Simple Cake Stripes Tutorial

Masquerade Cake with ruffles, stripes, roses, polka dots and a fondant mask.

Masquerade Cake with ruffles, stripes, roses, polka dots and a fondant mask.

Click on this link to watch a video of how to add fondant stripes to a cake.  This was my first attempt and it’s definitely not perfect.  However it is simple and turned out quite lovely despite my inexperience.

Simple, Fun and Healthy Recipes!

Since I started eating cleaner which has been a couple months now I have tried a lot of recipes.  Today I will discuss 3 of them.  Two I threw together and one I got from another website.  All three of … Continue reading

Simplifying your food does more than just get rid of the junk in your trunk.

I have been overweight since I was 7 years old.  I have tried everything including fad diets, restricted calorie diets, starving myself and weight loss drugs.  Nothing has worked long-term.   Now I know why! I was hearing all over the radio, TV, magazines and even from people I knew (including Doctors) that really you can have a little bit of everything, you just have to eat in moderation.  That’s like telling  a crack head they can still smoke crack and be healthy and happy it’ll just be less crack than they were using before.   That LIE has prevented me my entire life from getting rid of my extra pounds.   Having full access (and even the Doctor’s permission) to eat any (processed) food you desire is a living hell for someone with a food addiction if you really think about it.  No one needs rich desserts, fried foods, starches at every meal and flavored drinks, NO ONE.  Now that I know this I am able to eat right day in and day out.  I know the truth and it has indeed set me free!  I’m happy, nourished and in complete control of what goes into my body.  Simply by not accepting the lie that I “should” be allowed to eat anything I want has freed me from fat jail.  Now I know, yes you can eat, you can eat foods that are good for you, clean and meant for human consumption.  Now my diet is uncomplicated and my resolve stronger than ever because I know this is how I was meant to eat and the results I get everyday prove me right.

My dietary lifestyle has led me to a few realizations of why beginning with your body is so important.  Of course there are the obvious changes to your health, appearance and mood, but you might be surprised how much your food is linked to nearly every aspect of your life.

THEY EAT WHAT I EAT 

In my house everyone eats what I eat.  I have a husband and two sons age 5 and 12.  One child eats too much and one doesn’t eat enough so the whole foods that I feed them help keep both of them healthy and at normal weights.  I do allow extra foods for the children like whole wheat breads and sometimes UNREAL unjunked candy.  This helps make cooking and shopping less complicated.  Something I require in order to be sane.

EATING OUT IS MORE WORK THAN YOU THINK 

In order to go out to eat, even just fast food, you have to prepare.  You need to have clothes on, shoes on, money to spend for both the food and the gas, order everyone’s food, wait for the food, drive back home and then finally eat it.  Even then you still may not be done, because if you track your spending, you may have to then go record your purchase.  This whole process takes 30 mins at minimum, but usually a lot longer.  On the other hand, if you went to the grocery store as needed, which is usually already in the budget and schedule for most families, a healthy, nutritious and more satisfying dinner would be on the table in that time or in most cases, less. Saving you money, time and your girlish figure. I’m the kind of person that does not like to leave my house unless I HAVE to.  I will avoid eating out any way that I can, because it’s more work than just making dinner (I do have a dishwasher, so I’m spoiled.).  I’d rather shop once or twice a week and be able to eat anytime I’m hungry in my pajamas at home.

GROCERY SHOPPING 

When you eat a whole foods diet, you have to make sure to go grocery shopping when you run low on foods.  The last thing you want to do after all the hard work of cleansing your body of processed foods is run out of good things and eat garbage again (take out and fast food).  Trust me, you’ll be in the bathroom. It’s a bad idea.  Grocery shopping a couple of times a week is not difficult when you are sticking to the produce, meat and seafood sections with maybe one or two grain items sprinkled in here and there.  You’ll be amazed at how much less ingredients you need to create your meals and how much money it saves! The cleanup is easier too when you are preparing your food, because it’s mostly vegetable scraps.

BUDGET FRIENDLY

I don’t know about you, but I HATE to track my spending.  Which is another reason I don’t like to leave the house unless I have to.  Chances are if you are leaving home, there will be money spent.  Heck just driving the car costs money. So eating this way saves you the work of tracking extra spending.  You might find you end up with more money in your pocket than you did before, I know we have.

FOOD JOURNALING 

This one is funny because  you would think writing down your food all day everyday would be hard work and a “complicated” way to lose weight.  Quite the contrary, it will free you from wondering if you have room in your diet to eat extra food at a meal, or even to have a little snack after dinner.  It helps you understand the most effective foods for your health.  When you narrow it down to what works for you, again I have to say, it does make life easier.

Working From The Inside Out

I wanted a clean, simple life.  I knew that had to start with my body…

Two years ago we stopped eating fast food.  I know I know, I’ve heard the attempts from family and friends at encouragement sopping with veiled doubt and condescension.  I am a very strong-willed person though and when I decide I’m going to do something, by golly I do it (with my sweet husband and children in tow).  At about the same time, I was looking into bariatric surgery and was even doing my 6 month Dr supervised diet with food counseling (seeing a therapist about why and what I’m eating once a month). I was sure that bariatric surgery would be the only option for me and had resigned myself to it.  By the end of that 6 months something happened, something snapped inside me and I realized that what they were telling me was lies.

Here’s the rundown of what I had to do for the 6 months.  I went to a “nutritionist seminar” at their facility to find out what my diet would consist of.  When they said it would be a very low-carb diet with restricted vegetables and basically no fruit I didn’t bat an eye.  When they told me I wouldn’t feel very good and I would lose an enormous amount of hair I didn’t even give it a thought (except, gee that sucks).  And so, the new diet began and I was pumped!  During that time I did lose 30 lbs.  I did it by eating hardly any calories and drinking coffee all day to curb my hunger.  Once in a while I would slip up but I mostly stayed the course and of course began to lose hair, lots of it.  I continued to lose hair into the next year even after coming off the diet.

At the end of the 6 month Dr supervised diet, I had my AHA moment.  I was in the counselors office and she was congratulating me on what little weight loss I did achieve (30 lbs wasn’t very good for my weight) when she told me that after the surgery I would need to continue this diet.  At that moment a light went on!  I could not believe my ears!  You mean to tell me that I still have to eat this OBVIOUSLY deficient and unsatisfying diet the rest of my life! I was appalled to say the least and after I politely left my session, the wheels began to turn.

It occurred to me that if I always had to eat this way then what in the hell was the surgery for!?  If I have to suffer, I’m certainly not going to do it with my insides looking like Frankenstein!  I was lost, confused and had no clue what I should do.  I knew I should keep saying no to the fast food and that I was not going to have surgery.

A year later (six weeks ago) I finally went to the Dr and had an advanced lipid panel (blood work) and a food allergy test done on myself.  The Dr suggested I get educated about the Paleo lifestyle and so over the next week or so, I did some research.  It didn’t look super exciting to me, but heck if it would keep me alive, I was down.  I had my mind-set on what I wanted to achieve and I went and filled my pantry and refrigerator with all the correct foods.  I am no fancy chef but I can hold my own in the kitchen and so eating unprocessed foods wouldn’t be too hard for me.  Once I got my food allergy results back I started really losing by eating foods that worked for me.

I was looking up articles on the web, reading books and watching documentaries like a mad woman! I was following Paleo perfectly and then one day I woke up sick.  Apparently when you go cold turkey on bad carbs you can get carb-flu.  Well I had it.  The only solution after this happening every other day for a week was to add in one “bad” carb a day.  For me it’s usually a cup of brown rice with dinner or sweet potato or organic granola.  On Friday nights I make gluten-free pizzas with goat cheeses on top instead of cow’s milk cheese and it’s a real treat and I eat a half of a pizza and it’s wonderful!  I even weighed less after my weekends then I do when I start them, which is unheard of for me when I’m on a diet.  usually I go buck ass wild on the weekends because I am just dying to eat!  This is something I do for me and it works.  You would have to find out what works best for your body.  Give yourself a few weeks to iron it out.  For me, a reasonable, well-balanced and clean diet was and is the answer.

I am now free of fast foods (all of them), processed foods, eggs (once in a while I have one but it’s rare)  soy, peanut, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners and gluten-free and I feel wonderful! You know what else,  my life is easier, when I’m hungry my only options are whole foods, which in a lot of cases require no cooking! We eat lots of almonds, dates, fruits and vegetables all day long.  I even add vegetables to my smoothies because why not!?

The truth is your body needs fruits, vegetables and protein and some people need grains. I can’t believe I let a Dr tell me to eat such an unhealthy diet when I first began to change.  It’s crazy that I didn’t even question it or look into it, I feel pretty silly now.

Any diet that you will lose hair from is not a good balanced and healthy diet.  Any diet that requires that you remove good wholesome foods from your everyday eating is not good for you.  Any diet that allows you to eat processed foods is not going to work out well for your health in the long run.  Uncomplicate your life starting with your food.  Reduce the ingredients in what you prepare (unless it’s other fruits and vegetables or herbs and spices) and simplify it.

Stick to whole (preferably organic) foods, drinking water only and a bit of exercise, but don’t over complicate it.  It’s very simple, get nutrition and get moving!  I walk 30 mins almost everyday, not at a crazy fast speed, and I do it with my family and we just enjoy our time together with no distractions and enjoy the fresh air.

I have lost 20 lbs in 5 weeks and have not starved or been deprived.  I have had wine, pizza, some desserts and lots and lots of nutrition. I feel wonderful and have more hair than ever before LOL!

Any diet that you will cause you to lose hair or become nutritionally deficient from is not a good balanced and healthy diet.  Any diet that requires that you remove good whole foods from your everyday eating is not good for you.  Any diet that allows you to eat processed foods is not going to work out well for your health in the long run.  You don’t need to be a Dr or a scientist to know that eating high calorie, high fat meats and cheeses day in and day out will probably give you some sort of heart issue as well as a myriad of other health problems. Eat what your own common sense tells you is good and healthy. Uncomplicate your life starting with your food.  Reduce the ingredients in what you prepare (unless it’s other fruits and vegetables or herbs and spices) and simplify it.

Simplifying what goes into our bodies has been a great start to a less complicated lifestyle. I have already seen the effects in other aspects of my life that I wanted to improve.