Animal Spirit Guide…Crow

Today during my run I saw a crow on the way home. It didn’t move when I ran closer and I would say that I got within a foot of it. It was not injured as far as I could tell; it looked right at me and cawed three times! Later, I looked up the CROW in my Animal Spirit Guide book and here’s what it said…

If a crow shows up it means that something you’ve been working toward for a while will manifest itself. Watch carefully over the coming days  for any omens or signs, they are there to teach you. Expect a BIG change VERY soon. You’ve noticed an injustice or someone being treated unfairly and you need to speak up! You’re about to get a glimpse into a future event that will directly affect you.

This is EXCITING! I am really looking forward to finding out what’s in store for me in the near future.

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Pay attention to the omens…

Cray of The Day…

O.M.G. This drives me ABSOLUTELY INSANE and I’m sure you feel the exact same way…it makes me crazy when people DON’T SAY THANK YOU, especially when you hold the door open for them.

Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian or maybe it’s because I’m not a jerk, but this really irks me. If another human being does something NICE for you…say THANK YOU…it’s really that simple.

For example, the other day I was at Marshalls feeding my shoe fetish, when another person came racing towards the door. I held it open for them and WAITED, (not a long time but just for an extra second or two)  just to be courteous to my fellow man. The person entered the store and didn’t say a word…so I said very loudly  and as SWEETLY as possible, “YOU’RE WELCOME!” The person turned around and said, “Oh…thanks.” It’s not as if this person was a child (and if they were and didn’t say thank you then their mama should’ve raised them better!) or a teenager or an elderly person with a hearing aid or walker…it was someone who was old enough to know better.

As if it’s really MY job to REMIND this person of their manners…it’s not that I did it to be thanked but come on people, it’s common courtesy. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. I’m also the person who says, “Excuse me,” when I walk in front of someone while they’re looking at a shelf in the supermarket, I also wave to the driver behind me when they let me in on the highway and every now and again I practice random acts of kindness …Perhaps I need to lower my expectations of people.

I think the world would be the teeniest bit better if people used their manners the way that they should. Be kind to the humans and animals that you share this planet with…and say thank you when someone does something courteous.

Frosted Pineapple Cooler…

I’m SO glad that it’s still daylight outside at 7pm…it seems like we haven’t seen the sun after 7 forever. I’m feeling a bit tropical and wishing that summer was here so what’s the next best thing?..A FROSTED PINEAPPLE COOLER! Here’s the recipe:

  • 4 cups of pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of ice
  • 1/3 cup of Havana Club rum or your fave kind of course:)

Blend all ingredients and pour into a tall glass and garnish with a pineapple round. Sit back, relax and enjoy the taste of summer…even if it’s only spring;)

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This drink reminds me of summer…

Cray of The Day…

Obviously on weareslowlygoingcrazy.com, there are a lot of things that drive us nuts! So we’ve decided to come up with a page called, “Cray of The Day…” where we will describe what totally makes us crazy.

The Easter long weekend…More specifically the Saturday that falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We’ve all been there, just when I thought I had everything I needed on my grocery list I realized I was missing a pertinent ingredient.

If you’ve ever been to the store on Easter Saturday as I like to call it, you know why this day drives me insane. The stores are SO packed it’s like they will never be opening again! It is literally like the world is ending…people fill their carts with as much food as it will hold, THEY BUY EVERYTHING and people are miserable! They scowl and bump into you with their carts or cut you off in an aisle. Then they wait in a monstrous line-up with their flyers that they’re using to price match and when they finally go to pay…their card doesn’t work. Well, let me tell you that I’m usually the person in line behind that person. I suppose it’s my fault for forgetting that one important ingredient but still! COME ON PEOPLE! The stores will RE-OPEN on MONDAY! I’m not talking to the people who are there to buy one or two things, I’m talking to the people who are there in a panic rush, who are rude and inconsiderate. The ones who have no regard for others space and the ones who are so disorganized that checking out takes forever. I know what you’re going to say…If I only needed one thing then why not stand in the express lane? I do, but sometimes the lines are LONGER than the regular ones.

I totally get that some people can only go on Easter Saturday to do their shopping but really they could’ve gone the week before…or even to a 24 hour grocery store when their shift ended. All I’m saying is that, maybe people would be a little less stressed and nicer if they were better at planning.What’s the point of going through life suffering through one hectic event after another? I can count on ONE hand how many times I’ve been to the grocery store on Easter Saturday and I’ll be honest…twice in my life is the total tally. I vowed that I would never be part of that insanity again. So far…so good. I really want to know your thoughts on this one! Comments are open.

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The insanity that is Easter Saturday…

 

 

Reboot Recipe…

Easter officially ends tomorrow and I know that most of us are in need of a reboot when it comes to nutrition. Overindulging in lots of Easter treats have left most of us sluggish and a little bloated. But good news-I have the perfect Reboot Recipe! It’s essential to getting back on track. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 small piece of fresh turmeric
  • 1/2 small head of green cabbage
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 small handful of watercress
  • 1 clove of peeled garlic
  • 1 small piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 medium green apple, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

Fill the chute of a juicer with all of the ingredients. Start the machine and push the ingredients completely through the chute. Process until all ingredients are juiced, then pour into a glass and serve immediately.

Just a quick note on turmeric-it may be hard to find in a regular grocery store so try a health food store or an Indian grocery store. Also, rinse your juicer out right away because turmeric has a tendency to stain.

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Reboot your body…

 

Chili Vinegar…

This stuff is absolutely delicious! Flavoured vinegar adds excitement to everyday foods. You can also use this recipe as a salad dressing.

 


  • 1 litre of white vinegar
  • 2 large mild chili peppers
  • 3 dried hot chili peppers
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 scallion, cut into strips
  • Rosemary fresh

Directions:

Bring the vinegar to a boil then pour it over all ingredients. Let it steep in a closed jar for 2 weeks. Shake daily. Pour into beautiful glass bottles. This recipe yields 1 large bottle or 2 small bottles. That’s it! It’s that simple! Enjoy.

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Such a beautiful and tasty gift!

Diet of the week…Happy Easter

This may sound crazy but we’ve decided to do low carb for our next diet. I myself, know that my sweet tooth is out of control and I think that it’s time to reign it in again, considering that I’ve eaten 2 Easter bunnies while typing this…so this might just be the answer. I’m not going to say that this is the insanely popular low-carb diet that starts with an A but I will say the principals will be the same. So, for 1 week we will be following this diet to see if it works, see how we feel physically,mentally and emotionally and of course we want to see if the number on the scale drops and if our jeans fit better.

Here’s the skinny on the plan!

All fish including:

  • Flounder
  • Herring
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Sole
  • Tuna
  • Trout
  • Cod
  • Halibut

All fowl including:

  • Cornish hen
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Pheasant
  • Quail
  • Turkey
  • Ostrich

All shellfish including:

  • Clams
  • Crabmeat
  • Mussels*
  • Oysters*
  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Lobster

*Oysters and mussels are higher in carbs so limit to about 4 ounces per day.

All meat including:

  • Bacon*
  • Beef
  • Ham*
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Veal
  • Venison

*Some processed meat, bacon, and ham is cured with sugar, which will add to the carb count. Avoid cold cuts and other meats with added nitrates, if possible.

Eggs in any style, including:

  • Deviled
  • Fried
  • Hard-boiled
  • Omelets
  • Poached
  • Scrambled
  • Soft-boiled

Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious creations. That’s why eggs are a staple breakfast in the Nutritional Approach.

Feel free to get creative with your eggs: Add mushrooms and onions, or even green pepper. Top the dish off with feta cheese or add basil, oregano and other herbs.

Fats and Oils

There are no carbs here, but keep in mind that the serving size is approximately 1 tablespoon.

  1. Butter
  2. Mayonnaise – make sure it has no added sugar
  3. Olive oil
  4. Vegetable oils – Those labeled “cold pressed” or “expeller pressed” are especially good and olive oil is one of the best.
    • Canola*
    • Walnut
    • Soybean*
    • Grape seed*
    • Sesame
    • Sunflower*
    • Safflower*

*Do not allow any oils to reach overly high temperatures when cooking. Use olive oil for sautéing only. Use walnut or sesame oil to dress cooked veggies or salad, but not for cooking.

Artificial Sweeteners

Sucralose, saccharine or stevia – one packet equals 1 gram of net carbs

Beverages

  • Clear broth/ bouillon (make sure it has no sugars added)
  • Club soda
  • Cream, heavy or light
  • Decaffeinated or regular coffee and tea*
  • Diet soda (be sure to note the carb count)
  • Flavored seltzer (must say no calories)
  • Herb tea (without added barley or fruit sugar added)
  • Unflavored soy/almond milk
  • Water – at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day including…
    • Filtered water
    • Mineral water
    • Spring water
    • Tap water

* One to two cups of caffeinated tea or coffee is allowed as desired and tolerated by each individual. If you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia or cravings as a result, do not use caffeine. If you have a true caffeine addiction, it is best to break the habit during the induction phase.
* Limit lemon and lime juices to 3 T per day
* Limit cream (heavy or light) to 3 TBSP or 1.5 fl oz per day

Cheese

 SERVING SIZE

NET COUNT™

Parmesan, grated

1 TBSP

.2

Goat, chevre

1 oz

.3

Bleu cheeses

2 TBSP

.4

Cheddar

1 oz

.4

Gouda

1 oz

.6

Mozzarella, whole milk

1 oz

.6

Cream cheese, whipped

2 TBSP

.8

Parmesan, chuck

1 oz

.9

Swiss

1 oz

1.0

Feta

1 oz

1.2

Keep in mind that cheese does contain carbs, about 1 gram per ounce. You may have about 3 to 4 ounces of cheese per day. An ounce is about the size of an individually wrapped slice of American cheese or a 1″ cube.

Foundation Vegetables

 

SERVING SIZE

NET COUNT™

Alfalfa sprouts (raw)

1/2 cup

0

Chicory greens (raw)

1/2 cup

.1

Endive (raw)

1/2 cup

.1

Escarole (raw)

1/2 cup

.1

Olives, green

5, each

.1

Watercress (raw)

1/2 cup

.1

Arugula (raw)

1/2 cup

.2

Radishes (raw)

1, each

.2

Spinach (raw)

1/2 cup

.2

Bok choy (cooked)

1/2 cup

.4

Lettuce, average (raw)

1/2 cup

.5

Turnip greens (cooked)

1/2 cup

.6

Heart of palm

1, each

.7

Olives, black

5, each

.7

Radicchio (raw)

1/2 cup

.7

Button mushroom (raw)

1/2 cup

.8

Artichoke (marinated)

1, each

1

Celery (raw)

1 stalk

1

Collard greens (cooked)

1/2 cup

1

Pickle, dill

1, each

1

Spinach

1/2 cup

1

Broccoli rabe (cooked)

1/2 cup

1.2

Sauerkraut (drained)

1/2 cup

1.2

Avocado, Haas

1/2 fruit

1.3

Daikon radish, grated (raw)

1/2 cup

1.4

Red/white onion, chopped (raw)

2 TBSP

1.5

Zucchini (cooked)

1/2 cup

1.5

Cucumber, sliced (raw)

1/2 cup

1.6

Cauliflower (cooked)

1/2 cup

1.7

Beet greens (cooked)

1/2 cup

1.8

Broccoli (cooked)

1/2 cup

1.8

Fennel (raw)

1/2 cup

1.8

Okra (cooked)

1/2 cup

1.8

Rhubarb (raw)

1/2 cup

1.8

Swiss chard (cooked)

1/2 cup

1.8

Asparagus (cooked)

6 stalks

1.9

Broccolini (cooked)

3, each

1.9

Bell pepper, green, chopped (raw)

1/2 cup

2.2

Sprouts, mung bean (raw)

1/2 cup

2.2

Eggplant (cooked)

1/2 cup

2.3

Kale (cooked)

1/2 cup

2.4

Scallion, chopped (raw)

1/2 cup

2.4

Turnip (cooked)

1/2 cup

2.4

Tomato, small (raw)

1, each

2.5

Jicama (raw)

1/2 cup

2.6

Portobello mushroom (cooked)

1, each

2.6

Yellow squash (cooked)

1/2 cup

2.6

Cabbage (cooked)

1/2 cup

2.7

Green beans (cooked)

1/2 cup

2.9

Bell pepper, red, chopped (raw)

1/2 cup

3

Leeks (cooked)

2 TBSP

3.4

Shallots, chopped (raw)

2 TBSP

3.4

Brussel sprouts (cooked)

1/2 cup

3.5

Spaghetti squash (cooked)

1/2 cup

4

Cherry tomato

10, each

4.6

Kohlrabi (cooked)

1/2 cup

4.6

Pumpkin, mashed (cooked)

1/2 cup

4.7

Garlic, minced (raw)

2 TBSP

5.3

Snow peas (cooked)

1/2 cup

5.4

Tomato (cooked)

1/2 cup

8.6

You should be eating approximately 12 to 15 grams of net carbs per day in the form of vegetables, which is equivalent to several cups depending on the actual carb content of the veggies you select.

1 cup is roughly the size of a baseball. Measure salad vegetables raw.

Salad garnishes

 

SERVING SIZE

NET COUNT™

Crumbled bacon

3 slices

0

Hard-boiled egg

1 egg

.5

Sautéed mushrooms

1/2 cup

1.0

Sour cream

2 Tbsp

1.2

Grated cheeses

(see above carb counts)

Herbs and spices

 

SERVING SIZE

NET COUNT™

Basil

1 TBSP

0

Cayenne pepper

1 TBSP

0

Cilantro

1 TBSP

0

Dill

1 TBSP

0

Oregano

1 TBSP

0

Tarragon

1 TBSP

0

Parsley

1 TBSP

.1

Chives (fresh or dehydrated)

1 TBSP

.1

Ginger, fresh, grated

1 TBSP

.8

Rosemary, dried

1 TBSP

.8

Sage, ground

1 tsp

.8

Black pepper

1 tsp

.9

Garlic

1 clove

.9

Make sure herbs and spices contain no added sugar.

Salad Dressings

 

SERVING SIZE

NET COUNT™

Red wine vinegar

1 TBSP

0

Caesar

2 TBSP

1

Ranch

2 TBSP

1.4

Lemon juice

2 TBSP

2.0

Bleu cheese

2 TBSP

2.3

Lime juice

2 TBSP

2.4

Balsamic vinegar

1 TBSP

2.7

Italian, creamy

2 TBSP

3

Any prepared salad dressing with no added sugar and no more then 2 grams of net carbs per serving (1-2 tablespoons) is acceptable. Or make your own.

So that’s the acceptable foods list-I don’t eat bacon or meat or any dairy so this plan will be modified to fit that as a vegetarian. Wish me luck…I have a feeling I may need it!

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Do you think those are French fries or carrots?…hoping for French fries…

 

Diet Update…liquid meal replacements

Ok…what a tough week. This diet was HARD! It wasn’t hard to plan and it wasn’t hard to  prepare but it was hard to stick to. I was SO.HUNGRY. Here was the plan that I followed:

Breakfast and lunch will be replaced by a shake (meal replacement liquid) that contains 260 calories per serving.

There will be 2 x 100 calorie snacks between meals.

Dinner will be whatever you want as long as it totals 500 calories.

Total daily calories for this plan=1220.

Yes the plan was just over 1200 calories but it left me with absolutely NO ENERGY. My mood swings were wicked and I found that I was binge eating at night after I came home from work. Even after a 500 calorie dinner I was starving. This diet didn’t keep up with my training requirements either…it left me exhausted and totally unmotivated to train. I barely did any exercise on this plan because I felt so weak and tired. I felt this way for 2 reasons…

  1. I didn’t eat enough calories for my activity level.
  2. The shakes were high in sugar and simple carbs, (even though they said they were high in protein on the bottle)which caused my energy levels to crash and burn.

So in conclusion, this diet made me feel miserable, shaky, angry, tired, achy, headachy and weak. Not a good way to live that’s for sure. Shakes work for some people but the just make me shaky…:) Did I lose weight-YES but I put it all back on when I started eating normally today so what was the point other than to figure out if this diet works…the answer for me anyway is a resounding NO.

We’ll be trying out and posting a new diet tomorrow…stay tuned!

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This incredibly popular shake diet left me starving! It looks yummy but it wasn’t filling at all .

 

Benefits of Herbal Teas…

First and most importantly let me say that our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Brussels. What another sad day for humanity. 


 

Herbal teas are wonderful, relaxing and convenient but do you know which teas have specific benefits? All of them actually! They each have their own special benefit that ranges from being high in antioxidants to helping suppress our appetites.The great news is that most, if not all of these can be found in the grocery store or health food store. Please do not take this as medical advice as I am not a doctor and do not claim to be. Before starting anything new, talk to your doctor.  Let’s get started:

  • Oolong Tea-Helps to alleviate skin conditions
  • Black Tea-Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Green Tea-Is high in anti-oxidants
  • Yerba Mate-Opens up respiratory passages
  • Stinging Nettle-Recommended for those who suffer from seasonal allergies
  • Dried Ginger Root-Helps with motion sickness and has antihistamine properties
  • Peppermint-Decongestant, anti-inflammatory and helps suppress appetite
  • Rooibos-Caffeine free, helps with skin irritations
  • White Tea-Antibacterial, has the highest antioxidant properties of all of the teas

Take time out to try some of these terrific, tasty  teas and reap the benefits! Tea is meant to be enjoyed slowly and I think that all of us could use some relaxation time in the middle of our busy schedules. Cheers to tea and cheers to you!

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