Moody Food

I returned from my medical conference yesterday! After spending five days away, I really wanted to come home and sleep in my own bed. But, also I wanted to eat some comfort food. Sausage, peppers and onion- Yum, with a twist.

Ingredients

  • Half red bell pepper
  • 2 bulbs of green onions
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • olive oil
  • 1 bag Brussels sprout
  • Sausage- I used the Beyond Meat Hot Italian Sausage
  • 2 eggs (fried to your desire-optional)
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • crushed red pepper
  • disced garlic
  1. Assemble ingredients. Cut sausage links into desire size and set aside
  2. Slice red pepper lengthwise, dice onions

3. Clean and cut brussel sprouts into halves

4. In a pot, add 2 tbsp olive oil and allow to get hot. Add cut brussel sprouts to pot and allow to cook until tender.

5. Sprinkle in salt, black pepper, minced garlic and crushed red pepper

6. Once cooked to desires tenderness, remove from pot and place in a dish

Finished Brussels Spout

7. Into the same pot, add an additional 1-2 TBSP olive oil. Place your sausage into the pot and allow to cook. Turn over for even brown and cooking on both sides.

8. Once cooked evenly, add sliced peppers and onions to pot.

9. Sprinkle salt, black pepper and Italian season for flavoring. Allow vegetables to get tender, but firm. Remove from stovetop

Optional– I added two fried eggs

finished product

Key Points

  1. The Beyond sausage was delicious. I am not a pork eater and I find most sausages, have a mixture of porn and beef, so this was a safe option for me, Use any sausage of your desire
  2. This meal would be Keto approved. Net Carbs 4.5 per cup of Brussels spout sprout and 4 nets carbs/ sausage link. Be mindful about serving size.

Day 21- Favorite Keto-Friendly snack

Key Points

  1. I use theses as “croutons” in my Caesar Salads for extra crunch. But also snack on them independently
  2. Using carb manager I get 0 net carbs, high in protein and saturated fat. Consider theses points when snacking.
  3. Walmart have a version of this as well called Parmesan Whips
  4. You can make theses at home as well. Recipe to follow next week

Clearly The Superior Gender….

I attended a women college after high school because it was close to my parents so could commute and save on my expenses. I have noticed in certain crowds, when I say All Women, I am immediately labeled as a Feminist! As to say, I made a conscious decision to attend college because I knew and understood the suffrage of all women. But that is simply not true.

I knew nothing of feminism when I started college. The mere word had no representation or meaning in my life at 18 years old. All I knew about being a woman, was my mother. And she was a fine example of a hardworking, dedicated mother. Great wife and supportive friend!

My understanding of Feminism came much later in life. I was in my second and third year of college and I was required to take a course focusing on women’s experiences across the world. Again, not by choice! my interest at that time was Biology, being a teaching assistant, and meeting my friends on the weekend.

However, my experience in the class and the materials we studied tremendously molded my young brain. The questions of “why must women be treated differently” or ” should girls attend school?” grew my fascination. I could not fathom how any of this was optional. In my own world, I was encouraged to study and read. My parents made it a priority. I questioned, why aren’t all parents making this a priority?. Of course, there are cultural, religious differences that dictate norms.

By the time I graduated college, I knew what feminism meant to me. It was the advocacy and representation for all women. It was allowing another women’s experience to be heard without judgment. It was supporting their dreams and aspirations, even if it was never done before. It is saying I can do it and so can you!!

I do not believe women are the superior gender, and for certain I do not believe we are less stronger than men. As we celebrate women’s history month, I celebrate the women that have shaped my life- I celebrate my mother, aunts, and college professors. Each day may we continue to make history!

Sunday Updates- Day 17, On-call and Fasting!

For the next 24 hours, I am on-call and fasting!!! My call shift ends at 6 am on Monday. I have never done 24 hours fast before, so let’s see how this goes. So far, I woke up, worked out for 30 mins and headed into work.

I spent the earlier parts of the morning completing inpatient rounds and discharging patients. I have a surgical case at noon as well, so I’ll be occupied for a couple of hours. I find that if I am busy with work, I do not feel hungry or need to snack.

Additionally, today marks day 17/21 of Keto! I am feeling great, lots of energy. Wednesday will probably be my last Keto based post for this week, as I am heading out of town for a medical conference.

Lastly, I really appreciate all of the new followers, Ive seen many of you are lifestyle coaches, food enthusiast and even Keto specialist! I would love to try some of your recipes.

Comment below, I’ll visit your page and trial any dish of your choice. Very interested in Paleo/ keto meal ideas.

With Much love and respect!

JAARA!

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I’ve Made Mistakes. Have You?

In the past, I found it difficult to say I made a mistake, or I was wrong. Partly, because I did not want to disappoint anyone, but mainly because I felt I had failed. Perhaps I am the only one that felt this way, but I am doubtful.

If you have ever felt like a failure, I want to remind you that you are not!

It is human to Err, and it is human to say I made a mistake, please forgive me.

There are many stories in the Bible that highlight the forgiveness of God. We should practice what we preach and learn to forgive ourselves and others.

As you start a new week, I encourage you to strive to be your best self and also to be patient when you fall short of that goal.

Think this over!
Courtesy of Bible App

With Love Jaara

Day 13- Keto Tracking Tips

One of the ways to stay on-track with any dietary change, especially in the beginning is to track your intake and exercise. I have been using the CARB MANAGER APP on my phone for tracking meals, net points, protein, carbs and fats.

Here’s a picture of the Icon

In the app, you are given a break down of three meals and three snacks. for my personal settings it recommends that each snack be about 1 g net carbs and each meal about 3 net carbs

To add a meal or snack, press on the plus sign on the bottom and input what you have eaten. You can also adjust the size and amount by scrolling through the servings sections.

After you have added the meal, a break down of net carbs, fats, proteins and calories will be presented.

If a food is not keto-friendly it will be highlighted red, it is keto in small portion it will appear yellow.

Additionally, there is an option to track your progress. You can input your initial weight and track your weight-loss. Set your goal weight as well.

Let me know if you’ve use this before , or if you’ll give it a try!

Day 13-PIZZA

INGREDIENTS FOR CRUST

  • 1 1/2 lb cauliflower (florets only)
  • 1 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Place a piece of parchment paper onto a pizza peel if you plan to use a pizza stone (recommended), or a pizza pan.
  2. Pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they are the consistency of rice. (Use the grate attachment if you have one.)
  3. In a saute pan on the stove, stir fry the cauliflower for about 10 minutes until the cauliflower is very soft. (This is important! The texture will be off if it’s still crisp, so keep cooking until nice and soft.)
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the egg. Stir in the parmesan cheese. If using Italian seasoning and garlic powder, stir those in as well.
  5. When the cauliflower rice is cooked through and soft… Stir the cauliflower rice directly into the egg/cheese mixture. You may need to press with a spatula.
  6. Spread the “dough” onto the parchment paper with your hands, to about 1/4″ thick. You can make one large pizza or two smaller pizzas, depending on which option you chose in the previous step.
  7. Bake for about 20 mins until the top is dry and firm, and the edges are a little golden.
  8. Let the pizza crust cool at room temperature to firm up more. Add desired toppings. Return to the oven 10min. 
Cauliflower pieces and topping

Turkey bacon, pepper, spinach and cheese
I couldn’t resist this one!!

Key Points

  1. Recipe from Wholesumyum
  2. I added pesto sauce instead of tomato sauce as the base of my pizza

Going Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Once I graduated college, my views on life, work, and family changed. The older I become, the stronger my desires are for seeking adventure and new experiences. Oftentimes, I give my parents a heads-up about my adventure, which is met with great concern and fear.

The first time I decided to live in a small town, I drove my mom and me to my job interview. It was about 1.5 hours away from our childhood home. As we traveled to my interview, my mom commented, “wow, this place is too small” or “Is this safe for a young lady?”

When I decided to hike mountains, my parents feared I’ll get lost or fall over the edge. As always, they cautioned “Be careful!.”

I often feel that maybe I am the odd woman, too adventurous for my family. Too risky. A daredevil, at least in their eyes.

However, the truth is, I take pride in breaking barriers and molds. I am told I cannot, then I must!

In past times a friend of mine would say, you can’t go swimming because of your hair (a story for another time), or skiing, or snowboarding. Those words were the ultimate reason for me to do these things. So, this past weekend I went snowboarding. To prove that I can do it.

There is a greater lesson here, a bigger message to share – Do not remain in your comfort zone! Letting your own fears, or the fears of others limit your life experience will lead to your own sense of unfulfillment in life.

This is a lesson I learned the hard way! The older I become, the less I live by the dictation of others. The less I prescribe to societal norms. And truthfully, the more content I am in my life

So, I encourage you today to travel, climb those mountains, ski those trails, snowboard, skydive, bungee jump!

I encourage you to be the representation others seek, but cannot see.

I encourage you to determine what brings you fulfillment, and then…

JUST DO IT!