poultry meats now.

    I really recommend having quail my favorite are the Texas AM yellows/whites...but we mostly raise the coturnix here is a link to Back Yard chickens with the subject of them if you are considering raising them. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/102281/coturnix-quail-basics-information-and-pictures-galore