I can honestly say I not only fell completely off the healthy lifestyle wagon, but gleefully jumped off, head first, and smashed into a raging torrent of calorie filled excess.
The holiday season has come and gone. During the holidays I, like many others, was less than prudent in my food choices. But, like so many others, I did so with every intention of getting right back into the swing of things. However, my holiday “break” was so bad I haven’t weighed myself since shortly after returning home from the Christmas holiday. Continue reading “Emily’s Journey: Falling Off the Wagon”
The Turkey Sausage Veggie Bake is one of Mysfam Cottage’s favorite recipes, but it can easily be changed to be a vegan/vegetarian recipe with a few changes. Considering that I overindulged in a few too many Christmas cookies I thought a lighter recipe was a great way to start the New Year. This recipe works great as a veggie side or a full meal for meat free Monday. The serving size is great for a light lunch, but I usually half a serving as a side veggie.
I’m going to be sharing my all-time favorite recipe with you. This recipe is easy to make with only four ingredients and has some of my favorite foods in one flavor packed dish! Pineapple, bacon, and mushrooms, oh my! Even better, it has less than 300 calories and almost 29 grams of protein per serving.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash all the vegetables. Peel the carrots and sweet potatoes. Core and seed the red bell pepper. Cut all of the vegetables and turkey sausage into ½ inch to 1 inch pieces and coat in the olive oil. Spread onto baking sheet and season to taste with salt, pepper and other optional seasonings. Cook for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Serve hot with rice or noodles of your choice.
If you freeze this recipe, thaw in the refrigerator over night and reheat in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes on high, or until hot, stirring halfway through.
*Cooking hint—place the broccoli, onion, and any veggies you prefer to be a bit softer on bottom of the bake and the mushrooms and sausage on top. The sausage flavors the bake wonderfully, which is why we don’t really use any additional seasoning most of the time.
This makes four (4) servings with 328 calories per serving.
This is the Christmas gift to the humans of Mysfam Cottage, from us to us! It is also something to help us continue on our quest for a healthier us.
I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Mysfam Cottage household.
That’s right! An upright freezer for our little home. This is the Christmas gift to the humans of Mysfam Cottage, from us to us! It is also something to help us continue on our quest for a healthier us.
For a while now we’ve wanted to be able to make and freeze meals, but our normal freezer was usually taken up by frozen vegetables and chicken. As Thanksgiving has come closer we realized we wouldn’t have any room for the traditional turkey (or two), which is what led to our purchase at this point in time.
My eating…my overeating was going to come to an end. After weeks of drinking more water than I’d care to think about I was about to limit my food intake.
Food. I LOVE food. I wouldn’t have gotten to the size I was unless I loved food. However, the bigger I became I often felt guilty after eating, especially when my meal consisted of a large sized burger, fries, and soda or after my fourth or fifth trip through a buffet line. But my time had arrived. My eating…my overeating was going to come to an end. After weeks of drinking more water than I’d care to think about I was about to limit my food intake.
On June 29th of this year, I joined….rejoined My Fitness Pal, with a starting weight of 265 lbs, I joined…rejoined My Fitness Pal. (www.myfitnesspal.com)
After updating my information I started with a daily calorie goal of 1,500. Utilizing My Fitness Pal to track my food intake was the first step. I stepped out of my introverted comfort zone and joined groups and added friends, building the online support I would need to succeed in my weight loss goal.
I didn’t have a goal in mind other than that unobtainable goal: to be skinny…From FAT to fit: Leading to the Beginning of a Work in Progress
Fat. It may only have three letters, but it can be as, if not more, insulting as a four letter word. The negative connotations associated with it are endless. It is used as one of the cruelest most degrading sort of insults a person can sling at another. To be fat is to be lazy, gross, unhealthy, unattractive…the list goes on.
I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fat. I was six years old the first time I can remember being told “You’d be so pretty if you were skinny” and “you’ll never get married if you don’t lose weight” and “you’ll never find a boy by being fat”. These phrases came from my own family members. Think about that for a moment. Six. Years. Old. Who tells a six year old anything like that? And you know what? I believed them.