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No processed food in April

March 30, 2016

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THE PLAN!!!

No processed food April involves not only choosing the right foods to eat but also avoiding all of the junk foods and processed foods that are so readily available.

1. Whole foods are foods that haven’t been tampered with. Usually have NO food label. These foods are whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, meats, unsalted nuts, and seeds. 
2. Avoid Processed foods. These are any food that has a label. A label means that more than one ingredient was used to make that food. You don’t have to eliminate all processed foods, but a good rule is if you can’t pronounce an ingredient on a label, don’t buy it!! 
The first question I’m getting is “How do you define processed?”
Obviously there’s a wide range of  what that means and we will probably each define it slightly differently for ourselves. Let’s for the challenge define it like this:
Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.
I have heard it called “The Kitchen Test.” If you pick up something with a label (if it doesn’t have a label, it’s probably unprocessed), and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen and couldn’t possibly make yourself from the whole form, it’s processed.
It doesn’t mean you actually have to make it yourself, it just means that for it to be considered “unprocessed” that you could, in theory, do so.
3. ELIMINATE Refined sugar it provides nothing but calories and does nothing for you. 
4. COOK YOUR OWN MEALS!! Instead of buying meals in a box, cook meals from scratch. That’s not as hard as it sounds! REAL whole foods are easy, your crock pot can be your best friend!
You in??? Let’s go!!   

About Lisa, Lifestyle

What I really think about Dolvett Quince and his new book.

November 24, 2013
Dolvett and Lisa

I can not put into words the impact Dolvett Quince has had on my life.

When I met Dolvett I was a 246 pound mother of four, who knew that something had to give but had no idea what or how. I had pretty much given up hope of my life ever being “normal”. I felt as if I had hopelessly tried everything with little or no success. Then I was cast on season 14 of the Biggest Loser and placed on Dolvett’s Red Team. From the first moment I met Dolvett, I could immediately sense his commitment and dedication. He looked at me when I was an obese, insecure woman and saw something different. He looked at me and saw all my potential. I got caught up in his belief in me and was quickly inspired to believe it for myself. He has a deep passion about the health and wellness of everyone he meets…and is, in all honesty, a rare find of skill and will that I have not known to exist in many people.

One of the things Dolvett taught me early on is that you WIN THIS battle IN THE KITCHEN. He broke down healthy, clean eating in a simple way that was easy to implement into my home. I believe this was the key to my success and ultimately led to the transformation of my entire family. He showed me that a good diet balanced with exercise will equal weight loss and ultimately better health! I knew that what ever I did, this time would need to be a PERMANENT SOLUTION to a life long problem.


I lost an amazing 108 pounds and gained so much more. I am empowered to take care of myself and my family. I feel 100% better physically…I have lost weight(more than I ever believed I could)…gained energy…lost my sense of hopelessness…and gained control of my life! Trust me about one thing…if I can do it anyone can do it! I did not realize how far off I was. I did not realize the dangers of the “convenience foods” I was feeding my family. I had never thought of eating “clean” as a whole family, I was always just mom on a diet. I now understand that food is fuel. If you will just go get the book, and use Dolvett’s simple plan for yourself….you will be amazed at the effects it will have on your entire family. The 3-1-2-1 plan makes it easy. It is easy to read and simple to follow. It leaves plenty of room for everyday life!!! I love that when I am reading the book I can HEAR his voice teaching and encouraging me.

I have so much to thank Dolvett for…that one blog post will NEVER be enough to cover it. He is an absolutely remarkable man that has changed my life and the lives of the all people around me. Suddenly people are now asking me for nutritional advice and recipes and telling me what an inspiration I am to them! I could have never foreseen the change that has taken place, it has changed every area of my life. I have enjoyed every moment of this journey with Dolvett. It is a real gift that he is able to share with so much of himself with all of us in this book. His dedication is something that you don”t see very often and his attitude is to be admired and emulated! Dolvett’s book is extremely simple and his approach is subtle and effective. At no time will you feel overwhelmed or like you are not able to do it. Again, I lost 108 pounds and more importantly I have gained hope, a new passion…an understanding of proper nutrition and exercise…and motivation to reach all my goals!

Foods I eat

Chicken with Portabella Mushrooms,Tomato and Spinach

September 4, 2013
Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

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1 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 teaspoons olive oil
small red onion, thinly sliced
6 ounces of chopped portabella mushroom caps
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 medium tomato, diced or 2 cups grape
4-6 cup fresh spinach

 

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Heat oven to 400° F.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

 

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Add the onions and mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

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Add the garlic, tomato, spinach, and some salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.

 

 

 

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Return the chicken to the skillet and transfer to the oven. Roast until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

 

This is a SUPER easy meal!! ready in less than 30 min!!! I usually have to double this recipe for my family!! ENJOY!!!

Foods I eat

Stuffed Peppers!!!!!

July 15, 2013
Stuffed Peppers Recipe

My amazing sister dropped this dinner off at our house and it immediately became a favorite! She originally saw a version of this on line and then made it healthier!!! Thanks to her  I get to share this with you! Enjoy!!

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Easy + Healthy Stuffed Peppers!!
 
I tend to vary this recipe and use up leftovers!! Any meats and veggies work!!
Ingredients
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Chopped garlic,
  • Lean cut of steak
  • Provolone Cheese!!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Clean peppers, cut off tops and remove innards and place in pan
  3. Over medium heat toss onions, mushrooms,garlic, thinly slices steak and salt and pepper to taste.(I also chop tops of peppers)
  4. Fill peppers with meat mixture
  5. Top with a slice of provolone cheese. (I use extra thin provolone slices by Sargento)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is golden brown
  7. Serve and enjoy!!!!

About Lisa, Lifestyle

It’s Just Not Fair!!!

May 9, 2013
Over came fear
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Celebrating ONE YEAR Cancer Free! A long hike to the top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Make careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Do not compare yourself to others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the best you can with your own life.
Galatians 6: 4-5 ( The message)

Sometimes things just seemed so unfair!! My friends could eat a big cheeseburgers, fries, heaping plates of nachos and fancy desserts all the time and somehow stay slim and trim. I could look at a candy bar, just smell some pizza, or simply  bake a cake and gain weight?!?!? Who could understand it all?  It all seemed overwhelming, complicated and mostly so UNFAIR!! It  made me so MAD!  It made me want to give up, TO QUIT!   This is, I believe  why all my life I have yo-yo’d between 210-260. I got caught up it comparing my self to others. One day I could hear myself say ” It’s just not fair” on another day I would hear myself say “at least I’m not…” Both very dangerous things:: Envy or Pride. Instead of giving up, or settling for less than your best when these things occurred I needed to take my eyes off others and focus ONLY on what the Lord has given me to take care of:: MYSELF! You see, I believe that comparison is the work of the deceiver keeping us from reaching our full potential. Just when I was about to reach a goal of under 200 pounds it would all become way too hard for me & oh so very unfair. I would quickly end up feeling defeated and Quit! I beg you, if this sounds like you,  you need to stop this!! Don’t let the deceiver win. Early on in my time at the ranch I learned I needed to take care of myself. I only needed to watch what I was eating, how much I was working out, how much I was or was not losing. If I would just always do my best and focus on Him, I never needed to wonder or worry if it was enough. If I gave my all, 100 percent I had to trust it was good enough. So I stopped comparing myself to others and focus ONLY on what I needed to do and it happened….I met and exceeded every goal I had set.   We all need to deal with our insecurities and stop comparing ourselves to those around us. We need to learn to stay true to the course God has set before each one of  us….Trust the process. We need to learn to just  trust God. I know how simple that sounds yet it is so very difficult to actually do. I believe with all my heart the Lord is in total control. I also believe God plans to use each and every one of us in mighty ways!! His dreams are much bigger than our own (probably why I exceeded everyone of my goals)!!  God wants you to be in the best shape possible to accomplish all His  plans! God is NOT comparing you to others and you shouldn’t either.

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OverComing Fear halfDome

Lord, I start by asking you to forgive me for my jealousies and insecurities. Keep my eyes focused on you and not on others. Help me not to worry about what others look like, have, or do. Help me to not compare myself to them but to place my trust in you. Thank you for valuing me. Please give me the strength I need to become all you have dreamed up, all you desire me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Foods I eat

Southwest Chicken and Beans

May 3, 2013
SOUTHWEST CHICKEN AND BEANS

I do have an amazingly easy recipe for you! This southwest chicken and beans is made weekly at the Rambo house!! I typically make this on a night I plan on being a little later at the gym. I love that dinner is just about done when I walk in the door!! My husband and kids have even declared this a new FAVORITE!!! WIN-WIN in my book!!!

Okay so there are a few reasons why I love this dish…

1. You can literally throw it all in a crock pot in the morning (in less than 5 minutes).

2. It’s healthy! And easy!!!

3. You can freeze the leftovers. Just place the chicken in a freezer zip lock bag and pull it out when you need a quick meal.

Slow-Cooked Southwest Chicken and beans

Ingredients::
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can mild green chillies
2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
1 container of fresh salsa
4 Table spoons of taco seasoning

Directions::
In a 2- or 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the beans, tomatoes, chillies, chicken, salsa, and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Just before serving, Remove Chicken,Shred with two forks. I then spoon out beans and tomatoes. Serve with brown rice, all the taco fixings or I enjoy mine over mixed greens!…. And lots of Hot sauce!!!!

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