Food

food diary-January hits and misses

So I’m done with month one of my Pescatarian diet. It has surprisingly been easy. In one month, I had salmon twice and shrimp once. Otherwise, no meat. My stomach feels flatter and I am pretty certain I’ve lost some weight. I ordered a scale so will report back if I have or not. My migraines aren’t a lot better but they aren’t worse. On the food front, a big miss for me is Boca Crumbles. They smell funny, taste funny and tore my tummy up. All of the Morningstar products I’ve had so far are the opposite: No weird smell, taste good and no bad side effects. I am not as hungry as I used to be, and I thought eating this way would cause me to feel very hungry all the time. It’s the opposite.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Superbowl Sunday! Love, HauteAngel

Confessions of a bad january 13, 2015 food diary

So we had ice in North Carolina last night, which means traffic stops, schools delay or close (yes, close), and THEN we immediately think of treats, bread, wine, beer, etc., as if we’ll be hold up for days on end and will otherwise be chewing leather for sustenance unless we stock up! Grocery stores get cleaned OUT. It’s worse if it snows.

So… I started off strong into a steady decline that evening.

BREAKFAST:

Nature’s Way oatmeal with mango

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LUNCH: Neomonde chickpea salad, hummus, tabouli and lentils

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DINNER: Leftover whole grain pasta, vodka sauce and vegan Trader Joe’s mozzarella cheese

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So you’re probably thinking that is not a bad day Kathryn! And you would be right if it ended there, but oh no, hubby made chocolate chip cookies and brought home the beer I love, Bud Light Lime. Beer aficionados, cringe! Ok, move past this admission. I like it. So I had a few beers and a cookie. Confessional over. Love, Kathryn aka HauteAngel

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January 11, 2015 Food Diary

Happy Sunday! Buddy Bear is taking a nap.

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BREAKFAST: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free frozen waffles with 100% pure maple syrup

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LUNCH: Small field green salad with mushrooms, avocado, broccoli and flax seed, also a sprinkle of EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar. I had a handful of Trader Joe’s Pita Chips too, so good. Did you know all the items with a “V” on the corner of bag or box at Trader Joe’s indicates it’s a Vegan item?

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DINNER: Butternut squash cubes, salmon grilled with a little lemon, kale sautéed in garlic and a tad of olive oil and mushrooms. One butternut squash cubed fills up a large pan. Put two tablespoons of olive oil, a little salt, pepper and a tablespoon of garlic power/or two minced garlic cloves. Mix it all up, spread out on pan and cook at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. It’s wonderful.

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I have been putting flax seed in salads, yogurt and oatmeal a lot lately, so I thought I’d give you a bit of information on them and some of their benefits:

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FLAX SEEDS (from WebMD):

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Have a great Sunday evening! Love, Kathryn (aka, the “HauteAngel”)

HAUTEANGEL’S PESCATARIAN 365 JOURNAL OF a JOURNEY TO HEALTH

January 7, 2015

BREAKFAST: Odwalla breakfast bar (I did not like it)

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LUNCH: Leftover Portabella mushroom and mango salsa tacos

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DINNER: Yes, I had it a third time…Leftover Portabella mushroom and mango salsa tacos

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Thank you for joining me on this journey to health. Any advice, recipes and support you can provide is greatly appreciated. Anything you want to know about me? Just ask! Love, Kathryn (aka HauteAngel) 357 days to go.

sara’s favorite cookie

Wondering what is a great cookie to take to your cookie exchange? My daughter Sara’s favorite is the old-fashioned Snickerdoodle. It’s a cinnamon sugar cookie. Recipe is courtesy of Pose.com, a new website for selling your fashion items. I really like it! Enjoy and love, HauteAngel

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Be Good opens in Raleigh, nc

This is a restaurant review of the new begood in Raleigh, North Carolina, but before I wax poetic about the awesome food, it is ironic this new Raleigh, NC restaurant has been opened under the management of one of my best friend’s husband, Matt Westcott, because the concept of this establishment began with two friends. Anthony and Jon were two best friends who grew up eating in their uncle’s kitchen. Anthony’s Uncle Faris served them great homemade food. Inspired by this childhood memory, fifteen years later, they started a business together around a simple idea – make fast-food “real” by making it the way it should be… by people, not factories. And now one has opened in Raleigh!

BECKY AND MATT WESTCOTT

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Becky, my friend, and I have been buddies for about 13 years. We’ve gone to the same church, had girls on cheer teams and in pageants together (see below, Sara, Kimsley and Miranda). My friendship with her led to me also becoming friends with my other best bud, Melinda. Life is crazy and beautiful that way.

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So last night, my daughter Sara and I met Becky and Melinda, her husband Mike and had a wonderful dinner at the new begood in Raleigh. They have a farm to table concept and utilize local vendors and brands, which I love.

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You can order online too and that is a great feature for all families. One thing I noticed about the restaurant is it’s not your average burger joint. They also offer kale & quinos bowls, seasonal salads, smoothies and shakes, sweet potato and regular fries (pre-baked then fried so a lot less calories), burgers, sides, along with beer and wine.

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Becky and Kimsley                                       Becky and Miranda

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I had the ADOPTED LUKE burger with mushrooms, caramelized onions, smoked gouda, and bbq sauce. Sara (not adventurous eater) had a plain cheeseburger and sweet potato fries. I got the regular fries and we both had shakes. It was so good and we all laughed and talked for a couple of hours about old times, new times, my daughter’s upcoming wedding. It was such a great night. Kimsley was working and she is hilarious. I adore her. Matt made sure we all had everything we needed and we really appreciated that special attention.

KIMSLEY, THE BEGOOD BURGER GIRL

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The restaurant has a philanthropic focus too, offering grants for good people with good ideas.

The foundation is focused on the principle that everyday people inherently want to “be good”, the b.good Family Foundation’s mission gives micro-grants to enable individuals to make positive change in the community. Long story short, they’re on a mission to help real people with great ideas do good.

Who can’t get behind a great place filled with great food, friends and a generous spirit!

Go see how great it is for yourself and be  good!

Raleigh, NC
Midtown Park at North Hills
(I 440 at Six Forks Road)
201 Park at North Hills, #100
View Map
Phone: 919-916-5410
Monday-Sunday: 11am – 9pm

Love, Haute Angel

One Lovely Blog Award – HauteAngel

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Thank you for the nomination by Redeem Cliche’, please check out her great blog! (http://redeemcliche.wordpress.com/)

 Here’s the Rules…

  1. You must display the award logo at the top of the post
  2. You must thank the person/people who nominated you and leave a link to their blog in your post
  3. You must add this set of rules so your nominees will know what to do
  4. You must add 7 facts about yourself in the post
  5. You must nominate 5 other blogs and leave links to their blogs in the post
  6. You must let the people know you’ve nominated them
  7. You must follow the person who nominated you on Bloglovin

Okay, okay enough rules. Let’s get started:)!

Seven facts about myself, Kathy aka HauteAngel:

1. I’m the oldest sibling of three.

2. My daughter cheered for 17 years and at NC State University. Her blog is theworkingathlete.net

3. My son is a writer too. He writes fiction, short stories and poetry. I have no acumen for any of those genres.

4. I attended four different colleges to finally attain a B.A. in English over a twelve-year span of time.

5. My husband and my son are both former high school state champion wrestlers and NCAA college wrestlers. I can spout off wrestling stats like people who love football and basketball do : ).

6. I moved to Tennessee when I was 15 from Florida and flung myself on the bed crying after the first day of school. Why? Because kids had on overalls at the high school and I thought those were a costume on Hee Haw. (True Story!)

7. I attended the Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre for many years and danced growing up too (ballet, tap and modern).

I nominate these wonderful blogs:

Interactions by Jessica Dawn Jones (great writing!)- https://allthatjazzblogdotcom1.wordpress.com/

Paul Militaru’s incredible photography blog http://photopaulm.com/

Poms and Blondes http://pomsandblondes.com/

ask Aunty Elle http://auntyelle.com/

Beatlands http://beatlands.com/

Chronic Migraines…my journey back to health!

Chronic Migraines!

I have just been diagnosed with this after growing up with lots of allergies, constantly stuffed up, have had sinus surgery and had a lot of relief from that. But the last nine months, I’ve had a headache and my CAT scan showed my sinuses are clear. I assumed it was that again and it wasn’t. So I saw a Neurologist and filled out about 15 pages of forms with all my information. She met with me for three hours, which is unheard of in healthcare and I truly appreciate it and thank her for great care. So there are tons of different things we can try to get me better and the first thing she told me I have to do, to my chagrin, is stop drinking diet soda. And not because of the caffeine. Because of the “fake” sugar or aspartame. I have heard many times it’s bad for you and being that I’ve been on a very low carbohydrate diet for a couple of years now, I really indulge in diet sodas and fake sugar in coffee and tea to get “sweet” in my diet.

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In a nutshell, she said these fake sugars are toxic and are even illegal in a lot of countries. Who knew? So today was my first day fake sugar-free and I will let you know how things go in this journey to headache-free wellness.

Sugar, Sugar, Oh Baby Baby!

10 Steps for Dealing with Sugar Addiction

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 A nurse and good friend of mine gave me this helpful article, as I make my way back through the dark tunnel of getting off of sugar, AGAIN, and mostly…the agonizing journey of getting off of fake sugars forever. I need to lose the weight I’ve gained back and get back on track toward eliminating about 40 total lbs. more…plus, and most importantly, I have to get a grip on these chronic migraines that have swept my life under the rug for the last nine months. So here are the tips (Author recognition is at the end):

  1. Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, causing sugar cravings to be more frequent.
  2. Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Before you go for the sugar, have a glass of water and then wait a few minutes to see what happens. Caution: soft drinks are now America’s number one source of added sugar.
  3. Eat sweet vegetables and fruit. They are sweet, healthy and delicious. The more you eat, the less you’ll crave sugar.
  1. Use gentle sweets. Avoid chemicalized, artificial sweeteners and foods with added sugar. Use gentle sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, dried fruit, stevia, barley malt and agave nectar.
  1. Get physically active. Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga. Start with 10 minutes a day and gradually increase. It will help balance your blood sugar levels, boost your energy, and reduce tension without medicating yourself with sugar!
  1. Get more sleep, rest and relaxation. When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy—in the form of sugar. These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late or waking up early, sometimes for months and years on end. 
  1. Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. Eating too much can lead to cravings for sweets. So can eating too little! A good health coach will help you sort this out. Experiment. Respect your body’s individuality. 
  1. Eliminate fat-free or low-fat packaged snack-foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavor and fat, which will send you on the roller-coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.
  1. Experiment with spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.
  2. Slow down and find sweetness in non-food ways! You body does not biologically need sugar, but it does long for hugs, time with friends, outside time, workouts, massages, etc. When life becomes sweet enough itself, no additives are needed!

From Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet by Ann Louise Gittleman.

If you have any tips or helpful advice, please share. Love, HauteAngel