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,




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Who says you can’t spread peanut butter on waffles?

Hello y’all! This is my first post of the new year. Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Anyway, enough goofing around. Let me tell you all about my love for peanut butter. I consider myself unique, yes unique, when it comes to peanut butter. I eat it with sliced apples, celery sticks, in smoothies, straight from the jar, on toasted bread, in oatmeal, on pancakes and waffles. Yes ma’am, you heard right, waffles and pancakes!

The first time I put peanut butter on my breakfast waffles,  my kiddos were like…really mom? (jaws dropped and everything) My response? Why not!!! I’ve never really liked maple syrup or any type of syrup for that matter. I just can’t stand the taste, so I usually use honey. However, on this particular day, I craved peanut butter and just went with the flow.


Peanut butter on waffles with fresh cut cantaloupe


So what do you guys think? Is it strange to spread peanut butter on waffles? Try it! I bet you’ll like it. Share your take.