Wanna join me on a Plant-based Diet Journey?

Happy New Month Everyone!!! I know I’ve been MIA for a while but sometimes it’s good to take breaks and focus on your own well-being, and that’s exactly what I’ve focused on lately. As a result, I’m thinking about going on a plant-based diet. I am motivated by being healthy overall. I was once able to do a junk food fast that started as a 30-day challenge and before I knew it, I was able to stretch the challenge for six months and I dropped 25 pounds.

I think I should be okay with this diet. I have refrained from drinking soda, sugary drinks, and red meat for about 5 years. I know it’s easier said than done so I’ll be sure to report my day to day meal choices and how I feel in general throughout the challenge.

Right now my diet consists of the following:

Carbs: Brown Rice, Whole grain bread and bagel, whole grain pasta, sweet and regular potatoes, Whole Grain Cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats), Plantain

Protein: Chicken, Ground Turkey, Beans (Black-eye peas), Eggs

Veggies: Broccoli, Steamed Carrots, Spinach, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash, Cucumbers, Avocados?, Tomatoes

Fruits: Strawberry, Cantaloupe, Banana, Pear, Apple, mangoes, etc

Snack options: Sweet potato chips, yogurt, fruit, (I’ll add more as they come to mind)

Execution Plan: I think the most important aspect of starting and sticking to a diet is to PLAN AHEAD. What I mean by this is to prep your food ahead of time. It’s easier to get off track when you don’t have a healthy meal and snack on hand with you. When hunger strikes, you’ll be more like to just grab an unhealthy or non-plant-based snack or meal that is in reach.

For the whole of October, I will cut out the nonplant-based items from my current menu, e.g chicken, eggs, and we’ll see what happens next. My understanding is that protein is present in plant-based foods also, so I really won’t be missing much.

Empty out your refrigerator and come with me on this journey!

Thanks for stopping by,

Abi

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Lovingthesimplethings is a blog run solely by me without any sponsors or co-writers. Please note that whatever information you access on this blog is solely my opinion. I am not a health or nutrition professional. I am naturally interested in and write about health and healthy eating options. 

 

 

 

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Survey Question for Mom’s and Dad


Father’s day is around the corner and it has got me thinking about some things that I can’t resist but share.

I’m an easy-to-please kind of momma that does not require much and I don’t mind receiving a Mother’s day gifts the everyone in my household could enjoy, like a Kitchenaid Mixer. However, I’m curious as to how my fellow moms and bloggers feel about this idea.

Would you rather be gifted with something only you can use or you don’t mind sharing?

Please leave your answer in the comments area below. I’m really curious about your preferences.

Abi

Are you still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Look no further. I’ve got it for you!


Father’s day is right around the corner here in U.S. Have you picked out a gift for your father or the father-figure in your life?

Forget socks, shirts and whatever else you’ve gifted your father in the past. Let’s get tech-y!

Here is my list of the FIVE items I would recommend for Father’s Day:

  1. Magic Bullet Nutribullet Blender/Mixer system. I recently purchased this model of the Nutribullet and it’s expected to be delivered any day now (review post coming soon). I actually did not think to gift the Nutri bullet to my husband for father’s day, but now I will, hehe. The best gifts are the ones that are shared, right? It’s like when your husband gets you the KitchenAid blender you’ve been wanting for years. We all get to share and enjoy the item! Get it? Also, this gift gives us all a reason to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

  2. Next, we have the Fitbit Charge2.  This item has great features such as multi-sport tracking, sleep and rest tracking, heart rate tracking, call, text and calendar alerts, large OLED screen and it’s battery power lasts up to 5 days! It’s actually on sale now for $129.95 (originally $149.95). Use Prime shipping and get within the next 48 hours. 
  3. Up next is the Keurig Coffee Maker! I personally have a limited but good experience with the Keurig Coffee Maker. It has programmable controls, lets you choose brew sizes, has a large 48oz water reservoir, and a drawer to help you keep organized. Why not give it a try? 

I also have limited experience with the fourth item of this list, but I have heard great things about the iRobot Roomba Vacuum Sweeper from a family member who has one. The Roomba is a gift that a dad who’s involved in the process of keeping the house in order would really appreciate. Schedule this baby to vacuum your floors while you’re away and return to a spotless home. It recharges itself too!

 

 

5. So I have absolutely no experience with the Amazon Echo, but I’ll trust the 46,835 people who gave it 4 or 5-star review on Amazon.com. Every dad out there deserves to listen to music and have a tech-y personal assistant. Well, that’s it, folks!

See you soon! Feel free to share (links below).

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“Start Doing What You Want.” Warren Buffet

 

9. Warren Buffett, 86

“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”    Warren Buffet

Life Lessons from Mariska Hargitay

Hargitay has a very life-affirming personality now, thanks in no small part to her father. She told Good Housekeeping,  “The message I got from my father was that life is hard, but you just don’t quit,” Hargitay says. “I am grateful that I didn’t let fear get the best of me. It only holds you back from possibilities and greatness. You’ve got to kick fear to the side, because the payoff is huge.”

She also said, “I don’t focus on what I can’t control,” saying. “If I can’t control it, let’s move on. I think that we have all been swallowed up in ‘shoulda-woulda-coulda.’ You figure it out and you walk tall and go through it. Some days it’s chicken, and some days it’s feathers.” Smart advice.

Read full story here

 

Have you been Sexercising?

So I was browsing the internet the other day and I came across an article that shared information about exercises sexercises women can do to improve their sex life. I was curious enough to scan the article and I was not surprised that doing squats was the number exercise one sexercise on the list.

Apparently, I’ve been sexercising and didn’t even know it.

15 Exercises Every Woman Should Do to Improve Her Sex Life

In addition to squats were

Bridge pose

Pelvic Tilt Pulses

Kegels 

Stability-Ball Pull-Ins

Plank Pose

Open-Leg Rocker

Seated Leg Extensions

And so much more. Read the rest of the article here.

Don’t forget ladies, these sexercises help you lose weight, get toned and increase the release of the feel-good hormones.

Make a decision to get fit and stay fit!

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